Interview with Rain McAlistair

7th May 2013

Q. Have you always been a writer?

A. I wrote a lot of poetry as a child and then I did a bit of song writing as a teenager and young adult, but it wasn't until I was 47 that it occurred to me to try my hand at writing a book.

Q. Why did you choose this genre?

A. Coming out is a huge process in anyone's life and I wanted to write about a woman who was going through that life changing experience. 

Q. At what time of day are you at your most creative?

A. Without doubt I do my best writing in the wee small hours of the morning.  Ideas seem to just flow when I get up in the middle of the night to write.

Q. Do you only write lesbian fiction?

A. Not exclusively. I have written several short stories about various subjects including wildlife, nature and childhood. 

Q. How long does it normally take you to write a novel?

A. The initial idea may brew for months. Then I usually write the opening chapter. The book develops from there and I tend to work quite fast.

Q. Where do you get the inspiration from for your stories?

A. It can grow out of a small incident, either imagined or real. It's a bit like rolling a big snowball and the story takes on a life of its own.

Q. Have you ever started a book that didn't work out?

A. Yes. There was one that I found hard to give up on but eventually I had to concede that it wan't going anywhere. It was very disappointing to have to give up on it. 

Q. Do you have a favourite character from your own novels?

A. That is a very hard question to answer. I feel Caroline from the book Bridge, has an understated gentleness that I like and I also have a very soft spot for Indigo from Moonchaser because of her tenacity and cheerfulness. 

Q. Do you ever get writer's block?

A. Yes. For me it is more to do with getting started on a new book than getting stuck half way through.

Q. What lesbian books have you enjoyed yourself?

A. There are so many; Take a Deep Breath by Jenny McKean-Tinker is probably my all time favourite. I also really like First by Kim Pritekel and the classic Well of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall.

Q. You have written a novel every year for the past three years. Can we expect a new book in 2013?

A. Watch this space!