Interview with Rae Griffin

When did you first start writing?
I started writing when I was about seven years old. The first piece I remember vividly was when I was in third grade. I wrote a song, "A Song for MJ". I was really into P!nk at that time. I still read over it occasionally and I have wanted to add instruments to it for years.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Somewhere in between 'Kill Bill' and the movie adaptation of Jason Bourne, I began to wonder how a reluctant female assassin would behave if her loyalty were taken into question.

Carmen is one such heroine. She in young, and a little naive on how the "real world" works. But because of her bloodied childhood she sees mundane themes of corporate wold and Starbucks coffee as thrilling and welcomed.

As a novice mixd martial artist, I enjoy envisioning the fight scenes. And similar to the Bourne series, I attempt to keep them short and effective, yet realistic. You will never see a palm strike to the nose in my writing. That never causes death. It is physically impossible for the human body to exert that much force, and a blunt object, like a bat, won't have the focus to land the blow 99% percent of the time. Sure it sounds cool, but it is a bogus move.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
There is a quote from one of my favorite movies, "The Sister Act 2". Whoopi Goldberg's character, Sister Mary Clarence, speaks to Lauryn Hill's character concerning a novel.

" I went to my mother who gave me this book...called Letters To A Young Poet. Rainer Maria Rilke.He's a fabulous writer. A fellow used to write to him and say: "I want to be a writer. Please read my stuff." And Rilke says to this guy: "Don't ask me about being a writer. lf when you wake up in the morning you can think of nothing but writing...then you're a writer."I'm gonna say the same thing to you. If you wake up in the mornin' and you can't think of anything but singin' first...then you're supposed to be a singer. "

When I wake up, I feel like writing. And there is no editor, publishing house, or disgruntled reader that can change that
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Hmm, I enjoy getting my thoughts outside to see the world. I enjoy when my words can touch another person's heart. I have long been an avid slam poet. When I see the audience laughing or close to tears because i the words from my heart, it gives me a rush.

Likewise, when a read will comment (so few do, why is this?) about how my imagery places him or her with in a scene, with the action, I know that I did good (*ahem* have done well).
What do your fans mean to you?
I don't have any fans, not really.

I have my mother, sister, and fiancé who praise my work (but I think they're supposed to). Then there are my friends who will occasionally read the first chapter of my works. They always wish me well. But fans? None that I can speak of, not for lack of trying. I think that because I write on darker topics with little to no romance, the thousands of fangirls/boys who are waiting for the next heart throb page turner pass me by. And that's ok :)
What will be your next piece?
Well, I promised myself that I would finish An Assassin's Heart (Carmen) first before writing another novel. But I have been world building in preparation for my next piece.

It is Steampunk and will have plenty of steam. It is still in the beginning stages, but here is a link to my current brainstormed ideas:
Who are your favorite authors?
Novels: JK Rowling, Anne Rice, JRR Tolkien, CS Lewis, Ellen Hopkin, Cornelia Funke, Neil Gaiman, Louis Sacar, Garth Nix, James Patterson, and Eion Colfer

Poetry: Maya Angelou, Edgar Allen Poe, Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson, Back Ice, Rafael Casal, and Jill Scott

Prose: Ralph Waldo Emerson, John Donne, Jamala Rogers, and Henry David Thoreau
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The hope of finishing another chapter to a novel. My dreams consist of new plot points and scenarios. When I get up I began to consider the likelihood of a plot piece being effective and its plausibility in the world of a specific novel. That and needing to use the lavatory, tends to get me up and at it.
Published 2013-08-22.
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