My guest today is Raegyn Perry. Hello! Welcome back to Writing in the Modern Age!
It’s such a pleasure to have you here again. Can you tell us a little bit about your latest book? When did it come out? Where can
we get it?
Fields is a paranormal romance that centers on reincarnation, so it’s basically
two romances, though one has a very
different ending than the other!Connor
and Greye meet under distressing circumstances, but neither can deny the
attraction they feel for one another. Both have reasons for keeping romance at
bay, but love had other ideas.
Their love however is tested. Throw in
bigotry, jealousy, odd clues and an unexplained connection, and you see they
have their work cut out for them. Connor and Grey will have to confront a
mystery of the past that opens the way for a second chance if they’re willing
to take it. The story is funny, sexy, dark, and pretty raw while being twisted,
mysterious, and still somehow romantic.
Lavender Fields released earlier than
expected on Sunday, September 20th which happened to be my beloved
late mom’s birthday. (Think she worked a little magic of her own!) It is
currently available on Amazon.
Is there anything specific that inspired you to write Lavender Fields?
love this question because the inspiration for this story was triggered by a
real family story. I don’t remember my grandmother that well, but her sister,
my Aunt Pauline, passed this down to my dad. He shared that his grandmother had
been the offspring of a white planter’s daughter who had run off with a mulatto
(mixed) slave. Needless to say, she was disinherited- I know, taboo to say the
least, right? As glad as I am that they got away, my imagination asked what
would happen if they hadn’t gotten to their happily ever after?
Wow! Interesting indeed!
So, Raegyn, when did you know you wanted to write? Or has it always been a pastime of yours?
I was a child, I was always creating stories, and letting my imagination run
off with me. My favorite uncle, Billy (whose ghost I saw, but that’s another
story), once gave me one of those old tape recorders (had to hold two buttons
down at the same time to record!), and I would scour the neighborhood for
interviews, sound bites, or just dictate stories by myself. I would also get
the other kids around to act out scenes I wrote. Needless to say, I started
acting at a young age as well, but that wasn’t really as much a passion until I
got older. So, long answer is yes, I knew I loved writing from the word go.
Do you have any favorite authors?
authors? Oh my, so many. I’d be here all day trying to make and weigh one
against the other, so just to name a few,
here goes. James Patterson-most all of them, but fell in love with When the
Wind Blows, and the sequel, The Lake House were so unique and captivating. Anne
Rice is up there. Got to meet her at a signing and we started chatting like
there wasn’t a huge line of people waiting! I’d be remiss in not admitting how
nerdy I was over the Harry Potter series, but then I also adore Oscar Wilde,
and Emily Bronte. Kind of all over the place, but that’s literally the tip of
the iceberg! Don’t get me started on childhood favorites, cause we’d be here
LOL! I know what you mean.
So...do you write in a specific place? Time of day?
writing times vary. During the week, it’s after work, so early evening. I’ll
get in anywhere from 30 minutes to three or four hours (depending on when I start).
Sometimes, I come home and just veg; which means binge watch, or get lost in a
book! On weekends, if I’m organized, I’ll start at around 9 or 10am, and write
as long as I can. On a good day, I’ve gone up to eight hours.
As far as where I write, that varies as
well. I have a favorite coffee shop down the hill in my neighborhood,I also like the café inside my local Barnes
and Noble also. Sometimes it’s the library, or just hunkered down at my pretty
glass desk at home.
Are there any words you'd like to impart to fellow writers? Any advice?
would I say to other writers? The best advice I ever received was to
acknowledge the passion for writing, and therefore just write. I want to always
be learning and growing. I want to constantly hone my craft! As long as I enjoy
the process and my imagination lets me go there, I’ll continue to be a writer.
By the way Marie, I so enjoyed the first book of the Blood at
First Sight Series! You are an inspiration to us all.
Thank you so much for having me
Aww...thanks, hon! That's really sweet of you. :)
And it's my pleasure! Thanks for your wonderful advice! As long as we keep trying and we enjoy the journey of writing, we can never go wrong.
you so much for stopping by to visit us here today at Writing in the
Modern Age, Raegyn. It was so nice having you! :)
Readers, here is the blurb forLavender Fields.
Torrential rain spikes. A scream pierces the dark night.
Greye Fields has immersed herself in her literary work, with no
desire to chase the inevitable sting of rejection she knows too well.
She won’t allow herself the time or the desire to pursue love.
Until she meets him.
Connor Donovan is perfectly content with his bachelor status. Life
is good, teaching middle school English, and being the favorite uncle.
He wants for nothing.
Until he meets her.
Shattered glass. A wash of blood.
Is it a nightmare or a memory?
Can Connor and Greye overcome the obstacles to the love of all time, or is tragedy doomed to be repeated?
What if love found the right people in the wrong time?
Here is an excerpt.
outrage and pain crashed against the howling wind. Breaking glass followed
while a crimson ooze covered the wet ground.
scent carried on the breeze was swallowed by the night. The orange glow on the
horizon turned an ominous dark and the sky rumbled with agitation.
Each time the
dream came to her, it was as vivid and profound as before. Through the fog of
this dream appeared a hazy universal image. The small, obscure wooden marker at
the top of the hill marked a long-forgotten resting place.
dozed off on the park bench and the haunting dream had come upon her again, as
it had so many times in years past. She was never able to understand the
nightmare, and it unsettled her still, as an adult. Set in a faraway place and
time, there was always something more just beneath the surface… hinting at an
unknown that should somehow be familiar.
couldn’t have known the role this recurring dream would play in her future.
Greye looked down to begin
writing again when a searing pain shot straight up her leg. She froze in
shocked confusion. She grabbed her knee as her eyes blurred with tears. Then
she noticed the bright green Frisbee that had smashed into her right kneecap.
The kids were now otherwise
occupied, their voices softer and further in the distance. The man was
approaching with the Lab in stride. Greye could sense he had stopped in front
of her. She heard an anxious and strong, deep voice.
“Oh God, I’m so sorry. Are you okay? I’m so sorry.”
Clutching her throbbing knee
with one hand, and wiping her eyes with the other, Greye looked up into his
cobalt blues, which were still cringed looking at where his errant disk had
landed. Managing to conceal an unexpected sigh, she replied, “I’m fine, I
think. Just wasn’t expecting it.”
She watched as he drew a hand
through his dark, short hair. It was a nervous habit she figured. She also
noticed the tousled, shiny waves that threatened to end in curls if his hair
got much longer.
Connor caught an intriguing scent
on the wind he thought he remembered, but couldn’t quite place. “My apologies
really. I didn’t expect it to catch that much air.”
As if feeling guilty by
association, the golden Lab came and rested its big head on her uninjured leg.
When Connor saw the smile she gave his best friend, a warm feeling began to blossom in his chest.
dog’s ears, she offered, “It’s okay, I’ll live. May never walk right, but I’ll
smirk she quickly added had Connor feeling the stricken pallor of his face
blush with heat.
“Well, it has
to be said, there has been considerable advancement in knee replacement these
days. Though I do hope it doesn’t come to that.”
Greye let a
soft laugh escape and she countered with, “I don’t think it will. I’m tough.
I’ll forego the surgery, and wear this limp with pride.” She gently massaged
her red and puffy knee.
Connor had to laugh. He really liked this pretty woman with the quick and easy
comebacks. She appeared to be of mixed race, most likely black and white, with
her flawless honey colored complexion. It was those expressive green eyes he
found he could get easily lost in. He strongly resisted the urge to touch her
soft chin length brown hair, which he noticed, was lit with auburn highlights as
it fell in loose waves around a diamond shaped face. He noticed a scar that ran
just under her jaw line. Her slender body looked to be in pretty good shape as
With a cocky
grin, and a small bow he said, “A battle wound that I most humbly take credit
for. Then he added, “I couldn’t help but notice your perfume. It’s really …
Reagan) Perry is thrilled to share her
debut novel, LavenderFields, with readers. This is the first
book in the Eternal Journey Series. It
asks the question,
if love found the right people, at the wrong time?’
inspiration coming from a true family story, and having found the uninhibited
time to write, a story was born.
writing, Raegyn is perfectly content curled up with a good book, TV binge
watching, or on a fun travel adventure. Also, anyone who knows her knows she
loves to dance (a lot!) wherever and whenever possible!
How would she
describe Lavender Fields?
paranormal romance that centers around reincarnation; so it’s basically two
romances! The story is funny, sexy, dark, and raw while being twisted,
mysterious, and still somehow romantic.
believes readers can connect with her lovers, Connor and Greye, on a
few levels. It has the elements of the classic love story: boy meets & gets
girl, but it also tackles some real and uncomfortable issues, while introducing
characters that anyone can relate to, root for, or despise altogether! Then,
throw some odd clues with a helping of paranormal in, and you have a unique
take on a timeless aspect of romance. The author hopes so anyway!
Raegyn completes the Eternal Journey Series, she hopes to
begin work on another series, which readers can actually catch a glimpse of
first within the pages of Lavender Fields.
Pacific Northwest state of Washington has been home since 2001. She has one
grown son whom she adores. Raegyn is currently working on the second book in
the series, Cypress Groves (working title),
and will be investigating options to maybe get her full length stage play
produced in the area.