Name RaeAnne Hadley
Where are you from Colorado
A little about your self `ie your education Family life etc
I have my associates degree in automotive technology and my certificate in paralegal. I am very happily married for the past 13 years with 2 beautiful and intelligent little girls. I am very organic, down-to-earth and live on a 35 acre ranch. We raise chickens, horses and soon, cows. We grow our own vegetables and I love to bake/cook to stay away from unhealthy chemicals/additives. I absolutely love my life.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news?
After taking 3 years off from writing, I’m excited to have a new book that’s getting ready to be released. I’m also excited about providing a voice to fellow author’s books, allowing them to have audible books
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I was fired for taking maternity leave after having my first daughter. I took a graveyard job and was so angry and hurt I began writing a story about how someone could commit vehicular homicide and make it look like an accident. My dad read it, loved it and encouraged me to get it published. When he had a stroke, I rushed to get it published to encourage him to get better, he was able to hold it in his hands but never read the finished book, he died 2 days after I gave him the first copy.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
When my metaphysical romance hit #1 on Amazon. With Love; Now & Forever
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
Being fired from my job
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?
I have to write all of my stories out long-hand. I can’t focus on the story that is unfolding in my mind if I’m focusing on my typing.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
As silly as it sounds, my titles usually come to me when I’m sleeping, kind of just jumps out at me. I usually bounce the name off of my family to get their opinions, make sure it’s not a crazy sounding title. 🙂
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
That things aren’t always what they seem and sometimes we need to look at things from a different perspective.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic?
Part of it is. Some of the things that I believe in.
Fiona: Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Not in this book. Definitely in my other books like Mechanics of Murder, With Love; Now & Forever, Shadows and Love’s Everlasting Song. In every one of those books something happened to me and it was my therapy to write it out, but I did change things to make it a fictional, fun read
Fiona: What books have most influenced your life most? a mentor?
Stephen King, Nora Roberts have always been huge influences in my life. Created my love for reading. So many friends and fans have supported my passion for writing.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
I’m reading Pegasus by Danielle Steele. I’ve never read any of her books and my husband bought it for me for Valentine’s Day
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
Oh, TONS!! L. Callel is an amazing author, Beverly Preston, Dana Delmar, oh I could go ON AND ON!
Fiona: What are your current projects?
I have 3 pressing books right now, sequels to With Love; Now & Forever, Shadows and Twisted Eidolon. If I wait any longer to get them done I fear my fans will hang and torture me!
Fiona: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.
I have an amazing support group of fellow writers that I am connected with on Facebook. I would be honestly lost without them.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
Yes because it requires structure, dependability and follow through. I’m just very lucky it’s something that I love
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
Not one thing, hehehehe.
Fiona: Can you share a little of your current work with us?
“Do not mock me, young soul. I can destroy you now as easily as I can protect you in this place. The Elders have no power here yet, I have it all.”
Scott swallowed nervously and gazed up at Icarus. HIs face was beautiful, neither masculine nor feminine and as smooth as marble. His body was huge, standing a good seven inches taller than Scott’s impressive six-foot-two. He felt dwarfed not only by his size but from the power that emanated from Icarus. Dream or not, he felt fear.
Icarus laughed. “So you still think this is a dream, silly boy? I assure you, this is no dream. You’re dead. Dead as a doornail, as your generation is fond of saying. Your mangled body had to be cut form that precious car you loved so much. The metal impaling your body as the car rolled off of the bridge and into the river below, but you didn’t die then. No, as you bled out into the cold waters, you inhaled its icy fluid, gasping for air but only tasting the murky water as it filled your lungs and deprived you of life-giving oxygen. The only thing that saved you from suffering was the windshield that crumpled and bashed your head, knocking you unconscious before you hit the water. Not a pretty sight for your poor mummy and daddy to have to identify you but as they say, se la vie.”
Scott swallowed the lump in his throat and shook his head trying to make the words disappear. “No, no, that’s not what happened. I’m a good driver. I just bumped my head and I’m in a coma. This is just all a bad dream.” But even as he was saying the words, he felt the lie in them. Somewhere in his dark, lost soul, he knew it was true. He was dead.
Fiona: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Finding the time
Fiona: Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
Nora Roberts because she is always able to bring to life the butterflies you get in your stomach when you are truly in love, or in her case, her characters are truly in love
Fiona: Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?
I haven’t but I plan on changing that this year.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
A crazy-talented illustrated, Rebecca Poole with Dreams2Media. She is a goddess of cover art!!
Fiona: What was the hardest part of writing your book?
Getting it just right, having the patience to TAKE the time to make it exactly how I want it
Fiona: Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
That I have a stronger voice and writing talent than I had believed. I’m very proud of this book
Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?
Don’t just talk about it, do it. Days slip by, then weeks, then years. Today is the only day that’s guaranteed. AND EDIT EDIT EDIT!! 🙂
Fiona: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
That I love them to death. I owe them so much for their support while I took a break to take care of my daughter. The encouraging words and support never went un-noticed.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
Sacajawea by Anna L. Waldo
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
My own gracefulness (yes, I’m being sarcastic) I am the biggest goof ball and people never guess my age because I don’t act it. Crying, hmmm, looking at my children and being filled with so much love. I absolutely love my life and feel so blessed. I never take it for granted.
Fiona: Is there one person pass or present you would meet and why?
It would have to be Stephen King or Nora Roberts, just to be able to say, “Thank you.”
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone and why ?
“She loved life and never grew up” Because life is too short to be trying to keep up with the Jones’, to worry about others opinions about you and the things you haven’t done. Be happy and in love with yourself, give love as freely as you breathe and everything else will fall into place.
Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies ?
TOO MANY!! Camping, hiking, horse-back riding, gardening, traveling and our latest thing, indoor sky diving!
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
Anything that has an interesting tale, and has to have a happy ending
Fiona: Favorite foods / Colors/ Music
Any food, it’s awesome. Favorite colors are green and purple, but I won’t sneeze at any of the other ones. Music varies because depending on my mood will determine the music I listen to. It’s all pretty wonderful, dessert for the ears!
Fiona: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done?
I’m doing it. I am raising my girls, I substitute for the school district and this year I’m the health tech at the high school. If none of that, I would have LOVED to become an actor!
Fiona: Do you have a blog/website? If so what is it?