Like many children her age, Rain E. Drew grew up with an insatiable hunger for books; however, she did not consider writing until seventh grade when her English teacher assigned a short story assignment. It was no jewel, but she discovered that for her, writing the stories was just as enjoyable as reading them and turned it to a hobby.
The hobby became a bit of an obsession.
Drew began to write “Nightmares of a Dreamer: Flight” during the eighth grade, not knowing that she would eventually finish the novel three years later during summer after her sophomore year of high school. The second book to the NOAD series was begun in 2011, but was temporarily pushed aside for the writing of a novella. This novella, which was meant to be submitted to a contest, turned into a full length novel, “Orpheus’s Theatre”. Since it’s completion, Drew has returned to the Nightmares of a Dreamer series, and plans on finishing the second book within the next few years.
Besides writing, she enjoys playing the violin as well as the viola in orchestras, skiing, reading classic novels, traveling, composing amateur pieces for string instruments, and photography.
Rain E. Drew is an English major at the University of California, Los Angeles.
What inspires you to write?
No matter what concrete answer I could give, they will always be unsure. Many writers have something general that inspires them, but I’m not too sure what that is for me. I suppose I write for writing’s sake. To get the daydreams out of my head and make room for more. To take my mind off my own ailments and involve myself in imaginary ones. Most of all, I write simply because it makes me feel good. It leaves me with a sense of fulfillment and joy at the end of every day. It’s completely worth the strife too.
Tell us about your writing process.
It’s different with every story, depending on how long I’ve thought about the plot. It also evolves, which should happen to anyone in their trade.
With my first book, I just jumped into the process, knowing more or less how everything would play out even though I never expected myself to finish it. As the page numbers increased, I would create time lines to organize my thoughts, but most was already done in my head from years of absentminded thought.
However, there was no organization at all in my second book. I had no idea what would happen ten pages or a hundred pages in the future. I simply went along with what my characters wanted to do, even if I disagreed with their morals. In a way, this was a better process for me, because not only did it focus more on character development, but it allowed the plot more elbow space to grow.
As far as ideas go, I have no idea how they get to me. Sometimes it grows from a “what if” question, other times the characters come to me in dreams, and many times I pick it up from reading on history. I have to write them all down and put them in a box since they’re sometimes too vague to remember.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Honestly, I’m rather scared to begin talking to my characters. What if they talk back? How am I suppose to respond?
No, I listen. I’m a better listener. I enjoy hearing their conversations and seeing how they play off one another. If it’s clever enough, I write it down, though not all their dialogue makes it to the final draft. Sometimes if I object to their talk, they begin to get conscious of me and start shutting up. Never good.
What advice would you give other writers?
Read. Read a lot, but only in the beginning. In the beginning, you find your style by experimenting with different techniques, and you discover these techniques by reading. Writing is a skill you can pick up from other books, but if you analyze too much, you begin to copy other writers, so be wary.
Another piece of advice is to always have hobbies. Writing shouldn’t be your only pastime.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
Self-publishing is such a big market right now, and so easy too, that it’s very temping to publish that way. That’s what I did. Self-publishing is a way to get a food in the door without really having to make a huge commitment. From there, you can decide to go to publishing companies later. Do you have to start with self-publishing? No. In fact, if you can get a publisher to take in your book, I tip my hat to you. If you don’t, though, feel free to take to the other path. There are plenty of others who’ve done it.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
With the way technology is going, there’s no doubt that self-publishing will rise. It’s just too easy to cut out the middleman these days. However, traditional publishing will never fade out. It’s the sophisticated and professional way to do books, which is always appealing.
As far as e-books go, I’m all for it. I personally have a heard time reading off a tablet device, but I can see the convenience for readers, so I don’t complain much. If it invites people to read more, then I support it.
What genres do you write?
Fiction, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Light Romance, Coming of Age
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print
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