Interview with D. A. Rhine

What are you working on next?
I have finished writing and editing the second book in the Vampires of the Chesapeake trilogy. This book tells Rees Morgan's story. And I have begun the third, and final, book, which is about Nikolaus Schild. I am playing with the idea of writing a dark romance, which tends towards dystopian themes, but I haven't fully fleshed it out.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My alarm clock! Oh, wait, no, that's what jolts me out of bed each day. Hmm, my children and husband.
What do your fans mean to you?
Everything. Without them, my stories are just words on a page.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
At the top of my list, is Outlander, the epic historical fiction novel by Diana Gabaldon. The sexy Scotsman in a kilt, Jamie Fraser, had me at, 'Sassenach'. Gabaldon's way with words weave a mystical tale that takes place through time, from the 1940's back to the 1700's. It's hard to pigeonhole this book into one genre because some may call it historical fiction, time travel romance, or general fiction. It's truly an epic series and for lovers of all things Scottish, a must read. A close runner-up would have to be Charlaine Harris', Sookie Stackhouse series. She brought the vampire world to life in a way we'd never seen before. In her novels, they lived among us and made themselves known instead of lurking in the shadows. Third, although I debated whether to put this one second, is Christine Feehan's, Dark Ones series about immortals who live in the Carpathian mountains. Her characters are sultry and sexy with interesting lives and spicy bedroom scenes. Nora Roberts is one of my all-time favorite authors because she creates such interesting and believable characters. Her series, Irish Trilogy, combined two of my favorite things: supernatural events and Ireland. I loved reading about the Irish countryside and the people that inhabited the village of Ardmore. So, I had to put her trilogy in my top five. Last but not least, I veer off into the world of Ayn Rand in Atlas Shrugged. The book is incredibly long but chocked full of detail, intricate characters and plots, as well as romance. This book takes into account all the unintended consequences of well-meaning people and how their actions affect the world and economy around them. She pits the looters against the producers in a dystopian world that quickly disintegrates at the hands of powerful people who make all the laws while adhering to none of them. Her underlying theme seemed to be that those who produce, no matter what it is, contribute to the betterment of society, while those who loot, mainly uber-wealthy politicians and socialites, destroy the fabric of nations. Rand's ideology is controversial, but her book, written over fifty years ago, rings eerily true today.
When did you first start writing?
When I was twelve-years-old, my maternal grandmother passed away from breast cancer. I wrote a poem to ease my grief and from that day forward, I continued writing.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Vampires of the Chesapeake is about an an Irishman, Kian MacTiernan, who is enslaved by English traders in 1654. They take his home, his family, his freedom, and ship him to the colonies. After selling him to a family in the colony of Virginia, Kian eventually escapes captivity in an attempt to locate his family. While fleeing through the woods behind the Virginian plantation, Kian encounters a dangerous man. The unusual man offers Kian his freedom. But it may come at too steep a price.
Should he accept the bargain? Read the rest of Kian's story in Vampires of the Chesapeake.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Immersing myself in the worlds I create brings me joy. I love to create worlds, characters, and bring them to life on the page. But I also love to hear how my words, my characters, and their stories made people feel. Words evoke emotion, and I endeavor to elicit feelings from my readers.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Originally, it was time constraints. When the paranormal romance sub-genre became popular, I thought it was a fleeting fad! And I knew the process of finding a literary agent, who finds you a company willing to publish your work, was a lengthy process. I didn't think I had the time to spare! I was so wrong about this sub-genre!
Who are your favorite authors?
Anne Rice, Nora Roberts, Angeline Fortin, J. R. Ward, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Christine Feehan, and Katie MacAlister.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Am I supposed to spend time not writing? Hmm, that may be a problem.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I have a few ways. One way, I search the internet for new paranormal romance novels for whatever my genre du jour is, and another approach is to check what my friends who read the same genre are buying.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, I do. I can't recall the title, but the female protagonist was named Anna. Anna was unaware that on the other side of her mirror there was an alternate universe, which held everyone's polar opposite. However, the alternate Anna knew of the dual worlds and planned to pull Anna into the alternate world and escape into her world. I wrote that my sophomore or junior year of high school as a project for my English class. Unfortunately, I never finished it, but I had a ball writing the scenes I did.
What is your writing process?
It's pitiful, I know, but I don't really have one. When I come up with a plot, I suppose I do a lot of "pre-writing" in my head. After I have the basic characters worked out, I let my imagination roll. I watch the story in my head and type it as I see it. Now, after i have the entire story written, that's when the real work begins, and I spend months editing, rewriting, and editing some more. I belong to a writers' group and beg them to give it a once over. If it passes with minor typos and no major plot errors, or grammar issues, I call it done.
How do you approach cover design?
I go for the marketing colors that are said to attract our eyes. Then, I try to find sensuous couples or men that embody my characters as closely as possible. If I find a creative, unique photo that fits the genre and my story, I'll work with that as my focal point. I like covers with contrast too. There's a new trend of black and white covers with a hint of color and some of them are quite striking.
What do you read for pleasure?
Paranormal/Vampire romance. Is there anything else?
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Kindle - hands down.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Marketing? What's that?
Describe your desk
Desk? What desk?
Published 2014-08-21.
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Books by This Author

Vampires of the Chesapeake: Nikolaus Schild
Series: Vampires of the Chesapeake. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 86,050. Language: English. Published: April 11, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
(4.50)
Nikolaus Schild a 1400 year old immortal, once a Frankish prince, finds a battered woman hiding on his property. He offers her temporary shelter while she heals and searches for her own place. When he gets word that an ancient hunter is after him and plans to use her as leverage against him, he must protect her while not repeating the sins of his past.
Vampires of the Chesapeake Rees Morgan
Series: Vampires of the Chesapeake, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 112,460. Language: English. Published: April 18, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
(5.00)
Rees Morgan has the perfect job for a vampire. As an escort he works nights, uses his mind-reading ability to know exactly what his clients need, and the pay's excellent. Then, his world is upended after fortuitously meeting Rachel McCready. Thrust into a realm she never knew existed, an evil force threatens them both. He's the one man who can save her, but he's the one man she's come to despise.
Vampires of the Chesapeake - Kian MacTiernan
Series: Vampires of the Chesapeake, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 82,440. Language: English. Published: April 7, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
(4.00)
Kian MacTiernan, a successful owner of an escort service, advertises for an administrative assistant. He interviews and hires Darcy Engel—without revealing his vampiric nature or his business's product. But, Ruth, Kian's immortal employee and occasional bedfellow, threatens Darcy and intends to expose his charade. Kian finds himself caught between two women, two worlds, and too many lies.