Ranae, please tell us about yourself and your writing.
My name is Ranae Rose, and I write what I love – love stories. I also prefer to write what I know, placing my characters in worlds that feel real to me. No billionaires, no rich and famous – my heroes are blue collar or men in uniform, people who are extraordinary not because of their life circumstances, but because of how they’ve chosen to handle them and the love they find along the way.
My 20 or so books span a variety of sub-genres, but with all my stories, love conquers all, and there’s plenty of steam along the way. My works include my Inked in the Steel City Series, Half Moon Shifter Series and many more, including Hell Without You, my latest novel.
What does your writing space look like?
It’s a room with a desk that I usually ignore in favor of my favorite work space - a ridiculously plush recliner (my dream work chair!). Decorations include things like a painting of Peter Pan flying over London, a plush bigfoot, some favorite old books of mine and an aquarium housing my trusty betta fish.
What inspired your current book?
In general, I’m fascinated by the theme of characters “coming home”. I think because I’ve moved frequently throughout my life, and have spent a lot of my time feeling disconnected from my surroundings and the people in my community. I’d personally like to have the experience of coming home to a familiar place, indefinitely, and though that’s not something that’s in the cards for me at this time, I enjoy exploring it on behalf of my characters. This idea is part of what inspired me to write Hell Without You, a coming home story where events are set into action by two characters’ return to their hometown.
I also drew some inspiration from my favorite coming home story of all time, the classic novel Wuthering Heights.
How do you come up with your book titles?
I sometimes take the title from a line in the book. That was the case with Hell Without You. The title comes from this passage, spoken by Donovan, the hero:
“I never said it was brilliant, but it was all I had. What was the alternative – throw a dart at a map, pick someplace else to carry out the rest of my existence? I don’t want that – I don’t want a life without you. F--- staying away from Willow Heights if it means never seeing you again. I … it was hell without you.”
Do you write with music going in the background? What are some of your favorite types/bands?
Sometimes yes, sometimes no. Music can be important to my writing process, and that was definitely the case with Hell Without You. Just a few of the artists that appear on my writing playlist for HWY include: Chevelle, Smashing Pumpkins, Mumford & Sons, Audioslave and Johnny Cash. There’s actually a complete playlist on my site, with video links: http://www.ranaerose.com/?page_id=963
My favorite music genre is alternative rock, so there’s plenty of that on the list.
· Favorite food? Spicy salmon sushi.
· Favorite color? Royal purple.
· Favorite animal? Horses and dogs.
· Biggest pet peeve? Reckless / drunken / texting drivers.
· Dream car? A Jeep Grand Cherokee. I know, glamorous, right? LOL Seriously, I really want one as my next SUV. It would be perfect for hauling around my family and German Shepherd dogs.
HELL WITHOUT YOU by Ranae Rose – released September 5, 2013
Time changes everything, except what’s meant to be.
Seven years is a long time – long enough to transform Clementine from a small-town teenager with a broken heart into a woman ready to take on the world, but not long enough to make her forget about the man she was never supposed to see again. A temporary return to tiny Willow Heights thrusts her back into Donovan’s life and home, unearthing heartbreak and obsession that have stood the test of time.
He left seven years ago too, for war and other things Clementine can only imagine. Coming back to the town where he grew up in the shadow of poverty and drug addiction makes no sense, and neither do Clementine’s feelings for him. He could never forgive her for leaving, could he? Even if she had no choice.
Now, she has the freedom to choose … and so does he. Every day in Willow Heights makes it clearer: all he ever really wanted was her, and nothing will change that. Not even a taste of the hell that drove them apart in the first place.
About the author
Ranae Rose is the best-selling author of over a dozen adult romances and counting. She calls the US East Coast home, and resides there with her husband, child, German Shepherd dogs and overflowing bookshelves. Writing and reading are lifelong passions that consume most of her time, and she’s always working on bringing her latest love story idea to life for readers.
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