Interview with D.R. Racey

1. Welcome,
D.R. Racey. For those who might not be familiar with you, would you be a dear
and tell the readers a little about yourself? How did you get your start in the
writing business?
(D.R.) I
have been on active duty in the U.S. Military since 1998 and I am married with
three children. I started writing as a hobby in 2008 as a way to spend my free
time while off from work. My hobby of writing finally came to fruition in 2012
when I finally published Conflagration, the first book in The Phoenix Blade
Trilogy.
2.  All writers fear
the dreaded “block”. Please tell us how you handle it.
(D.R.)  I don’t fear the writers block too much. What I do fear is
the wife block. My wife lets me know when I start writing a little too often.
Don’t get me wrong though. My wife completely supports my writing and has
edited one of my novels for me.
I guess the best way to beat the “block” is to make sure you
have several works in progress so you can transition between them if you hit a
slow spell on the novel you are currently engaged in.
3. Contrary to what some people envision about a writer’s
life, it’s not all glitz and glam. Well not for the majority of us. With that
bubble sadly busted, when you’re not writing, how to do you spend your time?
(D.R.)  I spend most of my time when I am not writing at work. When
I am off work I am either writing or marketing my books using social media.
Social media marketing is a beast to try and handle, but it helps get the word
out about my novels. Other than writing and marketing, I spend a lot of my time
at home with family. I am also always turning over stories in my head to come
up with my next big book.
4. I know many writers, such as Dirk and myself, keep their
pastime/career a secret. Do those close to you know you write? If so, what are
their thoughts?
(D.R.) Many of my co-workers know I write and some have even
purchased some of my novels. I do have one set of books that I write under a
pen name that only my wife knows the name of. My typical books are in the
fantasy, paranormal, and historical fiction genres. The book under my alternate
pen name is definitely erotic so I keep that separate so kids don’t pick up the
book and read something they shouldn’t be reading. It is my way of separating
my two styles of writing.
5. Will you share with us your all time favorite authors? If
you’re like me, it’s a long list so give us your top ten.
(D.R.) My list isn’t that long actually. My favorite author is R.A.
Salvatore and is closely followed by Terry Brooks. I am a lover of fantasy
novels so if it has elves, dwarves, dragons, or anything that could pop up in a
D&D game then I will read it.
6. If you could choose one book to go to the big screen,
yours or otherwise, which book would you choose and whom would you love see
casted in the parts?

(D.R.) See this is harder to decide but I could see Blood Rites as
a movie. It is a paranormal action thriller set in the mountains of North
Carolina.
Wow that is kind of hard to answer. There are so many actors and
actresses that could play the roles of Daniel, Sara, Makareus, Dana, and
Jennifer.
For Daniel I would say Bradley Cooper. He would make a kick ass
werewolf, but still be normal enough to play an average guy during the day as a
lumber mill worker.
Sara is the beauty of the bunch though and Daniel’s girlfriend. So
many visions go through my mind of what she should look like and it becomes a
blur. I would have to suggest Victoria Secret model Candice Swanepoel. Have you
seen Candice’s eyes? They pull you in like she has put you into a trance. I
would like to see her with blonde hair for the movie though.
Makareus would be portrayed by Gerald Butler. He has adapted to so
many roles that he could easily portray the role of the lycan pack leader.
Dana is Sara’s friend from Nashville and is kind of flirty and likes
to have fun. Dana would be played by Alexandra Daddario from “Percy Jackson and
the Olympians” and “Texas Chainsaw 3D”.
Jennifer is Makareus’ newly turned mate and is beautiful but deadly
along with having a knack for wrath and vengeance. Let me not forget the fact
that as a newer werewolf she desperately craves the taste of fresh flesh and
blood. She could only be portrayed correctly by Amanda Seyfried from the movie
“In Time”. She seemed innocent but she definitely had a mean streak in her.
The cast would be rounded out with Sara’s parents, Allen and
Loraine. Allen would be played by Paul Bettany and Loraine would be portrayed
by Kate Beckinsale. I know neither one of them is very old, but Hollywood could
make them look a little older and you would still have two super hot stars for
Allen and Loraine.
7. Would you care to tell us what you’re working on now?
That is if it’s not top-secret information. If so, just whisper it in my ear. I
swear it’ll go no further.

(D.R.) I am currently working on a novel titled Impasse. Impasse is
book three in The Phoenix Blade Trilogy. I can’t give any more detail than that
though without spoiling the first two books. Let’s just say that some of the
supporting characters in the first two books will have a bigger role.
8. Where can we find your stories and is there a particular
reading order?

(D.R.) For the fantasy lovers you want to read The Phoenix Blade
Trilogy. Conflagration is book one in the series and takes you into the Realm
of Clendorin. Lineage is book two in the series and takes place twenty years
after the first book. I wont give any spoilers away here, but there are many
characters from the first book in the second book of the series.
For paranormal readers you want to get Blood Rites. As for
historical fiction lovers then you want to read the novella War – 8000 Miles
From Home.
All of my books can be found on Amazon worldwide in ebook
and paperback formats. The ebook versions can also be found on Barnes and Noble
and Smashwords. The only exception is Blood Rites where there ebook version is
only available from Amazon.
9. Would you please share how your present and future fans
can contact you?

(D.R.) My fans can connect to me on Twitter at @drraceybooks on
Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/DR-Racey/128381040675583.
They can also follow my blogs at Goodreads and WordPress.
http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6880385.D_R_Racey/blog
http://drracey.wordpress.com/
My official author page is www.drracey-books.webs.com
10. Before we conclude this enlightening interview, do you
have anything else you’d like to share? The stage is all yours.

(D.R.) My vision is to write books that people want to read. I will
continue to write books in multiple genres to focus on readers or all ages and
taste. Reading is something the world needs, but without writers we won’t have
anything to read. I urge readers of all ages to support authors in their quest
to write the perfect novel for their fans.
Wrap-up
There you have it, ladies and gents. I want to again thank D.R.
Racey for stopping by and I look forward to the next time we can sit down and chat.

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