|Posted on July 6, 2010 at 10:16 AM|
Rae Winters: Lady Leo Writer
Arrow Talks to Romance Writer Rae Winters
Arrow recently spoke with Rae Winters a native New Yorker and the passionate writer of the Girlfriend Series, the Romance Series, and the racy Seduction Series. Winters started writing romantic short stories and poetry over seven years ago, and has been writing them ever since. The Girlfriends Series launched her introduction into eBooks. Since then, Winters has sold seven eBooks to Lady Leo Publishing and her first book to Red Rose Publishing. In addition, she has published book reviews, sensual poems, and confession stories for five national women's confession/romance magazines.
Arrow: So, tell us about yourself – the fans are listening.
RW: I’ve been writing since 2003. My love for romance books started when I was 10 years old. Many days, I was locked up in the bathroom reading a book, instead of doing my chores. I am a Gemini—the twin sign, and on any given day, I’ve been known to have two personalities. D. F. Mitchell is the serious, inspirational side of me, while Rae Winters is racy and adventurous.
Arrow: Wow Rae! Skipping your chores to read, a famous writer in the making. How do you begin to create your stories and characters?
RW: I start out with my characters, chose a setting, and then I plot out my story through an outline, scene-by-scene. With a completed outline in hand, I start writing and often my characters have led me in a different direction from my plotted outline.
Arrow: Are any of stories or characters based on real life?
RW: I sometime weave a real-life situation into my books; and at other times, I’ll let my imagination lead me.
Arrow: And what do you consider a captivating erotic story?
RW: A captivating erotic story for me is one that balances romance, sex, and an interesting storyline. It pulls me into the characters’ lives, and I can’t put the book down until I’ve read the last page.
Arrow: This is great. So what motivated you to start writing in the erotica genre?
RW: I started by writing sensual poems, then confession stories, and went on to write three erotica novellas. My books are not hardcore erotica, but mostly sensual with romance being the key element.
Arrow: Yes, I see that you eased your way into sensual and erotic writing. Tell us, what's your writing background?
RW: I have published book reviews, sensual poems, and confession stories for five national women’s confession/romance magazine. I’ve studied the craft of writing at the Frederick Douglas Creative Arts Center. I also studied Fiction and Mystery writing through an online distance-learning program.
Arrow: With so many distractions, do you get the opportunity to write every day?
RW: I was a caregiver for the past two years to my terminally ill father, who passed away last year. Now that I will be joining the work force again, my writing will be scheduled according to my work hours. However, in the past, I wrote every day sometimes for as many as six hours, or until I was famished.
Arrow: So sorry to hear about your father. Our condolences. Writing until your starving, now that’s dedication. Is there a particular writer who influenced or mentored you?
RW: Nathasha Brooks-Harris, a writer also, has always been in my corner cheering me on. She pushes me to do my research, plot out my story and to incorporate the five senses into the plot so that a reader can visualize everything they’re reading.
Arrow: Precisely! One of the essential parts of writing is guiding the reader to see, feel and hear what’s in the writer’s mind. Are there any genres or subgenres you haven't tried that you'd like to?
RW: I’m putting the finishing touches to my first women’s fiction novella, I’ll Be There. I’m also working on my first paranormal novella, Time and Again. Both stories are setup to be series so I’m praying my readers will like them.
Arrow: With electronic publishing at the forefront of the industry, what made you decide to publish in this popular format?
RW: A good friend of mine knew the stress I was under taking care of my dad and suggested I pickup the pen again. Writing can be therapeutic and so I lost myself in it. I submitted my first Cub Bite Confession manuscript to Lady Leo Publishing Company in June 2008. Unfinished Business, the first book in my Girlfriends Series, was released two months later. The book is in the chick-lit genre and it’s about three girlfriends: Sydney Harris (Unfinished Business,) Lisa Roberts (Against My Will) and Doreen Hamilton (Finding Love Again). All three of them met at Columbia University and five years later their bond is stronger than ever.
Arrow: Have you sought an agent or do you represent yourself? Any advice for new writers looking to get published?
RW: I haven’t sought out an agent. But my first manuscript submitted to Lady Leo Publisher Company was accepted for publication. So, I would advise aspiring authors who are looking to get published to read the publisher’s submission guidelines and to follow them before submitting your work. Don’t allow a publisher’s rejection to stop you from realizing your dream.
Also, it’s important to study the craft—enroll in writing workshops and online classes to help you polish your skills. Another way is to form a critique group to review your work. It may be painful at times, but it’s good to get other people’s opinion of your work. With this in mind, I say, keep submitting!!!
Arrow: Tell us about your latest releases. Do you have a favorite?
RW: My favorite and latest release, Obsession, is from the Romance Series. Unlike the Girlfriends Series, the books from the Romance Series are highly sensual and a little racy.
Arrow: A little racy you say. What can your readers expect from you in 2010?
RW: My third book, A Taste of Passion (Romance Series), will be released in June by Lady Leo. It’s an interracial romance and ladies night out story. The characters from Undeniable and Obsession will make a cameo, updating the fans of this series on their lives. Salsa Heat will also be released in the coming months by Red Rose Publishing.
Caribbean Heat, the first book from my Seduction Series, and another novella, Tangled Sheets, are being edited for submission. Both of these erotica novellas are my raciest titles so far.
Arrow: Do you implement any special marketing techniques to promote your books, your brand and yourself?
RW: Well, through my website, I’ve included a blurb and excerpt of all of my books. When I’m working on a new project, I try to post a chapter of my work, along with a photo of my characters to draw the readers into the book. I’m working on creating a book video trailer for all of my books. I also use blogging and newsletters as another means to market my work. And I’m on the Authors Den, Facebook, Twitter, Myspace, Coffee Time Romance and several other networking sites.
Arrow: This is certainly a lot of work. Before we hop off, fans really want to know a little about you. Tell us about Rae.
RW: I’m a native New Yorker and I love the hustle and bustle of the big city! I really love to travel and this will be a central theme in some of my upcoming books. I have traveled to Japan, Korea, Hawaii, Puerto Rico and the Caribbean Islands. My favorite places are Barbados and the Hawaiian islands.
Arrow: Traveling the world is great! Rae, it’s been a real pleasure. Thank you for taking a few moments to speak with Arrow about your writing career. Lets chat again soon.
RW: Thank you for interviewing me. The pleasure has really been all mine!
Read the full interview with Rae Winters on MyRomanceStory's Blog.
Search keywords “Arrow Publications” or “MyRomanceStory” to find Obsession and Unfinished Business and other offerings by Rae Winters in Arrow’s Love & Romance Collection in the iTunes App store. Titles start at only $2.99.