Interview with Raina Lorring

How do you approach cover design?
I try to show a representation of the story with my cover. Because 13 is a collection, the cover was a little different. I personally don't like seeing people on covers. I know it's an odd thing to say, but the image on the cover rarely matches my mental image of a character.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I'm an android girl. My e-reader is a Lenovo tablet named Hex that my husband bought me as a gift.
Describe your desk
My desk is a mess. I've had my desk for about half my life, and I originally saved it from a neighbor's trash pile. I later recovered the top portion in old rejection letters from magazines. The desk is honestly too small for me now, but I cannot bring myself to upgrade.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I know so many writers that I'm lucky enough to not have to ever go searching for something to read, but I also like to look for books by new authors on Smashwords.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, I was in grade school, and we had to write a story based off a picture as preparation for a standardized test. The picture was of a tree with a large hole in it. In my story, monsters came out of the tree, and my teacher talked to me about what I had written because someone died in my story.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
It wasn't the first story I ever read (that was some kiddie story involving a character with the same name as me who didn't want to take a bath), but the first story I remember reading that really impacted me was Ray Bradbury's "The Pedestrian."
What do you read for pleasure?
I have a comic book addiction. I also really like webcomics.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a small (ish) town in south Texas. I still often place stories in Texas because of this.
What are you working on next?
My next book is called A Broken Howl. It will hopefully be released the end of July.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I like to cut up old t-shirts and make new clothes out of them. Most of the clothing I wear comes from old t-shirts. I even made my wedding dress out of t-shirts.
Published 2015-05-17.
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Books by This Author

Enforcing Christmas
Series: Escaping Rochefort. Price: Free! Words: 7,030. Language: English. Published: December 13, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
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Liz is just trying to make it through a trip home to see her parents for the holidays without having to rip anyone's throat out. "Enforcing Christmas" is the stand-alone prequel story to the forthcoming werewolf novel A Broken Howl, coming January 2016. This release is not only FREE, but this edition contains a preview chapter of A Broken Howl.
13
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 34,600. Language: English. Published: May 17, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction
A collection of 13 tales from Raina Lorring. The stories range from horror to urban fantasy. This collection also includes “Enforcing Christmas,” the stand-alone prequel story to her forthcoming werewolf novel A Broken Howl.