Interview with Café Raine

When did you first start writing?
I've been writing ever since I could write; I mostly wrote short, children's​ stories when I was 5 years old up until 11 years old, but I started writing Romance and YA before I was even a teenager!
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Ireland: I've been here all my life. It's extremely boring here, I've seen all the sights and been most places, and I guess the normality of where I live influences me to write diverse books, to write books with twisted plot lines and to create extraordinary characters that still struggle in life.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest book is Evelyn, which can (for now) be found on my Wattpad profile. It's about a girl grieving over her deceased brother, and trying to battle a series of mental illnesses. She falls in love with a boy, whose cruel intentions are hidden by his unexpected affection for Evelyn.

Evelyn and I aren't too dissimilar. I chose to write this book based on a series of past experiences of mine. I've been used and abused, and I struggle with anxiety and PTSD. I wanted to create a book with a fatally flawed character, and I thought it'd be easier for me to do so by using experiences of mine.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy is being able to express myself in my works. I love being able to start off with one word and end up with a chapter, and from there a novel. Writing is cathartic for me and it's something that helps me de-stress.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
My iPad.
What do you read for pleasure?
I read a range of books, from Romance to Action to Fanfiction. To me it's not about the genre: it's about how compelling the book is, the characters, the plot line. My preferred genres are ChickLit and Teen Fiction, and those are the genres of books I'd read the most.
Describe your desk.
I don't have a desk . . . I just write wherever I can, because I don't like being in one place for too long. I write on the bus, during class, at 3am in bed. But I usually write in bed. And to describe my bed . . . it's usually overflowing with pages of ideas and books.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
When I'm not writing . . . there's rarely a time when I'm not writing, but if i'm not then I'm usually sleeping, Netflix-ing or spending time with friends and family.
Published 2018-02-17.
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