I’m thrilled to have Hydra publications author Raven and Lain Bower on for an interview. The husband and wife duo are the authors of many books, their newest one is Primal.
Pursued by a ruthless crime lord after witnessing the murder of an FBI agent, Wrey must rebuild the life they stole from her. When she meets mysterious Arvon Night, her precious new life unravels as she’s thrust into a web of betrayal, lust and violence.
Arvon knows he must slay Wrey to keep his secret safe from those who hunt him. Each hour his enemies stalk closer, ready to kill.
Can Wrey’s powers of nature and spirit help her survive the yearning and dangerous Arvon and the tide of peril he brings with him? Or will an opportunistic hitman take advantage of them both?
Please tell me about yourselves –
Raven says: Lain is a sexy, adorable geek. He’s the techy side, even as we speak he’s disemboweling a Carver amp with his cute little mole light. He even gave me a rectifier as a gift.
Writing wise he’s the logic side and with his martial arts background, he has a very good sense of flow with action and fight scenes.
Lain says: Raven is the most beautiful flower, the brightest star and the most deadly, vicious, cunning character slayer of all time.
In addition to that, she never stops thinking and talking about stories, characters and how everyday things can be written about in an interesting way. She’s a natural storyteller who is always full of surprises – on many, many levels.
What is your work space and routine like? –
We usually brainstorm and write in our study, which Lain designed. He created a wonderful old-world style feel with a chandelier, floor to ceiling bookshelves and antique desks.
Our work routine varies, depending on what stage of writing we’re at. But generally, Lain works at night after I’m in bed and I work during the day. We tag-team weekends or work together, depending on what needs to be done.
What is it like being a writing duo? -
Pure torment! Just kidding. It has advantages and disadvantages. The advantage is that if you really don’t feel like doing something, you can make the other one do it. The disadvantage is that there can easily be lack of communication, which can cause conflict of the bad kind. So we’ve learned that we have to be blunt and speak with absolute clarity with one another about writing elements.
How does the writing happen when two are involved? -
We each design our respective characters, formulate ideas and then bring them together to a centralized theme or idea. From there we let the characters loose and the chain reaction begins!
Does one have a more prominent role in the writing and post publication work or do you try to split that evenly? –
Our approach to the writing process is natural; whoever feels the strongest vibe for a scene or has a better grounding of the viewpoint character is the one who writes the scene. We each have a good feel of each other’s passions, interests and skill. While we let the other loose, we also employ our own checks and balances on each other.
All in all, Raven is the plot designer, second reviser, communicator with the test readers, final draft approver, and handles most of the post publication work.
Lain is the plot approver, fight scene designer, first editor and first reviser.
Do you try to keep work separate or does it end up unavoidably incorporated with home life? –
Because we both do it, it’s very much a part of our home life. The kids even get incorporated within the work and for example, help choose how some creatures look. Our middle son, a blooming artist, even designed the look of our mermaids and a new bird species for our fantasy world.
You have screenplays written, film rights sold it sounds like an exciting time –
It is! And it has us begging for even more excitement. We just landed another script writing gig for a moody piece we’re simply giddy about. Okay, Raven is giddy and Lain finds it creepy.
But most of all we’re looking forward to our readers’/viewers’ reactions to the movies. They are, ultimately, why we work the hours we do – to bring them the best entertainment that we can.
How did signing with Hydra Publications happen? –
Raven found Hydra on a list of speculative fiction publishers and she loved their Hydra logo – she’s a bit of a creature freak. She queried Hydra’s editor, Frank, and he asked for the first three chapters. A while later he asked for the full and soon thereafter, offered a contract. Hydra has a solid, author friendly contract and Raven liked working with him so – it’s a signed deal now. Frank also has Smoke, book two of the Vengeance series, slated for an early 2013 release.
Please tell me about Primal? –
Primal is book one of our Vengeance urban fantasy series. It revolves around Wrey, a sort of modern day druid, who witnesses the murder of an FBI agent and is whisked into Witness Protection.
Unfortunately, she’s not as safe as she and her US Marshal friend, Billie, think. When she crosses paths with Arvon, a brutal renegade werewolf, her fragile new world is shattered by lust, violence and betrayal.
It’s very gritty – we pull no punches in showing the world of the werewolves in all their brutal glory. We give the reader privy to a ruthless Chicago crime lord and the inner workings of his hit man.
How long till you got to the finished submitted draft? –
We built the world, characters, plot and completed the rough draft in about three months. Then it took another three months to get it revised, edited, through our test readers, honed and then polished. So six months in total.
What about future works what do we have to look forward to? –
Many things! We’re in the editing process for the first book in our new fantasy series – Weeping Dark: Bleeding Edge, which will be out late 2012/early 2013. The final book of the Apparitions series, Rags Beneath, will be released this year as well. We’re also in the revision process for a new fantasy novella, Nymph’s Lair, which will also be out this year. After that, we have another fantasy novel (which kicks off a new series) that Raven has plotted and ready to write, and then Smoke, the sequel to Primal. Plus as working on the Apparitions movie, a new script that we can’t disclose yet and, potentially, working on Primal’s movie (the script is under consideration).
No rest for the wicked and we love it
The couple can be found on their web site.