Rae Summers lives in South Africa where she works in television advertising, a line of work that is not always as glamorous as it seems. When she isn’t working or being mom to two young daughters, Rae can be found with her nose in a book.
Rae’s first grade teacher was so seriously concerned by her day dreaming that she called her parents in for a conference. Fortunately, her parents staunchly defended Rae’s right to daydream and these days she’s able to prove their faith right by turning those day dreams into stories. She hopes her stories bring as much pleasure to her readers as they bring to her.
What inspires you to write?
Everything! I get inspired by music, by other books, by TV shows – even by snippets of overheard conversations.
Tell us about your writing process.
I’m a fan of Blake Snyder’s ‘Save the Cat’ so I often plot my novels using his beat sheet. But once I start writing I just let the story flow and see where it takes me – because sometimes the characters surprise me as I’m going along.
I definitely cannot start writing though until I know my characters – their backgrounds, who they are and what their issues are.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I eavesdrop a lot on my characters. I hear long conversations in my head, most of which never make it onto paper. Then I try to get all the relevant bits of their story down on paper as quickly as I can!
What advice would you give other writers?
(1) Don’t study to write. Just write. By writing book after book you learn, grow,and develop your unique voice.
(2) Finish! Don’t keep starting new stories. No-one buys half-written books.
(3) Develop a tough skin! There will be criticism. Listen to it, learn from it, but don’t take it to heart.
(4) Never give up.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
My first books were published by a small epress. I learned a tremendous amount working with them, and also matured as a writer under their guidance. But now I’m venturing into self-publishing territory, which is both scary and exciting.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
This is a very exciting time to be a writer. There are more publishing opportunities than ever before, and direct access to readers has never been easier.
What do you use?
Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer
What genres do you write?
Historical Romance, Romance, Erotic Romance
What formats are your books in?
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