I see your first novel, Blood Toy is going to be released soon. Tell us bit about the story and what inspired you to write it.
Blood Toy is the story of a girl who becomes a vampire hunter when her parents were murdered. After hunting to the exclusion of everything and everyone else in her life for three years, one finally started hunting her back. Blood Toy is mostly the story of that hunt. It is definitely a more classic vampire tale than the paranormal romances that have been making the rounds lately. I was inspired in high school by Anne Rice’s Lestat and Francis Ford Coppola’s Dracula. Though the first vampire story I ever read was The Celery Stalks At Midnight about Bunnicula, a vampire rabbit.
What do you like most about the genre you write in?
It allows me to write the books I want to read.
What advice would you offer to authors just starting out?
Don’t get too attached. Learn the phrase “Kill your darlings.” Embrace it! I just might get those words tattooed on myself. I’d get them engraved on my tombstone when I die, except I don’t plan on having one.
What’s the most memorable book you’ve read? Why?
The Taking by Dean Koontz. As a rule, I don’t re-read books, because I hate knowing how they end, but I read this one once a year. If I told you why it was brilliant, it would give the story away, but I will say knowing the ending makes it a completely different story the second time around.
How can readers discover more about you and you work?
Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/B.K.-Raine/e/B00XYAHDKS/
Book Links: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00XWZP9H4/
Do you have any strange writing habits?
Sometimes I eat Jelly Belly jelly beans when I write. My favorite flavors are Toasted Marshmallow and Buttered Popcorn. I also listen to music that reminds me of high school (not sure why since high school was mostly awful). I listen to these songs…in this order and in a loop. I am a creature of habit!
- Silent Lucidity – Queensryche, 1990
- Sailing – Christopher Cross, 1979
- Into the Mystic – Van Morrison, 1970
- Wind of Change – Scorpions, 1990
- Crucify – Tori Amos, 1992
- Carnival – Natalie Merchant, 1995
- These Dreams – Heart, 1985
- Witchy Woman – Eagles, 1972
- Whispers – Elton John 1989
- I’ve Got Dreams to Remember – Otis Redding, 1968
- Sweet Dreams – Eurythmics, 1983
- Right Here, Right Now – Jesus Jones, 1990
- Eye of the Tiger – Survivor, 1982
If your book was made in to a movie or TV show, who would you cast to play your main characters?
Oooh…this is a fun one. Gabriel Gray would make a good Desollador, I think. Diane, definitely Eliza Dushku. And I’ve always thought of Bree Conners as a young Drew Barrymore, but the closest modern actress would have to be Maddie Hasson.
Tell us a bit about the cover of your book. Who designed it? Why did you choose those images?
Donna Murillo of DHM Designs created the cover during a design contest I ran on 99designs.com. The background is a photo she took in Yosemite. I had a feeling she would be my cover designer when she told me about that photo, because Yosemite is my favorite place on earth. Donna created a unique 3D model based on my very specific idea of Diane. Eliza Dushku was the inspiration for her, with Olivia Wilde’s eyes and Emily Browning’s attitude from role as Babydoll in Sucker Punch. After I narrowed down the finalists to three, Diane told me in a dream she wanted the body Donna made for her. So that decided it. Her costume, I am told, is not realistic, but it really isn’t meant to be. Her weapons also have an intentional element of surrealism. The cover depicts a very specific moment in the final chapter of Blood Toy. Readers will definitely know it when they read it it.
Are any of the characters in your book modeled after people you know? (No need to name names) Just curious.
All. Except. One. When I first wrote Blood Toy, I literally took every person I knew in high school (or wanted to know) and created a character based on them. I even used anagrams and alternate forms of their real names (which is why I have a character names Mace). It’s why my cast of characters is so large, though their personalities have evolved much over time. The good guys were based on people I liked. And the bad guys were based on people I really liked. I based my victims on the ones I didn’t like:)
Gives us a memorable quote or snippet from our book that is mean to intrigue and tantalize.
My editor thinks this is the best line ever:
I stopped at an unremarkable thatch of Bradford Pears, snowy blooms wilting in the damp air, and vomited up the people I had eaten.
How did you come up with the title for your book?
I had no title for this book for such a long time. The first scene in Chapter 1 of my book was actually one of the last scenes I wrote. Desollador handed me the title on a silver platter. I knew as soon as he said the words to Diane I had my title.
Name one person that you feel supported you in your writing career?
There are so many: friends who have read every single version of it from the young adult novel that it was in the beginning to the mature themed book it is today, my husband who bought me a Macbook Pro to celebrate finishing my first draft, my daughter who is too young to read it, and my parents who probably shouldn’t read it, but will anyway.