If you’ve ever wondered who the nicest person is in the world, look no further! Let me introduce you to…Ralene Burke.
I’m so excited to shout from the rooftops that RALENE’S BOOK IS OUT! Her fantasy novella, Bellanok, released the same day my book came out, but what’s even more fun is the sequels to Ralene’s book are coming very soon.
So, of course I jumped on the opportunity to interview the nicest person in the world. 😉 (Tweet this) And what did I discover? She’s not just nice, she’s fun, and geeky, and amazing! Take a look and see what I mean:
Okay, let’s start with a serious question: what’s your go-to writing snack or drink?
That is a serious question. I mean, what is a writer without their go-to snacks/drinks? I got out of the habit of snacking while I write because it was having a rather . . . adverse affect on my body. My go-to drink, though, is unsweet iced tea. I have to have a large, full glass to start!
I hear you! I had to take Oreos and Cheez-its off the grocery list. O.o What is the most difficult part of writing for you?
The most difficult part of writing for me is just sitting down and getting started–day in and day out, rain or shine, regardless of life’s ups and downs. I am a perfectionist and would rather avoid anything that might not be perfect–like the first draft of a manuscript.
Those first drafts are killers! But you’re a strong writer, so I bet they’re prettier than you think. 😉 Do you have someone in your life who’s been your writing mentor?
I’ve not really had a mentor, so-to-speak. But, over the years, the Lord has brought some special people into my life to encourage, inspire, and instruct me. My writing journey really has been a story of a family discovered through the bond of storytelling.
We all have a calling on our lives–and we don’t always realize what it is. Sometimes it takes special circumstances, lots of prayer and waiting, or a pretty blonde fairy to discover the hidden path.
Yes! And I love the pretty blonde fairy on your cover. 😉 How long have you been working on the entire Bellanok story? And when can we expect the continuation? 🙂
Well, Bellanok has actually been one of my shorter works time-wise. The idea came to me about a year and a half ago, and I wrote the original opening chapter. Then I went back to my WIP. It wasn’t until this past summer that I started working on Bellanok–it’s still not actually completed. Part 2 will be out in just a couple of weeks!
Squeee!!! I know you juggle family, working, being a wife…phew! When do you do most of your writing? Do you have a system?
I like to pretend I have a system. It makes me feel like I might actually be productive. 🙂 Seriously, I do have a schedule that I try to stick to when life isn’t happening. I have a slot scheduled in the morning and the evening–I usually use one for writing and one for editing.
What inspired you to get into the world of writing? And when, in that process, did you start editing?
I’ve always been a writer. Yes, I know that’s kind of cliche, but it’s true. Although, it wasn’t until 2009 that I started taking it seriously in the sense of pursuing publication.
I have taught myself to get the first draft done before I start any kind of editing! Unless there is some major plot change, I mostly make notes of anything that comes to mind to change until I’m ready to being the editing process.
Whether she’s wielding a fantasy writer’s pen, a freelance editor’s sword, or a social media wand, Ralene Burke always has her head in some dreamer’s world. And her goal is to make it SHINE! She spins fantastical tales to encourage people to SHINE BEYOND. She has worked for a variety of groups/companies, including Realm Makers, The Christian PEN, Kentucky Christian Writers Conference, and as an editor for a number of freelance clients. When her head’s not in the publishing world, she is wife to a veteran and homeschooling mama to their three kids. Her Pinterest board would have you believe she is a master chef, excellent seamstress, and all around crafty diva. If she only had the time . . .
Okay, now for some more “serious” questions. 😉 Legolas or Gimli? (Tweet this)
Uh–Legolas? I have a soft spot for elves–and Orlando Bloom. 🙂
Ah, don’t we all. 😉 So, aside from elves, what do you get geeky over?
Writing, grammar, and Doctor Who. And LotR. And Star Wars. And . . .
What’s on your bucket list?
Take the kids to Disney World, which we’re doing in February!
What are three things that people probably wouldn’t normally know about you?
Well, I’m allergic to coffee and beans. I am an introvert. And my nickname in high school and college was Rae-Rae, but people quit calling me that after I started dating my husband–Ray.
Allergic to coffee?! Tragedy!! What are some of your favorite fantasy/scifi books?
I love Morgan Busse’s Follower of the Word Trilogy, and Serena Chase’s Eyes of E’veria series, and then there’s these really great books by this author named Nadine Brandes . . .
Ooh, what good taste you have! 😉 😉 What superpower would you want?
I’d want to be like The Flash. Seriously. One, I could get everything on my to-do list done in a day or 2. And two, if I burn all those calories, I could eat whatever I want, right? RIGHT? Mmm . . . chocolate.
Ooh, I like that choice. *Tries to figure out how to get struck by lightning* What books got you really hooked on reading?
I think it was a mix of The Chronicles of Narnia and Nancy Drew books that drew me into the world of fiction . . . I still enjoy both today!
I love Nancy Drew! 😀 What’s your favorite social media?
Thank you so much for letting me interview you, Ralene. You’re such a joy to know!
About the Book:
Bellanok is a haven for myths and legends . . . until evil discovers a way in. Now the fairy queen, Fauna, must journey from the island realm to the modern world to find the man the Creator appointed to save their kingdom. A man she has been dreaming of her whole life.
Brian is a down-on-his-luck pastor on the verge of giving up on God. He’s tired and frustrated–a failure. No sooner does he make a decision that jeopardizes his career than an unusual blonde woman shows up and tries to convince him he is some kind of savior.
Fauna must open Brian’s eyes to a different reality, and Brian needs to embrace the haven’s secrets. If neither of them succeeds, Bellanok will succumb to evil and the world will lose all trace of innocence.
While I have the nicest person in the world on my blog, what do you want to ask her? If you can’t think of anything, then just confess . . . what fantasy creature would you like to meet in real life?