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Forsaken (The Netherworlde Book 1) by Sara Reinke is on virtual book tour. The paranormal romance stops at Readeropolis with an au...

Forsaken (The Netherworlde Book 1) by Sara Reinke is on virtual book tour.

The paranormal romance stops at Readeropolis with an author interview.

Be sure to enter for a chance to win the giveaway for a $25 Amazon GC and follow the Silver Dagger book tour (for other dates see the link at the bottom of the post).

What kind of research do you do before you begin writing a book?

For me, the amount and kind of research depends on the book I’m working on. For ones set in the “real world,” or contemporary settings, it ranges from the type of work my character does for a living to specific places or points of interest in the areas where I imagine them living that I can incorporate into my story. But for the fantasy manuscript I’m working on, for example, which is set entirely in a world of my own creation, I’m basing the cultures and civilizations off of actual, historical examples, like the ancient Romans and Vikings, which involves a lot more in-depth research into things like social structure, religious beliefs and traditions, clothing styles, architecture, music, etc. Whatever the genre or story I’m writing, I enjoy the role of research in worldbuilding, and for me, it’s something that remains ongoing throughout my writing process.

Do you write one book at a time or do you have several going at a time?

It’s not unusual for me to have more than one manuscript in the works at any given time, but as a rule, I don’t work on multiple projects at once. Does that make sense? I’ll often write story for awhile, then get to the point where I feel stymied on it, so I’ll work on something else and come back to it later. I bounce between projects like that frequently, especially since I don’t have a lot of free time to really dedicate to writing as I’d like to. However, when it comes to writing two or more stories simultaneously, that’s something I can’t do. When I’m focused on a project, that’s the narrative voice in my head, and it’s where my attention has to lie, otherwise I feel like I lose my emotional investment in the characters and story.

Pen or type writer or computer?

I’ve done all three (because I’m old, LOL) and I honestly don’t know how I survived as a writer before computers and word processing software. I don’t just change a line or two here or there as I write—I sometimes replace entire chapters, go back through and insert previously deleted scenes, or rework scenes to fit new plotlines. I joke that my writing process is more like putting together a patchwork quilt than anything linear. 

What is your writing process? For instance do you do an outline first? Do you do the chapters first? 

I used to be a complete pantser. I’ve also written a few manuscripts that were meticulously plotted out. I feel like now I fall somewhere in between. I’ve tried using Scrivener but it didn’t really work for me. I use OneNote in MS Office to organize my story notes, character worksheets, and research. Additionally, having a general plot outline (like this one, which I love: ) helps me keep my thoughts organized as I write, because if I find myself getting off track, I can always fall back on the loose plot points I’ve listed and reorient myself, so to speak. Every once in a blue moon, I’ll write a stand-alone scene, then find a way to incorporate into my manuscript, but for the most part, I work from “Chapter One” to “The End” in order. This doesn’t mean I don’t change things along the way (I tell people my writing style is like stitching together a patchwork quilt or maybe even Frankenstein’s monster) but I try to keep progressing in an orderly sort of way.

How long on average does it take you to write a book?

It depends. I wrote the first draft of Dark Thirst, the first book I had published, in two weeks. But I’d had the story in my head for at least 10 years before then, and I pretty much knew where I wanted everything to go. My current WIP is an untitled fantasy I’ve been working on (off and on) for 15 years. I know this because I recently found an old CD (good lord) that I’d used as a back up in the olden days before cloud servers, and it was dated 2004. 

Unfortunately, this means I’ve left readers stranded before, which makes me feel awful. On the Brethren Series, which Dark Thirst launched, it took more than five years from the first ideas for the final book in the 10-book series, Darkness Falls, to its release last fall. I don’t plan on it ever taking that long again to get my proverbial shit together on a book, but with life, you never know—and all you can do is your best to try and roll with whatever it throws your way.

Do you believe in writer’s block?

Yes. It can be a nearly constant battle. I’ve found one thing that helps me deal with it is #vss365 on Twitter. VSS stands for “Very Short Story,” and you can visit each day to find a new word prompt that you can then incorporate into a very short story of your own in your Twitter feed. I stumbled across it by accident and try to keep up with it as much as possible. It’s a lot of fun and I’ve really found it keeps my creativity stimulated. It’s quick, easy, no muss, no fuss, but it keeps my muse from shriveling (and is a fantastic way to connect with other writers online!).

The Netherworlde Book 1 
by Sara Reinke 
Genre: Paranormal Romance 

Jason Sullivan has everything he could have wanted in life -- his own business, the perfect girlfriend and the perfect opportunity to ask her to marry him. Then, in one violent, unexpected moment, he loses it all. Murdered in cold blood, wrongly condemned and enslaved to a sadistic demon, Jason must fight to reclaim not only the life and love he'd once known, but also his soul. 

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"Definitely an author to watch." That's how Romantic Times Book Reviews magazine describes Sara Reinke. New York Times best-selling author Karen Robards calls Reinke "a new paranormal star" and Love Romances and More hails her as "a fresh new voice to a genre that has grown stale."

When she's not writing, Sara is probably dreaming up her next fictional adventure, driving one or both of her kids to or from school, trying to keep her house from looking like a hurricane ripped through it, or working full-time as a registered nurse. During her free time, she's likely to be found with a margarita or glass of Moscato in hand, failing miserably to replicate a recipe she saw on an episode of The Pioneer Woman.

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1 comment

Get carried away with love!