Name Laila Raimes
Where are you from Originally Bronx NY, now Upstate NY
A little about your self `ie your education Family life etc
I am ¼ children, the oldest girl but second child. I’m a single parent of a soon to be 12-year-old boy. I work fulltime as a customer service rep.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news?
Finishing up the last book of my Shifter Fates Series which is expected to be released next month.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I started writing nearly 20 years ago for the same reason I love reading, it’s an escape from reality and because what I write is more fantasy there are no limits to imagination.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I think that would’ve been the first time someone messaged me stating how much they loved the book they’d just finished reading.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
Technically my first book is still unpublished it’s a sci-fi/fantasy. But that came to me in a dream.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?
I call myself a winger meaning I don’t use an outline. The characters come to life in my head, I see their background, their stories/lives, settings and I write it. I see how it starts how it ends but I let them take me there.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
My titles usually have something to with what the books are about. Mate-Staken Identity is a title of one book, and it has to do with a female who was mistakenly mated to the wrong male. Tiny Tragedies is the main title of a series and that has to do with a paranormal female that was abused and treated as a sex slave causing her to personalities to split at a young age.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
I write about strong heroines who have lived through or experienced something horrible from abuse whether physical, sexual, or emotional, to depression, but fight, struggle and conquer it all, in a paranormal erotica/romance setting. So I suppose the message is not to give up. No matter what life throws at you don’t give up. Kick, scream, cry, do what you have to do, but keep it moving.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic?
My books are in a fantasy setting so in that sense they are not realistic, but the experiences that my heroines live can be real.
Fiona: Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
They are all based on my own life. I’m a very private, person and I have an issue with opening up about certain topics, this is probably my way of releasing or letting go.
Fiona: What books have most influenced your life most? a mentor?
I don’t have a mentor, but the first series that stuck with me is The Adventures of Pip and Flinx by Alan Dean Foster.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
I’m not reading anything at the moment since I’m in the middle of writing 4 books.
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
Yes. GM Sherbert, Angel Woodz, and Selena Rivera.
Fiona: What are your current projects?
The fourth and final main book of Shifter Fates entitled Elle’s Justice is expected out in December. I’m also finishing up the sequel to Tiny Tragedies that’s set for early 2016. I’ve got the first in my new series Governed Mates in the works. Each book will be a standalone, the first book will be called Perfect Hell. And finally the sequel to Mate-Staken Identity (A Micah Everheart Novel) which will delve into the takedown of the Shanks and their lives as agents of the SIA – Supernatural Intelligence Agency.
Fiona: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.
The Indie Author community on FB. Seriously they are absolutely fabulous.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
Honestly that would be my dream, but it’s all dependent on the readers.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
No. I think the path my character have taken is precisely where they need to be.
Fiona: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
It had to do with reading or watching fantasy movies and me questioning the characters limitations. It didn’t make any sense to me so from there I decided I’d write my own stories.
Fiona: Can you share a little of your current work with us?
In Elle’s Justice, Elle finds herself seeking help in order to bring down her uncle Tiel and his partner one of the reigning royals of the Daemon realm Micantre. But not everything is as it seems. They thought he wanted to take over the Earthly realm, but his sights are set on something much loftier.
Fiona: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Yes, ensuring the readers can ‘see’ and ‘feel’ what the characters are experiencing. In fantasy there are so many things that just aren’t reality therefore it has to be written in a way that expresses the emotion to the reader and draws them in.
Fiona: Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
I can’t pinpoint a favorite author because I read almost everything. But I will say I love the All Souls Trilogy by Deborah Harkness, the GOT series, the Deadly Beauties series by C.M. Owens, and I’m a huge fan of Nicole Snow.
Fiona: Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?
No, no traveling involved so far.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
My covers are all getting redone except for the Tiny Tragedies one since the publisher has a say in that one. The Shifter Fates series will be designed by J.N. Sheets and Mate-Staken Identity will be designed by Sylvia Frost.
Fiona: What was the hardest part of writing your book?
Finding the time. Being a fulltime mom, and a fulltime worker doesn’t leave much time left during the day. I get up very early in order to get writing done.
Fiona: Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
There’s a lot of prep work, and a lot of resources. But it also costs money to have it done right. Budgeting has helped me out a lot.
Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?
If you feel the need to write, to get that thought out of your head and into others, don’t let anything stop you. I may not be well-known but I’m ok with that. I love writing, I love meeting new friends who love the stories I’ve written. The entire experience has been great as a whole. With being able to self-publish there really isn’t anything stopping you. But definitely take the time to learn the best route to go about doing this. It’ll be worth it.
Fiona: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
To my current readers I say, thank you for taking the time and giving me a chance. I put my heart, sweat and sometimes tears into my writing and I hope you enjoy it. I am so glad to be able to meet you and I hope you continue this journey with me.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
Not the very first but the one that sticks with me would be the Pip and Flinx series.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
Sarcasm and a funny threat make me laugh, I stay away from anything that can make me cry.
Fiona: Is there one person pass or present you would meet and why?
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone and why?
Never really thought about it but as of today I want it to read, ‘you’re next.’ Why cause I’m sure someone would actually believe that.
Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies?
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
Love Orphan Black, TWD, Teen Wolf, X-men movies, love Bugs Bunny, the old street fighter cartoon, The Matrix (the first one.)
Fiona: Favorite foods / Colors/ Music
Favorite food is Italian, Color is forest green, Music is alternative.
Fiona: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done?
Any job that supports my family and allows me to work from home.
Fiona: Do you have a blog/website? If so what is it?
My website is: http://lailaraimes.weebly.com/ but it’s not great. I’m constantly asking for ideas/opinions to make it more exciting so if you have any, hit me with them.
Mate-Staken Identity Purchase Links.
$1.00 to purchase on sites listed below:
Shifter Fates – Elle’s Claim purchase links – Free on Kobo, Smashwords, itunes.
Shifter Fates – Adolf’s Request purchase links
$1.00 to purchase on sites listed below:
Shifter Fates – Declan’s Descent purchase links
Tiny Tragedies – The Sundry Files purchase links
Category: Controversial Paranormal/Erotica – Revolves around a young girls kidnapping and abuse for nearly a decade. Do not read if this material is a trigger for you. Has several sex scenes along with scenes of a sensitive nature.