Our Authors Interview

Let’s get you introduced to everyone, shall we?!

My name’s Rayner Ye. I know it’s a funny name. My mum named me after a great aunt and my sir name is Chinese, named after my husband. My original family name is Scottish (Johnston,) so there you go. I was a teacher for years but after having kids, finally achieved my dream of writing and self-publishing. Eight books on, I can’t stop. My characters are strong in my heart and mind, and they have to keep living and dreaming. I’m trying to stick to one genre–Space Opera. Some of it is very Sci Fi and some has magic too. I’ve created a seven solar system Alliance. It took me five months to build the weight inhabited worlds. I based them on potential exoplanets in goldilocks zones, according to Kepler telescopes. Anyhow, the planets and politics are the backdrop to my dramas. My chargers matter now and not giving them what they want seems to compell readers to keep reading. I’m only a small fish in a big indie author pond and making a small income at present. It’s not stopping me from writing 2k a day, though. Now my kids are back at school, I hope I can hurry asking my present cyberpunk space opera series–YuFu’s Run.

What prompted you to pursue a career as a writer?

Reading George R R Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire when I had a baby and a toddler.

 Do you have any special writing habits?

Yes, I follow a scene and sequel structure using motivation reaction units. I use emotional thesauruses all the time to show the point of view character’s (POV) emotion/s. Before starting a book, I follow the snowflake method, but things get changed halfway through as more inspiration kicks in.

 When you write a new book, do you already have the whole story in mind or do you elaborate it along the way?

I have half the story mapped out. Even if I have the whole story mapped out, halfway through, I tend to get better ideas.

 In your opinion what is the best book you have written? What’s your favourite book ever?

Time Travel in the Firesnake. This is book 4 of my first series. By then, I think, my writing was flowing better and much more streamlined. Its very emotional because the heroine becomes paralysed. The best book I’ve read? That’s difficult because I read so much as a teenager. I don’t have a favourite.

 How do you feel after writing a book?

Frazzled.

 Tell us about your latest book and please put the link so our readers can find it.

My latest book will be published in a week, but I don’t do pre-order on Amazon. I’m currently writing a slave opera cyberpunk, set in the same Alliance. The book before that is what I wrote a couple of months into lockdown–the third book in the Red Star trilogy, Chairman’s Escape. Those three books only took me three months because I was ultra-organised and got up at 4:30am every morning to write before home school. But my energy team out after that trilogy and books one and two in my current (unpublished) series have taken about for months in total. Chairman’s Escape tied up all the loose ends at the end of the trilogy and the 5-book Plan8 Slaves series–prequel to the trilogy. It’s a special book for me because it was the last space fantasy I wrote. My current series has no magic. I dictated the Red Star trilogy while walking in the forest most days, then transcribing using my Dragon Dictate software. I cried in some of the last chapters when a villain-turned-heroine died, and a small boy (the main character) closed the time portals.

8) Do you have a new release? When? We want details.

Yes. On 12th September, I’ll be publishing a space opera cyberpunk called YuFu’s Run 1. I’m planning on this being a really long series, like, maybe twenty books. I’m learning how to write technothriller and studying a lot about cyborgs and cyber-terrorism. The main character is a guy called YuFu, and his storyline started in book one of my first series–Plan8 Slaves. Because there are many characters in my first series, I made single character omnibus books from it. One is called YuFu’s Firesnake, and its set before the time portals are closed and the magic has stopped flowing. Anyhow, that book could make a nice read prequel to my new release.

Do you have a pre-order link? Share it with us

I don’t do pre-order, I’m afraid. Sorry 😦 However, all my books are in KU.

 Where can we find you on socials? Do you have your own group and want to share it with us?

If you look for me on Amazon, you can see my author page, and all the information is there. Take a look at my pretty covers too. Also, you can search for me on Goodreads. My name is Rayner Ye.

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