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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Five Questions With ... RaeAnne Thayne, author of "Woodrose Mountain"

Today, I'm honored to host prolific author RaeAnne Thayne, author of the new charming romance novel, "Woodrose Mountain."

RaeAnne took time out of her busy schedule to answer a few questions about her writing career and upcoming projects.

Sharon:   At what age did you know that you wanted to be a writer? 

RaeAnne:  I’ve always loved to write and even won a school-wide poetry contest when I was in first grade (“If I could be a bee, I would fly across the sea …” That’s all I can remember!). Though I’ve been an avid reader throughout most of my life, in my teenage years, I wanted to be an actress and I acted in or directed about a dozen plays in high school. My mom encouraged me to take a journalism class  and from the moment I filled my first assignment, I discovered the joy in telling stories. I went on to become a newspaper reporter and editor but throughout my decade-long career in journalism, I longed to write a romance novel, the kind of books I’ve loved to read since I was in junior high. I sold my first book in 1995 and just finished my 40th, something I never would have imagined back when I was dreaming of starring on Broadway!

Sharon: What three important facts do you want readers to know about your books?

RaeAnne:  1) I usually end up with something autobiographical in every one, despite my best efforts to keep my life out of my books!

2) I generally cry at least once during the writing process of each book when something I’ve written touches me. (I figure if it doesn’t move me, it’s not going to move my readers!).

3) My core story – whether I’m writing about DEA agents or ranchers or burned out undercover cops –  is that we’re all here to learn how to take care of each other.

Sharon:  Who are some of your favorite authors? Who inspires you?

RaeAnne:  I have many, many favorites, both historical and contemporary authors. It’s always hard to narrow it down because I’m finding new favorites all the time! I love Debbie Macomber, Sherryl Woods and Kristan Higgins on the contemporary side. Some of my favorite historical authors include Mary Balogh, Sherry Thomas and Loretta Chase. Every good storyteller inspires me to try harder!  

Sharon:  What do you have coming up in the future?

RaeAnne:  I’ve got two books out in April, WOODROSE MOUNTAIN, Book Two in my Hope’s Crossing miniseries for HQN, and A COLD CREEK REUNION, which continues my USA Today bestselling series, The Cowboys of Cold Creek, for Harlequin Special Edition. Book Three of Hope’s Crossing, SWEET LAUREL FALLS, will be an October release and I’ll have another Cold Creek book out in December.

Sharon:  What advice would you have for anyone wanting to break into writing today?

RaeAnne:  This is a fantastic time to be a writer, with so many opportunities to reach readers! I can remember a few years ago when people thought the book was dead … I think the huge explosion in e-readers proves people are still hungry for the written word.

The best advice I can offer is not necessarily the most original: Read everything you can in the genre you want to write, continually hone your craft at every opportunity and never, ever give up on your dreams!

For more information on RaeAnne, check out her website at www.raeannethayne.com

My thanks to Eliza Levy at PlannedTVarts for arranging this interview, and to RaeAnne for participating!

About the Book:

Evie Blanchard was at the top of her field in the city of angels. But when an emotional year forces her to walk away from her job as a physical therapist, she moves from Los Angeles to Hope's Crossing seeking a quieter life. So the last thing she needs is to get involved with the handsome, arrogant Brodie Thorne and his injured daughter, Taryn.

A self-made man and single dad, Brodie will do anything to get Taryn the rehabilitation she needs…even if it means convincing Evie to move in with them. And despite her vow to keep an emotional distance, Evie can't help but be moved by Taryn's spirit, or Brodie's determination to win her help—and her heart. With laughter, courage and more than a little help from the kindhearted people of Hope's Crossing, Taryn may get the healing she deserves—and Evie and Brodie might just find a love they never knew could exist.

This is the second novel in RaeAnne Thayne's "Hope's Crossing" series (the first being Blackberry Summer) and it continues the story of the folks in a small Colorado mountain town who are quirky in their personalities, but gather together to suppport each other in times of crisis.

I enjoyed Evie's story immensely.  As a physical therapist, she works with a headstrong 15-year old Taryn and the struggles and triumphs the two experiences are so true-to-life and realistic. (as a former headstrong 15 year old who struggles with her own physical therapists, I can attest to the authenticity!)

And I particularly enjoyed the sweet, but non-raunchy relationship that blossoms between Evie and Brodie, Taryn's dad.  It is so refreshing to be able to read a charming story that is full of old-fashioned romance and tenderness.

While this is a sequel to a previous story, Thayne includes enough information and back-story that this tale can be read as a stand-alone novel in itself.

I highly recommend "Woodrose Mountain"!


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RaeAnne Thayne said...

Thank you so much for this wonderful review and for inviting me to answer the five questions. It was great fun to participate!


Mary (Bookfan) said...

Nice interview, ladies! The authors mentioned by Ms. Thayne are also on my list of favorites. I'm adding Woodrose Mountain to my TBR list.

Sharon's Garden of Book Reviews said...

Thank you RaeAnne for stopping by! Mary, you will enjoy this book!