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Interview with Dina Rae - J. S. Council

Interview with Dina Rae


I am very proud to say that I accepted a job proofreading for SCIENCE magazine. It’s a temp to hire position, but I am confident that I will be hired for this position in a month or two. SCIENCE Magazine has been in business since 1878. Yes, the 1800s. I feel very lucky to be able to work for them and further my career. I will be sure to keep everyone posted on my progress.

Now, enough about me. Today, I will be interviewing Dina Rae about her novel, Bad Juju.  Dina was gracious enough to stop by my site on her virtual book tour. 

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J. S. Council – Hi Dina. Thank you for being here on The Council Blog. When did you know that you were a writer?

Dina Rae – When I got laid off in 2010-I made lemonade out of some lemons.  I’m back to working full-time and wish I had the freedom to write all day. Maybe once I’m retired.

J. S. Council – Yes. Writing at home all day is a writer’s dream. I know it is mine. Tell me about your writing process. Any quirks?

Dina Rae - I like to write long-hand.  Once I type what I’ve written into the computer, it’s somewhat decent. Another rewrite (or two or three) later, and I can see where the story is going.

J. S. Council – Interesting, I like to write my ideas out long-head, as well. I think it brings a writer closer to the story.  Did you go to school for writing or were you born with the skill?  

 Dina Rae - No, but I’m an English/Reading teacher which helps.

J. S. Council – That does help! What is the most difficult part about writing?

Dina Rae - Writing.  Books don’t write themselves.  I just cringe when I hear an author being interviewed and then saying something like, “oh, this book just wrote itself.”  That’s a bunch of bullshit.

J. S. Council – Haha! That’s true. A novel can not be written without someone putting in the work. But I do think that stories can take on a life of its own and, before you know it, you have written 100K words. What do you like best about writing?  

Dina Rae - I love the story that plays inside of my mind.

J. S. Council ­– Some stories can play like movies in your head. Who inspires you the most?

Dina Rae - A great novel or TV series or movie.  I’m a sucker for a terrific plot and unforgettable characters.

J. S. Council ­– That’s awesome. Who is your favorite historical figure?

Dina Rae - Jesus Christ, but have always found John of Patmos intriguing.  Some say his body was never found and he never died.  Plus, Revelation fascinates me.  I believe the End of Days is near.

J. S. Council ­– That is very interesting. I heard that about John of Patmos but I haven’t done extensive research on him. I will have to do that. What animal do you think represents you the most and why?  

 Dina Rae - Sometimes I feel like a worker bee who wants to be a sloth, but never getting the chance.  Other times I feel like a mule-stubborn and not wanting to do what is expected.

J. S. Council ­– I have asked that question quite a few times and this is the most interesting answer I have ever heard. Has your writing style changed much other the years?   

Dina Rae - I’m still a new writer so I can’t really say.  I like to write in 3rd person limited, but hope to write a novel in first person.

J. S. Council ­– Good luck with writing a first person novel. It can be difficult. Do you write one book at a time for do you have multiple projects going on at once?  

 Dina Rae - I can only do one book at a time.

J. S. Council ­– That’s understandable. Do you have a favorite place to write? If so, where?

Dina Rae - I like to write at a secondhand Queen Anne desk that I bought for $25, but will grab a notebook and write anywhere.

J. S. Council ­– Very nice. If you could pick any time in history to live, when would it be and why?  

 Dina Rae - As a woman, I think the present day is the best deal.  I could not fathom what it was like when women were stuck in marriages because of no opportunity or had to put up with half the pay while getting sexually harassed.

J. S. Council ­– I think you are absolutely right. What is your favorite quote and who said it?  

 Dina Rae - “I give it my body and mind, but have kept my soul.” Phil Jackson

J. S. Council ­– That’s beautiful. How attached do you become to your characters?  

 Dina Rae - Very.  I can almost see them inside of my mind.  It’s sad to see them go once the book is done.

J. S. Council ­– I totally get that. Where did you get the inspiration for your novel?  

 Dina Rae - For Bad Juju, I took my passion for research (Voodoo) and combined it with my experience with kids-a book about teens who get used by a Haitian bokor.

J. S. Council ­– Wow, very cool. What is the best advice you can give to a new writer?

Dina Rae - Write, no excuses, no waiting for the “right” moment.  Like the Nike people say, “Just Do It.”

J. S. Council ­– That is great advice. If you want to be a writer, then write. What is the weirdest interview question, if any, you have ever been asked and what was your answer?  

 Dina Rae - This one-LOL.  Actually, I have been asked if I have participated in similar sex scenes that were described in the book.  My answer was “none of your biz.”

J. S. Council ­– HAHA! Wow, that is an awesome answer. Do you have plans for a future novel?  

 Dina Rae - I’m writing a nonfiction conspiracy book about GMOs and Big Pharma.

J. S. Council ­– Wow, those are deep subjects. You will have to keep me posted on your progress. Where can fans contact you?

Dina Rae - FB: https://www.facebook.com/DinaRaeBooks?ref=hl Twitter: @haloofthedamned web:http://dinarae.co blog: http://dinaraeswritestuff.blogspot.com/

J. S. Council ­– Great! Where can fans buy your book? 

Dina Rae - http://www.amazon.com/Bad-Juju-ebook/dp/B0097L9FHW/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1380764270&sr=8-1&keywords=bad+juju

J. S. Council ­– Awesome. Thank you so much for talking to me today. I had a great time talking with you and I hope you did, too. 

Be sure to check out more about Bad Juju by Dina Rae below.


BadJuju_Draft2Title: Bad Juju

Author: Dina Rae

Genre: Horror

Publisher: Self Published

Formats Available In: Digital

Release Date: September, 2o12

Blurb: Two teens turn to a Voodoo bokor to right a wrong. Their curiosity with the dark arts backfires into obsession.
Lucien Nazaire flees his Haitian homeland and settles in a Wisconsin trailer park filled with elderly tenants. He hires sixteen year old Jake for odd household jobs. The boy proves to be the perfect candidate to pass on his Voodoo legacy.
Jake LaRue lives in foster care with his abusive uncle. The Voodoo gives him a sense of power within an otherwise helpless situation. Despite his loner status, he instantly connects with Henry, his only friend in high school.
Henry Novak has Asperger’s Syndrome. He fixates on historical events, most recently the 2010 Haitian earthquake. Like Jake, he becomes passionate about the dark side of Voodoo. They learn how to cast spells on those they hate and lust.
Months after the Haitian earthquake, Henry convinces his family to volunteer for the island’s reconstruction. Their mission turns into a nightmare when he mysteriously walks off of the campsite and returns in a catatonic state.
Bad Juju is a balance of horror, romance, and literary fiction intended for adults and mature teens. The plot uses research involving the Voodoo religion.

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About Dina Rae:


Dina Rae is a new author that is here to stay. As a teacher, she brings an academic element to her work. Her research on the Yezidi religion and love of art inspired her story telling for Halo of the Damned. Halo of the Nephilim and Halo of the Madonna are new to the angel series.

Her second novel, The Last Degree, is a fictionalized account of the Freemason’s role in the New World Order. Dina’s grandfather was the Most Worshipful of his lodge. The subject has always held a personal interest.

Bad Juju, is about an old Haitian bokor who mentors two teens in the dark arts. A unique blend of horror, romance, and literary fiction meant for adults and mature teens.

Dina lives with her husband, two daughters, and two dogs outside of Chicago. She is an avid reader, tennis player, movie buff, and self-proclaimed expert on conspiracy theories. She has appeared in several literary blogs, newspapers, e-zines, and radio shows as a guest.



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