1. Hello Raine. I`m so happy that you accepted this interview.I know that this is the question that every writer hates, but everyone always asks: How do you get inspired? From where do you get your ideas?
I find inspiration in many things. The world around me is a constant source of inspiration. My six-year-old daughter is also a frequent source of inspiration. Her imagination awes me!
2. What did you always want to be? How do you decided to be a writer? At what age do you decided you want to be a writer?
When I was in high school, I thought I wanted to be a veterinarian. Then I realized how much math and science I would have to study and quickly abandoned that idea. It wasn’t until my junior year of college that I declared my major (English with a focus in Creative Writing). For some reason, it never occurred to me that I should pursue a career in writing. Now, it seems so logical!
3. How do you keep on staying motivated? I know that to write a book it`s a really hard work, so how could you continue this work?
My fans motivate me. Whenever someone contacts me to ask when the next book is coming out, it gives me a new reason to write. I do my best to write something every day.
4. Do you write with music?
Yes. I have a Spotify account and it’s nearly always on when I’m writing. I create book playlists, too.
5. Where do you write?
Sometimes I write at my desk upstairs, and sometimes I write while sitting on my reclining sofa with my laptop computer in my lap. Guess where I’m writing this?
6. How was your life when you were teenager? Did you keep a diary? Was it a special notebook or just an ordinary notebook? Did you decorate it, or you have draws in it? How was the cover?
I grew up with three brothers and no sisters, so it was very interesting! I actually didn’t keep a diary. I tried to once, but I found it boring to write about myself. Instead, I started writing stories about other people.
7. I know that my Romanian teacher always tells me that in every story is an essence or kernel of truth. Is she right?
I write YA fantasy/romance, so there isn’t much along the lines of “truth” in my stories. However, I do mention my former hometown of Newnan, Georgia (USA) in several of my books, so that is a real-life reference.
8. What books did you read at my age, or between 12-18 years? What was your favorite?
I grew up reading all kinds of books. From Judy Blume and Francine Pasqual to J.R.R Tolkien and Dean Koontz. Anything I could get my hands on, I read!
9. Do you like your new writer life? Is it beautiful, or how much did your life change from the moment you published your books?
I work full time as a wedding planner and I have a husband and daughter, so my days tend to be full of tasks to get done. Since publishing my Daughters of Saraqael trilogy last year, my time to do anything besides work has gotten even harder to come by. However, I love my fans and being a part of the writing community, so I wouldn’t change a thing!
10. What advice do you have for teen writers?
My biggest piece of advice to teen writers is to never, ever give up. If you want to write a book, write a little bit each day, even if it’s only a sentence or two. Before you know it, you’ll have a complete book!
11. When is your birthday? And how old are you?
My birthday is on January 31st. I’m 37 years old.
12. What is your favorite quote?
My favorite quote is from Henry David Thoreau: “How vain it is to sit down to write when you have not stood up to live.”
Thank you very much, you are incredible! What message do you have for your fans from Romania?
Thanks for having an interest in my books! I’d love to hear from you, so please feel free to connect with me via e-mail or social networking sites.