About Raegyn Perry:
Raegyn is thrilled to share her debut novel, Lavender Fields, with readers. When not writing, Raegyn is perfectly content curled up with a good book, TV binge watching, or on a fun travel adventure. Also, anyone who knows her knows she loves to dance (a lot!) wherever and whenever possible. Raegyn believes readers can connect with her lovers, Connor and Greye, on a few levels. Lavender Fields has the key elements of the classic love story; boy meets and gets girl, but it also tackles some real and uncomfortable issues. It introduces characters that anyone can relate to, root for, or despise altogether. Throw in some odd clues, with a dash of paranormal in, and you have a unique take on a timeless aspect of romance.
After Raegyn completes the Eternal Journey Series, she hopes to begin work on another series, which readers can actually catch a glimpse of first within the pages of Lavender Fields.
The beautiful Pacific Northwest has been home since 2001, and she has one grown son whom she adores. Raegyn is currently working on the second book in the series, Cypress Groves.
What inspires you to write?
The inspiration for Lavender Fields came from a true family story. My great-grandmother was the offspring of a plantation owners daughter and the mulatto slave she ran away with. They obviously got away to have their happily ever after, but I imagined that getting away wasn’t always the case. Thus, the ill-fated lovers Heath & Lacey were born. I needed to see their love through, so had to give them another chance, alas another lifetime to embrace it.
I wanted my present day lovers, Connor and Greye to have that epic, tragic romance but again, one that had to be fought for. Fight for it they do.
Tell us about your writing process.
I am an outliner for sure. Though, I usually begin purging the idea long-hand until I have it almost completely worked out. Then I go in and type up the beginning, middle and ending while filling in major points or highlights. I walk away from it only to let my mind work around who the characters are; personality traits, how they interact with others, how they view the world, etc. I also have to ‘see’ them in my mind-what they look like. I don’t like to match them to a specific celebrity only because I don’t want whatever I think I know about that celebrity to cloud how I create the character. For example, for Connor, I could visualize him to look like (insert any tall, dark, handsome actor, athlete, etc.), but he truly needs to have his own look and identity.
Also, I love tossing ideas on storylines back and forth with a trusted friend. We can spend hours talking and sharing. This gets me motivated and excited to see what happens next.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I do have voices! I like to think that I control them to some extent. For their conversations and dialogue, I sometimes put myself in the conversation and act out the scene. I’ve spent time on stage, so I’m comfortable ‘acting out’ what the vibe and emotion the scene needs to convey, and what the characters are projecting. I’m a bit of a sophisticated goofball, so I love writing the scenes with funny banter and wit between them. I can also go very dark, and the uncomfortable, raw scenes are hard to write, but give the story a realism and believability. You get through the dark and cold to fully enjoy and appreciate the warmth.
What advice would you give other writers?
I have learned so much, and love that I still have so much more to learn. It’s a journey of self-discovery for sure. What I’ve learned over the years, is that as I go along, I progressively get better. That’s reassuring. I also know that this is what I was meant to do with my life, and wish I’d started much sooner. As a kid, I was writing and telling stories, and it’s what I love doing.
There is a lot of talented writers out there, and I just had to let go of my fear and put myself and my story out there. I did the gambit of rejection letters back, and ‘Yes, we’re interested.’ (silence, crickets, silence). I walked away from writing and it always found me again. I heard a quote that resonated with me, “We all have two lives, the second begins when we realize we only have the one.”
So, the biggest thing I’ve learned, is to just follow my passion, give it all I can, and enjoy it. Anything else that happens is a bonus.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I actually went round and round about which way I wanted to try getting published. I went the find an agent route, and even submitted to various editors and publishing houses directly. Then, I heard about self-publishing, and did some investigating. Frankly, it scared me. It was intimidating and seemed like a lot of work. I tried it though, starting an account with CreateSpace, and there was something telling me to just hold off continuing. At a PNWA (Pacific NW Writers Association) meeting, I met the COO of Solstice Publishing. I listened to her lecture, and later built an open rapport with her. She gave me the confidence to submit, which I eventually did.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
Honestly, we as a species have embraced sharing any and all forms of communication, including storytelling since the very beginning. We learn, we survive by being able to effectively convey thoughts and information to others. To teach, or entertain through any means is important, but the written word is as powerful as it ever was.
I love the new technology we have today, and love that whether we want to read on an electronic device or hold a printed book, the future of book publishing will continue to thrive. Fiction, non-fiction, poetry, memoirs, romance, historical, even textbooks will always have a place in our lives, and it’s tie to who we are on this planet is what sets us apart from the rest of the galaxy!
What do you use?: Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?: Paranormal romace
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print
All information in this post is presented “as is” supplied by the author. We don’t edit to allow you the reader to hear the author in their own voice.