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Sunday, January 4, 2009

Author Interview: Raine Delight

Whipped Cream is pleased to welcome Raine Delight. Raine is the pseudonym of a self-professed book lover. After reading about one too many TSTL (too stupid to live) characters, Raine decided to see if she could write something a little better. Many drafts later, the Devon Falls series came to fruition. Raine said she originally thought it would be one book, but somehow it wound up being four, with a fifth one coming out in 2009. Raine also writes a paranormal contemporary series for Aspen Mountain. Her latest book in that series, Fairy Kisses and Magical Dreams, is now available.

Raine told me there are many authors who she thinks write wonderful erotic fiction, such as Thea Devine, Sierra Dafoe, Skyler Gray, CJ England, along with many others. Speaking of these authors, she said, “They write fascinating stories with strong characters and weave stories that you can sink your teeth into.”

This ties directly into what Raine sees as the most common misconception about erotic fiction—that erotic fiction is porn. “Sorry, no, it isn’t,” she said. “Porn is just sex. Erotic fiction is more about the story and characters than just sex. To me, erotic fiction is about the characters and sex is not behind closed doors. It is in the open and talked about, sometimes in graphic details.”

Raine told me she tried writing a story with no sex one time. “It just plain stank,” she declared. “My characters wanted to have wild kinky fun and I decided not to fight it. Now each of my stories has an evolving of characters and a romantic connection before they jump into bed together. To me, romance is also about the physical relationship as well as the mental & emotional one.”

She told me that her family is a bit too close-minded to understand that she writes really sexy scenes. “They kind of believe that if you aren’t paid an advance like Nora Roberts or Stephan King,” she explained, “then you are a ‘starving artist.’" She signed, but then continued, “My honey of three years is the one who cheers me on when I get great news (new contracts, reviews, etc) or bad news. Plus he helps me research anything I need for a certain aspect of a story. His faith in me makes my family’s indifference easier to deal with.”

On more of a personal note, Raine’s favorite food is “cheesecake all the way, baby...especially if it comes from the Cheesecake Factory.” She shared with me that she adores their cheesecake and treats herself “every blue moon” to one or two slices to bring home. However, cheesecake doesn’t make her list of foods that are best to eat off body parts. Those include whipped cream, chocolate sauce, grapes, and cherries. She shuddered in horror, though, when it comes to talking about foods she cannot bring herself to eat. “Gods, I hate liver, Brussels sprouts, and fish,” she said. “I just cannot stand the idea of this stuff.”

When Raine’s not writing, she can usually be found reading, listening to music, watching DVDs with her honey (who she calls her own “boytoy”) and kids, or hiking if the weather is nice.

I asked her who would be a good person to play her in a movie.

“Ooohhhh Let me think,” she said. “I would love to say Angelina Jolie but, alas, not going to happen. I think Reese Witherspoon...maybe. Might have to think on that more.”

Finally, I asked her for one piece of advice she would give a new writer just starting out.

Raine said, “Write, write, and then write some more. Learn from your peers, take free workshops that are offered and always follow submission guidelines to the letter. Then let your imagination flow. Push the boundaries and let it take flight.”

You can keep up with Raine on her website, http://authorrainedelight.com.

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