Please welcome Raven McAllan to Miz Love!
How long have you been writing?
Properly? Less than a year. Unless you count winning two 'where does chocolate come from?' competitions when I was at primary school. I did try a couple of submissions years ago, but they were truly awful, and quite rightly rejected.
What prompted you to start writing?
I wasn't at work, due to illness, saw a competition on the net, and decided to have a go. That effort was as bad as the earlier ones. I wrote as I thought I should, not as I could. A big mistake. But from that I met my fellow crit group members—Up and Coming Writers—without whom, Wallflower's Don't Wilt wouldn't have been written. They nagged, bullied and encouraged me to write it, and submit. I had this dream to be published before a big '0' birthday. I've made it!
How often do you write?
Every day. My OH is used to seeing me with a lap top permanently attached. (And getting used to the dust bunnies who are multiplying under the bed, table, settee…)
Where do you get your ideas from?
My murky mind? No, a picture, music, something someone says. I am a shameless eavesdropper.
What part of the publishing process do you like the best?
All of it. It's so new and exciting. When I got the cover, when I saw my name on the Breathless Press website, when friends said they have bought it... It's all great. I find it hard to finish a MS. I don't want to leave my characters, they are part of me, but as the process rolls on, I get caught up in it, and realize it's like your first born leaving home! It's got to happen.
How do you feel when you receive your covers?
The first time I got a cover? Wow, happy dancing, and thinking YES! It really is happening. It's a great feeling to know that every time someone looks at it, they are looking at a representation of my work! I have so much admiration for the art team.
Are you anxious about reviews?
Oh yes! It's easy to say, well not everyone will like it, but it's not so easy if someone rubbishes your hard work. I know it's all subjective, but it doesn't matter how often I tell myself that, I know criticism hurts. I'm trying to grow a thick skin!
Which genre are you most comfortable writing?
That's an interesting one! Got to have romance in it, in some shape or form. I'm happy with all types. I have also discovered I like writing Young Adult fiction.
Are there any you have yet to try?
I've tried a mystery (with romance), but never tried horror, and don't want to. I'm the person who can't watch anything remotely scary!
I've an idea for a paranormal, and a WW2 gay love story. I just need time to write them.
What works do you have in store for us lucky readers in the future?
I am so excited. I've got another Regency Erotica coming out in January, also from Breathless Press. It's called To Please a Lady. And my contemporary Cougar Romance, The Price To Pay has also been accepted, although I don't have a publishing date as yet. There's also a couple that I'll soon be able to let people know about (secrets, secrets eh?).
If you could go anywhere, any time, and money was no object, where would you go, why, and who with?
I'd love to do a round-the-world trip (predictable eh?). Take my OH and revisit some of the great places we've been to, and discover some more. I'd like to go back to New Zealand and swim in Kerosene Creek, a natural hot river. Go back up the Great Wall of China, and not lose my bottle and therefore not have to come down it on my butt like last time. See the sunrise over the islands in Halong Bay in Vietnam again, and revisit my two favorite cities, Singapore and Hong Kong. I sound like a travel ad!
I'd love to see the Americas, as I've only been to New York for a day! Go to the Ice hotel and see the Northern Lights. Island hop in the Caribbean.
We say when we retire…
On a less exotic note, my garden, on one of the rare hot and sunny days we get, with family and friends, great music and champagne takes a lot of beating!
Thanks for dropping by! It was lovely to have you here! Good luck with your writing career!