I have great pleasure in being one of the stops on Christine Rain's tour today. Throughout the whole of October she is celebrating the release of her wonderful 13th Floor series which is being released in one complete collection.
And as part of the celebrations she has been under my interview spotlight once again.
HM: Hi Christine, great to have you back. I first interviewed you way back in January, when you were near the beginning of your 13th Floor journey. How does it feel to have made it to the end and be celebrating with a collection of them all?
CR: I keep going through a whole cycle of emotions over and over again. Excitement about its release, relief that I'm done, anxious about how well it will do, sad it's done, and eager to start on a new project. I love the 13th Floor series, and though I'll miss it, I can't wait to fall in love with something new.
HM: It's been a tough decision for me to decide which is my favourite in the series. Which is your favourite character to read, and which was your favourite to write?
CR: Oh, tough question. Xan and Lois together are my favorite to read. They make me laugh. My favorite to write was Harriet. She's such a sweet soul yet cursed. Nothing was simple with her. She has so many layers. It's tempting to delve more into her life and write more.
HM: I'm definitely going with The Marquis as mine, Marc is just my kind of guy. I see him as a Wolverine sort of character, very rugged and sexy.
Do you have an image in your mind for each character? Are they based on well known characters, or straight from your own imagination?
CR: I'm a visual person. I have a definite image of each character in my mind. Marc came right from my imagination as did his lady, Mae. A few of the other characters have appearances similar to well known ones. I imagined Xan to look like Alexander Skarsgard (Eric Northman from True Blood) and Meira like Morena Baccarin (Inara from Firefly).
HM: One of my favourite things about this series is how they overlap with one another, with characters appearing in different stories. Did you outline these overlaps from the start of your writing process to all coincide?
CR: I'd love to say I planned it all out, but I didn't. I'm a pantser through and through. I knew I wanted them to all happen during the same period of time, but I wasn't sure how it was going to work. I just let the stories take me along as they happened.
HM: What have you learned on this 13th Floor journey, both about yourself and about your writing?
CR: I learned I can write a lot when under pressure. I learned to trust my stories and let them take me where they need to go. I've also learned how to more objectively edit myself. Sometimes it's difficult to critique your own work, but I've gotten much better this year.
HM: Is there anything you would have changed about how you brought The 13th Floor into the world over the past year?
CR: I would have written the entire series before I started to publish them. I was a bit crazy to write them as I went along.
HM: What has been the most valuable thing that has got you through all the hard work for this project?
CR: The most valuable things are my critique partners and beta readers. They had to work as hard as I did. I'm forever thankful for all their work. I promise never to set myself on a schedule like that again!
HM; Will you be taking a well-earned rest after the tour or is it straight on to the next
CR: I'd like to say yes, I will be, but I'm already starting on the next one. My drive has only increased with the release of the collection.
HM: Thanks for being here and sharing your thoughts with us on your hard work throughout the year.
CR: Thank you so much for hosting me today, Heather. I've had so much fun!
The 13th Floor Collection is released on 13th October 2013, only two days away!
Title: The 13th Floor Complete Collection
Author: Christine Rains
Genre: paranormal romance
Six supernatural tenants
Living in a haunted apartment building
On a floor that doesn't exist.
Six novellas telling their tales.
A retired demon acquires a price on his head.
A werewolf is hunted by her pack.
A modern day dragonslayer misses his target.
A harpy challenges Zeus for the soul of the man she loves.
A vampire is obsessed with a young woman he can't find.
A banshee falls in love with someone who's death she has seen in a vision.
And a sweet ghost must battle a primal monster to save them all.
All the stories take place at the same time intertwining their lives together on the 13th Floor.
Includes “The Shadow,” a bonus short story.
Christine Rains is a writer, blogger, and geek mom. She has four degrees which help nothing with motherhood, but make her a great Jeopardy player. When she's not writing or reading, she having adventures with her son or watching cheesy movies on Syfy Channel. She's a member of Untethered Realms and S.C.I.F.I. The 13th Floor series is her first self-published series. She has eight novellas and twenty-one short stories published.
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