Name Rachael Orman
Where are you from Arizona
A little about your self `ie your education Family life etc
I’m married with two girls under six. They are a handful for sure. I have an associates degree, but choose to write and stay at home with my daughters instead. I have also been a phlebotomist (drew blood) for a few years. I’m also a Hodgkin’s Lymphoma survivor for 10 years!!
Fiona: Tell us your latest news?
I released Her Run in May. It is the third book in my Her Series about Bikers. It was a fun book for me to write because it’s an undercover agent who is looking for information about a couple of murders that happened in the first two books in the series, but things don’t go as easily as planned.
I’m currently writing on my first Dark Erotica novel, that will be released in August. It’s about a woman who was born into slavery and was bought at the age of 20 by a man who is part of the Italian Mob. She doesn’t know why she’s been taken out of the live she’s known all her life to live with this man who is a strange mixture of hard and soft. It’s definitely a dark story with some twists though.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
Well, I started writing when I was in high school for fun, but then I stopped only to start again when I was 26. I had characters that wouldn’t leave me alone and I just started putting their story down on paper not sure what I was going to do with it. However, once the bug bit it’s been hard to shake and I keep writing and writing.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I don’t know that I do consider myself a writer. I think of it as fun. I love to write and share my stories with people more than anything. I think if I got to a point where I could financially support my family without my husband’s support I would consider myself a full time writer, until then I consider it a fun hobby that I put a lot of myself into.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
I can’t say for sure. It was just a trio of characters that really wanted me to tell their stories and once I finished their stories (or really before I was done) I had more characters taking their place demanding I keep writing.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?
I don’t know if I understand the question right. I like to think I have a unique style to the way I write my characters and their stories. I try to keep them different from other books I’ve read (and I read a lot), but also relatable and realistic.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
Titles are one of the hardest things for me to come up with. I generally run a list by a group of my close friends and let them tell me which they like best, but sometimes I pick a title and go with it and don’t ask for any opinions so it really depends on the book.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Not particularly. I think each of my books has a different underlying sentiment I’d like for readers to get. Mostly I want women to be strong and not afraid to go after what they want no matter what anyone else might say or think. I want everyone to feel comfortable being who they are and love themselves. Life is short so live it to the fullest and try not to let failures get you down as there will be another day when you succeed.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic?
I’d like to think most of my books are realistic. I do a lot of research when I write books and I have an awesome editor that helps me keep my facts straight as well. I have even recently found a few beta readers to help me out as well.
Fiona: Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Mmm, nope. Parts are drawn from my personal experiences in life, but mostly they are all made up from the characters in my mind.
Fiona: What books have most influenced your life most? a mentor?
I don’t think I could pick one. I have read many books and most are great fodder for the brain. I love anything that keeps my attention, but admittedly I’m an erotic reader and there is not always a lot of life changing inspiration in romance books as a whole.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
I am currently reading the Right and Wrong series by Lane Hayes and loving it.
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
There are few authors that I can say that I absolutely love… Lily Harlem is one of them though. I’ve loved every single one of her books that I’ve read. Helena Maeve is another one I’m really coming to love as well. Oh! And Kele Moon, she is FANTASTIC.
Fiona: What are your current projects?
Currently I am working on a book called Matteo, my dark erotic romance. It’s my baby for now as it is pushing me farther as an author and I hope it is received well by readers when it comes out. Once I’m done with it, I will be writing the third and final book in the Cravings series as well as the fourth (and likely final) book in the Her Series.
Fiona: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.
I have a strong group of women that are fellow writers that I lean heavily on for support. I have a few fans that are also there to help bounce ideas off of when I’m thinking about how something will go in my story and unsure of if I like it or not.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
I do. I think it’s a very difficult career to pursue as there is so many writers out there and so many have remarkable talent, but it is doable and I hope to join the ranks one day of saying I can support my family doing something I love.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
I don’t think so. I think there is a lot of editing errors that get left behind, but a lot of them are also in the eye of the beholder. I know each book I publish teaches me a little something and I try to take those lessons on to the next book I work on. I’m always trying to learn how to get better and how to make a better novel for readers.
Fiona: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
I don’t. No one in my family writes, however, my grandmother is an avid reader so I know that I got my desire to read from her.
Fiona: Can you share a little of your current work with us?
This is completely unedited:
When Matteo came into view and took the seat near my head, I realized it wasn’t him that was touching me, but his father.
More men entered the room and the conversation grew louder. As Matteo spoke, he tenderly ran his fingers through my hair and over the side of my face, but never addressed me or even looked at me.
Meanwhile his father’s exploring fingers moved farther up my leg. His hand roughly gripped my thighs before yanking me closer to him making me realize that my arms hadn’t been fully stretched above my head.
Thankfully, the candle stayed in place, but I felt the hot wax running onto my skin. As a rivulet ran down the curve of my ass, Matteo’s father’s fingers teased up my inner thigh. The wax pooled in my lower back giving me something other than the questing unfamiliar touch.
Aida arrived bringing a delicious smelling cloud with her. She set down plates in front of a few men before leaving to gather more dishes. Once she had delivered food to everyone, the room fell silent except for the sounds of silverware against the plates.
My stomach rumbled, but I wouldn’t dare for food of my own.
Matteo’s father kept a hand on my upper thigh where his fingers teased along the crease between my leg and pussy.
More wax dripped off the candle, running over my hip. It was hot enough to give me something to focus on for a short time, but not so much so that I thought I’d be burned from it.
I jumped when I felt something slide along my pussy. It wasn’t firm enough to be fingers and left behind a sticky residue.
“Mm. She adds such a delicious flavor to the meal,” the man between my legs said to the room.
“Can I have a taste, Vito? Matteo?” one of the other men asked.
Both Matteo and his father answered at the same time with a “No.”
The other man spoke quietly in Italian as if he wasn’t happy about the denial, but quickly went back to eating his food.
Again I felt a piece of food being slid along my body before Vito made a groaning noise as he noisily chewed. His hand that had been idling teasing my skin moved to pull apart my lower lips and this time when Vito went to ‘season’ his food, he pushed it into my opening.
I had to bit the inside of my cheek to not make a noise at the intrusion. I didn’t think it could be healthy to put food there, but I wasn’t going to earn myself a punishment by acting out.
Vito surprised me when he put his mouth on me. He licked me thoroughly cleaning off all the remnants of food. A flick of his tongue on my nerve filled bud and he pulled back.
I thought he was done, but instead I was forced to endure the rest of the meal of food being slid along me and toward the end, he started fully pushing his fork into me and sliding it in and out a few times before he finally ate it. Every few bites he’d clean me with his tongue.
Conversation started to pick up as the other started to finish their meals, but Vito took his time and was the last to finish.
“Best meal I’ve had in a long time.” Vito sighed contently as I heard his chair scrape against the floor. “Flip her over. I want to see her.”
“Yes, sir,” Matteo said.
Fiona: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
I think the hardest part is keeping the characters and their reactions real instead of what is easy. It’s easier if characters just go with what is going on instead of putting up a fight for their own piece of mind (unless like my current novel, they have a reason not to)
Fiona: Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
I think what makes an author special to me is to have an interesting plotline along with really hot sex. There has to be more than chemistry between the sheets for me to really love a book.
Fiona: Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?
I don’t. I haven’t been to any signings and have no plans to either. I’m incredibly shy and tend to stay away from crowds when I can, although I am trying to work up the courage to do one.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
All but two of my covers have been designed by Phycel Designs. She is fantastic and easy to work with.
Fiona: What was the hardest part of writing your book?
I suppose research. It can be boring at times and overwhelming at others. I take a lot of notes and just try to find what I think is interesting and would be good for my story and characters.
Fiona: Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
Just keep trying. I usually finish a book and think it’s terrible but since I’ve put so much time and energy into it, I publish it and hope others disagree with me.
Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?
Take criticism and use it. Don’t let every bad review get to you, there will be bad ones no matter how good your book is.
Fiona: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Thank you for support and I love each and every one of you.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
The earliest book back I can remember reading was the Twilight saga. I know there were MANY MANY ones before that, but those are the most recent ones I can remember. Oooh.. I know I read Anne Rice a lot when I was younger, but couldn’t tell you any specific titles. And JD Robb. I read a lot of her books too. Laurell K. Hamilton as well. I guess I did remember after all LOL
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
I laugh at everything and cry at little. I am a happy person who easily laughs, but I don’t cry over very much. I hold it in until I burst at the seams.
Fiona: Is there one person pass or present you would meet and why?
I’d like to meet my Father in Law. He passed years before my husband and I married and I feel like I missed out on meeting a wonderful person and all the wisdom he carried within.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone and why ?
Ooh I don’t know. I think I’d like to know I was loved for being a smartass, but I don’t know that it’d go over so well to have it forever in stone.
Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies ?
I LOVE LOVE LOVE to read. I read at least a book a day. I also like to quilt, although it is always the first of my hobbies to go when time is limited so it doesn’t get the attention it should.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
I’m actually anti TV and Movies.. not really, but I just find I’d rather bury my nose in a book or write than watch tv. I do have one show I watch and record until I can do a marathon of it and that’s Bones. I love the mystery and the love stories that are all together in it.
Fiona: Favorite foods / Colors/ Music
Purple is my favorite color. Chicken almost any way is my favorite food. And I love pop music, but since the hubs is a country lover, I’ve been known to listen to that, but really I’ll listen to just about any type of music depending on what mood I’m in.
Fiona: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done?
I’ve thought about getting into graphic design quite a few times. I like working with computers and all the crazy things you can do with them.
Fiona: Do you have a blog/website? If so what is it?
I have a website, but I’m terrible about posting on it. However, all of my books are listed there – http://www.rachaelorman.com/
Amazon Author page http://www.amazon.com/Rachael-Orman/e/B00DSY2Y4U/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1