Sunday, April 20, 2014

Exclusive Interview with Raine Miller, author of The Blackstone Affair

A New York Times bestselling author who has been reading romance novels since she picked up that first Barbara Cartland book at the tender age of thirteen. And it's a safe bet she'll never stop, because now she writes them too. Granted, Raine's stories are edgy enough to turn Ms. Cartland in her grave, but to her way of thinking a hot, sexy hero never goes out of fashion. Ever! Writing books pretty much fills her days now and she's always busy. Raine has a prince of a husband, and two brilliant sons to pull her back into the real world if the writing takes her too far away. She loves to hear from readers and to chat about the characters in her books. You can connect with her on Facebook or visit her blog at to find out what she's working on now.

*** Our sincere gratitude to Ms. Miller for giving this interview to our blogger friend Fatima Benitez and to her for letting us share it. ***
You can find this interview translated to Spanish here:

1. Where does your passion for reading come from? Any hobbies you would like to share?  I have always been a reader, ever since I was a child.  I was also surrounded by teachers.  Both of my parents were educators.  Hobbies for me are walking and working in the garden.  I love to swim and sit in the spa and read too.  I also like to do crafts and have some projects ongoing all the time.
2. What do you feel when you see a person reading one of your books?  It is something that amazes me completely when I see long lines of fans at a book signing waiting in line to meet me.  Still so strange that they are coming to see me.
3. What's the best advice you received when you first started writing?  "Write what you love."
4. What feelings or thoughts went through you when you typed the words "the end"?  That part is always emotional for me.  I feel intense relief and freedom, but combined with some melancholy because my time with those characters banging around in my head and talking to me, is over.
5. When is the last book from the Blackstone Series coming out in English/Spanish?  Rare and Precious Things has secured a translator and it should be out sometime this summer.  Think July 2014 somewhere in the middle. Rare and Precious things have been published in
6. I read The Passion of Darious, which I loved. This is the prequel to the series, where did the idea come from?  That is the first book I ever published and was written long before I ever wrote Blackstone Affair.  It just felt fun to connect the people and places from the past to my modern day hero and heroine.  I am now writing a book called Lady Percival's Lover and it will be another Blackstone Affair Historical Prequel.  It is about the woman in the painting that Brynne was restoring at her job at the Rothvale Gallery.
7. What do you think your biggest challenge has been while writing?  By far, it is managing my writing time with all of the other aspects of this business of being a full time writer.  I have to spend a lot of time doing non-writing activities like social media and financial stuff and it is not as fun as just writing the books.  It takes up a lot of my time too.
8. Are you satisfied with your books or would you change anything?  I am proud of my books and have no regrets on where the stories have gone.  I am a writer who stays true to my original vision for the plot/story.  I am not one to take suggestion on my characters.  I don't ask people for their opinion, and feel I have to write my characters exactly the way they come to me in my head.  It feels right to do it that way.
9. Who or what were your inspiration to write the characters in your books?  Physically for Ethan it was David Gandy, but this is a well known fact.  I knew who Mr. Gandy was a long time before I dreamed up the character of Ethan Blackstone.  I knew from the beginning what he would look like and that he would be British.  That part just was always known to me.  Never questioned at all.  For Brynne I see her as someone that looks like Cameron Russell.
10. Do you do any type of research while preparing to write your books?  I do my research as I write the book using Google mostly.  That part is so easy these days.  I don't know how writers did it in the days before there was internet.  HARD.
11. What would you say to the people who say that the Blackstone Affair series has very similar situations to the Fifty Shades Series? Did that series influenced you while writing the Blackstone Affair?  Well, yes, the success of Fifty Shades did influence me, as it did for most authors writing erotic books.  It opened up scores of new readers who wanted more books of a similar nature to read.  But the similarity of my series to Fifty Shades is not really there in my opinion.  The characters are nothing alike in my opinion, but it doesn't matter what people say about it.  The success of my Blackstone series made my writing career and has enabled me to do what I loved to do on a full time basis.
12. Last but now least, any words you would like to leave your readers with?   I am, as ever, so grateful to my Spanish readers for embracing my books with such love and enthusiasm.  It cheers me daily.  Much love and blessings to my readers.  xxoo <3  R

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