#BondingThruBooks Speaker - K.R. Raye

 

K.R. Raye
lives in Maryland with her husband and two sons. She grew up in Kansas City, attended college in New York, and has resided in Los Angeles, Phoenix, and New Zealand. Throughout her diverse career working as a mechanical engineer, adjunct professor, and in sales, she continues to weave her love of marketing, computer information systems, and operations together with her passion for writing. That diverse experience influences her writing style to traverse the contemporary, horror, romance, drama, mystery, and sci-fi genres.

BPM: What drove you to sit down and actually start writing this book? 
Growing up, I learned to read at three and write little poems by four. For me, writing is a fun way to express feelings and emotions, try things you never considered, or create whole new worlds or alternative universes. When I wrote The Colors Trilogy books, I followed the old adage, "write what you know." To me, there weren't many books that highlighted the college experience from a realistic side with multi-cultural characters and good friends from both sexes.

BPM: Do you write full-time or part-time? Do you write every day, 5 days a week or as and when? Do you have a special time to write?
I write part-time, however, I try to write every day for at least 30 minutes, it doesn't matter when or where. Of course there are some days where life gets in the way and my daily word count equals zero, then there are other times when I can write all day and all night to my heart's content.

BPM: Do you ever let the book stew – leave it for months and then come back to it?
Yes, you have to let it stew. After you finish writing the book, you need to read it again with fresh eyes and a less passionate perspective to see which areas need improvement and which sections soar.

BPM: Where do your book ideas come from? Are your books plot driven or character driven?
I enjoy writing about what I see in reality (the truth really is stranger than fiction) or crazy worlds I dream about. When writing, I try to keep a nice balance between plot driven and character driven stories. As a writer, your book can have all the action in the world, but if people don't like your characters, they won't connect or care. On the flip side, if you stay too character driven then you can run the risk of having readers say that all your characters did was talk to themselves without taking any action, which can bore your readers. So, I strive for an exciting balance between the two.

BPM: Introduce us to your current work. What genre do you consider your book? Is this book available in digital forms like Nook and Kindle?
The Colors Trilogy follows three college friends as they search for true love, NFL fame, and a successful engineering career. The books are available in paperback and digital formats on Amazon and Barnes & Noble, and they're coming soon to iBooks.

The three novels The Colors of Friendship (Book One, published August 13, 2013), The Colors of Love (Book Two, published November 19, 2013), and True Colors (Book Three, publishing March 25, 2014) fall under the Contemporary, New Adult genres.

The Colors of Friendship: Three college friends search for true love, NFL fame, and a successful engineering career. Will one friend’s quest for happiness endanger all three of their lives? After the torrents of jealousy, sex, and abuse subside, will their friendship survive…The Colors of Friendship?

The Colors of Love: After their lives are threatened, three college friends attempt to continue their search for true love, NFL fame, and a successful engineering career. When the dynamics of their relationships change, will their friendship survive…The Colors of Love?

True Colors: After tragedy strikes, Imani, Melody, and Lance try to rekindle their college friendship. Can they move forward towards happiness or will ghosts from their past haunt them? When life’s challenges arise what are your…True Colors?

BPM: Give us an insight into your main characters. What makes each one so special? 
The Colors Trilogy follows three college friend as they strive for their goals. There's:
Naïve, romantic, biracial Melody Wilkins who aims to find true love at college just like her parents. Melody brings the heart and sense of hope to the story.  No-nonsense Imani Jordan strives for good grades and a chemical engineering degree. Imani's the common sense, tell-it-like-it-is conscience.  Lance Dunn is only serious about two things: football and protecting his girls, Melody and Imani. Lance is practical and fiercely loyal; he keeps them grounded with the male perspective.

BPM: Can you outline some areas where your characters dealt with issues that are in current affairs?
One of the main characters gets involved in an abusive relationship. Not trying to date myself, but I sent out a slew of query letters during the Chris Brown/Rihanna saga. It's a topic that continues today with 1 in 4 women experiencing domestic violence in their lifetime.

BPM: What is your favorite positive saying? Where do you find your daily inspiration or muse?
My favorite saying is "I'm too blessed to be stressed." I find daily inspiration in random acts of kindness, music, and lately on Facebook and Twitter!!!

BPM: What are your goals as a writer? Do you set out to educate or inspire? Entertain? Illuminate a particular subject? 
I love the phrase, "edutainment." If I can educate you or make you think while entertaining you at the same time, then I'm delighted.

BPM: Where do you see publishing going in the future? In your opinion, will ebooks continue to reign? 
Both paper and electronic formats are here to stay for a while. As writers, we need to remain flexible and adaptable enough to adopt new technologies as conduits to communicate our stories to readers. Recently, I've had a number of readers request audio books, so that's yet another option for the future. In addition, the world is global and one day I'd like to translate my work into other languages.

BPM: What’s your views on social media for marketing? Which social network worked best for you?
Social Media is very helpful in building your brand, conversing with your readers, networking with other authors, and lastly marketing your books. If you're not careful, it can become a huge time suck. However, when used well, you can grow your following, share advice, learn from others, and sell books. I've found success on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/kr.raye), Twitter (https://twitter.com/KRRaye), and LinkedIn (www.linkedin.com/pub/k-r-raye/84/952/283/).

BPM: Is there anything else you would like to add that I haven’t included? How can readers discover more about you and you work?
Thank you so much for this opportunity. Readers can view pictures, check out where I'm appearing, and sign up for news and specials on my website, www.KRRaye.com.

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/KRRaye 
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/kr.raye






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