Monday, September 16, 2013

Interview and Giveaway with Rayne Golay Author of The Wooden Chair

Welcome to the Creatively Green Write at Home Mom, Rayne, please share a little about yourself, your genres, any other pen names you use.

It’s a pleasure to be here. Thanks for having me.

My genre tends to be “no genre J” Literary fiction or mainstream, something like that. I don’t use a pen name; Rayne E. Golay is my real name.

Tell us a little about your latest or upcoming release.

The award winning novel THE WOODEN CHAIR is my latest release. It was published by Untreed Reads Publishing in May 2013 as e-book only.

Are you a mom ?

Yes, I’m a mother of two, a girl and a boy, now both adult. I’m also the happy grandmother of a lovely young girl.

If yes do you find it hard to juggle writing and parenting?

The multi-national company where I worked for over twenty-five years offered me early retirement, which I was glad to accept. My children had already flown the nest, so my time was my own. What freedom to dispose of hours and hours each day to do what I like, write. I realize I’m very privileged.

Have you ever based your book or characters on actual events or people from your own life?

Indeed, I have. As a psychotherapist as well and drug and alcohol counselor, I came across a few harrowing cases of child abuse. Particularly two of these individuals lived on in my mind. Until I’d written about them, they kept pursuing me. I dreamt about them, thought a lot about them. Leini, the female protagonist in THE WOODEN CHAIR is a composite of two of these women. Once Leini as a character in the book was fully developed, I could free myself from the memories of these sufferers. 

Is there a theme or message in your work that you would like readers to connect to?

When writing THE WOODEN CHAIR, my intent wasn’t to send a message to the world through the book. Now that THE WOODEN CHAIR is published, I wish my readers will become aware that child abuse can be prevented by refusing to be a silent bystander.

What would your readers be surprised to learn about you?

LOL, I think I’m like an open book, which isn’t true of course. Nobody is that transparent. What may surprise my readers is that I’ve been married several times. How many? Not telling J

When you’re not writing what do you do? Do you have any hobbies or guilty pleasures?

I potter with orchids (the banner on my web site shows some of my beauties). I love traveling. And reading. And the movies; I can easily watch two and three films a day.

Which romance book or series (or other genre, if you don’t write romance) do you wish you had written?

“Rebecca” and “My Cousin Rachel” by Daphne du Maurier. They are such gems in literature.  

Is there a genre(s) that you’d like to write that you haven’t tackled yet?

Really not. I’m not a genre writer. My positioning about this may not be popular, but I don’t seem to be able to write to please the masses. If I don’t feel it deep inside, I can’t write it. I tried romance and failed, utterly.

Of all the characters you’ve ever written, who is your favorite and why?

Michael, Michael. He’s the male protagonist in my first novel LIFE IS A FOREIGN LANGUAGE. He’s dependable, loving. He’s also very male.

If this book is part of a series…what is the next book? Any details you can share?

THE WOODEN CHAIR is a stand alone. In THE WOODEN CHAIR, Leini’s story is fully told. Sorry, no sequel.

What is next for you? Do you have any scheduled upcoming releases or works in progress?

I have two projects in the making. I’m halfway through editing my next book THE SURVIVING SISTER. This book is in the future, THE WOODEN CHAIR is now. That’s what I concentrate on.

What book are you reading now?

I’ve read a couple of books by Catherin Ryan Hyde. Just finished “Don’t Let Me Go,” and am currently reading “When You Were Older.” I like to read several works by the same author. My taste is very eclectic; I’ll read just about anything if it’s well written.

What is in your to read pile?
Scott Turrow’s “Identical” is one of many on my list.

The Wooden Chair
Rayne E. Golay

Genre: Family saga/literary fiction

Publisher: Untreed Reads Publication

Date of Publication:  May 15, 2013

ISBN: 9781611875614

Number of pages: 317
Word Count: 100,00

Book Description:

Winner of the Royal Palm Award, Florida Writers Association

Set against the background of the Finno-Russian winter war, this story starts I Helsinki in 1943 and spans over fifty years of Leini Bauman’s life.

As a child, Leini stands ready to do anything to win her mother Mira’s love. This effort costs her the sight in one eye and as a result, causes her to endure bullying from kids her own age. As a teenager, with her Grandpa’s help, she undergoes one more surgery to straighten her eye, but the psychological scar of the events of her childhood remain.

Leini struggles to break free of Mira’s tyranny by leaving her native Helsinki to study psychology at Geneva University. A few years later, married, herself to a wonderful man, about to become a mother, she is determined with her own children not to repeat Mira’s behavior. With the help of a psychiatrist, she labors through the pains of past hurts to become a nurturing and loving mother and wife, as well as a successful professional, as she grows from victim to victor over adversity. Can her efforts lead her to the one thing she needs to discover the most - the ability to forgive her mother?

About the Author:

Whenever I pause and think about my past, I realized I’ve lived three lives in one. Some people are lucky to spend their whole life in the village or town or country where they were born. They’re surrounded by relatives and friends they’ve known since childhood, have deep roots. I believe they are very rich. My life has been made of a different cloth with hues of the rainbow. It’s been about change and adaptation.

I was born in Helsinki, Finland. For various reasons I changed schools three times before Highschool. When I was very small, my mother used to read to me. She helped me put letters together to form words. As she was done reading  “A Thousand and One Nights” my passion was born. From then on, I read everything with the printed word: matchboxes, newspapers, pamphlet and books, of course. I was no more than six years old when my father obtained a library card for me. Believe me, that was one of the happiest days of my childhood. To this day, I read at least three books a week. In school, I always had high grades in composition and wanted to be a journalist, but my parents had other plans. I got a Masters degree in psychology, was certified as addictions counselor in England after studies in the United States.

Skilled in languages, from the age of fifteen I translated dialogues in Hollywood movies from English into Finnish and Swedish. This, my first paying job, came through my father, who was the Nordic managing director of a prominent American film company.

After graduation, I married, had two children in rapid succession. My then husband was transferred to Geneva, Switzerland, so that’s where we moved with our two wonderful children.

In Geneva, I worked in a multinational company as an addictions counselor with responsibilities for all of the company’s European subsidiaries.  During this time, I wrote two non-fiction books: one about alcoholism, another about dysfunction in the workplace. I also wrote the script to “Something of The Danger That Exists,” a 50 minute film, used within the company as part of an educational program, which I facilitated. In my function, I was a frequent speaker on dependence at conferences and business groups. As I oversaw company sites throughout Europe and the then East Block countries, I’m fortunate to have traveled extensively.

As an avid reader, I’ve read most American, French and Russian classics, modern literature and poetry. It may seem that my books are autobiographical, particularly THE WOODEN CHAIR, but that’s not so. I believe in writing about what I know, so my life has parallels in Leini’s story, but I guess you have to read the book to find out more.

My whole life I’ve longed for the sun and warmth. When opportunity presented itself, I took up residence in Florida. I live here with my partner, my best friend and husband.

The award winning novel THE WOODEN CHAIR is my second book. At present, I’m editing my third story.

Every book is a journey so enjoy the trip.

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Jessi said...

The book looks fantastic. I think a lot of women can relate to wanting to find their own ways to be better mothers by avoiding the mistakes of others.

Roxanne Rhoads said...

great interview

Wenona said...

Rayne, Thank you for being a guest today at TCGWAHM.

Neridia Succubus said...

truth is always stranger than fiction- I can imagine the things you've seen and heard being a counselor. I majore din psychology but soon realized I wasn't cut out for listening to people and their problems.

thanks for the interview and giveaway- looks like a great book

David Wallace said...

The first chapter is so much better than I expected. From your interview, "composite of clients" I wasn't expecting such lively character development. This is good!

Angela Adams said...

"Rebecca" is one of my favorites, too. Have fun on your book tour!

Rayne Golay said...

Thanks to those who've stopped by to leave a comment so far. I appreciate it.
My best to you.