JR. Rain Interview
Hello everyone! LITERAL ADDICTION and Book Monster Reviews are very pleased to welcome JR Rain to our sites today.
In high school he balanced being a nerd and jock well and somehow managed to even write five complete novels. In college he wrote two more books and over 80 short stories. After college, he spent the next four years researching and writing his first adventure novel, “The Lost Ark”, and at the age of 28, he landed one of the biggest agents in Hollywood.
He quickly discovered that he had a natural knack for writing screenplays, and for two years worked exclusively for Paramount Pictures and Alphaville Productions developing various TV and movie projects. Ultimately he realized that he had strayed from his true love, writing novels, and took some time to write “Dark Horse”, “Moon Dance” and “Cursed”.
After moving around the country and going through a very tough period in life (where he still managed to write “The Mummy Case”), he eventually moved back to California where he got his Private Investigator’s license, and had his first novel published by Mundania Press in November of 2005.
Now he’s come full circle and lives a simple, peaceful life… a life filled with writing, hiking, and Beggin’ Strips. J
JR has many books in his library of literary excellence! He is the proud creator of the VAMPIRE FOR HIRE, JIM KNIGHTHORSE, ELVIS MYSTERY, and THE SPINOZA series as well as the GRAIL QUEST TRILOGY and several standalone titles and series both independently and with other well known authors.
His most recent releases, “Aladdin Sins Bad”, Book #2 of the THE RETURN OF ALADDIN series with Piers Anthony, “Moon Child”, VAMPIRE FOR HIRE Book #4, “The Vampire who Played Dead”, 2nd in a series of SPINOZA Short Stories, and “The Vampire Club”, written with Horror author Scott Nicholson have all been getting rave reviews. For the sake of this interview, let’s give you the synopsis of each of those to peak your interest…
"Aladdin Sins Bad", Book #2 of THE RETURN OF ALADDIN -
"Moon Child", Book #4 of VAMPIRE FOR HIRE -
"The Vampire who Played Dead", Book #2 of the SPINOZA Novellas
"The Vampire Club"
We have you out on Amazon looking all of these up now don’t we!? Well, put that aside for now, and let’s get to the interview so we can learn a little bit more about JR and his books…
LITERAL ADDICTION/Book Monster Reviews: Hi JR! We’re happy to have you with us today! Thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule to drop by and spend some time with us!
JR: So happy to be here! Wonderful site!
LITERAL ADDICTION/Book Monster Reviews: We’d like to start out by getting to know you a little bit better.
5) Do you have a personal favorite book that you have written so far, maybe one that had more meaning for you when it was written, etc?
6) If you could spend the day with one of your characters, who would it be and what would you want to do?
JR: Ha! That’s a good question. Hmmm. Spinoza’s kind of an introvert and he’s deeply troubled (although a damn good investigator). Boy, it’s a toss up. Who wouldn’t want to hang out with Elvis? He was supposedly a wonderful friend to those he was closest to. Knighthorse would probably get me in trouble, although we could knock back a few beers and probably make each other laugh.
8) Who are a few of your favorite authors and a couple titles in your TBR pile?
JR: Robert B. Parker is my favorite author. Not only does he write the cleanest prose, he’s probably one of the funniest writers out there. Subtly funny. He’s greatly missed. I dedicated The Vampire Who Played Dead to him. I’m currently reading Riptide by Preston and Child. It’s a rip-snorting, treasure hunting thriller set on a small island off the coast of Maine.
13) What else do you currently have in the works that we can look forward to?
JR: Hail Mary (Jim Knighthorse #3) will be out in 2 weeks (November 1st). The first book in the series, Dark Horse, is now free on Amazon. So if you haven’t read this series yet, then this is your chance. Vampire Dawn (Vampire for Hire #5) will be out this Christmas.
14) Is there a question that you have always wanted to be asked in an interview, but have never been asked? How would you answer that question?
JR: Do you really have eleven toes? My answer: no.
15) Is there anything special you would like to say to your readers while we have you here today?
JR: Just a big THANK YOU for all your support. 2012 will be an interesting year. Assuming we all survive the Mayan Doomsday prediction (trust me, we will), then you will have plenty of Samantha Moon to read next year, with four books planned!
LITERAL ADDICTION/Book Monster Reviews: JR, thank you again for taking time out of your busy schedule to sit down and talk with us. We hope to have you on LITERAL ADDICTION and Book Monster Reviews again in the future to help promote your upcoming work if you would be interested.
JR: So fantastic! Thank you so much for having me!!
If you would like to find out more about JR and his books, you can visit any of the sites below.
JR's Website: http://jrrain.com/index.html
JR’s Blog: http://jrrain.com/cgi-bin/blog
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