Holly: Hi Nya! Would you tell us a little bit about yourself? :)
Nya Rawlyns: I’ve been writing all my life, although much of it comes from a technical writing background. That instilled discipline and precision in how I attack a story. I am known as an ‘economical’ writer, albeit one who enjoys the challenge of complex plots and conflicted characters.
For some reason, I gravitated first to erotica/erotic romance (which I’m sure made for interesting responses when my son was asked ‘how’s your mom doing?’ … mothers live for those moments). I write ‘sensual’, even when I’m doing an action scene. When I found I had a fairly substantial male following, I added more action-adventure, finding that balance of sensual and pulse-pounding action to be a pretty good fit for my ‘voice’.
I love writing first person – generally not the voice-of-choice for most authors and sometimes disconcerting for readers. But it gives my stories a gritty edge and a unique tone to my male characters.
As for me: I have three horses, Hens from Hell and nine chickzillas, two cats, and two parakeets. The Firstborn does ‘Rowdy Mixes’ for the iPod he bought me and I write to an ear-bleed volume. I drive a truck (and don’t real women do that little thing?) and I have a Muse. His name is Rowan. And no, you can’t have him.
Holly: Can you tell us a little bit about your book [Blood Haven, Book One: Micah]?
Nya Rawlyns: Well, let’s start off with the blurb:
Poseurs and tourists gather in a pretend world that chains NYC's Goth and Vamp subcultures in profitable bondage. Only the Council knows what's real, what isn't. There are rules: for engagement, for feeding, for exhibitionism.
Dead whores pose no problem. Drained dead whores are news. Some say that’s good for business. Others disagree.
Private eye Micah Shephard exists on the city's fringes—the go-to man when the evidence points to the impossible, to where truth and answers seldom intersect. A venerable city institution offers him a generous per diem. It's just another job, until Micah realizes the new client is unexpectedly ... himself.
I was doing some group speculative fiction, assuming a secondary character’s identity but found early on this man was a headliner, not some throwaway plot element. As these things go, the group dispersed and I had the rights to my character. He is one of my most conflicted MCs (and I specialize in males with flexible moral codes) who has spent a lifetime walking on the edges of the dark side. As the body count piles up, Micah finds himself with a strange client list of interested parties … and retainers that make his blood run cold.
When he decides to take the plunge…
The Haven was on 25th. It was still early so I found a pizza joint, chowed down and weighed my options for the evening.
For a change, they looked pretty good. That made me cocky and careless, a bad combination.
I was thirty-five years old, looking back on nineteen, meaning to misbehave.
I got more than I bargained for. I got déjà vu.
With the echo of ‘you get to live’ ringing in his ears, Micah sets off for the Big Easy to follow up on leads and an agenda from a man Micah suspects is more than he seems.
Holly: Are you working on anything at the moment?
Nya Rawlyns: Aside fromplowing ahead with books 3 and 4 for Blood Haven, and book 3 for Guardians of the Portals, I do have a special project titled Saints and Sinners, writing under the pen name ‘Kennedy Streath’. Book One is Roman and I am writing this literally on the fly as a serial, publishing 1-2 chapters per week. I have character bios, location photos, news bits about the racial/cultural tensions in northeast PA coal country … all with a dark urban fantasy/paranormal twist. I
touch on bullying, hate crimes, loss, redemption … all with a male character who I think (I hope!) will be new, different and keep readers guessing until the end of book one. So far, my readers are very much on board.
Holly: Do you have anything you would like to say to your readers?
Nya Rawlyns: Well, a huge ‘thank you’ for picking me out of the ocean of really great books out there. I have readers who say they are ‘addicted’ to my writing, others who bug me for sequels, still more who pant for the next chapter when I’m doing one of my ‘write-on-the-fly’ serialized novels. Those folks literally make it worth getting out of bed in the morning. It’s the reason I started two websites devoted to letting stories evolve organically over a matter of weeks, including visuals, discussions about the characters and the locations, and grooving on the interactive elements with readers suggesting where the story might go next.
They keep me humble, they keep me writing.
Holly: Are you reading anything interesting at the moment? If so, what is it?
Nya Rawlyns: Black Tiger by Greta van der Rol, this is a romantic suspense that revolves around the illegal poaching of tigers from preserves in
. Greta has a strong background in history and it
shows in the attention to detail. She is also a master of creating incredibly
strong, hot, swoonable alpha males (if you don’t believe me, go look at her
Iron Admiral series, Starheart or Morgan’s Choice, then we can sit down and
debate Ravindra vs Saahren vs Hudson). In Black Tiger, ‘Ash’ jumped to the top
of my leader board. <excuse, I need ice cubes> India
Holly: Can you tell us some of your latest news, what are your plans for 2012/2013?
Nya Rawlyns: For the coming year, I am collaborating with Sessha Batto to write another serial: Third Eye Blind. We’ve each selected a character and we’ll alternate chapters using those two POVs, letting the story emerge organically. I’m a ‘pantser’ (writes by the seat of her pants, i.e. not an outliner) so this might be a challenge since it’s a straight crime novel. Right now we have a couple of chapters up and plan to get going seriously after we clear the deck on current commitments.
The other project is a Western: White Bird, Book One of The Wind River Series – you can read a sample chapter here:
Holly: Vampires or Werewolves?
Nya Rawlyns: Vamps. OK, I like the furries also but I have this little issue with conservation of mass (yeah, yeah, I know it’s supernatural, but still…)
Holly: Pepsi or Coke?
Nya Rawlyns: Coke, Cherry Coke, stirred not shaken (did that, it wasn’t pretty)
Holly: Favorite genre to read?
Nya Rawlyns: Right now: dark urban fantasy. I tend to read in ‘waves’, early on it was SciFi, then romance, clearing the palette with historicals and the odd literary (still looking for a definition, if you have a good one, I’m listening).
Holly: TV Shows or Movies?
Nya Rawlyns: Oy vey, tough call. We collect TV show DVDs. I did season 2 of Vampire Diaries over a 2-day period, my only sustenance take-out Chinese. (And in case you were wondering, it’s Damon)
Holly: Dark Chocolate or Milk Chocolate?
Nya Rawlyns: Dark, but I will suffer for my art and accept the occasional light, especially if it’s embracing a jelly interior.
Thanks so much for having me. It’s been a pleasure!
Books by Nya Rawlyns
Blood Haven Series
#2: Cajun Gothic
Guardians of the Portals Series
Hunger Hurts Series
#1: Acid Jazz Singer
The Shadow of This World (standalone novel)
Dance Macabre (short fiction)
Finish Line (novella)
Skin (single title, standalone)
Hunter's Crossing (standalone)
Sculpting David (novella)
Dancing in the Dark: An Anthology of Erotica (editor) - out of print
Awards and RecognitionGold Medal for Excellence in Digital Publishing: Erotica
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