Raythe’s Ask Me Anything #3

 

Raythe says …

This is the third AMA and I’m answering some of the personal type questions you guys asked.  Please let me know if you have any comments or questions below!

QUESTION: I wanted to know if this is your full time job?

ANSWER: It IS a full time job, but I have another one as well.

 

QUESTION: Do you have a job separate from writing? If so, how do you make time to write so often?

ANSWER: Yes, I am an attorney and work a boring to most job during the day. Writing is my passion so I don’t “make time for it” as I “must do it”.  But I do work, for the most part 16 to 18 hour days at times.

 

QUESTION: If you did quit your day job, how long did it take you to build income from your story writing so that you could quit your 9-5?

ANSWER: Theoretically, I do make enough to quit, but I have employees and the boss must eat last. I want to pay them and give them raises before I give myself anything. Further, there are risks we want to take like making live action webisodes, etc. that we might not do if this was my own job. But the goal is to make enough that both are possible.

 

QUESTION: How long were you writing seriously before starting the site?

ANSWER: I’ve been writing since I could write.  To me it was always serious. But in terms of writing for money, it was when I began the site.

 

QUESTION: I would also like to know what first got you interested in male romance?

ANSWER: This is a tough one and not a full answer, since I’ve already written tons of blog posts on the subject and am still not satisfied with my answers.  But I will say since I was 12 I had The Erl King (father x son incest) in my head. I cannot say why it fascinated me then. 

 

QUESTION: I’m from Germany and I sometimes see you use expressions that familiar to me and not so common in America so I was wondering if you had german ancestors? You don’t need to answer this one if it is to personal

ANSWER: My family is German so that might account for why I have those expressions in my vocabulary!

 

QUESTION: Is your ideal man (if you have one) reflected in your male characters?

ANSWER: Alric … He really is such a good person, brave, strong, kind, noble, etc.

 

QUESTION: What inspired you to start all your stories

ANSWER: Since I could talk, according to my mother, I was telling stories. I think it’s just a thing that I was made to do.

 

QUESTION: Did you get a degree in creative writing or did you decide to just go for writing?

ANSWER: No, I got a law degree (though SOME might suggest that involves a lot of creative writing lol!)

 

QUESTION: Do you read lgbtq fantasy/superhero/sci-fi webcomic yourself? If yes, which is your favourite one, the one you get anxious whenever they go on hiatus, or even are hours late on their update day? and do you flood(?) their comments box on every page? (under an anonymous/guest username maybe) I tend to do that once in a while

ANSWER: No, I don’t!  I used to read yaoi manga a lot but I got frustrated with what I found as the lack of story.  I love comic book movies (Marvel universe girl here), but I’m not so much of a comic fan.

 

QUESTION: Who are some of the other authors you read?

ANSWER:

Richard K. Morgan – Altered Carbon Series (sci fi)

Caleb Carr – The Alienist series (mystery)

Illona Andrews – The Innkeeper Series (UF)

Alexandra Sokoloff – Huntress Series (paranormal/mystery)

David Wong – John Dies at the End (cosmic horror)

Dean Koontz – Fear Nothing Series (horror)

Stephen King – It and Salem’s Lot (horror)

H.P. Lovecraft – everything (cosmic horror)

Arthur Conan Doyle – Sherlock Holmes (mystery)

 

QUESTION: What TV Shows do you like?

ANSWER:

The Last Ship – anything about plagues is cool!

Lost in Space – new series on Netflix, love scifi

The Expanse

Altered Carbon

The Alienist

4 Responses to Raythe’s Ask Me Anything #3

  1. Ipodpixie May 16, 2018 at 6:48 pm #

    Raythe I love Sherlock Holmes – Jeremy Brett was the best!

    • Raythe May 16, 2018 at 6:58 pm #

      I do think his is the definitive version of Sherlock. But I enjoy the modern takes from Robert Downey Jr. to Cumberbatch’s to Jonny Miller (?) version. I think that the concept is so moldable.

  2. Baylien May 20, 2018 at 3:02 pm #

    Hi Raythe,

    Thank you for taking the time to answer so many questions! It’s always interesting to hear the author’s thoughts. I have a few questions of my own if that’s alright? Apologies in advance if these questions have been answered previously.

    1.) Have you ever considered making an advice column? You’re a very accomplished writer who has established herself and who, I feel, could provide a considerable amount of insight to aspiring authors. Folks who want to write but perhaps just don’t know which way to turn.

    2.) All of your stories have very intense and compelling action scenes in them. How do you go about figuring them out? Is it a spur of the moment as you’re writing it thing? Do you outline it?

    3.) As you’ve stated previously, your stories have a few cornerstone elements. How do you think you keep things from getting predictable while still keeping to your beloved format?

    4.) Your stories all feature very strong and well developed supporting characters. Some of whom have become the focus of their own adventures. How do you go about balancing their roles in the story vs. the main characters?

    5.) Without fail, your stories all have very engaging opening chapters that immediately grab the attention of the reader. What goes into deciding how the story opens, when it opens and what’s going on?

    Hope to hear from you!

    All the best,
    Baylien

  3. Raythe May 20, 2018 at 6:56 pm #

    Oh my goodness more cool questions! Okay, cracks knuckles, here we go:

    1.) Have you ever considered making an advice column? You’re a very accomplished writer who has established herself and who, I feel, could provide a considerable amount of insight to aspiring authors. Folks who want to write but perhaps just don’t know which way to turn.

    I feel like there are tons of amazing podcasts, youtube channels, and FB groups out there for writers and youtube channels. Because I have a pretty unique platform, my advice wouldn’t be as on point as those people’s are. Check out Joanna Penn and Chris Fox, 20 books to 50 K facebook, Authors Support Network facebook, not to mention kboards’ writer’s cafe. These places are packed with people who are on the leading edge of what’s going on for writers, craft, marketing, covers, etc.

    2.) All of your stories have very intense and compelling action scenes in them. How do you go about figuring them out? Is it a spur of the moment as you’re writing it thing? Do you outline it?
    I do not outline anything! Tried it for the last book I did and it was terrible. My writing process is very visual, meaning that I actually see them as movies in my head. So when I describe it, I’m describing what I’m SEEING which might make those action scenes really work better.

    3.) As you’ve stated previously, your stories have a few cornerstone elements. How do you think you keep things from getting predictable while still keeping to your beloved format?
    Because, I hope anyways, there’s just a very light common elements but the characters are all different, setting is vastly different and issues are different.

    4.) Your stories all feature very strong and well developed supporting characters. Some of whom have become the focus of their own adventures. How do you go about balancing their roles in the story vs. the main characters?
    I just have to remind myself that people are reading for the main couple or couples and try to focus on them.

    5.) Without fail, your stories all have very engaging opening chapters that immediately grab the attention of the reader. What goes into deciding how the story opens, when it opens and what’s going on?
    Aw! Thank you! I think I try to imagine where I can begin the story that will grab you and what would intrigue me to continue on and that’s how that happens.

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