Interview with Rane Haverton

Who are your favorite authors?
Favs include Stephen King, Dean Koontz, Michael Connelly, John Grisham, Jeffery Deaver, Greg Isles, Don Coldsmith, Louis L'Amour, Pauline Reage, John Norman.

I tend to get into and chew up one genre at a time. I'm not particularly drawn to Horror, but Stephen King writes such great characters. I do enjoy Mystery and courtroom drama. Can't help myself. The Westerns represent mostly my interest in American Native culture and life during those times.
What is your favorite book and why?
The Stand – I've always harbored a fascination with speculative fiction – the 'What if?' and the 'What would it be like?'. A look into the future of humans on earth. Always seemed to be attracted to the darker stories: 1984, for instance. The whole Big Brother thing and I like empty city stories.
What do you read for pleasure?
Fiction. Fiction. Fiction.
Do you remember the first story you ever read and the impact it had on you?
What, are we talking about the adventures of Dick and Jane and Spot? I do recall the dawning realization of this burgeoning ability to recognize these three and four letter words on the page, and even more so the feel and flavor of them on my tongue as I read them aloud in class. Was that the commencement of my interest in writing? Well, Dick and Jane were not the most scintillating characters of modern literature, but how could they ever be faulted for giving me the tools with which I could begin to record my inner world? Heady stuff.
When did you first start writing?
When I learned how to handle a pencil.
What is your writing process?
I don't have a specific process in terms of any particular discipline. I'll write anywhere, any time, but nighttime is best. I like and work in all mediums. I write with pencils, pens, colored pens, ballpoints, fountain pens and laser printing. I write on computers, loose-leaf paper; steno pads; memo books; stick 'em notes of every size, every color, lined and unlined; index cards of all colors; the backs of envelopes, matchbook covers and cocktail napkins. I'll write on what's at hand and, I warn you - don't lend me your pen, 'cause I'll walk off with it.

With all this, my process can get chaotic, but each idea is noted as it comes so it's not lost. It's lovely when a book comes in an orderly fashion, but mostly mine don't. I just keep writing down whatever comes and try to keep the gathering detritus properly labeled and filed. If the general shape of the story is there, it gives you a sense of direction as well as suggestions as to the deeper workings of things. If a brief dialogue pops into my head, I usually have a good idea of where it belongs in the story. The ideas accumulate and I sit down and work through them.

I am big on editing. I read and edit every scene as soon as it's completed – especially printed pages. I go after typos, scan for the rhythm of the scene, etc.. I edit further as scenes link up with each other.
Describe your desk.
It is a wooden, hollow-core door resting on two of those plastic drawer units. It looks better than it sounds and works better than you might think.

I have too many pens of every description. In fact, there's too much of everything. The room is jammed with drawers, books, paper, manuscripts, instruments.
What's the story behind Hardchange?
It started as a fantasy about a particular character, (Guess who?), and grew from there. It was simply something that flowed out of me. An outpouring of accumulated stresses, angers and reactions to urban life and what goes on.

I didn't actually set out to write this book. It pretty much wrote itself.
Are the songs in the book original works?
They are.
Have you composed music for them?
Most of them.
Who are your favorite musical artists?
George Gershwin and Sting.
(This was my answer when I first posted this interview but, for those who may be interested, I have posted a more informative answer on my blog at:
ranehaverton.blogspot.com )
How do you approach cover design?
I like a book cover to tell the truth. Title and author name should be clear and the message relayed by the graphics clean and authentic.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Writing helps keep me centered, in touch with myself. I love putting words together, creating characters, writing stories. Always have.
What do your readers mean to you?
Writing is a great pleasure in itself, but it's solitary. The reader is everything. The story is for the reader. It's for sharing. One of the coolest things is when a reader relays a fresh insight about your story, something that hadn't occurred to you before. Obviously, people react in different ways to what you have written, but when you encounter someone who really gets it – well, it's the greatest rush in the world, isn't it?
Where did you grow up? How did this influence your writing?
The cities of Earth. You tell me.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The thought that someone is reading Hardchange and digging it, and the knowledge that I have more writing waiting to be done.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Like most writers, I work for a living but my other interests include music, art and movies. Just about anything to do with the Arts inspires me.
What are you working on next?
Well, Hardchange is actually the spine of a trilogy, the other two books of which are currently under development.
Is there any way for readers to find out more about you?
Yes. I have finally set up a blog! You can find it at:
ranehaverton.blogspot.com
Now I'm not telling you I will sit down each day and tell you what I had for breakfast, (Oh, okay. Coffee and toast.), but I may express a few ideas, answer a few FAQ's, perhaps post bits of story and, as I'm able, engage with those who wish to post comments or questions of their own.
Mostly, though, I plan to work on the trilogy. Blogging is writing, no doubt about that, but it ain't working on the rest of the story for those who wish to read it. I'm off to do that now.
Published 2016-08-29.
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Books by This Author

Hardchange
Price: Free! Words: 261,450. Language: English. Published: December 28, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias
Carlen is sentenced to life in the metropolis penitentiary, Newcity. Seized by the tyrannical overlord of the city, she must determine what to reveal or withhold from this charismatic captor who would steal her secrets and the last shreds of her decency. Confounded by the brutal intimacy in which he envelopes her, Carlen fights for her sanity as she confronts the ultimate meaning of 'Hardchange'.