MY INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR SHAAN RANAE♥️
What’s your name and what genre would you consider your books to be?
Hi, I’m Shaan Ranae, author of contemporary romance & new adult romance.
Tell me about your book. How did you come up with that (story, angle, idea)?
A Minor Happy Ending was my first novel. I just waited for the idea to pop into my head. That’s part of the reason that it took two years to write. Plus it was my first crack at writing. I fell in love with Jace & Dyllan’s story. At times I would find myself so immersed within the story that I could see myself within their world.
Just Live, on the other hand, I mapped out a little more. I did make an outline and had a general idea to the story line, but I didn’t follow it completely. There were times when I had a plan for the story to follow and entirely different path, but I couldn’t follow the plan. Katey ended up taking me on a very different journey than I had planned. I loved writing her story.
How did you get interested in writing this particular genre (historical novels, mysteries, sci-fi, children’s books, etc.)?
I love reading Romance. I’ve have been a Romance reader for years, a self proclaimed Romance junkie. In one year I read over two hundred books and my husband was ready to have an intervention. Basically I had some of my own stories floating around in my head and I wanted to give it a shot.
What kind of research did you do for this book?
Most of my researching consisted of how to effectively write a story. I wanted to consume the reader and draw them into the world I created. I wanted the reader to see my descriptions in their minds and feel the emotions that I feel when I write.
Can you tell me about your Series?
A Minor Happy Ending will have the follow-up tale, Novella, A Happily Ever After. The writing part is complete and now to finish the editing process to give my readers the best story possible.
Just Live is a standalone novel.
Do you have a favorite book out of this series?
I can’t pick.
Where did you get the inspiration/idea for your series?
Just Live. I was at work listening to the radio when the opening scene just popped into my head. I heard her voice in my head saying, I’ve learned not to flinch a long time ago. Just Live was a story that wrote itself.
What kind of research did you do for this book?
I educated myself about domestic abuse and particularly regarding the victim’s behavior. There is truly not a textbook way each victim of domestic violence acts, but I wanted Katey to be cautious, but strong without knowing how strong she truly was. I wanted her to find enlightenment. I wanted her to go against everything that she would naturally want to do, like hide away and not put herself out there. Katey would’ve never have found Jaz appealing if she would’ve completely closed her heart. Katey, a nurse is a natural empath. Her natural ability to nurture and care for others makes her more vulnerable to be hurt, but can also be the best gift she has.
Was it always meant to become a series?
Just Live is a standalone. Katey’s story has been told.
A Minor Happy Ending is part of a series and I’m so excited that my readers wanted a second book.
What’s a typical working day like for you? When and where do you write? Do you set a daily writing goal?
Well I have a day job, so I allow myself an hour a night to complete my author duties. Sometimes my mother and wife duties take precedence, but I’m usually able to make up for it on the weekends when everyone is still asleep.
Do you have a new book in the making and if so, what’s the name of your upcoming book?
I’ve recently finished An Autumn Anthology releasing this November titled, Once Upon A Love. My story, named Root of Our Love was another work of mine that seemed to write itself. I fell in love with this story from the beginning.
How important are character names to you in your books? Is there a special meaning to any of the names?
Very. I love unique names, sometimes I use names of people I meet. In my profession, I meet many people and come across some characters. Some of my characters have names that are special to me.
Where do your ideas come from?
They just arrive in my head. I have to write them down or i’d forget.
Is there a genre that you’ve been wanting to experiment with?
Well, I’ve been asked to be apart of an anthology releasing next year. The theme is space opera. It is completely new to me and I’m so excited to begin a new frontier.
What is the hardest part of writing for you?
Editing – thankful for special editing programs and of course my editors that fix my crazy.
What do you think of book trailers? Do you have a trailer or do you intend to create one for your own book?
I think book trailers are fantastic and I wish that I was talented enough to make one. For two other anthologies that I was lucky enough to be apart of, My dear friend, Bella Emy constructed two book trailers. They can be seen from my Facebook Author page.
What do you consider to be your best accomplishment?
My perseverance. Is that an accomplishment? I love my life. I get to be a wife to the goofiest man on the planet. I am able to enjoy two fabulous children who make me proud every day. All of them who support me with my dream one hundred percent. Every time a reader tells me that they loved my stories is joy to my ears.
What’s the best thing about being an author?
I get to make my readers happy by living my dream. What could be better?
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Hopefully writing full-time and retired somewhere warm.
Have you always liked to write?
I would write poems in high school and yes I enjoyed them immensely.
What writing advice do you have for aspiring authors?
Just write. Get the words on paper. You can edit and then edit more, etc… but the just write.
If you didn’t like writing books, or weren’t any good at it, what would you like to do for a living?
I am a nurse by day and I truly love nursing.
Do you read reviews of your book(s)? Do you respond to them, good or bad? How do you deal with the bad?
I do read the reviews for my books, but I will not comment on them. I use them to learn and thicken my skin. I know I will not please everyone, but I love when I can make others happy.
What is your least favourite part of the writing / publishing process?
editing….editing…editing… but i’m learning more everyday.
What are you working on now?
Editing my Christmas anthology, My Anti-Valentine’s Day anthology, and the follow-up to A Minor Happy Ending.
Can you give us a few tasty morsels from your work-in-progress?
Root of Our Love
”Where do you think, she went?” my mother asked in a whispered voice. She can’t be far, we just saw her ten minutes ago. My father said trying to reassure the woman he betrayed. My mother kept her composure, but the betrayal remained fresh in her eyes. Although, she put all that aside for the moment. She searched for me. They’ll never think to look for me up here. Let’s think about this, shall we? Why would a twenty-six- year-old journalist climb a tree in her wedding dress an hour before the ceremony?
Why did you choose to write in your genre? If you write in more than one, how do you balance them?
I love Romance.
Where did your love of books come from?
I just started reading.
Do you have any favorite authors or favorite books?
Many and too many. It’s hard for me to choose just a few.
Of all the characters you have created, which is your favourite and why?
I adore Jaz. He is just the epitome of perfect in my eyes.
Does writing energize or exhaust you?
It pumps me up, especially when I get on a roll.
What is your writing Kryptonite?
Being too busy. I go blank.
Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?
Hopefully I can do both. I feel that I have my own voice, but hopefully i find readers who like hearing it.
What other authors are you friends with, and how do they help you become a better writer?
I’m lucky enough to be apart of many author groups. I have met some very amazing authors who have been very supportive of my writing and who support each other. I’m so blessed to know them all.
If you were writing a book about your life, what would the title be?
The life in times of a woman too busy to try, but never gives up.
What question have you always wanted to be asked in an interview? How would you answer that question?
UGH, I really don’t know.
Where can your fans find you and follow?
They can find me on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, my website, and on Instagram.
Thank you for taking your time to do this interview ❤️
Thank you so much for allowing me to give you a little piece of me. I can’t wait to see this and if you need anything else, please let me know.