Interview with Raine Miller, Author of My Lord

12 Jan 2021

What can you tell us about your new release, My Lord?

It’s a contemporary erotic romance about a British Lord and government cabinet minister who has some really explosive chemistry with the American art conservationist who arrives at his country estate to evaluate his large collection of paintings. My Lord is book 2 of The Rothvale Legacy which centers around the incredible collection of art Lord Rothvale has recently inherited and needs an expert’s help in getting it sold and into museums where it can be appreciated. There’s some mystery, and a bit of intrigue, and a whole lot of romance. Fun fact: It’s been a six-years between the publication of book 1 and book 2.

What or who inspired you to become an author?

My mother, who is now gone, gave me a subscription to Writer’s Digest ten years ago.  I started reading the articles and was inspired to write my own romance.  I wanted to write the kind of book I would like to read myself.  She really encouraged me and was so proud of me when I made the New York Times with my fourth book.

What’s on your top 5 list for the best books you’ve ever read?

Pillars of the Earth, by Ken Follett, Jurassic Park by Michael Chrichton, The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield, Clan of the Cave Bear by Jean Auel, and Lover Unbound by JR Ward.

Say you’re the host of a literary talk show. Who would be your first guest? What would you want to ask?

Jane Austen.  I’d ask her to tell us about Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennett’s wedding night!

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

Being able to create fictional worlds in my head and then share those worlds and characters with my readers.  As if those characters are real people, and I guess that’s what makes it my favorite part of being a writer.  I believe that my characters are real people out in the world living their lives. I also love being able to have the ability to stop time.  Like my six-year gap between publishing book 1 and book 2 of Rothvale Legacy?  Only six seconds of time has passed in their story.  That’s some serious power right there.

What is a typical day like for you?

My children are grown so I don’t have to be up early to take them to school anymore, so I am not an early riser.  I get up around 10 ish and have my coffee or tea and start in on writing my latest, or other tasks that aren’t as fun like ads and social media and promo.  We take the dogs for a walk in the afternoon before it gets too windy or chilly and that helps break up the time being inside.  By about 5:00 ish I’m ready to put it away for the day and do dinner and usually watch Jeopardy and whatever show we’re watching at the moment.  Unless it’s hockey season.  Vegas Golden Knights games take precedence over anything else that’s happening.  I love my hockey.

What scene from My Lord was your favorite to write?

The final chapter or epilogue in a romance is my favorite usually.  I try to layer it heavily in beautiful imagery and make it memorable and swoony.  In My Lord, Ivan takes Gabrielle riding on the estate to visit a special place where she gets to “meet” two characters from my historical romance, The Muse.  I really enjoy tieing in little Easter Eggs from my historical books into my contemporary ones.

Do you have a motto, quote, or philosophy you live by?

“It’s not the load that breaks you down, it’s the way you carry it.”

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