Interview with Rachel E. Rice

Published 2014-06-07.
When did you first start writing?
I have been writing in some form all my life, whether it was poetry, novellas, or class papers. I have a graduate degree, nevertheless, it did not prepare me for writing fiction and especially romantic fiction. I became a romance writer in 2005. I wrote to relieve tension from work and for enjoyment.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
After writing my first novel, "Obsession: Warm Bodies, Cold Hearts, I sent it out with all the required paper work (Synopsis etc...) An obscure publisher wanted to publish the book. I was very eager and didn't do my research. I learned important lessons concerning the publishing industry. Finally I joined Romance Writers of America and read the needed information and learned about Smashwords and Amazon.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy of writing is reading fiction, where as I had been reading non fiction books, I now allow myself the pleasure of reading fiction. Fiction to me is the greatest gift a writer can present to others.
What do your fans mean to you?
I still haven't amassed a large fan base, although my readers are constantly purchasing my books. Nevertheless, I appreciate each fan because they took the time to bring me close to them through my books. I am working to gain a fan a day or one a year. It doesn't matter because I know that there are some fans out there that like what I write, and because of that I am happy and will continue writing for them.
What are you working on next?
The most recent books are: "Finding Summer" May, 2014, New Adult; "The Well 1" May, 2014, Science Fiction; "The Well 2" June, 2014, Science Fiction, and "The Summer of Her Desire, July, 2014.
I will add a 4th book to my erotic series (Blackstone) in October, 2014 . Look for the cover and announcement on my web site and blog

I have just completed Book 1 "The Incredible Mr. Black" of the Blackstone series, where I have changed the cover twice. It will be the first in a series of books I have had professionally edited. This book is also my first erotic romance novel for adults only, which is free until the remaining books are published. Book 2 (Temptation In Black) will be published in October and Book 3 (Surrender To Black) in November, 2013.
Who are your favorite authors?
My favorite authors are: Joan Didion, Frank McCourt, Janet Evanovich, Stephenie Meyer, Ken Follett, Edgar Allen Poe, Sylvia Day. I could go on and on because my taste in writing is eclectic and I prefer fiction to non- fiction
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My inspiration centers on family, living, and the characters that inform my writing.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
When I'm not writing I read poetry, go to plays and movies.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I discover ebooks because I place my e-mail address on lists to receive information from different authors.
What is your writing process?
My writing process consist of creating a simple plan. I then develop the characters that will give the story life. I use a board in my office and with sticky notes assign the characters attributes. This provides a way to keep track of the names, eye color, hair etc. Furthermore, I print out a paper to inform me of the characters' occupations and settings. I have a notebook for each novel or novella and that helps as well.
Writing every day is important for me and I try to write at least a 1000 or 2000 a day. Sometimes I only manage 500 words a day.
If I am bored I will develop another story.
How do you approach cover design?
I try to purchase a cover that depicts what the reader will experience in my book.
When an author self-publishes, he or she will incur the cost, therefore, since I write in the romance genre, I try to purchase the best ready made covers I can find. However, when I can afford to purchase stock photos, I have someone design the cover for me. Many times you will see your book cover, which other authors have used. It is almost impossible to find a cover that someone has not used unless you are wiling to spend the extra money.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
My e-reading device of choice is my Kindle because it was the first ereader I initially purchased. It has worked well for me and I have not found the need to purchase another because most of my books are on it.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I really can't say. I haven't given away many of my books for free. However, "The Incredible Mr. Black "is now free on Smashwords for a short period of time. I will try to make my first books in a series free in the coming months. Moreover, I have bought advertisement but I still don't know the results of that experiment, other than to make my name recognizable.
Describe your desk
My desk has a computer on it with hardback books lined up in no particular order. I have two desks, one faces a window, where I can look out into my back yard. I find that I can write anywhere if it is quiet, therefore, I have another computer in another part of my house--near my bed.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I am fascinated with the erotic romance genre because I had the wrong perception of erotic romance, but after reading E. L. James: Fifty Shades of Gray and Sylvia Day's novels, I felt I could write in that genre because these authors told their stories in a way that most women could relate. The stories freed most writers of romance to add sex without feeling ashamed of what they were writing. Therefore, I wrote my Blackstone novels (The Incredible Mr. Black, book 1) to celebrate the liberation of sex in today's novels.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords has contributed to my success because it has given me a platform to be heard.
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