Interview with Raine

Describe your desk
Stuff everywhere. Only the space around my keyboard and mouse are clear. Six different shades of pink nail polish. Four notebooks. Neon-colored post-it notes stuck on every surface. One reads "Story Ideas" in legible, cursive writing. Another reads "Dreams" in total chicken scratch. A thermos of tea sits in its usual spot to my left for easy access.
When did you first start writing?
I first started writing in early elementary to middle school. I recall one of my first completed stories was a rather grotesque horror tale that I had based off one of my very vivid recurring nightmares. Lets just say I hadn't expected the teacher to pick me (out of a class of 30 students) to read their story out loud.
What are you working on next?
I'm actually semi-working on three stories at the moment, though they're far from being complete. Just as a little preview, they've been titled "Ardent", "Red Pierrot", and "Awake", respectively. Well, at least for now. I've leave the genres and plots as a surprise.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Either hunger or attempting to write down what I had dreamed about that night. I usually forget what I've dreamed about ten nanoseconds after waking up so it's pretty good motivation.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Not exactly. I vaguely recall it being about a young girl attempting to find her lost sister in another world. There was just one part I had been so proud of--a bizarre and nonsensical riddle the heroine had to resolve in order to find the key to a gateway in order to travel to the next 'world' on her quest.

The last line of the riddle was something along the lines of 'a crystal horse glides across a peachy field'. It sounds bizarre now, but at the time I had thought it pure genius. It's referring to a tear sliding down a person's cheek. Get it? … No? Yeah, me neither.
What is your writing process?
Probably the most inefficient process ever.

1. Get an idea.
2. Think of the climax and conclusion.
3. Create a set of characters.
4. Write an introduction introducing the characters and a brief background of the story.
5. Somehow write the rest with only a few plot twists and set events in mind.

It takes a while for me to finish a story… Short stories kind of just come naturally, though.
Published 2013-11-08.
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