Interview with Author Lisa Rayns

One of the great benefits of writing for a publishing company is getting to know other authors underneath its canopy. And The Wild Rose Press has such a wonderfully diverse list of authors and novels, finding something of interest shouldn’t be a problem for most people.

I was fortunate to attend one of their retreats back in 2011. From it, I took away many things, none more important than the friendships and connections developed while there. (If you get a chance to attend one, I’d highly recommend it.)

But if you can’t, I’ll try to bring some of my writing ‘friends’ to you — starting with today’s featured author, Lisa Rayns.

Renee: Lisa, I discovered the spark of writing presented itself to you when you were only ten years old and penning a poem for your family at Christmas. How did it develop from there?

Lisa: From there, I wrote journals, stories for school projects, and spent years reading and indulging in my love of books.

Renee: What was it about writing that made you want to explore it further and eventually turn it into a career?

Lisa: Two words – Romantic Suspense. I started reading romantic suspense, and I fell in love with the genre. Then, once I started writing in 2007, I realized writing suspense was a lot of fun. It became my dream job rather quickly.

Renee: As the mom of four boys, how on earth do you find time to write?

Lisa: My boys are older and self-sufficient. They are also very understanding when I tell them I need time to write.

Renee: That’s good. Do you still maintain another full-time job, or have you managed to find a way to focus entirely on writing as your career?

Lisa: I had the opportunity to focus entirely on my writing for the last two years, but I’m recently divorced so I’m working full time again.

Renee: When I vacationed out west, I was extremely taken with South Dakota. I see you call it your home state now. What do you like best about living there?

Lisa: I like everything but the winters. The air is fresh, and the cost of living is not as high as it is in other areas.

Renee
: Curse of the Egyptian Goddess is a delightful read. I left a review on Amazon, but sometimes they don’t show up. We’ll see.
Where did your interest in Egyptian lore come from?

Curse of the Egyptian Goddess

Lisa: Thank you! Reviews are so important.

I’ve always had an interest in the ancient Egyptian culture since I first learned about it in school. I’m also a huge fan of large cats.

Renee: Another of your novels, Wanted: Vampire — Free Blood, was nominated for Best Vampire Book. What was it like to receive that news about your work?

Wanted Vampire

Lisa: That was amazing, the best I’ve ever felt.

Renee: When did you become interested in paranormal literature and what spurred you to write your own tales about the world beyond?

Lisa: I think it was the twelfth draft of my first romantic suspense book when the idea to turn it into a paranormal romance hit me. Everything that wasn’t working in the book then clicked into place, and I started to have a lot more fun writing.

Renee: Name the best and worst thing that has happened due to your publishing career.

Lisa: Having a fan and knowing at least one person is anxious for the next book is really the best thing that’s happened to me. I guess the worst thing would be a one star review, but I didn’t take that too badly. Everyone has different tastes, and no one will ever please everyone.

Renee: What are you currently working on?

Lisa: I’m currently working on the second book in my Egyptian Duet.

Renee: Well, I’m looking forward to that one! Yay! What is the one piece of advice you would give aspiring writers?

Lisa: Write for yourself. Write what you like because you can’t please everyone. Also, never give up on your dreams.

Renee: Thank you Lisa. That sounds like good advice. I know you are busy and I appreciate the time you have given us to get to know you a little better.

For those interested, links to purchase her books are listed below.

Curse of the Egyptian Goddess

A Destined Death

Wanted: Vampire – Free Blood

Wanted: Vampire – Bad Blood

About reneejohnsonwrites

I have recently returned from a writing workshop in France, a writer's residency at Noepe Center for Literary Arts on Martha's Vineyard, and a retreat in Italy. Join me in 'writing the world.' -- Renee Canter Johnson, author of "Acquisition" published by The Wild Rose Press.
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17 Responses to Interview with Author Lisa Rayns

  1. Yolanda M. says:

    thanks for sharing this Renee :-) I was reminded that I haven’t read romantic suspense in a long while! will check out Lisa’s novels.

  2. pattisj says:

    Enjoyed reading your interview with Lisa, Renee.

  3. Ashantay Peters says:

    I enjoyed the interview and learning more about Lisa. It’s nice to have a personal link with the author you’re reading, isn’t it?

  4. Great interview, Renee! Thanks for introducing us to Lisa. I’m completely addicted to reading author interviews! :)

  5. E.C. says:

    Wonderful interview. It’s always fun to get an inside glimpse of an authors life. Thanks for sharing. :)

  6. TBM says:

    Lovely covers and thanks for the intro.

  7. Thanks for the introduction, Renee. I will spend some time on Amazon checking these books out.

  8. Uzoma says:

    It’s always lovely to know more about authors than just the books they write. This interview is wonderful. Thanks for Introducing us to Lisa.

  9. I am not one to read a lot of romantic novels, but your interview here with Lisa Rayns makes me want to look into her work. A very nice interview, Renee.

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