Title: Twisted Venom
Author: V. W. Raynes
How did you come up with the title of your book?
A physician friend thought of the title, "Twisted Venom." "Twisted is a reference to the DNA helix. Twisted venom might also describe the acts of a prominent character in the book. Originally, I was going to call the book, "Snaked," but that's been used, and my editor thought it was a bad title (nobody likes snakes, and don't put pictures of snakes on a book cover).
What is your writing environment like?
Quite, lonely sometimes, usually late in the evening.
What are some of the best tools available today for writers?
Loads of information online, new publishing options and marketing tools, social media...the list goes on. What would Ernest Hemingway think of all this?
What inspires you to write?
I took a writing class for fun and got involved in it. It's satisfying to share a fund of knowledge or experiences with others.
Did you learn anything while writing this book?
For me, I learned that writing rakes immense concentration...it's work. I learned many things...about rattlesnakes, about current research on an important gene mutation, about how I really felt about my cousin...among other things.
What is your favorite quality about yourself?
I don't feel the need to be the most likeable or admired person in a group (or character in a book); I would rather help someone else achieve that.