Rayne Hall

Biography

Rayne Hall writes horror and fantasy fiction. She is the author of over forty books in different genres and under different pen names, published by twelve publishers in six countries, translated into several languages. Her short stories have been published in magazines, e-zines and anthologies.

Recent books, currently published in e-book format, include:
"Storm Dancer" (dark epic fantasy novel)
"The Colour of Dishonour. Stories from the Storm Dancer World"
"Six Scary Tales Vol. 1, 2, 3, 4" (creepy, atmospheric horror stories)
"Writing Fight Scenes" (practical instructions for writers)
"Writing Scary Scenes" (practical instructions for writers)
"The Word-Loss Diet" (self-editing for authors)
"Writing About Villains" (practical instructions for authors)
"Writing About Magic" (practical instructions for writers)
"Six Quirky Tales Vol. 1" (humorous fantasy stories)
"Six Historical Tales Vol. 1"
"Six Historical Tales Vol. 2"
"13 British Horror Stories"

Storm Dancer is also available in paperback.

She is the editor of the Ten Tales anthologies: "Bites: Ten Tales of Vampires"
"Scared: Ten Tales of Horror"
"Haunted: Ten Tales of Ghosts"
"Cutlass: Ten Tales of Pirates"
"Beltane: Ten Tales of Witchcraft"
"Spells: Ten Tales of Magic"
"Undead: Ten Tales of Zombies"
"Seers: Ten Tales of Clairvoyance"
with more titles coming soon.

To view short exciting trailers of some of these books, go to http://pinterest.com/raynehallauthor/rayne-hall-s-book-trailers/

After living in Germany, Mongolia, China and Nepal, she has settled in a small Victorian seaside town in southern England.

Rayne holds a college degree in publishing management and a masters degree in creative writing. Over three decades, she has worked in the publishing industry as a trainee, investigative journalist, feature writer, magazine editor, page designer,production editor, concept editor for non-fiction book series, anthology editor, editorial consultant and more. Outside publishing, she worked as a museum guide, apple picker, tarot reader, adult education teacher, trade fair hostess, translator and belly dancer.

Rayne also teaches online classes for writers. Topics include Writing Fight Scenes, Writing Scary Scenes, Writing Short Stories, Creating Great Villains, Tightening your Writing Style, and more.
The next class is in September: "Writing Short Stories to Promote Your Novel"

The author portrait is by the artist Fawnheart.

Smashwords Interview

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
When I was six, I told the teacher that the stories in the school book were stupid and I could write better ones. She challenged me to write a story about a letter's adventures from writing to delivery. When I handed it in, she was startled that a six year-old could write so well. Of course, she didn't know I'd had the help of my older sister. From then on, when the other kids had to read the dull pieces for their homework, she often assigned me to write stories, and I soon learnt to do it without my sister's help.
What are you working on next?
I always have a dozen writing projects in progress.

Right now (31 August 2013) I'm working on these:
A steampunk horror short story about a werewolf in a funicular railway car.
A quirky fantasy story about an introvert dragon.
A horror story about unrequited love turning into hatred.
A dark historical story about Smugglers in Regency England.
A sequel to my dark-epic fantasy novel Storm Dancer. The sequel's working title is Flame Bearer.
Another book for my bestselling Writing Craft series for authors. The next book in the series is Writing Dark Stories.
I'm also writing the introductions to the next two anthologies of which I'm the editor: Dragon: Ten Tales of Scaly Beasts, and Cogwheels: Ten Tales of Steampunk.

... and more.
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Smashwords book reviews by Rayne Hall

  • Raingun (Book #1, The Talan Revolt) on Sep. 21, 2011

    This is an exciting, fast-paced novel set in a historical fantasy world with a lot of magic and fighting. I like how the hero is conflicted in his desires and loyalties, and how his inner conflict plays out in action. A small thing I found particularly helpful is that many chapters are prefaced with the place, the year and the hero's age (e.g. "San Bitante, Prosper, 1477 - Ricky Rivoire is four years old"). Normally, when novels jump backwards and forwards in time and place, I get easily confused.These little additions prevented confusion and I was able to immerse myself immediately into each chapter.