Author Interview: ‘Emma’s Fury’ by Linda Rainier

About the Book:

After a brutal and unnatural death, Emma is reborn as a Fury, a descendant of the mythological deities who were tasked with the judgment of man. They are tasked with protecting the delicate balance between humans and the paranormal world.

In the world of the Fury there is no room for the frivolity of human nature; no room for compassion or a need for love. To fall victim to such volatile emotions leads only to ruin and suffering.

In the shadows, darkness rises, endangering the tightly controlled world of the Fury. Emma must survive an intricate web of deceit and betrayal as the questions mount.

With the aid of her guardian, David, they must find a way to beat back the evil that threatens to devour them. 

Will her hope of finding her place in this world be dashed by the insurmountable odds?
Can she control the overwhelming emotions threatening to tear down her carefully constructed walls?

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Author Interview:

1: Tell us a little about yourself and what got you in to writing?

An independent author from New Hampshire. I guess I’ve always described myself as a little kooky, with a rather dark sense of humor. For about 90% of the time, I’m probably pretty boring and shear chaos for the remaining 10%.

Like most authors, I grew up with a great love for story-telling. My dad would travel a lot for work and my mom would gather all the kids around, telling us stories or read to us at night. I think that had a significant impact on my life.

2: Do you have a favourite time and place where you write?

At night is when I find I am most efficient at writing. Throughout the day, I’ll be thinking about the story and what I need to get done. So when I sit down at night, I can quickly get to work.

3: Where do your ideas come from?

I suffered from terrible insomnia as a child. My mind would never really slow down enough to fall asleep. I found listening to music helped, and it allowed my mind to wonder in a less active way. I’d imagine scenes that went along with the music. My current series was actually several years in the making. I had all the scenes I wanted to add and a reasonable order for them, but I just needed to find the last piece to tie it all together. The Furies were a perfect choice for my main character. I’ll also ask a lot of questions. By examining the issues, you can come up with some creative solutions. It’s like playing both sides of a chessboard.

4: Do you have a plan in your head of where the story is going before you start writing or do you let it carry you along as you go?

I’m a flexible plotter. I know how the story will end and all the major plot points that need to be there, but I allow for new ideas to pop up. Sometimes I’ll need to split a chapter in half because it’s too long. Other times I’ll realize that the plot or subplot needs more. I have a clear idea of the story but can adjust as needed.

5: What genre are your books and what drew you to that genre?

Mythological urban fantasy. I learned about Greek mythology in high school and really fell in love with the subject. It really lends itself well to the fantasy genre and the fact that most of my pleasure reading it is typically fantasy that helps as well. The first story to really grab my attention was The Hobbit. Anything is possible with fantasy, whether it is dragons or robot, you can build whatever world you want.

6: What dream cast would you like to see playing the characters in your latest book?

Hmm. There are so many amazing actors, it is hard to say. I think the main character, Emma, would be the hardest to cast in mind. Perhaps Scarlett Johansson or Charlize Theron. The closest actor I can think of for David would be Jason Momoa and Mei li would be either Lucy Liu or Zhang Ziyi. Bastian, I think Gerard Butler and Thanatos would be Colin Farrell.

7: Do you read much and if so who are your favourite authors?

I read as much as life will allow. I definitely don’t get to dedicate as much time as I want, but if I’m really getting stressed, I attempt to read more because it relaxes me.

Wow. Favorite author? I have a fairly broad interest in books. I loved Dean Koontz, Shakespeare and George Martin. A good romance is always good as well, so I devoured a lot of Lindsay’s books.

8: What book/s are you reading at present?

I just finished reading “Letters from Italy” by Mario Dell’Olio, highly recommend. Right now, I’m reading “Nasty little cuts” by Tina Baker 

9: What is your favourite book and why?

“The Monk” by Matthew Gregory Lewis. It’s so well written examining human nature and all of its flaws. It’s dark and visceral and beautiful.

10: What advice would you give for someone thinking about becoming a writer?

First, understand what success looks like to you. For me, having people read and enjoy the work is my primary goal.

Second, if you are looking to sell the book it’s going to cost some money, so budget early. Believe me, editors are costly. Even if you are going the traditional publishing route, you still want to send out a pretty clean manuscript. Indie publishing has even more costs associated with it. You owe it to yourself and your reader to put out the best book that you can.

Finally, two qualities are having a thick skin and patience. Some people will love your work, some may hate it. Learn to distinguish between hate and a constructive critique. We are always learning, always improving. So use all input to your advantage. 

11: What are the best Social Media Sites for people to find out about you and your work?

Twitter: @ln_rainier

Facebook: www.facebook.com/lrainier

Instagram: www.instagram.com/lnrainierauthor

Goodreads: www.goodreads.com/author/show/18712934.Linda_Rainier

About the Author:

Growing up in a small New Hampshire town Linda graduated from New Hampshire College with a degree in English Literature. From an early age she fell in love with the art of story-telling, especially the mythology. When the power would go out, which is a common occurrence in the winter, there would be many nights where they would sit and read or tells stories as a family. 

Each of our family mythos and tales of folk lore are significant in that it allows us, as a society, to connect with people from all walks of life and backgrounds. By studying these oral and written legends it gives us a window into the core of human nature.

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