M. Raiya on Depth of Return ~ Interview Local Giveaway

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Title: Depth of Return
Author: M. Raiya
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Brooke Albrecht
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Release Date: 09/05/2016


Betrayed and left for dead by his lover, North has retreated to a secluded island to nurture his coven of witches and their demon partners. His group uses the magic of starlight to bring as much peace to the world as they can. It is enough. North has no desire to look for love again.
When an accident on a carpentry job reveals he is a demon, Alan Holsen is sent to North for training. Alan possesses a rare healing ability—one he might be able to use to close the old wounds in North’s heart. While North teaches Alan magic, Alan teaches North to love again, and they both struggle with leftover resonance of their haunted pasts.
Just when they dare to relax, North’s old enemy returns, and sets his sights on Alan. To save him North must enlist the aid of neighboring covens, and he learns he isn’t as alone as he thought. But in the end, only North’s love for Alan and the power of the stars have any chance of saving them.


Recent Release Spotlight with M. Raiya

Hi, I’m M. Raiya, and I’m doing an interview at Prism Book Alliance as part of my Depth or Return blog tour. Thank you so much for letting me respond your interview questions.

We are here today to talk about My most recent novel, Depth of Return, which will release on September 5. It’s the second book in the series called Another Healing. It’s an urban fantasy novel, set for the most part in northern Vermont, where I live.

Please tell us more about our main characters. The main character is a man who lives on an island in the middle of a pond in Vermont. He is a very talented witch, and his name is North.  He is grouchy, grumpy, and sarcastic, and has been since he was betrayed by the man he thought was his life’s partner. But still inside, he is a gentle, kind, trusting teacher. Only the arrival of a new student, Alan, awakens North. Alan is his demon, his true partner in magic as in all else. But there is an old enemy who does not want them to be together…

What do you want to tell those who may be new to the series? The Another Healing series is about people with extraordinary talents who live secretly among humans. Each book has a strong m/m romance.

What about Depth of Return makes you the proudest? Its message of peace, healing, and tolerance in a world where those things are desperately needed right now.

What is next for these characters? Is there more to this series? If so, who will we be hearing from next? Yes, there certainly will be more. I’ve already written a rough draft of the next novel. It’s called Cricket. One of the main characters is Don, a young man who makes an appearance in Depth of Return. Beyond that…

If you could give one piece of advice to aspiring writers, what would it be? Be brave and submit your story. Clicking send for the first time is the hardest part. After that, there will be people to help you. It’s getting past the transition from being all alone to being out that’s the hardest for everyone.

What one story made you lose sleep as a kid? Escape to Witch Mountain. I couldn’t put it down. It was about alien kids lost on Earth trying to figure out who they are and where they belong, all the while hiding their magic. Sound familiar, a little? No, my tastes haven’t changed much.

Do you take a break from a first draft to get distance from it, or dive right in to editing, or edit heavily as you write? I write a fast first draft because unlike writers who are lucky enough to be able to plot the whole thing out first, I don’t know what I’m going to say until I say it. Then I get some distance from it, share it with an editor/friend of mine who helps me figure out what I’m trying to say, and then I go back and resay it. Then I polish it and submit it. But I try to make each draft the very best I can and put everything I have into it.

If I could have a superpower, what would it be and why? I would want to be able to fly. It’s a lot like swimming, and I love to swim more than just about anything. And I’m a very serious birder, so I’m a bit obsessed with wings.

If you had to be a cat, dog, or a rat, which would you chose and why? A cat, because they can look at a person and instantly know everything about him or her. That would be a cool talent for a writer to have.

What are you reading right now and what is next on your to-be-read list? I am reading K.J. Charles’s A Charm of Magpies Series for about the third time because it’s so amazing. Then I’m going to read J.K. Rowling’s recent book once my daughter is finished.

Rapid Fire Time

Cinnamon or Maple? Maple. Duh, I’m from Vermont!

Tardis or DeLorean? Tardis. Dr. Who all the way.

Light saber or a Sonic screwdriver? Sonic screwdriver. Same as above.

Favorite meal? Mushroom, green pepper, and onion pizza.

Winter or Summer Olympics? Winter.  I live in a camp with no internet or TV reception all summer. Never seen a summer Olympics.

Alone or at a party? Alone. I’m a writer. I make my own fun.

Call or text? I like to write. Text.

Handcuffs or Rope? Handcuffs. I always feel like I can get out of a rope if I try hard enough.

First pet and name? I had a kitten of my very own when I was in second grade. His name was Love.

Swimming or skiing? I should be loyal to Vermont and say skiing, but I really, really love to swim.

Mini Van or SUV? I need an SUV to get home. One lane dirt road straight up into the hills. Did I mention I live in Vermont? Snow and ice are my best friends. Ha.

Landlubber or Sea Dog? I am happiest on a boat. A quiet one, that is. Sail, canoe, kayak. Love them all.

What are you working on? What is next? I am going to focus on my next book, Cricket. It’s about more witches and demons and a cute little dog who has a mind of his own.

Thanks again for the great interview questions, and thanks for reading!



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About the Author

Raiya knew she was a writer since second grade when her teacher kept her in for recess because “Somebody had better teach you about semicolons!” She started her first fantasy trilogy in fifth grade. She majored in writing in college, got her master’s degree in English, published some literary fiction, and fortunately emerged from all that with her imagination unscathed.

She is a native Vermonter and often needs four-wheel drive to reach her home on a dirt road in the mountains. Her other passions are birdwatching, nature photography, and swimming. When she’s not writing, she takes long walks with a big lens and a pair of binoculars, often standing motionless for hours waiting for the right lighting for the perfect shot, or climbing into places not meant to be climbed into for the right angle. Or she might be found in the nearby lake in the summer or a handy swimming pool in the winter, since she will turn into a mermaid if she doesn’t submerge at least once a day.

She is married and has two almost grown daughters, a cat who demands to lie between her and her computer whenever she dares to sit down, and a day job working with high school kids with special needs who frequently tell her that she is completely crazy, which she’s always known and definitely would not want to change.

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18 thoughts on “M. Raiya on Depth of Return ~ Interview Local Giveaway

    • Hi Idamus, Yes indeed it is! It’s set on the sea coast. It’s about two witches who get involved with each other. And this causes some interesting problems…

  1. Hi Debby 236, Thanks! No, I don’t do a lot of research, generally. The times I’ve had to, I don’t really enjoy it, so I tend to write about things I’m already pretty familiar with. However, I did have to one very enjoyable piece of research for this book. I needed to describe a jade necklace in detail. I didn’t own any jade, and photos weren’t giving me what I needed. So I felt entirely justified in going to a jewelry shop and doing some field work. And did I come home with a jade necklace? Yep.

  2. Hi M. =) I do so enjoy your stories! I’m really looking forward to giving this one a read. Congratulations on the upcoming release of Depth of Return. I wish you many sales >.<

    • Thanks so much, H.B. I love to write more than anything, and nothing beats the feeling of knowing that others enjoy what I do.

  3. Wow! All summer with no internet? Bliss and torture at the same time, lol. Congrats on the upcoming release! Thanks for the giveaway.

    • Hi ELF, Yes, it is absolutely bliss and torture at the same time. If I didn’t have my smartphone, I couldn’t do it, not and try to publish. But having limited data makes me focus. I can do facebook and twitter posts right from my phone, then write email and blog posts while I’m off line on my laptop, then turn on the internet hot spot on my phone, connect the laptop, and send the mail and post the posts. Actual writing without the temptation to check the internet all the time is blissful, I must say. When I was a kid, before cell phones, we didn’t even have a wall phone out here until my father needed one for his job, or a TV. I’m used to being unplugged all summer. Thanks for the comment!

  4. And the winner of the drawing is — Idamus!
    Send me the name and email address you use with your Dreamspinner account, and I’ll forward it to them and they’ll get you a copy of anything from my backlist. m.raiya@comcast.net

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