Monday, June 18, 2018

Interview with V.W. Raynes, author of Twisted Venom

Title: Twisted Venom
Author: V. W. Raynes
Publisher: AuthorHouse
Genre: Suspense/Thriller
Format: Ebook

When young internist Claudia Ranelli attends a medical conference in San Francisco, she has a sexual encounter so bizarre and frightful it nearly kills her. But that isn't the end of her terror. Claudia and her cousin Dru Salinas must discover the identity of the person terrorizing them both, a quest that leads from pit vipers to modern genetics. Claudia tells a gripping story with sensitivity, a humanly scientific perspective, eroticism and a wry sense of humor.


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'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.

V. W. Raynes is the pen name of a physician practiciing in Texas

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