Ask Raythe Anything!

Raythe says …

It’s been quite a while since we did one of these and we have a ton of new people…

So we are going to do an Ask Me Anything.

For those of you who don’t know, you can ask me (Raythe) anything you want, about the stories, the site, etc., and I will try to answer it the best I can.  You can ask stuff like…
  • How did you come up with Valerius?
  • Have you ever considered writing a ghost story?
  • What’s your favorite video game and why?
  • Is X going to be on the new site?

I know that a lot of you want to know what happens next in stories, but since what happens changes based on your comments, and I don’t want to spoil, don’t ask those types of questions. 

We’ll answer them in the next upcoming weeks and months, if we have that many.

Can’t wait to hear from you in the comments!
– Raythe

14 Responses to Ask Raythe Anything!

  1. Rob P November 19, 2018 at 9:58 pm #

    Hi I’m a recent subscriber! I love and appreciate your interest and subsequent writing in fantasy and gothic horror elements. It’s also great to have m/m fiction or GLBT In general considering its rarity. It’s almost shocking how that can impact you when you find yourself relating to it more than you ever have with literature of primarily heteronormative relationships. So again, thank you. I wanted to ask about your creative process. Do you imagine things in your mind and tend to flow stream of consciousness? Maybe you have an outline over all with chapter outlines that you use to guide you? Thanks!

  2. Ipodpixie November 19, 2018 at 10:00 pm #

    Do you like to travel and if so where did you enjoy visiting? Is there any particular place you would like to visit?

    Have you considered writing a story containing an artificial lifeform?

    You once asked us for ideas on which fairy tale could be re-told Raythe style. Have you had any thoughts about this?

  3. Lisa November 19, 2018 at 10:11 pm #

    Hi will you ever be contributing your drawing series as love that story and would love to know how it goes on

  4. Keith November 19, 2018 at 11:17 pm #

    I think you mentioned once along time ago the possibility of anime or movies based on your books? Is that actually in the work right now, or still in the “maybe someday i hope” distant future? ^^

  5. Evilcleo November 20, 2018 at 12:30 am #

    A while ago, you inquired about unicorns. Whatever came from that discussion?

  6. Rose Petit Frere November 20, 2018 at 12:43 am #

    I only will beg for one thing; a retelling if the “Lightless” story. Please and thank you.

  7. Leesha November 20, 2018 at 2:40 am #

    Have you ever thought about having Ever Dark crossover with any of your other stories?

  8. Darkwind November 20, 2018 at 2:45 am #

    Looking back through the stories over time I can see that the Pact, Sanctuary, Dark Earth, Winter Haven Country Club, and The Fell have all had their crossovers and interactions between characters. Will we ever see any crossover between the Merman series and the other series? The way that current events are heading it would almost seem like if a realm is threatened that all the characters would stand up to defend it together from their common enemy.
    Also have you considered writing another story like The Darkening based on angels and demons? It seems like this story is sort of the stand out and would be interesting to see another take at that archetype from a different go then the crime boss style that you had before not that it wasn’t wonderful.

  9. Andrea November 20, 2018 at 3:32 pm #

    1) Do you have any tips and advice for new writers?

    2) The Unnamed One plays an important role in a good portion of your books. Can you do a profile or background book or something about his origins or how he became interested in earth?

    3) When is website going to be updated?

    4)Have you considered including mpreg into a story?

    5) Would you ever do a book on something like “mother” earth, seasonal spirits and the like?

    What can I say? I like fantasy.

    6) Are you going to revisit the Drakon characters?

  10. Dawn S. November 21, 2018 at 10:40 am #

    Hey Raythe!
    Since the holidays are here, I was wondering if you planned to do some short stories with holiday gatherings with characters from any of your series. I would love to see the Neo-Tokyo group having a Christmas get together and/or Christmas in Winterhaven? I think you’ve done a short holiday with Alric and family before but how about the rest of Winterhaven, maybe short look-ins at each home and “see” how their spending their holiday cozied up to their loved one?
    That would be fun!
    It was mentioned in a comment in your “what’s happening…” that you have plans for some new story lines and I was hoping that you have plans to do a crossover with Drakon and one or all the Winterhaven crew. Would love to see the dragons and witches interact or even vamps and dragons…okay I’m so not picky about who the dragons meet as long as there are more dragons! LOL
    Love your stories, Raythe you’re awesome and whatever you decide to do I will be there to read!
    Happy holidays!

  11. Alex95 November 21, 2018 at 11:04 am #

    Hi Raythe, I’m new to your site but already read loads of books. I actually ended up reading Sanctuary before The Pact and I wanted to ask you something if it’s not a spoiler but of course if this question is gonna be answered in the books is fine. I just read the first encounter with the Council in the Pact and read there’s someone called Sarah Hawthorne in it. Now, if I remember correctly, Flynn’s real name is Hawthorne instead of Haggerty. Is that a coincidence or are they “related”??
    Thank you and sorry if I left a comment both here and on the What’s New section.

  12. Airlys November 24, 2018 at 6:59 pm #

    I’m really enjoying the stories but I have to admit that the white background makes it hard on the eyes, especially when I want to re-read something and end up reading 10+ chapters in a row. So my question is, will the new site feature a Dark Mode option? If that’s possible. Because that would be lovely! Another question – Winter Haven Country Club banner says the story is Updating but it seems to never have new chapters added anymore. So is it completed or do you plan to add new chapters later?

    Also, I noticed that many of the stories feature same concepts and tropes, for example a young man with a harsh childhood or the mention of First Among Equals and so on. Do you plan on introducing fresh concepts and tropes in upcoming stories? As much as I do enjoy all these things it does get a bit boring at times to see a recurring idea/concept/trope in many of the stories. That said, you are an amazing story-teller and I love the characters and worlds you create!

  13. AnaP November 27, 2018 at 2:52 am #

    HI raythe !
    New subscriber here so this ” question the author” is right on time ^^!
    I’ ve had questions I was already asking myself and some which were born watching you response video…
    Thank you in advance for youranswers!

    1)Concerning the new website, would you create a post where we could suggest things? Because I think everyone has things they like and dislike with the current website … So creating a post would help you keep track of what users experience and for you to know what are the most important things to change. Myself I have many suggestions in mind…

    2)Next question is about the Erl-king( loved it) ! : you said in the wrap-up post that you would do a rewrite where you would show more of Ethan’s illness and other things… But I have not seen any rewrite ( I don’t consider the fell a rewrite because it’s like a completely different story)… So: did you made change to the original stories that, as a new user I can’t see or did you decide to not do it ( for the same reasons you do not do a rewrite or Darkening or Drakon)?

    3)Still about the Erl- king: will you write a sequel? I reaally loved this story because the characters are a little darker ( in general I don’t know why, I love better your older stories, they may be imperfect but they have a rawness/ natural feel I like). But given what you say about darkening, I can guess why you would not do it… I’ll post some comments some day in the erl-king/ the fell to be more precise with you

    4) About the website: are you warned when someone posts a comment with your name or asking some questions? Because i’ve seen several comments having a question but not having been answered ( i do understand you cannot answer every single comment but to do so for the ones having a precise question and not just giving their appreciation guesses for the next chapter would be nice)

    5) Concerning the video: there is someone else talking at some points: is this your assistant?

    6)Concerning the video: I am unsure if I understood something well.. Is writing you primary activies for you and your team or do you have jobs and the site is done during free time? I felt it was you primary activities but you talk about the web designers of the website and said they did it during free time so…

    7) Concerning the story’s schedule: how do you decide which stories will de update on this day and not on another day?

    8)Concerning the stories fantasy elements: would you write stories which would take place in foreign countries? LIke in Greece or Egypt? I think it would lead to broadening your stories background… I would love to see a mommies/pharaohs stories with a reincarnate pharao searching for his beloved priest or something … ( I too feel that with all the crossovers in the Winter Haven universe we don’t see much original content/characters…Not to say you’re a baw writer, on the contrary!)

    9)Concerning the video: would it be possible to have a written version of your answers? ( being a non-English speaker, it’s sometimes difficult to catch what you’re saying and the captions of youtube aren’t the best sometimes… Like Elven became Avian or something like that)

    10)Is X.aratare the same person as Raythe? ( I’m a little confused, raythe is the author of the website but this name does not appear on the books)

    11)My last question is a bit personal so I’m not sure if you will answer it… I have noted that sometimes, your posting hour is quite late/ the day after you said you would post… I think I read somewhere you’re American so my question would be: what is your time zone? Myself I am currently somewhere in Michigan

    P.S. : I don’t know if it is voluntary or not but I think you missed the questions of Ipodpixie( second comment of this post ), in the video…

  14. FaereMage November 29, 2018 at 7:14 pm #

    😀 Now that it is the Holiday Season, would you consider doing a Holiday themed chapter of Ever Dark?

    I can imagine Christmas at Ravenscroft Manor as being similar to a Grand Ball scene out of the Nutcracker. (Especially now that Balthazar has a fledgling to spoil. 😉)

    The house being decorated top to bottom. There being dancing and celebrating. Food and Drink is provided for those who still eat like Christian’s parents. Sophia wearing a big ball gown. 😂

    It would be interesting to hear what Daemon thinks of everything. Especially the song “Joy to the world” with the lyrics “…Let earth receive her King” mentioned a few times. 😉

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