An Enchanted Interview With Rayka Mennen

Lea: Rayka! Welcome to Book Lovers, it’s such a pleasure to be able to chat with you about Enchanted Destiny! ?

Rayka: Thanks so much for having me here – Oh my that sounded a little Silence of the Lambish, didn’t it- I’m having an old friend for dinner.? Anyway, glad to be here.

Lea: Rayka can you please tell us a bit about yourself?

Rayka: I’m an academic and a research scientist from eight in the morning to seven in the evening. Romance writer the rest of the time. I love traveling – you can find a travelogue on my website- and I often set my books in those awesome, faraway places I am lucky enough to visit.

Lea: Describe a typical day of writing? Are you a planner or pantser?

Rayka: I wish I did have a typical day. But essentially, I wake up around 5 AM, get a cup of espresso or a latte (I have the coolest machine), and answer some emails. And then I write or edit till about 7: 30 after which I head into to work. In the evening, its write, write, write for about 3-4 hours again. Boring? I know, I know. I have a great view from my study though and a few weeks ago, I was all about the nesting Gila woodpeckers in the tree outside – they had one baby; he comes and hangs out in that tree every now and then. And I do spice up the evening with a little TV here and there and good Scotch (though the laptop is still open). I’m a hybrid – pantser. I plot a general outline; many times I use a basic W plot. From then on, my characters rule the roost.

Lea: What do you think is the difference between a reader and a real Book Lover?

Rayka: Now this I know – a Book Lover reads voraciously – all the time, anywhere, everywhere. A BL has shelves and shelves and boxes and boxes of books and these days, maybe a Kindle that has had memory added twice to accommodate the growing library. And a BL will shock the house movers by taking a martial stance before the bookshelf with her beloved signed, first edition of Bath Tangle by Georgette Heyer, informing them in frigid though polite tones that SHE will pack said book and they had better back off or else.

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