www.RaineMiller.com Raine has been reading romance novels since she picked up that first Barbara Cartland book at the tender age of thirteen. And it's a safe bet she'll never stop with the reading. Partly because she now writes her own romance novels in addition to reading them. Granted, Raine's stories are edgy enough to turn Ms. Cartland in her grave, but to her way of thinking, a hot, sexy, hero never goes out of fashion. Never ever! Writing books pretty much fills her days now and she's always busy. Raine has a prince of a husband, two brilliant sons, and two very bouncy Italian Greyhounds to pull her back into the real world when the writing takes her too far away. She loves to hear from readers and to chat about the characters in her books. Connect with Raine on Facebook in her readers' group: @Raine Miller Romance Readers. More about Raine Miller Q. What inspires your writing? A. So many things. Art, a photograph, a portrait, poetry, movies, songs, books, historical events, notable people, a friend, a colleague...and the list is never-ending. Q. Why do you like to write historicals? A. I guess mostly because of the nostalgia of the past. It is an escape for me to think in a world where communication existed only in real face-to-face time or in a letter. Social graces were not only an art, but a survival skill. Interaction with another person was downright intimate in a way it can never be today. I also find great joy in writing my stories. It is as entertaining to write them as it is to be lost in a book you can't set down. Q. What is your favorite quote? A. "I almost wish we were butterflies, and liv'd but three summer days. Three such days with you I could fill with more delight than fifty common years could ever contain." JOHN KEATS...1819 (sigh) Need I elaborate? Q. How do you plot out your stories? A. I picture the scenes like a movie in my mind. I go on long walks with my iPod and just process through storylines in my head. As soon as I get home I run up to my computer and jot down my ideas so I don't forget. I've worked through many a troublesome plotline while on a walk. Solitude works for me. Q. Who are some of your favorite authors? A. JR Ward, Elizabeth Hoyt, Jean Auel, Carolyn Keene, Laura Ingalls Wilder, Edward Rutherford, Ken Follett, John Grisham, Charles Dickens, Jane Austen, John Keats, Robert Herrick...What I wouldn't give to have all of those writers together in a room. Q. What has becoming a writer taught you? A. A healthy respect. That's: R - E - S - P - E - C - T! I am humbled by anyone who wrote before the word processor and Google was invented. There's no denying that writing is hard work, but to imagine how Jane Austen wrote Pride and Prejudice with a feather quill pen makes my brain hurt. Q. Any pearls of wisdom for aspiring writers? A. Write what you love—your voice will come through. Write every day—your creative mind needs exercise. Never give up your dream of becoming a writer. Everyone loves a good story and if you can write one, people will always want to read it.Read more Read less
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