So, I was out of town for a week, and that put m a little behind. If it’s alright with everyone, I’ve just shifted things a day (not bad for being away for seven, right?). Check back Saturday for a guest post from today’s featured author.
Not too long ago, we were searching for some authors to guest on the Guild of Dreams blog, and Autumn Birt suggested Rayne Hall. When Autumn contacted Ms. Hall, she not only agreed, she sent us four e-mails full of potential guest posts. When you get that kind of response…well, is there anyone else more deserving of an author feature? I don’t think so.
Let me introduce you to Rayne Hall.
Rayne Hall writes fantasy and horror fiction. She is the author of forty books in different genres and under different pen names, published by twelve publishers in six countries, translated into several languages. Her short stories have been published in magazines, e-zines and anthologies.
After living in Germany, China, Nepal and Mongolia, she has settled in a small Victorian seaside town in southern England. Rayne holds a college degree in publishing management and a masters degree in creative writing. Over three decades, she has worked in the publishing industry as a trainee, investigative journalist, feature writer, magazine editor, production editor, page designer, concept editor for non-fiction book series, anthology editor, editorial consultant and more.
Currently, Rayne Hall writes fantasy and horror fiction and tries to regain the rights to her out-of-print books so she can republish them as e-books.
Her books on the writing craft (Writing Fight Scenes, Writing Scary Scenes, The Word-Loss Diet, Writing About Villains, Writing About Magic) are bestsellers.
A Selection of Books By Rayne Hall
Demon-possessed siege commander, Dahoud, atones for his atrocities by hiding his identity and protecting women from war’s violence – but can he shield the woman he loves from the evil inside him?
Principled weather magician, Merida, brings rain to a parched desert land. When her magical dance rouses more than storms, she needs to overcome her scruples to escape from danger.
Thrust together, Dahoud and Merida must fight for freedom and survival. But how can they trust each other, when hatred and betrayal burn in their hearts?
Six creepy, atmospheric, spine-tingling stories by Rayne Hall.
Volume 1 contains ‘Only A Fool’, ‘Four Bony Hands’, ‘The Black Boar’, ‘Double Rainbows’, ‘Druid Stones’ and ‘Burning’.
These stories are more creepy and psychological than violent and gory. However, they may not be suitable for young readers without parental guidance.
These horror stories have been previously published in magazines, ezines, printed books and anthologies. British spellings. Revised edition July 2013.
Six short stories for different historical periods:
Greetings From Jerusalem (Ancient Rome)
Scruples (Middle Ages)
The Holed Stone (England 1900)
The Black Boar (Middle Ages)
Beltane (Ancient Britain)
Queen of Ithaka (Ancient Greece)
Learn step-by-step how to create fictional fights which leave the reader breathless with excitement.
The book gives you a six-part structure to use as blueprint for your scene. It reveals tricks how to combine fighting with dialogue, which senses to use when and how, how to create a sense of realism, and how to stir the reader’s emotions.
You’ll decide how much violence your scene needs, what’s the best location, how your heroine can get out of trouble with self-defence and how to adapt your writing style to the fast pace of the action.
There are sections on female fighters, male fighters, animals and weres, psychological obstacles, battles, duels, brawls, riots and final showdowns.
For the requirements of your genre, there is even advice on how to build erotic tension in a fight scene, how magicians fight, how pirates capture ships and much more.
You will learn about different types of weapons, how to use them in fiction, and how to avoid embarrassing blunders.
Are your frightening scenes scary enough? Learn practical tricks to turn up the suspense. Make your readers’ hearts hammer with suspense, their breaths quicken with excitement, and their skins tingle with goosebumps of delicious fright.
This book contains practical suggestions how to structure a scary scene, increase the suspense, make the climax more terrifying, make the reader feel the character’s fear. It includes techniques for manipulating the readers’ subconscious and creating powerful emotional effects.
Use this book to write a new scene, or to add tension and excitement to a draft.
You will learn tricks of the trade for “black moment” and “climax” scenes, describing monsters and villains, writing harrowing captivity sections and breathtaking escapes, as well as how to make sure that your hero doesn’t come across as a wimp… and much more.
This book is recommended for writers of all genres, especially thriller, horror, paranormal romance and urban fantasy.
Find other Rayne Halll books by visiting her website: https://sites.google.com/site/raynehallsdarkfantasyfiction/