Before we get started talking about your books, tell us a little about yourself. What is your occupation outside of writing?
I actually write and edit for a living. Which is sometimes great fun; helping other authors get their manuscripts into the best shape possible is very satisfying work. I also do the occasional press kit or ghostwrite, byline some articles, do some technical writing, that sort of thing.
Would you describe yourself as an introvert or an extrovert?
Very much an introvert. I can literally go days without leaving the house (hooray for working from home!) sometimes and not miss the human interaction at all. Of course, I do spend a lot of time on social sites, chatting and emailing and tweeting with friends, so I may just be getting my fix that way. I’m also told I clean up nice; I used to own a retail store, so you get good at making conversation with just about anyone, and let’s face it . . . people are interesting!
Where is the most unique place you have traveled?
I don’t know about unique, but I have spent a great many weeks hiking the Appalachian trail, and no, that is not a euphemism in my case J It’s so freeing to get out away from everything, cross mountains in silence by the power of your own two feet and know you’re seeing rare beauty that so few people ever get to see.
How many books have you written and how many of those are published?
I’ve written seven or eight, and published three so far: Counterpoint, Book I of Song of the Fallen; Sublime: Collected Shorts; and Anchored: Belonging Book I (coming January 17 from Noble Romance Publishing). Two others are out on editors’ desks, and a third (a novella called Break and Enter, co-written with Aleksandr Voinov) will be sent out into the world in a week or two.
Do you have one particular genre that all your books fall under (i.e. suspense, romance, etc.) or do you write in many different genres?
I’m all over the map. Mostly so far I’ve written romance of one stripe or another, but I have a mainstream psychological thriller currently making the rounds, and a sprawling speculative fiction universe (no romance) that I’m just starting to get down on paper. In terms of romance, I’ve crossed a lot of genres: Counterpoint is high fantasy with erotic romantic elements. Anchored is contemporary alternate history erotic romance. Sublime is straight-up BDSM. Break and Enter is cyberpunk erotic romance. The one uniting feature is that all my romance stories are M/M; alas, I do not like girl cooties in my smut. Which is odd because I’m really quite fond of my own girl cooties, but there you have it.
If you have a new release coming out, tell us about it.
I do! Anchored: Belonging Book One releases next week, and I’m very excited about it. Here’s a blurb for you:
Network news anchor Daniel Halstrom is at the top of his field, but being at the bottom of the social ladder—being a slave—makes that hard to enjoy. Especially when NewWorld Media, the company who's owned him since childhood, decides to lease him on evenings and weekends to boost their flagging profits.
Daniel's not stupid; he knows there's only one reason a man would pay so much for what little free time he has, and it's got nothing to do with his knowledge of current events. But he's never been made to serve like that before, and he fears he won't survive the experience with his sanity intact.
He finds himself in the home of Carl Whitman, a talk show host whose words fail him time and again when it comes to ordering Daniel to bed. Daniel knows what Carl wants, but it seems as if Carl isn't willing to take it, and Daniel's not willing to give it freely. His recalcitrance costs him dearly, but with patience and some hard-won understanding, love just might flourish where once there'd been only fear and pain. Can Carl become the anchor in Daniel's turbulent life, or will he end up the weight that sinks his slave for good? ~
If this catches your fancy, come check out the Anchored Release Party Blog Tour, running January 14 to January 23. There’ll be lots of great content—exclusive excerpts, reviews, character interviews, even some artifacts from the Belonging world—and I’m giving away 30 free books and buckets of swag.
What's up next for you and your writing?
Crescendo, Book II of Song of the Fallen is next up on the docket, and I’d really better get on with it because readers are threatening violence, which I take as a positive, all things considered. When that’s done, I’ll probably be starting on the next book in the Belonging series, which will be a prequel to Anchored. I’m also putting the final coat of polish on the story I co-wrote with Aleks so we can get it sold, and I’ve got a novelette about the first meetings between Sir and Nicky (the boys from Sublime). Also coming up is a story for a shifter anthology with an interesting twist, which will probably be coming out some time around the end of the year.
Where can we read more about you and your work?
The best place is www.Rachel-Haimowitz.blogspot.com
It’s an active blog filled with snark and silliness (and information on my writing, of course), and I’d love to see you all there.
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