*cracks whip* …it’s been a while. Well, you know, another month. Ehehe. It’s time to once again interview one of the “visitors” of my beautifully decorated *coughs* basement. Today we’re interviewing Renee Grace Thompson who has a very interesting sounding series coming out soon. Let’s head right into the interview…
What are you currently working on and what is it about?
I’m working on the first two books in my first series, The Assumptions Series. Claim Me is the first, which I hope to publish this summer, and Save Me is the second, which should come out within three months afterwards.
Claim Me is about Blake and Anna who meet on a blind date and make very wrong assumptions of each other. They would have just parted ways and put the embarrassing fiasco behind them, but their fathers are buddies so they kept getting dragged to various events and had to act like everything was cool between them. They soon figure out they were wrong about each other.
Save Me’s main characters, Ryan and Alyssa, came very close to meeting several times in Claim Me, but never quite crossed paths. Ryan was stalked in Claim Me, so he’s very untrusting of women. Alyssa is dealing with after effects of a trauma she has kept on the low, and she continues to spiral downward with more tragedies.
Both books contain plenty of passion, pain, compassion, protection, and a lot of laughs. Oh, and we mustn’t forget the explosive chemistry and sex.
Do you aim for a set amount of words/pages per day?
No, not at all. I know a lot of people who do, but it just doesn’t work for me. I write when I can, with no set target. My schedule with my kids just fluctuates too much and I would drive myself crazy if I failed at my goals too often. So I just go with the flow and do the best I can.
Do you write on a typewriter, computer, dictate or longhand?
Oh, goodness, this is an easy question. I don’t own a typewriter, never looked into dictation, and can’t even read my own writing after I’ve written a full page.
My laptop is like an extra appendage for me. It’s the only thing I’ve ever used.
What is the easiest thing about writing?
The easiest for me is to just pour my heart out on the keyboard. I feel my characters’ emotions. I watch them interact, and I laugh and cry and get angry right along with them. It all just tumbles out through my fingers and shows up on the screen in front of me.
I’m in love with all of my characters, and I love spending time with them. I think that’s why I find it easy to write.
What do you think of “trailers” for books, and will you create one for your own work?
I have to admit, I’ve only seen a few, and they don’t seem overly common. I do find them sensual and mood-setting and quite enticing. But I haven’t given trailers much thought for my own work. I’d love to do it, but I’d like to see statistics about whether or not they’re effective before I decide to create one.
Renee Grace Thompson lives in the Midwest with her husband and four kids. She worked as a Nuclear Medicine Technologist for over many years, but now manages her family-owned business. Her spare time is spent hovering over her laptop, trying to transcribe the romance novels playing out in her head. There are several going on at once though, so keeping up with them is hard. She hopes to have her first novel published sometime this winter.