Please welcome one of my favorite people, Rie Warren, Author, inspiration seeker, and fast writer who has a quick wit and determination that inspires all those around her.
Hi, M.V.! Thank you so much for inviting me along. I love having a natter with you!
You are always a joy to be around!
Who did you read as a kid?
The first books I remember reading are the Laura Ingalls Wilder series. I did the same thing! Love those books. I must’ve read them dozens of time, as well as being addicted to the TV program. There was, of course, Little Women too. When I got older, I snuck into my mom and grandma’s romance collection, ha ha! The first romance novel I read—one that will stay with me forever—is The Flame and the Flower by Kathleen Woodiwiss. I remember that book as well, she was a true master of her craft. In fact, I’ve been tempted forever to buy this book just so I can indulge again. I say, do it!
Who do you read as an adult?
A better question is ‘who don’t I read?’ I will read pretty much anything as long as it has a captivating plot. I read paranormal, urban fantasy, straight-up erotica, tons of YA and m/m. I don’t stick to specific authors because I like to play the field. I’m a promiscuous reader ;). One might even say a slutty reader, lol. Authors that I absolutely will buy as soon as their books come out include: JR Ward--BDB, Cassandra Clare—Mortal Instruments, and anything by the fabulous Maggie Stiefvater. I’m with you, why stick to one kind of genre? When all can inspire…
What inspires you? (Besides books, I’m getting nosey)
Oh lawdy, that’s a complex question! I’m gonna have to break it down. In terms of plot and pacing, I study (i.e. watch) several TV shows that I think are absolutely bang-on when it comes to huge, high stakes drama: Hell on Wheels, Sons of Anarchy, and The Walking Dead. Gah! I need to watch those…That’s an odd combination, huh? Gives you a little insight into my twisted mind. When I’m thinking on a smaller level—say for a scene or chapter—I usually focus on a certain setting and the emotion I want to convey, and write so the one works against (or with) the other. So, as a very visual person, I get inspired by where a scene is set and how I can use that to get the necessary action and emotion across. Does that make sense, or do I sound like a lunatic? Nope, because I do something very, very similar.
Finally, music does it for me. I write to a new song almost every chapter and post my playlists per book on YouTube. Awesome! I’ve been using Spotify—but I think it is really neat that you do this.
You do great, cough, research, which I enjoy—where do you find your photo inspiration?
Ha ha, I already told you that’s a top-smutty-secret! Okay, okay, twist my arm…Pinterest (or what I like to call Pimpterest) is a nice little treasure trove of visual delights, as is tumblr. Google images works too but you gotta watch out there, sometimes you just can’t get the brain bleach fast enough when you’re doing a search. True, true, sometimes there are things that you just can’t quite unsee…but, oh do you get some delicious pictures of David Gandy.
You have two books out :
Both of these are fast paced, with edgy writing. You have gift! (and two different genre’s to boot)
|In His Command|
IN HIS COMMAND: Blurb
It is the year 2070. Generations ago, the world was annihilated by catastrophic environmental events. The survivors were driven to live in big city centers ruled by the Company. To rebuild the world’s population, the oppressive Company had one rule: all homosexuals must be exterminated.
Commander Caspar Cannon has a stellar military reputation—and a life-threatening secret. When a revolution rips through the territories, Cannon is ordered to escort Company executive Nathaniel Rice to a secure location. For months, the commander has harbored illicit desire for Rice, knowing he cannot act on his attraction. Privileged, polished, and groomed to one day take over the Company, Rice is drawn to the rugged, military man. Yet Rice has his own mysterious agenda, and he knows their love can be as dangerous as the wasteland they must traverse.
Now leaving the besieged city behind, the two men embark on a journey that becomes a minefield of sabotage, betrayal—and forbidden passion. But when danger catches up to them, can Cannon trust the secretive man who holds his heart—and his fate?
SUGAR DADDY: blurb
She needs a job. He wants a mistress. Hearts and contracts are bound to get broken.
Shay Greer is pure GRITS—a Girl Raised In The South–but nowhere near a demure southern belle. She’s looking for a way out of her broken down marriage when she lands an unexpected job offer she really should refuse. Position? Mistress. Fringe Benefits? Of course. Fraternization with sexy CEO Reardon Boone? Required. Lured by the promise of intimacy missing from her failed marriage, Shay signs on. She’s barely survived a hellish year of heartbreak and needs a fresh start, but she gets more than she bargained for with lowcountry-boy-made-good Reardon Boone.
Bankrolling Shay into his bedroom, Reardon sticks by his tried and true rules: no-strings-attached seduction, no messy emotions, absolutely nothing resembling a relationship. This sassy, sultry woman fits the bill precisely…until she arouses more than his erotic appetite.
So desirable he sets hearts on fire in everyone from downtown debutantes to downhome mommas, Reardon is as irresistible as he is unattainable. Shay falls hard despite their unorthodox arrangement. Determined to discover what’s concealed beneath his Forbes 400 facade, she has no idea how close to home the truth will hit.
Y’all will just have to read these to believe me…
They are completely different in genres, was this hard to do?
Not at all. I love writing in different genres (as well as different gender pairings) and it helps keep my stories and voice fresh. A great thing about contemporary for me is I can make it a little bit more lighthearted and humorous. As a foil to that, I really love dystopian and paranormal for the darker aspects and the life and death angst. In any genre though, I really get off on writing quick, witty dialogue and hot-as-oh-my-god sex! You make me grin—you have this amazing enthusiasm that is infectious. You are a spectacular writer.
Do you prefer first or third person?
I prefer writing first by far! I just connect with my characters much more deeply which makes it easier to deliver the punch and impact I’m after. I have dabbled in 3rd (writing parts of a novel within a novel) in the book I’m revising now. Wanna talk about craziness? Shew, that was fun and confusing to keep up with. I love seeing the difference between the two POV’s. I’m dabbling with my first person POV. I’m usually third so the fact you handle BOTH in one book…wow.
What are you working on now? (and not necessarily the second book in the series, just what you are tinkering with )
The second book in the Don’t Tell series—On Her Watch—is complete! Yay! Can’t wait. It’s set for release early April, 2014. Yeehaw! And I think this is really exciting…I took the summer to begin a new contemporary series, Carolina Bad Boys. The first novel is finished, I’m in the revision stages, and currently deciding whether to shop it or self-pub it. Here’s a sample of Stone:
Bad boy mechanic Josh Stone likes to get his hands dirty any way he can. Ever since his wife walked out on him and their young son, he’s only had room in his heart for two loves: the kid and cars.
Roped into playing his best buddy’s gay lover during a romance writers’ convention, the player meets the girl who’s gonna rock his world. Leelee Songchild. Shy, bashful, beautiful Leelee who blushes at the drop of a hat yet writes hardcore smut to rival Josh’s backlist of Penthouse Forum.
The only problem is his hands are tied. He can’t stab his friend/fake lover in the back even though all he wants to do is take luscious Leelee to bed, and maybe, love her. When the truth comes out, all hell breaks loose. Too bad romance is just for books.
Oh! This is going to be tantalizing—and fun. I can hardly wait for this one either. (I need to really hang out with you more, maybe I’d get more done!)
If given a chance; where would you like to live for a year, and who would you have visit you for a writing retreat (See how I assume this)? And you had to keep it to five? Real or imagined.
Oh! I think I’d go to New Zealand! I began writing an historical novel (I know, me! *gasp* What?) based in the Wellington area involving Maori people about five years ago. I don’t really have all that much left to finish, but need to visit in person to solidify all my facts. It’s a little difficult to do research on a culture that is historically an oral tradition. You don’t want to know how much moula I dropped on books for that. Yikes! That is cool, and it is one country I would love to see as well.
Writing retreat with only five other peeps? Dude, I’m gonna cheat on this one. While I love my time with my writer friends and cherish it so much, I would love to meet some of my readers! This is wonderful! Yeah, I’d take them with me to NZ. I love interacting with them on Facebook, and it’s fantastic to be able to post a question (the latest example was I needed some help with classic cars) and have them chime in with their thoughts. I’ve got fabulous readers, they should defs come to NZ ;). (see how I got out of that one?) Oh heck, you know we’d all tag along anyway…it’s not like we’d follow the rules….hehe
What are you drinking now?
Water! But it’s lunchtime and I’m about to crack open my once-daily Co-Cola ;). *glug-glug* Awesome! *raises cup of coffee* To writing!
Thank you Rie, as always you are fabulous! I hope you come again. Next time we’ll talk art…and all sorts of strange things. Actually, I may make you bring your characters along to chat...oooh, I like that already.
To one lucky commentator, I will gift them either an Amazon OR B&N ebook of one book of their choice. (Only available to those who can accept it via email.) I will post the winner on Wendesday ----> THE WINNER IS RAE COMBS!!! (All names were put on paper and pulled out of bowl) Please send me your email to email@example.com as soon as you can. CONGRATS!
LINKS (Click on the Purple):
IN HIS COMMAND:
Since then she’s done this and that, here and there, usually in the nonprofit arena, until she returned to her dream of being a writer. Even though Rie basks in the glorious southern sunshine as often as she can, she’s mostly a nocturnal creature adjourning to her writer’s atelier (spare bedroom) in search of her next devious plot twist or delicious passionate tryst.
No matter what genre or gender pairing she’s writing, she combines a sexy southern edge with humor and heart--and a taste of darkness.