Name Savannah Rayne
Where are you from?
I am currently living in Oshkosh, WI
A little about yourself:
During the week I am a day care provider for two adorable children. I also work for a publishing company as an editor and copy editor. I have been blessed with an amazing man in my life and have two grown children who are wonderful. I also became a grandmother for the very first time in 2011. Even with all that, I still find time to write! LOL
Fiona: Tell us your latest news?
Savannah: My latest book When It Leaves was released in November 2011. It is a mild horror story that will leave you looking at autumn foliage in a very different way.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
Savannah: I didn’t enter the writing world in the “typical” way everyone else seems to, meaning with a strong desire to write. Although I have always been an avid reader, I never thought about writing a book until a year ago, when my best friend suggested it. I have since realized that I love writing as much as I do reading! Now the “desire” is there to keep going!
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
Savannah: Honestly, for me it was when I saw the cover of my first book Oh, Deer. I was so excited and it finally hit me that I had actually done it! It was an amazing feeling knowing that I wrote something that a publisher thought was good enough to put their name behind and share with others.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
Savannah: My inspiration for Oh, Deer is a rather funny story. Let’s just say it grew from the late night, weekend ramblings of a good friend and leave it at that, LOL. For more details you can go to my blog http://savannahrayne.blogspot.com/ and click on the Oh, Deer tab.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?
Savannah: I guess for my first two stories that would be taking something that seems perfectly natural and harmless, like white-tailed deer or autumn leaves, and turning them into something unexpected and creepy. Creepy enough that the next time you run across them in every day normal life, you think of my stories J
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
Savannah: The titles for Oh, Deer and When It Leaves are a play on words I guess. I wanted something that fit the story, but with a twist J
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Savannah: I don’t think so, seeing as my first two books are mild horror. At best it might leave you second guessing deer, apple pie or playing in leaves, lol.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic?
Savannah: Although my books are fiction, I do draw some ideas from people, places and things that are real. There is a bit of personality traits of people I know in my characters or the mention of a real street or place that I have been to.
Fiona: Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Savannah: Not in these first two books other than what I mentioned above. I do think that has a better chance of happening in my romance books that are in the works. I don’t know anyone who hasn’t had a broken heart, so some of those experiences may show up in my work.
Fiona: What books have influenced your life most?
Savannah: Those would be books on positive thinking and the law of attraction. I have read The Secret by Rhonda Byrne, but the one I look at every day is Excuse Me, Your Life is Waiting by Lynn Grabhorn. Staying positive is the key to everything.
Fiona: If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
Savannah: I would have to give that honor to the group of very supportive writers at Hellfire Publishing. We all encourage and help each other in many ways. I couldn’t have asked to be a part of a better publishing family.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
Savannah: I wish I could say I was reading a book right now, but as an editor/copy editor in addition to writing, that is where most of my “reading” comes in these days. It’s really the best of both worlds.
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
Savannah: Absolutely! Two of my favorites are Keira Kroft and Robin Renee Ray, both of whom have books out through Hellfire Publishing as well as other publishers. Though I must say, all of the writers at Hellfire Publishing are outstanding and should be watched closely.
Fiona: What are your current projects?
Savannah: At the moment I have seven different manuscripts I’m working on. Three are horror and four of them are romance. I am hoping to have most of them complete and released this year. I’m also tossing around some ideas for a few more.
Fiona: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.
Savannah: That’s easy, my best friend Dawn. Without her support and guidance, I don’t think I would be living this wonderful dream.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
Savannah: I would love to say YES, but I think I would miss doing the other things I love, such as editing/copy editing. To solely write would be wonderful, but I’m not sure about describing it as a “career”.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
Savannah: I love the way When It Leaves turned out. When I started writing it I had envisioned a slightly different story in my head. Once the actual writing began, it seemed to take on a life of its own. I am very pleased with how the story unfolded. I’m sure there’s always room for improvement, but you can’t over think it, you’ll make yourself crazy.
Fiona: Can you share a little of your current work with us?
Savannah: There are blurbs, excerpts and trailers for both Oh, Deer and When It Leaves on my blog site http://savannahrayne.blogspot.com/
Fiona: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Savannah: Time. With everything I do on a given day, it’s hard to find the quiet time to write some days.
Fiona: Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?
Savannah: Not at this time. There are a few things in the works for later this year, but nothing has been finalized as of yet.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
Savannah: Dara England, does all of the covers for Hellfire Publishing and she does an incredible job.
Fiona: What was the hardest part of writing your book?
Savannah: Once I get going, I don’t want to stop. I wish time would allow for me to be undisturbed until all the thoughts floating around in my head were let out. Nothing like being on a major roll with writing and you hear “I’m hungry, is it supper time yet?” LOL
Fiona: Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?
Savannah: Don’t give up. If you have writing in your blood you will write and always write, whether you are ever published or not. It isn’t about money, being a best seller or prize winning author, writing is something that comes from deep inside of you.
Fiona: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Savannah: I hope that through my words I am able to capture you and take you on a trip to places and events you’ve never dreamed of, while experiencing a wide range of emotions that will leave you wanting more. For those that have already read my books I thank you from the bottom of my heart and I hope you found them enjoyable enough to have you watching for future books.
Fiona: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done?
Savannah: I’ve already been blessed with that and am doing it! Besides doing day care in my home, I also work for a publisher doing editing and copy editing. Life doesn’t get any better than having a job you love and working with an amazing group of people.
Fiona: Do you have a blog/website? If so what is it?
Savannah: Yes I do Fiona. My blog is called Hugs & Nightmares. I have quite a few different things going on there each week and hope everyone will find something to read that they enjoy.