MY INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR AUDREY RAVINE
What’s your name and what genre would you consider your books to be?
Audrey Ravine, my books are contemporary romance that toe the line of too steamy.
Tell me about your book. How did you come up with that (story, angle, idea)?
All of my books come from a kernel of my experiences. My first book I wrote while on maternity leave with my third child, as my first was starting to get really into baseball.
Love, Loss & Baseball is a sports romance, but it’s so much more. It takes two young people that are trying to find their places in the world. Unfortunately, that drags them in different directions. Three years later, they find themselves in the same city and face to face for the first time since she walked out on him. Although, she has a secret that will change his life forever.
My second book, Healing Scars, came from my friends in the military. It’s a story of broken dreams, and the healing power of love, Healing Scars will draw you into the complex lives and the imperfect souls trying to hold on to the best parts of themselves as they struggle with what life has dealt them.
This is the first of a three book series. (The Healing Series)
How did you get interested in writing this particular genre (historical novels, mysteries, sci-fi, children’s books, etc.)?
I used to read romance novels. And when I say multiple, I mean 4-5 a week.
What kind of research did you do for this book?
I had to research the baseball team at Clemson, but the baseball knowledge was all me.
Can you tell me about your Series?
My Healing Series is three military buddies that are realizing the battles aren’t all overseas.
Do you have a favorite book out of this series?
I love all the interconnected novels by Abbi Glines.
I also love all the Samantha Christi interconnected novels.
Where did you get the inspiration/idea for your series?
A little bit of everywhere. I get inspiration from everywhere around me.
Was it always meant to become a series?
No, Healing Scars started as a standalone, then Goodbye, Trey and Saving Her followed months later.
What’s a typical working day like for you? When and where do you write? Do you set a daily writing goal?
I’m a teacher and a mom. So, I write between classes and after my kids sleep. I don’t set a goal, I just try and write as much as possible.
Do you have a new book in the making and if so, what’s the name of your upcoming book?
- Healing Scars comes out Oct. 14th
- Goodbye, Trey comes out early 2019
- Saving her comes out summer 2019
- BFD comes out March 2019
- His to Rock comes out September 2019
How important are character names to you in your books? Is there a special meaning to any of the names?
I like to start writing and get a feel for my characters before I name them. It’s like children, when you see their face you know what to name them.
Where do your ideas come from?
They come from everywhere.
Is there a genre that you’ve been wanting to experiment with?
What is the hardest part of writing for you?
Finding the time.
What do you consider to be your best accomplishment?
What’s the best thing about being an author?
People hearing my voice and appreciating it.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Teaching, writing, watching my kids play baseball.
Have you always liked to write?
What writing advice do you have for aspiring authors?
Don’t ever stop.
If you didn’t like writing books, or weren’t any good at it, what would you like to do for a living?
Do you read reviews of your book(s)? Do you respond to them, good or bad? How do you deal with the bad?
I read them all. I haven’t had any bad ones so far, but I’m dreading the day that I will.
What is your least favourite part of the writing / publishing process?
Actually sitting and getting the words out of my head.
What are you working on now?
All four books that come out next year.
Can you give us a few tasty morsels from your work-in-progress?
“I just got April’s wedding invitation, that’s all.”
“You new it was comin’, though. You got the save the date before Jack was born. And it’s all your sister can talk about. PS, she’s pissed Tyler and I can’t come. Hawaii’s just a little out of our wheelhouse with the two kids. Wyatt has a soccer tournament the day before the wedding. Sorry, Hicks.”
“It’s ok, she’ll get over it. And it’s not that I didn’t know it was coming. It’s just-” I’m not even sure how the fact that I was dating someone even came up, now looking back. “I’m not really sure. We were talking about Kenzie and whether I was really ok with her being the maid of honor. And it kinda just slipped out.”
“I said I had been dating someone for a couple months. And to make matters worse, April has now added a plus one to my invitation so I can bring my girlfriend.” Zac is laughing so hard on the other end of the line I’m worried I’ll have to send the paramedics over to make sure he doesn’t laugh himself into a heart attack. “Alright, shithead. It’s not that funny. What the fuck am I going to do?”
Zac starts to cough himself out of his hysterics and hums. I know him well enough to know he’s thinking his way through my situation. He’s one of the smartest guys I know. He’ll come up with something I didn’t even begin to think of to get me out of bringing my non-existent girlfriend to my sisters wedding.
“And why isn’t that you don’t just get a girlfriend by the time the wedding comes around?”
“Oh, I don’t know, genius. Maybe because I haven’t been on a date in the last five years and I don’t really feel like putting an end to that streak anytime soon.” I might have to retract that smartest guy comment.
“Ok, so don’t go on a date with her.” Now, I’m lost. “Alright, listen. You need a girlfriend. So, get a girlfriend.”
“Zac, I don’t know if it’s the lack of sleep with Jack or that you’ve taken too many soccer balls to the head practicing with Wyatt, but I don’t think you’re getting it. I don’t want a girlfriend. I don’t want to date. I just want to be left alone.”
“Trey, I get it. But, what I’m sayin’ is maybe there’s a way to have your cake and eat it, too. Have the girlfriend without having the relationship.”
“Like a friend who can play the part of doting girlfriend.” I think about his solution, but, “one problem, Jacobson, I don’t really have any friends that could pass for a girlfriend.”
“I might be able to help with that. Remember Jane?”
“The slutty nurse that you were banging before Tyler moved back.”
“That would be the one,” Zac chuckles. “I think she might be able to play the part. I could pass along your name if you’d like?” I vaguely remember the brunette Zac used to hook up with.
“But why would she do it? What would she get out of it?”
“A free trip to Hawaii. A free vacation is a hell of a bargainin’ chip.” Zac pauses and he knows I’m not sold, “listen, meet her and if somethin’ doesn’t seem kosher than no harm no foul.”
“Alright, Jacobson. Make the call, but I’m not sold on this. I want that on the record. Paying for a damn girlfriend,” I say the last part under my breath.
“I’ll call her and see if she’s up for it. Alright, Tyler’s givin’ me the hurry it up look so I’m gunna go. But hey, shootin’ next weekend?”
Why did you choose to write in your genre? If you write in more than one, how do you balance them?
I have dyslexia so I hated reading with a passion. I happen to be handed an Abbi Glines novel and fell in love with the characters and their stories. I had to know more. So, over time what took a week and a half to read began taking 2 days. Then, I realized I had stories I wanted to share after being inspired by the many romance authors I had read at that point.
Where did your love of books come from?
I’m not really sure. I think I fell for the romance and that spurred the reading.
Do you have any favorite authors or favorite books?
Yes, Abbi Glines. She’s one of many, but her books were the key to overpowering my mental block when it came to my learning disability.
Of all the characters you have created, which is your favourite and why?
Trey and Jane. They are the from the second book in the Healing Series. They are so real and so against everything. Yet, somehow they find a way to unlock the best in each other.
Does writing energize or exhaust you?
Energize, without a doubt.
What is your writing Kryptonite?
Eating. I love eating, but don’t like eating while I write. I hate having crumbs and smudges on my keys.
Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?
I think it’s a balance of both. I enjoy being original in my characters and my wit, but at the same time I right the stories I enjoy which also happen to be what readers want. Or at least readers like me.
What other authors are you friends with, and how do they help you become a better writer?
Avery Kingston is a saint. She has helped me with formatting. She has helped me with photoshop. She’s helped me when I just needed a friend to talk to. The best part? I’ve never actually met her. She’s a writer I met on Twitter and she has been one of my greatest friends and we live half the country apart.
If you were writing a book about your life, what would the title be?
Once Upon an Uh-Oh
What question have you always wanted to be asked in an interview? How would you answer that question?
I’m not sure, honestly this is the first author interview I’ve had and you thought of way more than I ever would have.
Where can your fans find you and follow??
Facebook: facebook.com/audreyravine or facebook.com/audreyravineauthor
Amazon: amazon.com/author/Audrey Ravine
Thank you for taking your time to do this interview ❤️