Author Interview - Sommer Rae

Sommer Rae is an even mix of feet firmly on the ground, and head somewhere in the clouds. She makes her life in the bustling and growing metropolitan area of NW Arkansas where she lives with her husband, three children, and a few four-legged members of her family. Sommer can be found singing away as she does her best to tend to home, hearth and happy children, or even curled up with a good book and hot tea. Her friends know her to be a true friend, always there for a hug, an uplifting conversation, or even the occasional shopping trip. She never fails to brighten someone’s day and has the purest of hearts with equal love for everyone. You’ll always have a true friend in her. She mainly uses writing as a coping skill for mental health, and she successfully released her debut novel in December of 2020. Writing mainly darker fantasy/horror/romance works, she hopes to reach anyone who could use her writing to help process their own traumas.

Has writing always been part of your life and when did you “know” that it was time to start writing your first book?

I loved reading growing up, often using it as an escape from a difficult childhood. I would write here and there, I made up a lot of imaginary stories in my head. I didn't really begin to write much until after I got sick in 2019. After becoming disabled, I have had to learn certain coping skills to help me process things and function better. I began writing stories that included trauma I identify with, and these fantastical stories help me to process it all. I published my first book in 2020, hoping to share something meaningful with the world.

Have you ever wanted to give up and what stopped you?

All the time. What keeps me going is the fact that my writing could reach the person who needs it.

Do you ever get writer's block? If so how do you work through that?

Often, I listen to music for inspiration.

What process do you use to write?

I am a definite plotter. I have 10 tabs open on my Chromebook at any given time.

Where do you get your inspiration for your stories?

Fairy tales and legends. Mythology too. Sometimes I'll hear a song and see a book scene and write an entire plot around that.

Who is the most supportive of you and your dream to be a writer?

Definitely my therapist 😂

Anything specific you want to tell your readers?

Never give up looking for the love or the magic. No matter how dark the night is, look for the stars.

What is the genre of your book?


What is your book about?

Come with us through the "Into the Veil" Duology as we travel through the veil, into a world as mysterious as the dark side of the moon. A young woman, overcomes a tragic past and many hardships through her determination and strongly sharpened grit, only to find herself thrown into a world full of elves, fae, and even dragons. Everything here feels wrong, and yet somehow she’s known it all her life. Whispers in the wind only she can hear, and a prophecy that calls her name through the centuries.

Thrust in the middle of a war, unskilled, scared, and determined to find answers, Mira must face the biggest challenge of her life, herself. Can she do this? Is she enough? What will happen when she chooses? Trapped between two worlds, perched on the precipice of greatness. Ancestors are calling, people are dying... Will she answer the call that pulls her from somewhere in her soul? Will she be…the one they waited for?

Can we get a peek, an excerpt?

My jaw was agape, a failed attempt at sucking in any air creating a grating gasp through the otherwise empty alleyway.

I was going to die. I felt my pulse ripping through my ears as my lungs burned with the icy acid that came with them becoming empty. My hands seemed to have a mind of their own as I uselessly pulled and clawed at my attacker's hand, a rumbling laughter escaping from his maw. Had he been choking me for a few moments, or had it been hours? Numbness trailed up my arms from my fingers and slowly placed a blanket over my fear.

Then I was falling.

What is your target audience?

Anyone who needs to read it.

You can find - Echo: Into the Veil: The Duology - here:

Sommer? Any last words before we wrap things up?

Never give up. I'm serious. Don't.

If you are interested in learning more about Sommer, follow her on her social media.



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