Interview with R.A. Baker

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
The first story I ever wrote was a sci-fi story. It was my only original piece until recently. Unfortunately it never got to see the light of being published since I lost it in a burglary a few years back. My laptop and all my backups were taken and I was heart sore about it, but it gave me the ability to write something more, it gave me more time to improve myself and make something better.

In terms of fanfiction I've written a lot of those from anime to movies and over the years I seem to have plot lines running through my head while watching movies, which is rather distracting
What is your writing process?
Oh the writing process...to be honest I don't really have one. For me it has always been me doing something else when I'm suddenly struck with an idea and I need to write it down. I learnt that from my lecturer, because one finds that the first time you think of an idea is the best idea than to think about it and to over think it. The moment you think of something, write it down or you will never have the same effect as when you first thought about it.

I'm a true scatterbrain so I need a pen and paper handy at all times
For some writers they usually use a timeline strategy in which everything is written in a linear fashion and connects which is better but at the same time I feel is too limiting, but with my strategy even though you have good scenes and dialogue, the problem comes in when you have to connect all these separate scenes together to create a story that flows. But I won't change my writing style because it is what suits me
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I was a true fan of the Animorphs series by K.A. Applegate.

I became really fascinated with writing and the ability of people to create fantasy worlds, it was one of the things that set me on the path to wanting to become a writer
How do you approach cover design?
With bated breath

It is one of the hardest things to do.

The cover for Dangerous Obsessions was done by me and I had a lot of input from others about what I should and shouldn't do, but at the end of the day when you write a book, you should have the final say on your book cover. If you like something, don't let others tell you otherwise
What are your five favorite books, and why?
I am a fan of the Skullduggery Series and the Series of Unfortunate Events...I can't think of any others at the drop of a hat but I like books that show how a person matures and the way people deal with things in different ways, no one ever reacts in the same way as someone else so reading all these different things about the different characters and their differences really attract me to them
What do you read for pleasure?
I tend to look to fanfiction. There are various sites that I visit and I enjoy when someone has a different take on the same situation that had been discussed multiple times before, just one small detail picked up by someone else can make all the difference
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I am an Android baby, so my smartphone can only handle pdf files and epubs, but if I can view something online with my laptop then I'm all for it
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Dangerous Obsessions is my first book so I'm going to have to come back to this question
Describe your desk
Cluttered...no other words to describe that typhoon
When did you first start writing?
I first started writing when I was about 15, at the time we had just started creative writing classes and then I fell in love with writing. I think I can safely say that writing is my first love
What's the story behind your latest book?
The story isn't all that complicated, I was tired of seeing girls believing that they need men to take care of them. A lot of the girls I went to school with are married and have two kids already. When I was in school everyone thought that my dad would marry me off to some random guy because he is the stern looking type.

The book in general is to break the mould that we have allowed ourselves to be shaped into. I wanted to show that it is okay to be assertive and to know what you want.

Also is the sensitivity around BDSM related issues. I did a lot of research and realized that there are a lot of things that are not taken into account and that there is this fad around it that is filled with untruth. I've seen many forums in which headstrong and dominant women feel as if they are not catered to and I want to be able to give them a voice.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
A lot of rejections do take its toll on you as a writer and eventually you stop caring about what big publishers have to say and you begin to care only about the people that read your books. I've had a lot of people read my stories and have enjoyed them and I want to be able to share them with others that will enjoy them too.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Success is the fact that I finally finished something and didn't leave it incomplete after a few chapters. Dangerous Obsessions is my first complete work and Smashwords has given me the platform to finally share the work that I do. I want for people out there to talk about sensitive issues and to form their own opinions on things and I think Smashwords helps with helping in the distribution of e-books by various authors that have something to say
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Being able to express something and to inform other of issues through fantasy. Being able to show something from different angles and being able to touch topics that no one would ever speak about
What do your fans mean to you?
My fans? They would mean a lot to me. The fans are the people that take the time to read what you have to say and without them, a writer has no purpose. They are the reason why writers should persevere and become better. They are the reason we write what we do and they are the reason that we should keep writing
What are you working on next?
I am working on a possible sequel to Dangerous Obsessions, I have the basic outline happening in my head as I type this, but there's so many possibilities that it's impossible to get them all down. As soon as I figure out the direction I want to go into in terms of the relationship between Rebecca and Heath I will get cracking.

I do have a possible new e-book that I'm working on that in no way related to Dangerous Obsessions. It's about a girl with a personality disorder, and that's all I am going to reveal at the moment. With this story line I feel as if I'm on a balancing beam, one moment I have the perfect balance and then I'm wobbling and almost falling off because of writers block. It is a work in progress and I'm using a different way to write this story so it's taking me a bit longer to get everything said perfectly, but with time and patience I hope to get it out before the end of July
Published 2015-04-08.
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Books by This Author

Animal Attraction
Price: Free! Words: 3,160. Language: English (South African dialect). Published: November 23, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Short stories, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
Jane is the cliche of being in love with her male best friend. When he decides to get an upgrade will she be able to let him go to the one he wants to be with?
Dangerous Obsessions
Series: Loving Heath. Price: Free! Words: 46,460. Language: English. Published: April 8, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » BDSM, Fiction » Romance » Adult
(4.00 from 2 reviews)
There are stories about dominant men,but what about dominant women? Twenty nine year old Rebecca is a new editor at one of the best publishing houses around. Heath Hale is the next in line for RAW publishing. His secretly scarring past gives him a skewed image of love and he's fixated on Rebecca.A piece of Heath's past returns bringing with her the past he was trying to forget.