Callie: Hi Raven, and welcome to Monday magic. If you could be a character in one of your books, who would it be, and why?
Raven: Brenna. Aside from the fact that Brenna means ‘girl with the long raven hair,’ she’s a witch.
Callie: If you hadn’t decided to become a writer, what other occupation can you see yourself in?
Raven: Actually, I did it backwards. I always knew I wanted to be a writer/artist and was actually accepted to The Art Institute of Houston, but chickened out. My parents had always told me how hard it was to make a living in the Arts and I convinced myself I wasn’t good enough to make it in a field like that. I mean, if my Dad and Grandmother, as good as they were, couldn’t make it neither could I, so I went with my back-up plan. Medical. Two years of X-ray and 1 year of Radiation Therapy later, I had a dual registry. I’ve been doing Radiation Therapy now for 28 years. Getting a few poems and a technical article published gave me more confidence in my writing skills. When I got laid off (I know, medical?), I took that as a sign for me to get serious as a writer.
Callie: Do you prefer redeemable villains, or like them nasty through and through?
Raven: Nasty, unredeemable.
Callie: How do you pick the names of your characters?
Raven: I try to pick names that mean what their character is ultimately going to be. Not always. There are a couple of names of patients that I’ve treated—giving them the life they never had. I’ll remember them.
Callie: Is finding the right title easy or hard?
Raven: Very hard. Broken Prophecy changed titles three times. Or maybe four. Titles don’t even start entering my head until I’ve written at least 10K words. They come and go for weeks and I write down ones I like. Ultimately the title kind-of picks the work.
Raven: After receiving ‘the call’ or rather, the email; I stared at the email address for a long time before I opened it convincing myself it was a rejection and thinking of other places I might send it. When I finally opened the email, I stared again sure I was reading it wrong, but it really said ‘Good News!’ so I called my hubby and read it to him. I’ve printed the email and framed it. lol
Now for a few fun things:
Mountain home or beach house?
Oh, I would love a house in the forest on the side of a mountain. Just a little cabin; Snow White’s cabin, only a little taller.
Gloomy day or sunshine to get your muse going?
Gloomy days; a blanket of gray across the sky, the pitter-patter of rain on the roof and a slow roll of thunder occasionally… Ah, the perfect day.
Coffee or tea?
Coffee! Well, a little coffee in my cream and sugar.
Cat or dog?
Nothing beats a cat curled and purring by your side. On the table beside the computer, of course.
Carrie Underwood or Lady Gaga?
(shudder) Carrie Underwood in a pinch, but Within Temptation, Blackmore’s Night, Loreena McKinnett, Evanescence, Breaking Benjamin and Carbon Leaf are all on my ‘Goth Writing Music’ playlist.
Here is the blurb for Broken Prophecy: