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5 Minutes with Rayne Hall

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This is a chance to learn a bit more about Rayne Hall who has over fifty books published under several pen names, in several genres, in several languages.

Twitter: Rayne Hall

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About the Author

I started writing when I was about six. I had learnt to read and write when I was four, so the stories in the school book post no challenge. I read them all in one day, and was bored when we had to read them in class and as homework.

I told the teacher that the stories in the school book were stupid and I could write better ones. She challenged me to write a story, and gave me the topic: a letter’s adventures from writing to delivery. When I handed it in, she was startled that a six-year-old could write so well. Of course, she didn’t know I’d had the help of my older sister.

From then on, when she told the rest of the class to read one of the school book stories as homework, she often assigned me to write stories. Soon I learnt to do it without my sister’s help, and enjoyed it very much.

What I love most about writing includes watching rough first drafts grow into powerful stories, creating characters and worlds, scaring readers with my creepy fiction, hearing from fans who love my books.

The toughest thing about writing is completing a long, complex work when I’m itching to start something new.

The writer I most admire is always the one whose great book I’ve just finished reading.

If I wasn’t a writer, I would be an archaeologist, a teacher, an artist, a book cover designer, a translator, a gardener, an entertainer, a social media expert.

Other than writing, I am really good at gardening, belly dancing, Twitter, book promotion and training my cat.

When I am writing, I listen to whatever suits the context, for example, Egyptian music when I’m writing a story set in the Middle East. I prefer instrumental music with a steady rhythm, because lyrics can distract.

Favorite Novels… That list would be several hundred long! Among novels I’ve read again and again are Misery and The Long Walk by Stephen King, The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini, The Street Lawyer by John Grisham, Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, Ich Zog Mit Hannibal by Hans Baumann, Krabat by Otfried Preussler, Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte, The Eagle of the Ninth by Rosemary Sutcliff, Beau Geste by PC Wren, The Lion of Macedon by David Gemmell, The Seventh Sword by Dave Duncan, The Killing Hour by Lisa Gardner, Soldier of the Mist by Gene Wolfe… I’d better stop here.

Favorite Foods: Anything I don’t have to cook myself! I like simple vegetarian dishes, Italian, Greek, North African and Middle Eastern, fresh fruit and tossed salads.

Modern convenience I can’t live without: Please don’t deprive me of my computer and the internet.

Nobody knows that I . . . If I had any juicy secrets I would not reveal them on your blog.

Advice to aspiring authors:

Learn the writing craft and master it to the highest standard you’re capable of, so your books are as good as you can possibly make them. Use instruction books, classes, workshops, critique groups, beta readers, mentors, whatever suits you. Make your books stand out because of their quality.

A Sample of Speculative Fiction Titles by Rayne Hall

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Books on the Craft of Writing By Rayne Hall

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10 comments

  1. It’s so wonderful to see her passion shine through in each interview that she does. It’s clear that she was born to be a writer and the fact that she shares her insight and advice makes her even more personable.

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  2. I’v met the term beta-reader in your interviews and it made me wonder. Whom do you choose as beta-readers for your books? Are those readers different from book to book? For example, can a beta-reader of a non-fiction book on gardening also be a one for a mystery murder fiction?

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    1. Hi Lilit,
      I seek as much feedback as possible from other writers. I use critiquers (who give in-depth feedback, usually on just one chapter at a tie) and beta-readers (who give feedback on the complete reading experience of the whole book). They’re different for each book, depending on who’s available, although many members of my online writing groups help me again and again.
      In return, i critique or beta their works.
      Writers in the same genre are ideal because they can give specific advice. However, any writer can help with some things. Some can advise on dialogue, some can point out typos, and so on. For whole-book feedback, it’s important that the beta-readers are people who have a genuine interest in the subject.
      Rayne

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  3. It’s nice to hear of someone who’s providing clear, specific advice to aspiring authors. “Write what you know,” is all well and good, but how do you write what you know in a way that will make other people want to read it? (And more importantly, pay you money for it…)

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    1. How to write what you know in a way that will make other people want to read it… that’s a big subject. Mastering the skills takes years of study and practice. 🙂

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