Please welcome my fellow NGWN (Nice Girls Writing Naughty) Nona Raines to the Clog Blog.
Hi, Tina. Thanks for having me today.
Tell us a little about yourself and your background?
I’m a former librarian who still loves books and reading. Visiting libraries is one of my favorite things to do! I’ve been writing for many years, but for the longest time found it difficult to finish anything, I think that came from a lack of self-confidence and fear of putting my work “out there.” When I finally decided I must get serious, I joined a nearby RWA chapter (Central New York RWA for the win!) and finally finished a book. It was ONE GOOD MAN, my first published romance.
Have you written any other novels in collaboration with other writers?
No, I haven’t, but a writer friend and I toy with the idea. She used to be a truck driver and knows all about the business. I told her it would be cool for us to write a romance–or maybe a whole series–feature women truckers!
I see you’ve written series including, NOT THE HOT CHICK, THE MAN SERIES, and THE SPECTRUM SERIES. What do you like about writing Series for your readers?
Sometimes I think I write my series more for myself than for my readers. J I tend to love in love with my characters and want to continue their stories. Sometimes a supporting character calls out to me demanding his or her own story be told, LOL, and I just can’t resist. I hope my readers like my characters, too, and enjoy going along for the ride.
What’s the most difficult thing about writing characters from the opposite sex?
It’s a challenge for me to “think like a man” and convey that through dialogue. I want my heroes to be masculine without being overly macho or sounding like they’re women in men’s bodies.
How many hours a day do you write?
I try to write three to four hours a day. I’m a slow writer, so, unfortunately, that doesn’t produce as many pages as I wish it did.
What is your writer Kryptonite?
Mine is getting going in the morning when I’m at my best and not let little things distract me to let me fritter away the day.
Do you believe in writer’s block?
I believe it exists for some people, but I’ve been lucky (knock on wood) that it hasn’t affected me yet. Some days are harder than others and feel like I’m squeezing blood from a stone, but so far I haven’t experienced anything that might be a block.
What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
Keep writing! And keep learning. Read blogs by other writers, take classes (online or otherwise), read books on craft, and if you can, join a writer’s group. My local RWA chapter was invaluable to me.
Where can readers find you on the World Wide Web?
Thanks for asking! They can find me here:
My website: http://www.nonaraines.com/
Author Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/nonaraines.author
Amazon Author page: amazon.com/author/nonaraines
My group blog–The Nice Girls Writing Naughty blog: http://nicegirlswritingnaughty.wordpress.com/
A multi-author FB group of which I am a member: https://www.facebook.com/groups/NGWNreaders/
Join me on Saturday when we read an excerpt from Nona’s story “Not the Hot chick” ~Tina