Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Interview with YA Author Bonnie Rae and a GIVEAWAY!!

Today I'm hosting YA Paranormal author Bonnie Rae, whose debut novel, Nether Bound, has come out this past weekend. One lucky commenter is going to win a free copy of this book (and you really want to - I was given an advance copy of this book to prep for the interview, and have been reading it since Friday and enjoying it very much.)

Seventeen year old Ava Walker has everything a girl could ask for. She's captain of the cheer squad, has tons of friends, and could easily have any guy she wants. Being popular is easy.

Lying about her entire life, on the other hand, isn't.

Since she was little, Ava has had a connection with the dearly departed. She knows seeing dead people is abnormal, but they never try to communicate, so she does her best to turn a blind eye. The older she gets, the worse her visions become. With more and more ghosts showing up, her secret is on the verge of driving her mad.

The only person Ava ever trusted is her best friend, Devon. Only, she hasn't really talked to him in years and lately he hasn't been acting like himself.

To make things worse, her evil stepfather, Mark, is hitting the bottle harder and harder. Ava hates the alcoholic psycho her mother married a few years ago. To him, beating women is a sport. Lately, the beatings are getting worse. Ava fears it won't be long before her mother is among the ghosts invading her life.

She wishes Mark would just die. When he suddenly does, her life changes forever.

Just when she thinks her family is safe, Mark shows back up.

Not all ghosts are silent, and dear old Daddy wants some serious revenge.

Be careful what you wish for …


Describe your heroine in three words.
Protector, Loving, Stubborn

Describe your hero in three words.
Devoted, Kind, Shy

What was your inspiration for Nether Bound?
I was tired of reading books about heroines who weren’t even heroines at all. They were just love struck girls who couldn’t function without their love interest. I wanted to create a strong female character, who, even though she’d been through a lot could remain tough. I want to show girls they can be strong and persevere even in the darkest of hours.

What was the hardest part of writing Nether Bound?
There is a scene that deals with domestic abuse. It’s a touchy subject, but it is a very real problem. I went back and forth on whether or not to include it because I didn’t want to lose readers or fans. In the end I went with my gut and included it. Nether Bound wouldn’t have been complete without that scene.

What made you want to be a writer?
Growing up I had a vast imagination as a child. Books and my cat were my best friends. As a teen I experimented with writing as a way to escape harsher realities. Writing literally saved my life in more ways than one. I wanted to be able to share my words with the world in hopes of maybe helping someone else. Once I penned my first novel there was never any going back.

What’s up next for you?
I am currently working on the second book in the Nether Trilogy which will be out in early fall of this year. I also go back and forth with a dystopian I have been working on for the past two years and hope to have it published in 2013.


Bonnie Rae spent her early childhood in the sunny state of California. At the time, she was an only child with a very large imagination. Thanks to her Grandmother, the love of reading books started at a very young age. Every walk to the grocery store meant an ice cream cone and a new Little Golden Book. Through books, Bonnie learned you could be transported into other worlds. The addiction was instant.

At age eleven, her grandparents gave her E.B. White's Charlotte's Web for her birthday. Even though she was completely grossed out when it came to spiders (and still is), Charlotte's Web fascinated her. A spider that was able to weave words and befriend a pig? Bonnie then realized not only could books provide imaginary worlds, they confirmed anything was possible. She might have only been eleven, but she knew writing was what she wanted to do.

She started her first set of novels at the age of sixteen and has been writing ever since.

Bonnie currently lives in California with her wonderful husband and two very spoiled cats.


Thank you, Bonnie Rae, for answering my questions! 

Purchase her book on Amazon here.  You can also check out her website and her blog.

And, remember everyone, a comment earns you a chance to win a free copy of this book!


  1. Sounds interesting. I see a trip to Amazon in my near future!
    Best of luck with you book Bonnie! Sounds like you have created something rather intriguing. Can't wait to check it out.

  2. This sounds awesome! Very interested in this book now! :D

  3. Strong female characters are my favorite. I admire Bonnie for going with her gut and including the domestic violence scene. Looking forward to reading this.

  4. Yeah this sounds great! Go Bonnie! I'm glad to hear about your debut and this title sounds pretty stellar :D

  5. Oh my goodness. That is one fabulous pitch! The book sounds incredible!

  6. Awesome interview and overview of the book! Congrats on your debut title, Bonnie. :) Awesomesauce.

  7. Wonderful interview! The book sounds amazing! Congrats Bonnie~ We need more strong female voices~ Well Done ladies

  8. Great interview! I agree about heroines. I'm also tired of not seeing true heroines. Can't wait to check out the book! :)

  9. Wonderful interview. I love Charlotte's Web it's in my W.I.P. I love Bonnie's concept of a REAL heroine. As for her cats, are there any other kind but spoiled? I think my cat would say no.

    Happy A to Z-ing!