Book Name: Most Beautiful Words
Author Name: Raine O’Tierney
Called "Queen of the Sweetness" (well, two or three people said it anyway!) Raine O'Tierney loves writing sweet stories about first loves, first times, fidelity, forever-endings and...friskiness?
Raine O'Tierney lives outside of Kansas City with her husband, fellow Dreamspinner Press author, Siôn O'Tierney. When she's not writing, she's either asleep, or fighting the good fight for intellectual freedom at her library day job. Raine believes the best thing we can do in life is be kind to one another, and she enjoys encouraging fellow writers. Writing for 20+ years (with the last 10 spent on M/M) Raine changes sub-genres to suit her mood and believes all good stories end sweetly. Contact her if you're interested in talking about point-and-click adventure games or about which dachshunds are the best kinds of dachshunds!
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Cover Artist: Brooke Albrecht
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Twelve-year-old Autumn's world is shattered when her beloved Great-Pop, Tommy Johnson, suffers a stroke that leaves him comatose. With everyone around her resigning themselves to the inevitable, Autumn is the only one not willing to give up. She and Great-Pop have more secret stories to share with each other, after all. More stories about Roy McMillan—the great love of Tommy's life whom he lost fifty years ago.
Autumn struggles to keep Great-Pop on this side of death's door. But how can she compete with the beautiful and mysterious Valley—a place of surreal magic where the sun never fully sets? Especially when there's someone familiar in the Valley who will do everything he can to keep Great-Pop from returning to her.
But Rook had no interest in waiting for permission. He’d come forward, snaking his arms around Toren’s sheet-covered waist and pulling him hard against his body. “It’s just a kiss,” Rook breathed before he put his lips against Toren’s. Should he protest? Had he protested? Toren couldn’t remember. In that moment there was nothing but Rook’s firm lips, gently teasing his own apart. Toren kissed back, tasting the other man, sucking at his bottom lip. Rook’s mouth was intoxicating, and quite suddenly, Toren forgot why he’d ever resisted. He liked kissing Rook. But after only an appetizer’s worth of his mouth, Rook pulled away. The sensation of their mouths pressed together lingered, and Toren was dumb with the moment. Lost on it. Uncertain what they’d even been talking about.
“Do you remember me now?” Rook asked.
“Mmn,” Toren agreed, warmth lingering on his lips. “Rook.”
Silence was his reply. The arms around his waist fell away, leaving him feeling cold.
Toren slowly opened his eyes to find he was standing alone, clutching his sheet, as Rook walked away from him toward the staircase.
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Now for the interview!
How long have you been writing?
I’ve been writing since the third grade (1993) when a girl in my class wrote/illustrated a booklet about bubblegum and I thought to myself, “I could do that better.” I’ve since gone my own way and left the bubblegum-writing to the professionals.
What advice would you give a new writer just starting out?
Be brave! You’re going to come up against so much ‘no, no, no’ and ‘don’t, don’t, don’t’—internally and externally—that you just be the best lionheart you can and say, with confidence, “Don’t you mean, yes?”
Tell us something about your newest release that is NOT in the blurb.
The first draft of Most Beautiful Words was written in 13 days for NaNoWriMo 2012. It then took an aching year of revision to craft it into the story I wanted it to be.
Plus, there’s a mention of trying to light a cow’s fart on fire, which I personally think is awesome.
What are you reading now?
I am, and feel that I have always been, listening to the audiobook of Stephen King’s The Stand. This is a first read through for me and I’m pretty sure that there is no ending and that King is literally writing the book as I’m listening to it and it will go on forever. That said, since I’ve spent months with these characters, when (if) the book ever does end, I’m going to have one helluva book hangover.
What's the weirdest thing you've ever done in the name of research?
Oh, I do weird research all the time…but the thing that comes to mind right now is the multitude of bathroom photos I’ve taken over the years. Specifically, bathroom stalls and lighting fixtures.
Do you use a pen name? If so, how did you come up with it?
I do, but only because I always wanted to have a new and exciting name. I’m very lucky in that I’m able to reveal what I write to my friends, family, and colleagues—so Raine O’Tierney isn’t really for hiding. She’s for being glamorous! My boss actually came up with the O’Tierney last name. I wanted to be Raine Mondadori and she said, “Uh, aren’t you Irish?” and I said, “Pretty much 100%.” She found a list of Irish last names and I fell in love with O’Tierney.
Describe your writing space.
I call it my writing cove. I’ve got dried roses, absinthe, a 1940s Royal Arrow Typewriter, an apothecary set, urban decay photography, and original artwork. It’s my favorite place in the world.
What is the hardest part about writing for you?
Quieting the little voice in my head who insists that I am—and will always be—incapable of writing a novel.
What are you passionate about these days?
Making resin jewelry! Ooh, and pithy quotes. And pithy quotes inside of resin jewelry! Pretty much that.