Nya Rawlyns Interview

I am delighted to be speaking with author Nya Rawlyns today. Thanks for chatting with us today Nya and welcome to FAR!

To start, will you please tell us a little bit about your current release Hunter's Crossing?
At Hunter's Crossing, an equestrian center located in Hunterdon County, NJ, Hannah and Jess' world revolves around all things equine until two men enter the picture and turn their priorities upside down.

Hannah enters into a clash of wills with Hans, her stern dressage instructor. Hans has secrets and just when things look like the après riding lessons might be going somewhere, one of those secrets drives up in an Audi with horses to spare.

Andy pines for the much younger Jess until she takes charge and shows him just what an alpha mare can do. Complications arise when Andy's son, Jack, enters the picture. Sometimes being noble can backfire.

What was your inspiration for Hunter's Crossing?
As an equestrienne, my world revolves around horses and the people who inhabit that unique landscape. Quirky, strong, dynamic, confident, passionate-women who love horses, and the men who love them, provide an amazing template for stories that run the gamut from extreme joy to utter despair, and every emotion in between. Our horses are not pets but rather partners with goals and 'tudes and agendas that we learn to accommodate and respect. As Winston Churchill said: "There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man." Or better yet, a woman.

As a writer I draw inspiration and creative energy from being in the presence of a creature whose eye has the 'look of eagles'. My idea of heaven is puttering in the barn, spending time with my beloved mare, Miss Winnie, and saddling up for a trail ride that never fails to be an adventure for my spirit or balm for my soul. And sometimes a visit to the emergency room, but that comes with the territory and is a story for another day.

What is a typical day like for you?
I'm the classic early bird, often rising at 4:30am, getting on the first pot of coffee and firing up the laptop to see what's happening with friends and family. Then I settle on the playlist for the day - my son has eclectic taste in music and invariably he finds just the right mix of tunes to suit my current project: Beast, Cage the Elephant, Rival Sons are some of my current favorites. Once the earphones are firmly in place, I'm ready to rock 'n roll. I write until I drop, pausing to stick whatever I discovered in the fridge into the oven, and then when I smell something burning, dinner's ready. Evenings are for reading or a little TV (very little), blogging, and editing. I also take a break to feed the critters - we have three horses, 10 Hens from Hell, cats, parakeets and a visiting fox who's been providing fodder for my Tails from the Front blog. Your typical boring author routine.

When did you decide to take "pen in hand" and write with the intent to publish?
In my other life I was an analytical chemist so I have quite a laundry list of professional journal articles under my belt. It wasn't until I left the corporate world that I decided to write fiction full time. I'd spent most of my adult life entertaining friends and family with episodes from our adventures in competitive trail riding and endurance racing. It was just *assumed* that I would continue with that heart-warming, favorite horse/dog/cat story lineup. However, nowadays when folks ask my son at a horse event, "How's your Mom doing?" he says, smiling, "Oh, she's writing." "What's she write?" "She's writing erotica."

Yep, good times.

Do you have any special rituals to help you get in the mood to write?
I have a muse-his name is Rowan-and while you might snicker, oh she has an invisible friend, trust me … this dude is as real as they get. If Rowan's on walkabout with his buddies, I do *not* write, it's that simple. Fortunately he prefers my company over Raoul (don't ask) most days.

Do you have any bad writing habits?
I overuse certain terms when writing 'scenes of affection': core being one of my favorites. When I tried my hand at some homoeroticism (um, does that sound a bit weird?) I had trouble figuring out who was doing what to whom since it was all 'he/he' and I was definitely coming at the topic with a very female perspective. I sent that piece off to a beta reader who is accomplished in that genre-yes, much hilarity ensued.

What's one thing you would like your readers to know about you?
That I'd much rather ask for forgiveness than for permission.

Everyone has a different perspective on "getting away from it all" and a good book often helps to satisfy an escapist urge. As a reader or an author, what are the essential elements for you in good escapist reading?
I read either science fiction (space opera, bigger badder warp drive stuff) or dark urban fantasy. Just so long as the vamps don't sparkle, there's a satisfying body count and the 'Verse is consistent with well thought out rules, I'm a happy camper. If the writer can also curl my hair *and* my toes … so much the better. And occasionally I just want to laugh out loud. That's what I love about the DUF genre-it can do all that and more. Who do I admire most you might ask … well, let's just say I think Joss Whedon walks on water and Jim Butcher parts it.

Congratulations! You just won a year off from work to travel anywhere in the world and write the story of your dreams. Where do you go, what type of book do you write, and what's the title?
Scotland: The Highlands, the coast, the outlying islands. I've made the pilgrimage twice, seen enough to whet my appetite for more. There's a wild, untamed quality to the land, the air you breathe is somehow different. Historical, paranormal, romance: 'An Echo in the Blood'. (um, 'scuse me a minute, need to take some notes…)

Your life has been chosen for a new reality series. What name do you think best suits this new show?
Dancing with the Hens, Miss Winnie Does Dallas, BirdyCam (see PervBird like you've never seen him before!), The Demon Cat Diaries … or how about just 'The Muse'? (I'm having my people contact Ian Somerhalder's people to play the part of 'Rowan')

You find yourself stranded on a desert island, what things could you not survive without?
I lived on a sailboat on the Chesapeake Bay, totally off the grid, most times anchoring out in secluded bays or inlets. I learned to live on very little and it was truly liberating. When we docked, it was usually to top off the water tanks, get fuel and provisions. What's the first thing I headed for? Ice. A 10 lb bag of ice. You have no idea how deliciously decadent an ice cube can be. So my desert island better have solar or wind energy and a honking big freezer, 'cause I'm gonna want ice, lots of ice.

Can you share a little of your upcoming works with us?
I am on the downhill run with The Shadow of This World, an historical paranormal romance, set in 1515 Venice. There's a bit of time travel, political maneuvering, fate-of-the-worlds stuff, three brothers who are so hawt they'll melt your socks, a gorgeous mysterious 'operative' and a Big Bad who is so delicious… well, you'll see.

Do you have a website or blog where readers can learn more about you and your works?
My website and blog, Tails from the Front. My Review website.

Is there anything else you would like to add today?
I'd like to put in a plug for supporting No Kill animal shelters. If you are lonely and need a friend, what better place to find a worthy companion? There's an older dog or cat just waiting for you, who will reward you with unconditional love (dogs) or who will teach you about your place in the universe (cats).

Thanks for taking time out of your busy schedule to answer some questions for us today Nya!

Interviewed by: Tammy