Goodnight Kiss, an Interview with author, Ranee` S. Clark

Ranee, how long have you been writing?
 
I think since I could pick up a pencil. I used to write four and five page stories and then link them all in a series. I had notebook and notebooks full of my scribbles. (Now I just have lots of documents on my computer!)
 
LOL, tell us where you were born and where do you live now.
 
I was born in a tiny town in Wyoming called Lovell. Right now, my family is on an adventure! We are living in Fairbanks, Alaska for a few years. (Today it’s almost negative forty degrees! Brrr.)
 
Wow, that is cold. How do you know the idea is good enough to write a book about it?
 
First I sit down and do a bare outline, “Save the Cat” style – I sketch out all the basic beats. I outline my characters quickly, then I write. Sometimes I’ll know as I outline that I don’t have enough and I either need to go back to the drawing board to fill it out or set it aside for a while. Sometimes it’s after I’ve finished a weak first draft – and it only has twenty-thousand words!
 
Nice, who has made the greatest difference for you as a writer?
 
It’s so hard to choose one person! On the writer side of things some ladies in my ANWA (American Night Writers Association) chapter who first critiqued when I joined up really shaped how I grew and developed as a write. Right now, the person who makes the most difference in my drafts are my critique partners, Kaylee Baldwin and Donna K. Weaver.
But on the real life part, my husband. He has a fun, teasing way of insisting that I’m going to make millions some day and I am so desperate to realize at least part of that for him. To see a book published. He is the best, best cheerleader a girl could ask for. He’s always been supportive. He’ll take the kids so I can go to the library and just get some writing done, so he makes huge difference in who I am as a writer.
 
Great support team. What is the name of your book?
 
The name of this short story is GOODNIGHT KISS. It is the first in a series called Sweet Kisses that Kaylee and I are working on.
 
Tell us more about it. Perhaps a back cover blurb.
 
When Chase sees Clare during her brief Christmas visit to their hometown, he knows it’s his chance to make things right between them. Considering he all but ignored her while on his mission, it’s a tough task.
After having her heart broken by him before, Clare is wary of a holiday romance. But a long-awaited goodnight kiss might change her mind.
Sound very romantic…Do you have a favorite character, why?
 
I love Clare’s sister-in-law Shae. She’s the kind of friend every girl needs. She pushes when she needs to, because all of us need a push sometimes, and she makes sure Clare shows her best. 🙂
 
So true. What kind of impact do you expect your works to have in the reader’s lives?
 
I really would just love to write the type of books that make you lean back in your pillow and sigh. To be able to make people laugh out loud and to love reading.
 
Sounds good. Do you have any advice for authors trying to break into the industry?
 
Do your research, both when writing and when trying to publish. Know how good books work in your genre – read, read, read! Know how to pace a book well, know how to write characters people care about, know how to draw people in. Make them feel the world, the people, and the action. Then when it’s time to send it out, do your research again and find the best place – the best agent, the best publisher, the best option for self-publishing, whatever.
 
Great advice. What are your new years goals?
 
I’m working on my YA pet project again, and I’m hoping sometime in the next couple months to have it ready to query again. And I’d really love to see my full-length LDS romance THE GAME PLAN published.
We wish you the best on your efforts, Ranee.
Thanks so much for having me and GOODNIGHT KISS on your blog, Anna!
 
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