Rachel Haimowitz Interview

Today we have the pleasure of speaking with Erotic Romance Author, Rachel Haimowitz. Hello Rachel and welcome to Fallen Angel Reviews! It is great to have you with us. The readers are anxious to learn something about Rachel.
Thanks so much for having me!

Why not start by telling us a little about how your day begins?
Usually with a lot of grumbling and coffee-I'm not a morning person at all. Then going through emails, which can take an hour or three sometimes, and then either writing or editing, depending on deadline demands.

Where He Belongs, sounds very interesting. What inspired you to write this story?
Where He Belongs is actually a companion piece to a short novel called Anchored: Belonging, which is set in an alternate modern-day world where slavery is still legal. WHB consists of five vignettes-really very short scenes (generally 1K to 2K words apiece) that each revolve around a single formative moment in one particular slave's life. I had so many stories about this character I wanted to tell, but they were all just moments, you know? Little bits of mood or emotion or interaction that wouldn't have done well as a single contiguous story. Interestingly enough, the stories ended up standing completely alone from Anchored; you need not have read Anchored to make sense of Where He Belongs, so even though WHB came out second, a lot of readers tell me they found it first and got into the Belonging-verse that way.

Do you have some more projects or soon to be releases that you would love to share?
I actually have three releases all coming out within a couple months of each other, so it's a bit of a busy fall for me. Master Class, a BDSM novella with a focus on the inner workings of sadomasochism, released with Riptide Publishing on October 30. Crescendo: Book II of Song of the fallen, the conclusion to the high fantasy romance Counterpoint, comes out November 18 with Storm Moon Press (and oh man am I excited about that one, fourteen months in coming as it's been). And then on December 20, Samhain is releasing a fun cyberpunk romp called Break and Enter that I co-wrote with Aleksandr Voinov. It's basically the book equivalent of 90 minutes of high-octane car chases, explosions, and snark. We had a ball writing it, and I hope people have just as much fun reading it, too.

Can you describe your work station for us?
It's not very interesting, I'm afraid. Usually I just work at the kitchen table or on the living room couch.

Of all the individuals you have created, do you have a particular favorite? What appeals to you the most about this character?
This is a close tie, I think, between Ayden from Counterpoint and Cyke from Break and Enter. They're both snarky, damaged men who are scarily competent at what they do, and that archetype-in fiction, anyway; I doubt I'd want to date a guy like that for real-very much appeal to me.

How many hours a day do you spend writing?
Depends on the day and whatever deadline demands I might have. I've been known not to write a stitch for a couple weeks at a time, and alternately, I've spent many days where I write from the moment I roll out of bed until the moment I collapse back into it as much as 20 or 30 hours later, ignoring even things like meals beneath the demands of the muse.

Have you ever written a screenplay or thought of doing one?
Yes and no. When I was in college, I took a screenwriting course and realized how completely, utterly different it was from writing novels. While I find the idea of being a screenwriter kind of romantic (despite knowing enough screenwriters to realize that the reality of it is no more romantic than being a working novelist, and quite possibly very much less so), and there are opportunities for some truly exciting things if you're working in television or film, I mostly think it's just very much not for me in terms of my capacity/desire to write in that kind of format.

Since everybody needs a break, even when doing something they love, how do you like to spend your time away from writing?
I consume a lot of media: books, magazines, television, movies, plays, music. I love a good conversation or debate. I love disappearing into the wilderness for a week or three with nothing but the pack on my back. I love being out at sea (but sadly don't get to do this very often; most writers can't afford a canoe, let alone a yacht :-p).

If you could plan the best vacation trip where would you go, how long would you stay, and who would accompany you?
If we're allowed to be a little fantastic about it, I'd want to go to the moon and watch the earth rise. More practically, I'd like to go to Churchill, Manitoba, and watch the polar bear migration before there are no more polar bears.

If you had the opportunity to come up with your own perfume spray, what would you call it?
For the Love of God, Use Me In Moderation

Can you share your website, MySpace, Facebook or blog with your readers?
Website, Blog, Facebook and Twitter: @rachelhaimowitz.

Thank you so much for spending the morning with us, Rachel.
Thanks for having me!

Anyone interested in reading more about Rachel and her wonderful books, please be sure to visit her website and see a list of all her great books.

Interviewed by: Linda L.

Linda L.