MY INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR RAELLE LOGAN
What’s your name and what genre would you consider your books to be?
My name is Raelle Logan (my pen name) and my genre is Historical Romance.
Tell me about your book. How did you come up with that (story, angle, idea)?
My book is BLACKHEART. The story is set in 1694 England. King William’s huntsman must find the illegitimate daughter of the ousted monarch, King James II. If Lochlanaire Blackheart, a pirate with no memory of his tortured past as an assassin, fails to return the beautiful seductress to the king, he will surrender his life at a broad ax. Trouble is, when Lochlanaire finally does capture the woman hunted, she becomes determined to seduce him for the purpose of saving her life, and he begins to question his ability to surrender her.
The idea for the book came as I wanted to do something with a pirate whose memory is almost completely vanquished by him having been imprisoned by a king for murder.
How did you get interested in writing this particular genre (historical novels, mysteries, sci-fi, children’s books, etc.)?
I read a huge amount of books when I was younger and in junior high school. My mother worked at a library, at the time, and, over the summer, she brought home a bunch of books for me to read. Many of those were historical romance.
What kind of research did you do for this book?
I read everything I could find about pirates, their lives, weapons, tools, ships, speech, clothing and history. I bought several books. I also got several books from the library. I also read the Dictionary in order to use words that were available in the time period I write about. Research took about a year.
What’s a typical working day like for you? When and where do you write? Do you set a daily writing goal?
I presently work outside the house so I work on my books when I have extra time, usually on the weekends. I have a desk in my kitchen where I write. I don’t set a writing goal, as I find that to be too much pressure.
Do you have a new book in the making and if so, what’s the name of your upcoming book?
The name of the book I am currently editing is Romancing a Pirate.
How important are character names to you in your books? Is there a special meaning to any of the names?
There are no special meanings to the characters’ names. I try to do unusual names, something not used often. The name ‘Lochlanaire’ is totally made up by me.
Where do your ideas come from?
A lot of my ideas just come to me while I sleep. Other times, they come to me through music.
Is there a genre that you’ve been wanting to experiment with?
Maybe try contemporary romance one day.
What is the hardest part of writing for you?
Having enough time to offer to my craft.
What do you think of book trailers? Do you have a trailer or do you intend to create one for your own book?
I’ve thought of using a book trailer. I’m not sure, however, if anything created would look authentic enough for my historical period.
What do you consider to be your best accomplishment?
Having people read my book and truly enjoy my work.
What’s the best thing about being an author?
Knowing that maybe my writing will encourage others to try writing for themselves. I always say that everyone can write a book, it may not be publishable or it might, but I would love for people to just try the craft for themselves.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Hopefully staying at home and writing full time.
Have you always liked to write?
Yes, from a very young age I began to love writing, though I don’t think I was very good at first, as I wrote a Western and it was wildly awful; it got thrown into the trash. I believe that I needed to have more life experiences and better knowledge of my craft.
What writing advice do you have for aspiring authors?
Learn, learn, learn your craft. Do your research. Write constantly until you feel it’s perfected, take writing courses.
If you didn’t like writing books, or weren’t any good at it, what would you like to do for a living?
I would probably just read and review books for other authors and do editing.
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 reviews and do not respond to them. I love the good ones; they encourage me to continue to write. I absolutely hate the bad ones, but I realize I can’t make everyone love my work. It makes me sad that people can be hurtful when doing reviews, they don’t always think about the author on the other end of the review who has put their life blood into the work. I move on pretty quickly.
What is your least favorite part of the writing / publishing process?
Trying to find a publisher took several years and many reject letters.
What are you working on now?
Another pirate romance but a different story, of course.
Can you give us a few tasty morsels from your work-in-progress?
It involves a woman who inherits a castle in England from a family member she didn’t know existed. Time travel is involved.
Why did you choose to write in your genre? If you write in more than one, how do you balance them?
I love history and I love pirates.
Where did your love of books come from?
My mother. She always encouraged me to read.
Do you have any favorite authors or favorite books?
Victoria Holt will always be my favorite author. I credit her for encouraging my love of historical romance.
Of all the characters you have created, which is your favorite and why?
Lochlanaire Blackheart is my current favorite. I think the reason for this is because in the beginning of BLACKHEART, he is such a wounded, broken and battered character having been imprisoned for several years. Somehow he endured the terrible tortures he suffered through and he becomes a strong, invincible hero for the woman he loves.
Does writing energize or exhaust you?
Both. At times it is definitely exhausting, but at others, it is so exciting to bring a book to life that you just have to continue to write and sometimes you forget to eat.
What is your writing Kryptonite?
Lack of time.
Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?
I always strive to write about what I love first of all because if I don’t love my work why would I think anyone else would? I hope that my readers will be happy with the books I produce and love them, too.
What other authors are you friends with, and how do they help you become a better writer?
KA Neeson, Amanda V. Shane, Tammy Tate, just to name a few. They are great writers but they are also great people and are always encouraging.
If you were writing a book about your life, what would the title be?
Pirate Enchantress; the Memoir of an Author Drawn into History.
Where can your fans find you and follow? I’m on twitter and Facebook
Thank you for taking your time to do this interview ❤️