Today in Playhouse, we have an awesome guest. This lady is one of the coolest and most supportive people I've met. Let's all give Rain Carrington a hand, to welcome her.
Well, let's just jump right into these interview questions because I'm rather anxious to see the answers, especially the last one. ~snickers~!
When did you start writing? And what did you write?
I started writing really bad, sappy poetry when I was a teenager. I was hoping to one day turn them into song for the kick ass heavy metal band I was planning to be the lead singer of….then I heard my own singing voice. It was scary. In my twenties I started writing short stories then took a long time off to do the kid and husband thing. Now that I’m an old lady, I can finally do what I like and I like writing sexy stories of man on man. How far I’ve come! LOL
Rain the rockstar, that is too cool! I made my own baby cry when I sang, so I don't do that anymore. I was damn good in the shower too. SWEAR I am not lying,
Okay, I may be wrong here (Hey, on rare occassions it does happen-HA!) but I could have sworn I read somewhere, maybe another blog, that you have an entire library of unpublished works. Is that true? If so, we want some details woman.
I do have a few I wrote for the writing sights where I got started this time around and yes, about four of them will be cleaned up and published soon. The first I wrote, my first M/M anyway, is called Cabin Fever and will be out HOPEFULLY about March or April. The other will drip and come (wow that sounded bad! LOL) during the next year or so. The new characters in my head take priority since they never let me sleep!
You are a hard core activist, yay you. Can you tell us about the different levels and/or platforms you’re involved with?
I used to be a lot more hard core. Since I can’t get around too well anymore, I am now doing things from home. I make calls, donate, and spread the word for LGBT causes as much as I can. AIDS research is a big one for me, lgbtq youth, like the Trevor Project. I am also a “crazy liberal” so I am on the phones and computer getting the word out about my candidates, bills, voting, you name it. I can be terribly obnoxious LOL
What is your favorite fan/reader moment so far?
When one of my readers told me that while she was on bedrest with her pregnancy, reading my stories were the only reason she didn’t go insane! That was priceless! I have so many, though. My readers humble me and carry me through DAILY with their support and encouragement. I could never do this without them.
I completely understand that, 100%, and you are so right. I can't tell you how many times someone has privately messaged me and said 'thank you' or 'is this normal to really like reading M/M' There is still that stigmatism where it's concerned and that pre-conceived notion about it. It's why I give away so many books, well ebooks. Some readers have told me I was there first M/M read and it wasn't anything like they thought, but they would have never read it if they didn't win or get it free. I just respond with "thanks, I'm just chalking up another notch on the old bedpost" Hahaha.
So, on December 7th, your newest story, Turquoise, was released. Would you mind telling us a little about it?
Well, it’s my first heavy duty tear jerker. I didn’t mean it to be, but that is how it took me. It starts out on the Jicarilla Indian Reservation where a 13 yr old boy, Angel, is watching his mother marrying his best friend’s brother. He wasn’t thrilled at the idea and neither was his best friend, Garcia, who was in love with him. They didn’t want to feel related to one another. At that time they share their first kiss. Later, Angel decides he wants to go to school in another state and Garcia tried to keep him there by revealing his feelings. Angel left anyway and starts on a seven year sojourn finding himself and discovering that the world outside of the rez isn’t as glamorous and wonderful as he thought. He comes home after a tragedy and his boyhood friends along with Garcia help him to get back to the confident person he was back before he left. It’s a story of friendship, lasting, true love, and coming back from the brink to find that real love never stops waiting.
Oh wow! RAWR! Uh oh, ummm, excuse me. Congratulations to you on your newest release, Rain. ~note to self-get this book~
Now for the Q & A that I was waiting for. lol
Well, let’s do this. LET’S TALK BOOK COVERS. Alright, so you may or may not have noticed that I have a thing about book covers. I love my own and I noticed that you have some hot one's too. Want to tell us about them? I know two are gay porn stars, not that I know anything whatsoever about gay porn mind you. But who doesn't know Jesse Colter and Rocco Steele, everyone does. So spill it, how did it happen?
My favorite subject? Rocco Steele? SWOON! LOL Well, one day on twitter, a friend retweeted a friend follow that Boomer Banks had tweeted. It was to follow a star in the making, Rocco Steele. I saw him and absolutely loved his eyes. These blue eyes that just tear inside of you and stay there. AND his smile too, what a gorgeous smile. Well I followed him and this was after I’d had Jesse Colter on a cover, so as I was thinking of my new story, I thought about those eyes, those arms, chest, all of him and a character came to me. Bobby Dawes came from Rocco, the looks, voice, sex. Of course he isn’t exact, Rocco isn’t a truck driver, and he isn’t from New Mexico, but the embodiment is there. The sweetness, real man qualities his fans love about him is what I tried to capture in Bobby.
I was so nervous I could have puked, but I sent him an email to ask if I could please use his image on a cover. Pushing send on that email…wow. I haven’t been that nervous since I had to tell my mother I was preggers when I was 18! LOL Well, what did you know, but he wrote back the same day and said not only would he do it, but he’d be honored. I squealed, ran around the house in my hobbling way, screeched, laughed and then sent him back an email. From there we emailed back and forth discussing the picture and the rest was history. Getting to know him, even that little bit showed me that he’s a really great person. I got so many of my facebook friends to fall for him as well, and to this day we fight over him constantly. Then my first year anniversary was coming so I decided to have a little facebook party. I had no clue but my terrific friend, Kristy, asked him to do a video for it. When the party started and Kristy posted it, I cannot tell you how much I smiled and cried all at once. It was the best thing EVER! But that is the kind of man he is, to do that for someone. He also jumped right on tweeting a promo for the charity project some authors and I were doing for Christmas. We talk now and then and each time he manages to make me smile and cry. Whoever coined the term DaddyRealness for him was right on, because he is real, gorgeous and wonderful. I could go on and on but it would be gushy as HELL! LOL
That is too cool, and I understand all of those feelings, I did the same things with mine too. LMAO at the part about hitting send. I was actually just as nervous messaging mine, as I was when I hit send on my first submission to a publisher. Who knew that one little button would be the hardest of all.
Again, a HUGE thanks to Rain for stopping by the blog today, and also if you missed it, Rain is our author of the month here in the playhouse. See all her book information there. (It's located in the dropdown menu, under the My Precious...ssss tab up top. Go check her out.
Amazon Author: http://www.amazon.com/Rain-Carrington/e/B00G71I5NK/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1420208720&sr=8-1
You can find all of Rain's books via her website or Amazon author page
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