Interview with YA author Rayna Noire

Young adult
(YA) author Rayna Noire is chatting
with me today about her new historical fantasy / magical realism novel, Faerie Lights: Glimmer.

Rayna Noire is an
author and a historian. The desire to uncover the truth behind the original
fear of witches led her to the surprising discovery that people believed in
magick in some form up to 150 years ago. A world that believed the impossible
could happen and often did must have been amazing. With this in mind, Ms. Noire
taps into this dimension, shapes it into stories about Pagan families who
really aren’t that different from most people. They do go on the occasional
adventures and magick happens.
Welcome, Rayna. Please share a
little bit about your current release.
Glimmer takes place in England during WW1.
An explosion propels Meara out of the convent after seventeen years and into a
hostile world where she tries to unravel her personal history while fighting
her attraction to a very taken Braeden.
vows to journey to Ireland to find her uncle, unaware of how perilous a journey
it will be. Her Druidic father guides her through dreams, explaining her
magical heritage. Her dead parent can’t help her with the intricacies of
village life, especially when she catches the eye of the very engaged Braeden.
whirlwind composed of equal parts menace, romance, and revelation sweep Meara
across the continent while gathering allies and enemies with equal speed. Her
intent to return to her family turns into a fight to survive her own destiny.
What inspired you to write this
I was curious what the world was like in 1915.
Excerpt from Faerie Lights: Glimmer:
“I was wondering,” he flicked
a look in Meara’s direction, “if you could introduce me to your charming
Instead of answering, she
snorted. Braeden stood stock-still, waiting. When it looked like Eleanor would
say nothing, she rushed to introduce herself.
“I’m Meara. Her cousin from
Cumbria. I came down to help.” The few words exhausted her backstory and earned
her a dark look from her companion.
“Hello, Meara from Cumbria.
I’m Braeden from here.” He chuckled as if he’d made a big joke.
She found herself laughing
along with him.
“Tell me, Meara. Did you leave
a sweetheart or a husband behind to fend for himself?”
Before she could answer
truthfully, Eleanor pointed in the distance. “Isn’t that your fiancée,
Adelaide, looking for you?”
The man’s eyebrows went
together as he shot Eleanor a disbelieving look. A feminine voice carried over
the market murmur.
“There’s my sweetheart,
Braeden.” A blonde-haired woman dressed in a blue ruffled dress sashayed toward
the dumbstruck man.
Until now, Meara thought her
dress was the nicest thing she’d ever seen. Even an inexpert eye such as hers
could easily tell Adelaide’s dress was newer and more expensive. The
townspeople gave her room as if they were the Red Sea and she Moses.
Adelaide tucked her arm into
Braeden’s and seared Meara with a venomous look before towing the man away.
“I’ve been looking for you. There’s no need for you to waste time chatting up
pathetic war widows.”
The two moved away slowly,
allowing everyone to admire what a handsome couple they made. Braeden gave
Meara a pleading glance that reminded her of the vixen she’d freed from a trap.
Eleanor clucked beside her.
“Exactly what I was afraid would happen, did.”
“What do you mean?” Her gaze
remained on the swath of blue she knew was Adelaide. What must it be like to be
a couple?
“I suspected you might
jumpstart a few male hearts, but I was hoping it wouldn’t be Braeden’s.”

What exciting story are you working
on next?

I’m working on an audiobook version of Initiation.
When did you first consider yourself
a writer?
I started writing alternative endings to stories in first
grade. The reader was rather bland.

Do you write full-time? If so,
what’s your work day like? If not, what do you do other than write and how do
you find time to write?
I try to write full time five days a week. I started by
writing about six hours, usually starting at seven in the morning. Later, I can
edit or promote.
What would you say is your
interesting writing quirk?
I act out scenes.
As a child, what did you want to be
when you grew up?
I wanted to be a forest ranger.
Anything additional you want to
share with the readers?
I’m always open to names, characters, locations, etc.
Thank you for being a guest on my

0 thoughts on “Interview with YA author Rayna Noire

  1. CJ says:

    Great interview! Thank you for sharing a little about yourself with all of us!! I wish you continued good luck on your book tour!! 🙂

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