Interview with Rayka Mennen and Giveaway – October 11, 2011

TQ:  What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?

Rayka:  When I am writing an intense scene, I have to plunk myself on the couch in the living room, in the most uncomfortable position you could possible sit in, with my laptop. I just can’t seem to get the rhythm in my very nice study with a beautiful view of the backyard, palms trees and all. Irritates my family to no end because I’m always shushing someone. Why, they ask, can’t you sit in your study, where no one is allowed to enter but you? I’m a writer, I say. I’m allowed strange quirks.

TQ:  Are you a plotter or a pantser?

Rayka:  A hybrid – whatever you want to call that – plotpants? I do make a basic outline and then, it’s like a Thanksgiving sale—free for all where my characters just sort of guide me along. It makes for tedious revisions, I can tell you. Why? Because my characters don’t always understand scene and sequel and plot points and just want to do what they want to do.

TQ:  What inspired you to write the Enchanted Destiny series?

Rayka:  A little of bit of everything. Sometimes I can pinpoint where my ideas came from but most times, something will occur to me, and I’ll start a series of what-if questions in my mind as I’m driving to work. And then by the time I realize this is a story line with good novel or novella potential, I can’t remember what set off the idea in the first place.

TQ:  What sort of research did you do for the series?

Rayka:  This one was pretty simple. I mostly looked over some witch lore and Wiccan sites. Because it’s a novella, I had to be careful not to make the world so complicated that there were more questions than answers at the end.

TQ:  Describe Enchanted Destiny (Enchanted Destiny 1) in 140 characters or less.

Rayka:  Kat’s soul mate appears on her horizon, just before her 25th birthday. She must join with him by her birthday, or she will lose her powers.

TQ:  Why did you set Enchanted Destiny in Chicago, Illinois?

Rayka:  I wrote this book many moons ago. I was living in Chicago at the time—very close to the area where I set the book. It’s a quaint little neighborhood in the middle of the city and I used to jog past the townhomes. One evening, I noticed several had Halloween decorations up, lights on inside. They looked so cozy and wholesome and I thought- ha, what if a witch lived here? What if Kat lived here?

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