Fangtastic Friday – Interview with Raine Weaver


Please welcome multi-published author, Raine Weaver.   

That would be Raine Weaver, work-in-progress author, indentured servant to multiple cats, and lover of dark romance, lol.  Thanks so much for having me, Dawn! 🙂 

ETS – You’re quite welcome! Please tell us a little about yourself. 

I’m a single woman, mellowed with age, who loves writing, telling stories, and falling in love with my heroes.  I also like drawing, painting, and doing absolutely nothing waay too often.  Currently, I live in a tiny shingled house in Ohio on nearly an acre of land, where I can enjoy peace, privacy, and the comforts of nature. 

ETS – I LOVE the tagline – Want a taste of Heaven?  Go to Hell.  (I’m so jealous!)  Give us a sense of the world you built. 

Thank you, Dawn!  The world of “HOTTER THAN HELL” seems very contemporary and normal on the surface.  The protagonists begin their stories by finding themselves in interesting situations that quickly go from strange and enticing to almost frightening, becoming more challenging as they fall deeper into lust and love.  It’s like a separate, shadowy world haunting them which gradually becomes the reality they can’t live without. 

ETS – Hotter Than Hell – a recent winner in our Cover Clash – released in October.  What can we expect in this novel? 

Isn’t that a kick-ass cover?  I was so happy for Natalie Winters when it won your contest—she did a great job. 

Inside the cover?  “HOTTER THAN HELL” is actually an anthology of two stories:  “The Rose Legacy” featuring an Incubus, and “Ravenous”, the tale of a Succubus.  There’s sex, intrigue, sex, betrayal, sex, secrets, sex, supernatural sacrifice, and a little bit of sex, lol.  I’m half-kidding.  The book is certainly meant to be erotic, but I loved the plotlines and hope the readers will too.  There’s definitely a dark side that found its way through the story as I was writing.  The book is a romance, yes—but a very stormy one, with an uneasy undercurrent beneath it all.  Shades of gray. 

ETS – Are you an introvert or extrovert? 

Most DEFINITELY an introvert.  Believe it or not, volunteering for this interview was stretching my comfort zone! (but you’ve made me feel so welcome). 

ETS – Oh, we’re just one big happy family here!  Your novella, Incubus, got wonderful reviews.  Can you tell us a little about it? 

The positive reception for “INCUBUS” came as quite a surprise (even to my editor).  And it was my first published work, so I was thrilled!  I can’t say for sure, but it may have been partly because it left much up to the imagination of the reader.  Serafina, the heroine, finds herself practically stranded in an isolated cabin where a strange creature seduces her as she sleeps.  Is she hallucinating, or is she really experiencing nocturnal visitations?  Is her dream world the real one, or vice-versa?  Is everyone a part of the madness, including sexy, sophisticated Gabriel who suddenly appears to romance her?

I love the mythology of the fallen angels, “demons” who found their heaven with mortals on earth.  A few of the themes/elements from “INCUBUS” were continued in “HOTTER THAN HELL”, but with a darker, more erotic edge. 

ETS – So many authors seek motivation when working on a WIP.  What keeps you writing when doubts spring up? 

The stories won’t leave me alone.  They’re almost like an alternate reality you’ve created, and they insist on being told (whether they get published or not).  If I go for long periods without working on that wip, the creative energy finds some other way to express itself.  Mine comes in the form of super-realistic dreams that don’t let me rest easy until I return to creative mode.  In normal circles I think it’s called “temporary insanity”. 

ETS – What is your writing process like? 

 Generally, I write at night, until I have to force myself to go to bed to rest for the sucky day job.  I use both keyboard and pen and paper, whichever works best at the time.  The action and dialogue comes first and easiest, and descriptive passages as fill-in. 

ETS – Can you tell us what you’re working on now? 

The current WIP is (hopefully) a trilogy, the story of a war carried on by Vampires against Breeds, their half-human offspring.  Death squads have been organized to carry out the extermination in a battle that rocks the underworld, and no one is safe—especially the unsuspecting humans.  I’m about 300 pages in, but I’ll need to go back a few chapters soon.  Haven’t killed NEARLY enough people. 

ETS – What advice would you give to aspiring writers? 

Learn your craft.  Read a lot.  Find your own special voice.  Find friends who’ll be supportive but honest.  And, as the song says, don’t let nobody tell you what you cannot do.

ETS – Thanks so much for taking the time to chat with us!

Thank you, Dawn, for having me! 🙂

ETS – You can visit Raine’s website to learn more about her and her books. 

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Raine is giving away a digital download of Hotter Than Hell – and she’ll be picking out the winner!  So, comment for a chance to win.  Don’t be shy!

13 Responses to “Fangtastic Friday – Interview with Raine Weaver”
  1. Raine says:

    I knew I was in the right place when I saw that big, fiery guy at the top, lol.
    Again, thanks for having me, ladies. You rock. 🙂

  2. Your book sounds awesome! 🙂 You know those cats are out to rule the world, right? They just need minions LOL

    • Raine says:

      Thank you, Sandra!
      It was interesting to write. Unbelievably stubborn characters, lol. 🙂

      As for the cats…a friend once told me of an old Chinese legend, a story about how cats HAD once ruled the world. And one day they decided to hand it over to the humans, because they preferred to lounge and soak in the sun, like the royalty that they are.
      I can see that. 😉

  3. So glad to read more about you, Raine. Especially the part about your stories not leaving you alone. That’s definitely a sign that they’re wonderfully intense. Your new trilogy sounds so interesting. Can’t wait ’til it comes out.

    Congratulations on Icubus and Hotter than Hell!

  4. Suzanne Perazzini says:

    What a great looking post with all the colour and your cover stands out wonderfully against the dark background. I love the dark angst to your stories. And your latest trilogy sounds fantastic with the out-to-save-the-world theme. I’m sure this cover will sell you many books and lead to a whole lot of new readers.

    • Raine says:

      Hi, Suzanne–thanks for coming to see me!
      I loved writing this book, and hope the trilogy comes off as well.
      And yeah, everybody loves this cover, lol. 😉

  5. Suzanne Rock says:

    Welcome Raine! I, too, am glad to read more about you. Your books sound great. I have to agree about your advice to aspiring writers. When I read other published works, I learn a lot about the craft of writing. I always try to make time to read.

    Thanks for stopping by!

  6. Raine says:

    Thanks for having me, Suzanne.
    You ladies have been great. 🙂

  7. Debby says:

    Hi raine, I was not familiar with your books but they look great.

  8. Raine says:

    I’m late getting back–sorry!
    I placed the names in a bag and pulled a winner for a free download of “Hotter Than Hell”.
    Congrats, Debby, you came up!
    Unfortunately, I don’t see an email addie to reach you. If you want to drop me a line…raine at raineweaver dot com, we can make arrangements.

    And thanks again for having me, everyone! 🙂

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