Contributed by R.G. Westerman
Veronica Rhine is a prolific author of romance and paranormal romance titles. The Dream Walker Series is now available on Kindle and Amazon.
R.G. Westerman: Who is Veronica Rhine?
Veronica Rhine: I've been called complicated, but I don't think that is necessarily true. I am a human animal trying to survive, just like everyone else. That is what I write about. Survival. I think that means different things to different people.
R.G: What does it mean to you?
V.: It means having all your needs met. One of my favorite devices to use in writing is Maslow's hierarchy of needs. Once the basic needs are met, food, shelter, clothing, all of a sudden a whole new layer of needs appears. Comfort, happiness, enlightenment. I am sitting here craving a plate of bacon, because let's face it. I'm always craving a plate of bacon, and I realize that if I were to get that bacon the next thing I would be aware of is the need to... I don't know, find the meaning of life. It is as if we are never truly satisfied.
R.G: Tell us a little bit about your current series?
V.: It is good. I am allowed to say that about my own work, right? But it is that measure of satisfaction, I guess, that drives my characters. They all have the same desire to find the thing that makes them feel complete, if even for a moment. For Athena it is about escaping her dismal reality. The dreams she has makes her realize just how unhappy she is in her waking life.
R.G: Where did you get the idea for this series?
V.: From my mind of course! No really, I get asked that a lot. I am never sure how to answer that. I guess you could say I had a dream and when I woke up I asked the question.
R.G: What question is that?
V.: The same question all writers ask themselves when they begin a story. “What if...?”
R.G: Ah, yes. I know that question. So back to the Dream Walker series. Can you describe it in a nutshell?
V.: The main character is Athena Maze and she keeps having these dreams. This gorgeous man keeps visiting her and hot and steamy hijinks ensue. Of course this may or may not be real, and she may or may not be traveling between realms. It is loosely, (very loosely) based on Sleeping Beauty. I guess you could say “inspired by” more than based on.
R.G: Is there anything else in the works? What do readers have to look forward to?
V.: Funny you should ask. I'm toying with a Cinderella trilogy. Of course it would be just about as much like the fairy tale as this one is like Sleeping Beauty. I'm still knocking the idea around. I have a lot on my plate right now. But one thing I don't have on my plate right now is bacon! I need to go and find some.
V.: I almost forgot to mention. The first book of the trilogy, Athena, is available for a free download on Amazon until May 5th (http://www.amazon.com/Athena-Book-Dream-Walker-Walkers-ebook/dp/B01EP4UP8I/). Everyone should flock to the site, literally right now and download a copy. It's brilliant. You become a better human being by reading it.
R.G.: Duly noted. I'm going to get my copy right now.
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About R.G. Westerman
You can follow R.G. at @rgwesterman on Twitter. The first installment of the Rising Ash serial, Ash is available for pre-sale beginning May 10th.