AF: What caused you to choose the Victorian era as the time period for The Water Witch's voyage?
AR:I am not really sure. It sort of came to me when Sybrina was born in my imagination. I saw her huddled against a wooden column hiding from a creature and then the story was born. I have always been a huge paranormal fan. It is what I enjoy reading.
AF: How did you come to have Sybrina with such a strong medical/science background in a time when women were discouraged from getting an education, especially in that field?
AR: Sybrina comes from money and is inquisitive and smart. Her personality doesn't let her sit idly by and wait for a husband. That type of life doesn't hold any interest for her. She needs something like the emerging field of medicine to occupy her. She is not only smart but savvy. She is able to adapt in a changing world.
AF: The Water Witch was the setting for the entire book save for the flashbacks, dreams and such-which were brief. What made you choose that scenery?
AR: Ocean travel was prominent at the time and challenging for those with less money. Sybrina's family is affluent so at no point in her life did she ever travel in such meager conditions. Her voyage on the Water Witch opened her up to new experiences. The story seemed disjointed at the end with taking them off the ship, so that is where I ended it. The next book will take place in England. Vadim and Elijah are just a blip in the world of vampires and the next books will focus on the lore of extinction.
AF: I know you did a lot of research on vampiric lore before you wrote Sybrina. How did you settle on the particulars of your vampire world?
AR: The research was very broad to include all different societies over a few hundred years. I think the amazing commonality was that many societies believed in vampires. Each society had their own superstitions for warding them off, and I used what I felt was the most plausible.
AF: Without spoiling anything I have to ask what's next for Sybrina, Elijah, Mouse, Jolly the cat and her kittens? Will this possibly become a series? I, personally, am dying to see what becomes of them all.
AR: I have ideas for about two to three more books, roughly 40-50k words each for the series. I have a bunch of projects coming up so I wouldn't be working on them until probably late in 2015. The books would start from 1866 up until modern times. Mouse would be with Sybrina and Elijah through the series. I like strong secondary characters especially in a book written in first person POV. Mouse definitely has a background worth delving into.
AF: I know you have another series of books. What is the series called, what's it about and where can people find them?
AR: The Mobster Series is told in first person POV through Antonio, Mob Boss's son and his love interest Megan. The first three books (Mobster's Girl is book 1 http://bit.ly/mobgirl ) their story is combining the harsh mafia lifestyle with their love story. It is a dark and gritty look into the mob underworld. Antonio is an alpha-male criminal hero and Megan is a strong woman misled by her family.
Book four is Vito and Erin's story in Mobster's Angel http://amzn.to/1qKeNdT Sub-characters in the first three books. Vito is a tough mob enforcer and best friend to Antonio. Erin is Megan's sister. All of my books at my Smashwords page: https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/Rachiele
Book 5 is Mobster's Bones, Troy and Alessandra's Story is coming this winter. Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23176584-mobster-s-bones
My thanks to Amy! Please check out my review of Sybrina and grab a copy of it to read for yourself. Check out Amy’s other books-which will start to be reviewed here soon.