Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Guest Spotlight, Rue Volley

Guys, I am so excited! I"m featuring one of the coolest writers I know. She's a USA Today bestselling author and has over  . .  .. books under her belt. Not only has she written dozens of books, but she's an award-winning screenwriter. 


She specializes in paranormal romances that include otherworldly characters who, regardless of their supernatural abilities, feel oddly familiar, or in other words, human. This, coupled with her easy reading style, wicked sense of humor, and excellent world building skills, has garnered her a fiercely loyal fan base over the past decade who support her regardless of what genre she chooses to write in.

Some of her best works include 13 Ways to Midnight, Hellhound, The Devil's Gate, and A Vampires Tale of Blood and Light. All of which utilize her skill at piecing together compelling dramas that highlight her love for vampires, witches, angels, and demons across many genres including young adult, new adult, urban fantasy, and erotic romance. 

So, in order to get to know this amazing woman, she answered a couple questions for me! Here's what she had to say:


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What is something the creeps you out the most--something that others might find peculiar?
I can’t stand walking by closed doors and entering a dark tunnel is horrific for me. I also hate long hallways. I blame Stephen King for that. I always expect to walk around the corner and see those twins staring back at me.


What is your current obsession? Movie...music...food… anything…
Right now I’m binge-watching Gilmore Girls for the ninth time. I’m also obsessed with new Jazz and a band called GoGo Penguin and I can’t seem to stop drinking strawberry green tea lemonade and eating butter croissants. People can always tell what I’m currently obsessing over in my books. I tend to mix all of it into my scenes.


What is something about you that readers don’t know?
Well, I’m an open book, but I guess some people may not know that I’m bisexual and Wiccan. I’ve been very open about this since I started writing over a decade ago. My books always include at least one gay character, if not more. I’ve never painted myself as a LGBT writer because quite honestly, I really despise labels. I’m me. I’m complex, and I think that every human being is this way. I’m not just gay, or Wiccan, or native American, and I’ve evolved over time and expect to keep changing and growing until I leave this life for the next one.


If you could become one supernatural creature what would it be? And Why?
Easy...vampire. Who would pass up immortality? Not me.


What is the number one thing on your bucket list?!
To buy a house in Maine and stare at the ocean every single day. I tend to write about the east coast in all of my books. I love it there and I hope to return someday.


Do you have a “normal” job . . . Like, gasp, in the real world type!?
I have a few jobs. Outside of being a professional writer, I am also a graphic artist, head of marketing and promotion for CHBB Publishing, and I work in corporate retail. And no, I don’t really sleep much. I tend to put in about seventy hours of work a week. Lol


When did you first realize you wanted to be an author and create these fantastical worlds?
I never did choose to do it, I really think it chose me. I just love the art of storytelling. Plus, it’s terrific therapy. I think I’ve saved myself on a few occasions just by writing things out and dealing with it in these worlds that I’ve created. I would have to guess that a lot of artists do this. We use it to process emotions and situations in our lives. At least I do. I think this is why my fan base is so strong. I resonate with people on a deeper level because I never lie. Reading my books tells you everything about me. My hopes, my fears, my pain, and happiness. I live it through the characters that I’ve created.


What is your writing process? How do you prepare...what do you do when you sit down etc…
I’m a pantster, so I practice in define chaos. I’m also a serial writer. Once I have the basics written (characters, environment, plot points) I transfer it all to large whiteboards so that I don’t get lost or accidentally change someone's hair or eye color. But that is as organized as I get with the process. Other than that I always listen to music while I’m writing and I do all of it in the library that we built into our home.


What inspires you?
My inspiration is all around me. It’s life. The people I meet, the situations I find myself in, the trips I take to new places. Everything helps me create these wonderful worlds and complex characters that I love so dearly. It basically becomes a map of my life and ultimately my legacy.


What book in your life has had the most significant impact on you as a woman and as an author?
It isn’t one book, just like it isn’t one person in my life and I feel like I’m a perfect blend of a boy and a girl so books speak to me on both levels.
I can share a few though.
The Catcher in the Rye. The Great Gatsby. Interview with a Vampire. Harry Potter (The entire journey). The Hobbit. The Adventures of Alice in Wonderland.


What would you like to say to new authors as they try to break into the industry?!

Do your homework. Writing the book is the easy part (as crazy as that sounds) Save up your money for a healthy marketing budget before you release your book. Pay an editor to polish your book. Pay a professional cover artist to make a cover for you. Pay a great formatter to make your book stand out. Work on your brand, both for yourself and your work. Build that brand with every post you share on social media. Build your team of beta readers and take care of them. Utilize them to help you move forward. Always push harder with each book you write. Do better, not only for you but for your readers. They deserve the very best from you. Grammar matters. Plot matters. Character development matters. Don’t write a book for a paycheck. It shows. Write something you’re proud of and that you love. Write the book you want to read. In the end, your journey is your own. You may move faster or slower than those around you. It doesn’t matter. Do you, avoid drama, and surround yourself with real support. But most importantly, be LOYAL to your vision and the people who help you get where you want to go. No one finds real success alone. No one.


I'm so glad I got to talk to Rue again! She's a truly amazing inspiration. I've recently purchased her 13 Ways to Midnight and am looking forward to reading it.
Be sure to check it out. Actually... check out the entire series.

13 Ways to Midnight Book One (A Reverse Harem Young Adult Paranormal Romance) (The Midnight Saga) by [Volley, Rue]13 Ways to Midnight Book Two (A Reverse Harem Young Adult Paranormal Romance) (The Midnight Saga 2) by [Volley, Rue]13 Ways to Midnight Book Three (A Reverse Harem Young Adult Paranormal Romance) (The Midnight Saga) by [Volley, Rue]




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Thanks for stopping by everyone! I encourage you to stop by on Tuesday, July 10th for special guest author Catherine Black as we talk with her. She will be dropping in to talk about her new book releasing on the 10th! :)

Until next time, my lovelies.
XOXO
Christine

2 comments:

  1. You will love the Series! So glad to see such a great interview. Be you! ❤

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  2. I am really looking forward to the series!!! Thanks so much for stopping by!!! <3

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