Hello and welcome!
Today I have one of my top 10 authors whose books are on auto-buy for me. I had 3 of the Divine hunks from my fave book of the series for a chat back in June 2014.
Please welcome Heather Rainier!
Heather lives and writes in South Central Texas. Her stories offer up the content of her fantasies, with autobiographical humor, triumph and tragedy mixed in.
Heather’s love of romance fiction began as a teenager when her mom gave her copies of Kathleen Woodiwiss’s “The Flame and the Flower” and Bertrice Small’s “Skye O’Malley”. To this day she’s pretty sure that was her mom’s version of the “birds and the bees” talk.
Heather writes the type of novel she loves to read: more erotic and edgy than the mainstream, with plenty of sweet romance mixed in and a happily ever after guaranteed. Heather’s favorite type of hero is the gentle, lovable giant but readers will discover a wide variety of heroes and alphas on the pages of her novels, from nearly perfect to very flawed.
When not happily typing at her keyboard, Heather is usually busy corralling her kids, or loving on her smokin’ hot husband, who thankfully loves to cook.
Read on to find out more…
Do you have a nickname?
I grew up blessed with a name that couldn’t be easily changed into a nickname so taking on a pen name was a nickname of sorts. Only a select few know my pen name outside my immediate family so it’s become a nickname of sorts, usually when I act more like “Heather” than my mild-mannered “real-world” self would. This usually involves colorful storytelling, unladylike language, and maybe sangria.
What is one word that best describes you?
Introvert. I’m comfortable with my own company, so being able to write from home is a dream-come-true career. As long as Mr. Rainier takes me out for steak or seafood every so often, I’m happy. I’m sensitive to the energy and moods of other people, and when I am out, I’m naturally a people watcher. I think that’s the storyteller in me.
What makes you laugh out loud?
My husband makes me laugh out loud when he asks a question and my answer is a bit more “Heather” than my usual mild-mannered self. His reactions are priceless.
I also laugh out loud at our kids, who are mortified by our lovey-dovey-ness with each other. Our teenaged daughter is particularly nauseated by our rampant mutual affection, although I know she secretly aspires to have a relationship just like ours.
And our dogs, Eli and Cheyenne, also provide comic relief. Most of the time, they’re comatose on our back porch but then, on a moment’s notice, they’re off chasing dragonflies, birds, or…the air. Every once in a while they’ll come back with something awesome like a live guinea hen, a dead wild turkey, or bones of an unknown origin that they’ve found or dug up on the property. Or worse, they return from a losing battle with a skunk. Not good.
What is your favourite smell? What does it remind you of?
Because of their calming effect, I love the scent of several herbs, including rosemary, lavender, and spearmint. I’m also very partial to the scent of a brand new book.
Favourite place to spend time in?
Bed. I don’t think that needs any further explanation. Although I love being anywhere Mr. Rainier is. We’ve always been self-employed, so we’re that odd couple that spends a lot of time around each other and likes it that way. He’s my sounding board and I’m his.
At one point I was his receptionist and bookkeeper. One day I kissed him goodbye when he came in the office right as a UPS deliveryman arrived with a package. After I was gone, the driver told him that he had a pretty good thing going, having a secretary with side benefits. He said, “You have no idea.”
Is there a genre that you refuse to read?
As far as genres go, I tend to avoid thrillers and mysteries, since I’m too easily distracted from keeping all the clues and facts straight. As far as the romance sub-genres go, I’ll read paranormal, fantasy/sci-fi, contemporary, BDSM, MFM or MMF ménage. Because I’m a writer, I catch myself editing as I read, so I’m a stickler about well-written and well-edited books.
My deal breakers are main characters who cheat, barely-of-age main characters in ménage, and happy-for-now stories. I like commitments, weddings, and babies—hopefully in that order.
Writing! What started it?
Writing has always been my dream career, but I grew up in a time where it was nearly impossible to be published, and be successful enough at it to do it full time. After working numerous jobs and then coming home to be a mom, I desperately needed to the creative outlet. In my early forties I started reading romance novels again and wound up buying a Kindle because I’d discovered this thing called erotic romance. After reading many, finding a few favorite authors, and realizing digital publishing was recreating the playing field for hopeful authors, I tried my hand at writing an MFMM ménage, where the heroine is the center of attention for all the men and the men don’t play with each other. I wrote my first three stories and got VERY lucky in finding a publisher that specialized in what I wanted to write. That relationship has been a life-changing one for me.
So glad you did. I think many of your fans would agree with me that your books are wonderful and the heroines’ lives resonate with many of them, including me.
If you could choose another career what would it be?
I’m a very creative person, raised by creative parents. My mother was a painter, my father was a commercial photographer, and my stepmother was a graphic artist and folk artist. I grew up around people who had an “eye” for creating art in the same way authors have a “way” with words. I’ve always been a reader so the tendency was always there. If it hadn’t been writing, it probably would’ve been either photography or graphic art.
Audiobooks! Any plans to have more of your books in audio format?
Many people have told me they’ve enjoyed the audiobook of Margot’s Hunger. I’ve signed an agreement with my publisher for any book I write with them to be made available in audio format. Beyond that, I have no control over the process. The first step is for a narrator, or “potential novice” narrator to audition to read it with Audibles. I have no idea how that process works but I hope someone with a sexy Texan accent one day decides to bring Divine, Texas to audible life.
Does your work convey a specific emotion or message?
My first hope is that my stories convey commitment, love, and the idea that happily-ever-afters are not just fairy tales. I write to push readers to not just accept themselves but to also celebrate their uniqueness and that, until we’re in our graves, it’s never too late to seize the day. For some readers, I bring a message that maybe it’s time to raise their standards for the kind of treatment they will accept from a partner. My ultimate goal is to offer a temporary escape from reality that delivers erotic adventure, tenderness, and laughter.
Who is your intended audience and why should they read your books?
I grew up with the notion that men were visually stimulated creatures (porn) and women were more stimulated by the written word (romance novels) but I believe the lines are much more blurred. I’m one of those odd visually-stimulated ducks, so I’m not going to fault a man who prefers to read erotic romance. I don’t write to please a certain age range but I am definitely sensitive to the number of mature readers who own Kindles.
What is your favorite work-related activity when you’re not writing?
I love interacting on Facebook, through my timeline and fan page, and on my blog, the Divine Tease.
Ethan Grant, one of the original heroes from Divine Grace, book one in the Divine Creek Ranch series, is also on Facebook and readers can look him up as well. He writes short stories based on pickup lines he hears at the Dancing Pony and shares them most every Sunday night on his timeline. Just look for the blue Dancing Pony Pickup Lines banner.
He’s been writing the pickup lines for a few years, and some of the original one-liners have been embellished with a bit more story and are now featured weekly as Slices of Life from the Dancing Pony on my blog, usually on Wednesdays.
I always look forward to reading his posts, they make my day.
What is next in your writing?
I have at least a few more Divine Creek Ranch stories to tell, but I am also planning another erotic romance series, most probably also ménage, but set in a fantasy/sci-fi-oriented world. The character development, eroticism, romance, and humor readers have come to expect will be in whatever this series develops into. I’m just feeling the need to throw off contemporary rules and experience a new, otherworldly realm. I haven’t ruled out any possibility yet.
Looking forward to read more of your books in the future. Thank you Heather for spending a little time in my corner of the blogging world.
Thank you for joining me here. Hope you enjoyed the chat.
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