Raven West was one of the very first print-on-demand (POD) authors when her novel "Red Wine for Breakfast" was published with the AOL Writers Club in 1999.
Before M.J. Rose reached fame for her e-book on a disk, "Red Wine For Breakfast" was published by Book-On-Disc.Com (June 24, 1999). Before Dan Poynter made his fortune as the marketing guru in the Print-On-Demand industry, the novel was one of the first books published in that format by iUniverse, (July 2, 1999).
Before Kindle, "Red Wine for Breakfast" moved to SMASHWORDS in ebook form.
Her second novel "First Class Male" was published by independent publisher Lighthouse Press, but when that company folded, she took over all publishing rights and re-distributed her novels through Amazon's "Create Space".
Her non-fiction book "Rescuing Ruby: How I Rescued My Father from Greedy Cousins, Thieving Attorneys and the Florida Guardianship System" by Robin Westmiller, J.D. has reached as high as #4 on the Amazon best-seller list.
West has appeared as a guest on numerous radio and cable TV broadcasts. She's been a book-signing author at Book Expo Association (BEA) in both New York and Los Angeles as well as a featured author at the Los Angeles Times Book Festival and Santa Barbara, Ojai and Ventura County book fairs.
Follow her blog From a Bird's Eye View at http://raven-west.com.
For more information, please visit: www.ravenwest.net
What's the story behind your latest book?
The idea for Undercover Reunion was born on my girlfriend’s back porch in Connecticut a year before our 30th high school reunion.
We were talking about our childhood days when we would play spies and plot against two other classmates, boys of course, and I came up with the idea that we would go to our reunion and find out that U.N.C.L.E. was real and we would be recruited by the organization to bring down another classmate who was now the head of an international criminal organization.
Just like the main characters in the book, she and I were huge fans of The Man From U.N.C.L.E. when we were in the 6th grade. We grew up in a small town, not in Minnesota but upstate New York and there were two boys who were the inspiration for Charles and Eric, who were constantly harassing us in school.
My house had a basement where we had a hidden room and many of the references in the novel; the small town bakery, her having two sons and my moving to California, among other facts were all incorporated into the plot of the story.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in the small village of Ellenville, New York in the Catskill Mountains. The post office in First Class Male is based on an actual small town post office which is located about 5 minutes from the original site of Woodstock. The fictional town in Minnesota where Undercover Reunion is located is very much based on my home town. Read the article: Ellenville Always: http://www.ravenwest.net/raven/article/rw_ellenville.htm
Two lifelong girlfriends find their childhood game of playing spies from a 60s TV show becomes all too real when they attend their 30th high school reunion and are recruited by the same organization to thwart a former schoolmate's plan for worldwide domination.
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Published: November 1, 2009.
Fiction » Romance » General
(3.50 from 2 reviews)
Red Wine for Breakfast is the story of strong, determined ex- New Yorker who has to shake off the laid-back attitude of L.A.to overcome the challenges of a radio industry that threatens to turn her off, and a man who only wants to turn her on.