Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Interview with J.R. Rain, author of 'Moon River'



J.R. Rain is an ex-private investigator now writing full-time in the Pacific Northwest where he lives in a small house on a small island with his small dog, Sadie, who has more energy than Robin Williams.  He will be publishing a slew of new novels over the next five years, so stop by often and check out what’s new.

His latest book is the contemporary fantasy/mystery, Moon River.

Visit his website at www.jrrain.com.

About the Book:

Seven years ago federal agent Samantha Moon was the perfect wife and mother, your typical soccer mom with the minivan and suburban home. Then the unthinkable happens, an attack that changes her life forever. And forever is a very long time for a vampire.

Now in
MOON RIVER, private investigator, Samantha Moon, is asked to look into a string of bizarre murders, murders that are looking more and more like the handiwork of a bloodthirsty vampire. But when her sister, Mary Lou, goes missing, Samantha, Allison and Kingsley take the fight underground...into the dark heart of a vampire's lair.

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I’m Shelf-ish: Thank you for this interview! I’d like to know more about you as a person first. What do you do when you’re not writing?


J.R. RAIN: Well, hello! Thank you for having me! It’s an honor. I am always writing these days, that’s the problem, haha. Truthfully, my goal in life is to figure out ways to slow the output. I think this year alone I published 19 novels. But, on the off chance that I’m not writing, you will find me hiking with my dog. We have some great trails on my little island.


I’m Shelf-ish: When did you start writing?


JR: I started writing seriously when I was 12 years old. I know that seems crazy: who does anything seriously at age 12, right? Well, I was quite the driven 12-year-old. By that age I was entering writing contests (and won one, too). By the age of 16, I had completed 7 novels and had accumulated like 100 rejection slips, although I did sell a short story when I was 16.


I’m Shelf-ish: As a published author, what would you say was the most pivotal point of your writing life?


JR: Hitting those daily goals. It’s easy to slack and put off your writing, and sit around at coffee shops and shoot the sh*t with your friends. Better to first hit your daily writing goals (word counts), then goof off later. I’m not very good at goofing off. I tend to want to get back and work.


I’m Shelf-ish: If you could go anywhere in the world to start writing your next book, where would that be and why?


JR: Easy question! (And a good one, too.) My goal is to lump a number of books into one research trip to the UK, hitting up Ireland, Scotland and England...and all parts in-between. I envision a 2-3 month trip. If lucky, I will see Stonehenge, Loch Ness and Stratford-upon-Avon. The old isles call to me.


I’m Shelf-ish: If you had 4 hours of extra time today, what would you do?


JR: Oh, no. I’m afraid I might squeeze in another book!


I’m Shelf-ish: Where would you like to set a story that you haven’t done yet?


JR: I’m looking forward to a story about the search for Loch Ness. I’m doing a minor variation of that story with my latest Samantha Moon novel, called Vampire Sun (do out in March 2014). In that one, she will search for a local lake monster. I love it. I can’t help it. These types of stories fuel my imagination.


I’m Shelf-ish: Back to your present book, Moon River, how did you publish it?


JR: This one was self-published, although the first 7 were published in paperback by BenBella books (you can find them in your local bookstores in two separate omnibus editions, called Samantha Moon and Samantha Moon Rising). My books tend to be short, around 45,000 -50,000 words, which don’t lend themselves neatly to paperback editions. Typically, my books are about 200 pages published, which I think is a good number. 200 pages is long enough for any story.


I’m Shelf-ish: In writing your book, did you travel anywhere for research?


JR: For this series, no. It’s set in my home town of Orange County, which isn’t really a town (or a city), but it feel like one. My latest Jim Knighthorse mystery novel (due out in about three weeks) features Sedona and San Antonio, and, yes, I got to travel recently to those two iconic cities.


I’m Shelf-ish: Why was writing Moon River so important to you?


JR: Samantha Moon’s story is important to me. Really, Moon River is just another episode in her sweeping saga, an episode that reveals a lot...and hopefully surprises as well.


I'm Shelf-ish: Where do you get your best ideas and why do you think that is?


JR: I’ve made a pact with He-Who-Shall-Not-Be-Named, and I get a steady supply of ideas. That the ideas come to me from winged monkeys is another story altogether. Truthfully, I’ve realized that ideas are everywhere, just waiting to be plucked from the ether.


I'm Shelf-ish: Any final words?


JR: Thank you tons for having. This was fun!

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