Interview with L.D. Raye

When did you first start writing?
I've been writing since I can remember. I didn't start out writing stories, however. I first caught myself writing songs, but I never found the love for that in which I found in writing stories. I'm twenty-seven years old now, and the first book I can remember writing I was in middle school at that time so I was about eleven or twelve years old.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I was about twelve the first time I actually tried to complete an entire novel. It was a horror story entitled, Killer in the Cabin. I was so excited about it until the movie House on Haunted Hill came out. I was just completely upset because I felt the movie had stolen my basic idea. It's funny now because at the time I didn't know it was a remake. Still, I could never bring myself to finish it because I felt like a copycat.
What is your writing process?
I know the right thing to do is to come up with an outline, an end game, perhaps even what message you're going for, but all of that comes after I've gotten well into my story. Most of the time I feel like I'm trying to keep up with a story that's already happening in my head. After that I'll come back and tweak it and bring ideas and thoughts together. Once I have in my mind how I want the story to end, putting the meat into the story gets a little tricky because like I said my stories tend to have a mind of their own. Eventually the story does end up just the way it's suppose to.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I can't remember the first story I've ever read. I can speak about the first story that actually took me on a rollercoaster though, that was The Million Dollar Divorce. My goodness did that book bring out deep annoyance. I have a great respect and love for that book, but there was one character, Monica, who I just to this day can't think about without shaking my head. That was a memorable character, and though I dislike her, she didn't make me dislike the book. That taught me a valuable lesson about making sure that your characters, even if they are the "foe" in the story, makes a lasting impression. I feel like that made a great impact on me because it made my writing better by helping me understand character-reader relations I guess you could say.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I was a member of a few message boards which allowed you to share your work as you wrote it, and people would comment and give you feedback. One day a author expressed how she'd love for the members of the board to go purchase her book she'd self-published. Since then it's always stuck with me to have that as an option. It took a year or two before I finally decided to really look into that route for myself.
Who are your favorite authors?
As a child it was Mildred D. Taylor. I loved her series following the Logan family. Still to this day The Road to Memphis is a favorite of mine. As I grew older I began to read the romance novels, but none stuck out to me as much as Carl Weber novels. Lookin' for Luv was the first I read by him and became hooked. The Preacher's Son was another I loved, but The Family Business series is my all time favorite by him.
What do you read for pleasure?
Murder mysteries, zombie stories, and romance are my favorites. I love to read a lot of different genres ranging from drama and romance to supernatural and fantasy.
How do you approach cover design?
Now while I'm not a professional, I still design my own covers. I like to think I'm decent enough plus I'm a bit too frugal with my money to give it away for something I feel I can do well enough. It's not as if it's as easy as one, two, three, but I do enjoy playing around with things like that too.
What are you working on next?
I'm currently working on the follow up to Queen of Hearts, my first self-published book as well as a new story entitled Lovers and Friends. This story is a real page turner following a couple that takes too long to set limits in their friendship and listen to what's really going on in their heads and hearts. I'm really excited about this one.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Working is the necessity that takes up a lot of my time, but spending time with family is very important to me. I'm always with family, going out to eat, to the movies, going bowling, even when I am writing, sometimes fussing at them to hush so can focus. Other than those things, I actually love playing video games. Mass Effect and Assassin's Creed games are still my addictions.

I just do regular everyday living, I guess.
Published 2014-09-06.
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Books by This Author

Queen of Hearts
Price: Free! Words: 250,690. Language: English. Published: September 22, 2014. Categories: Fiction » African American fiction » Romance
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The Heart sisters were never the type of women who would take a chance on love. Doing that went against everything that was natural to them. It would take the patience and addictive sense of humor of one man to knock through all the layers and extremes of these sisters. If the sisters can open themselves up before sending everyone's happy ending up in smoke will be the true test.