Interview with Annie Rayburn

Published 2022-01-31.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in the small Texas town of Mineral Wells. It had an army helicopter training base on the outskirts of town, which meant we got an influx of people from other areas of the U.S. So, not your typical small town as far as inhabitants. However, I moved from there to Arkadelphia, Arkansas, another small town. I've lived in large cities since then, but always chose to remain on the outskirts, where it had a more small-town feel. Writing as Carol Burnside, my Sweetwater Springs series is based in a fictitious small Arkansas town.
What's the story behind your latest book?
At this point in time, that would be Bittersweet Obsessions. My Crainesian race has pretty unique mating habits and customs. I like to turn things on their heads and see what shakes out. In doing so, I wondered what would happen if a Crainesian woman (Teriza) found her lifemate (Deacon), but couldn't claim him because he was already married to a Human (Sallie)? That was the premise behind the story, then it grew into two very sexy love stories. Of course, I wanted my heroine to have a HEA, so I brought Paul into the picture. I really like the way it turned out. I hope my readers will, too.
What do your fans mean to you?
My fans are fabulous, voracious readers and I love hearing their feedback. My only lament is that I can't write fast enough to get them more stories, but I'm working on Crainesian books 4 an 5. I really am, y'all!
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Books by This Author

Bittersweet Obsessions
Series: Crainesian. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 45,630. Language: English. Published: January 27, 2022 by B&R Bookery. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Mashups
One woman, three men. Which will trigger her obsession? Bittersweet Obsessions features Annie Rayburn’s sensual race of Crainesian’s in a story of ancient mating customs turned upside down. To Crainesians, love means one perfect mate. Could testing centuries-old beliefs bring everything they desire?
Phantoms & Fantasies
Series: Crainesian. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 25,690. Language: English. Published: May 26, 2011 by B&R Bookery. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » Erotic
Passion too hot to ignore: a romance between a Crainesian woman with a troubled past, the life-mate she denied and the intense pheromone heat drawing them together. Can Zeenie leave phantoms of her past behind and embrace her fantasies, or will she leave Turk feeling rejected once again?
Series: Crainesian. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,360. Language: English. Published: May 10, 2011 by B&R Bookery. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Short stories, Fiction » Romance » Erotic
(4.00 from 1 review)
What's a strong Crainesian woman like Sela to do when Jonavon, her half human life-mate, is too clueless to follow when beckoned? Seduce him with his own desires, of course!