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Today I’m very lucky to be interviewing Rhani D’Chae, author of Shadow of the Drill.
Robin: Hi Rhani, thank you for agreeing to this interview.
Rhani: Hi Robin, thanks so much for giving me this opportunity.
Robin: Tell us a little about yourself and your background:
Rhani: My life has been anything but boring. I started dancing was 13 or 14, & did that off & on for 25 years or so. I worked for a couple of carnivals, drove truck for a while, ran an outcall dance service for several years, managed to raise my son without killing him, & now I write about ruthless men who aren't much better than the 'bad' guys they hunt.
Robin: What is Shadow of the Drill about, and who is/are the main character(s)?
Rhani: The book is about a vicious enforcer who comes face to face with the men who destroyed his world over a decade before, and it follows his blood soaked path to vengeance. The main characters are Decker, aka the Drill, his lover Charlene, and his partner Rudy. The book is violent, but violence is a large part of Decker's world and, I would be doing him—and the readers—a disservice to downplay any of it.
Robin: Give us some insight into your main character(s). What does s/he/they do that is so special?
Rhani: Decker is motivated by the desire to keep his streets/his town as clean & as safe as possible. Powered by logic, he has no room for emotion when it comes to his work, but there is nothing that he won't do for the people who are closest to him. I believe that the connection between Charlene, Decker, & Rudy is what sets this book apart from other revenge novels.
Robin: Which actor would you like to see playing the lead character (Decker) from Shadow of the Drill?
Rhani: I've thought about that several times since interest was expressed in the screenplay and I think Joe Manganiello would be great!
Robin: When did you decide to become a writer?
Rhani: When I was about 12 or so. My first two attempts were pretty bad but I got better the more I wrote.
Robin: Which writers inspire you?
Rhani: George C. Gilman, James Clavell, and Stephen King.
Robin: Where did the idea(s) for Shadow of the Drill come from?
Rhani: When I was young, I spent a great deal of time on the street, working in the clubs and making my money in whatever way worked at the time. I became very comfortable on the streets, and counted among my friends several enforcers who would later become the models for Decker and Rudy.
Robin: Do you work to an outline or plot, or do you prefer just see where an idea or your character(s) takes you?
Rhani: I'll jot down four or five sentences regarding the plots, but once I start writing I just let it go where it goes.
Robin: Who designed your book cover, and do you think that the cover plays an important part in obtaining the
interest of others?
Rhani: Chaz Kemp designed the cover. I think the cover plays a big part in getting a reader's attention. Personally, I like covers that are eye-catching with bold pictures and bright colors but that's probably because I can't really see anything else.
Robin: What your views on social media for marketing?
Rhani: I think social media is an excellent marketing tool. It allows a writer to get up close and personal with potential readers, and to make contacts/find information that will help the marketing plan progress.
Robin: Which social network(s) have worked best for you? Any tips on what to do and what not to do?
Rhani: I focus primarily on Twitter, and the best advice that I can give is to engage others and be personally involved with them. DON'T repeatedly post 'buy my product' content as it is impersonal, and turns your page/feed into an infomercial.
Robin: What are you currently working on?
Rhani: I am currently writing Winter of the Drill, which is the second book in the Drill series. It picks up a few months after Shadow, and revolves around a senator's missing daughter and a club war between Rudy and a rival club owner.
Robin: What is your favorite book and why?
Rhani: I really loved the 'Edge' series by George C. Gilman, and the Asia Saga by James Clavell.
Robin: What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
Rhani: Don't give up, and don't be afraid to think outside the box.
Robin: How can readers discover more about you and you work?
Rhani: I'm on Facebook & Twitter. I'm pretty easy to find, and I love chatting with other writers and people who have read my work. Here is the information on the sites that people should visit:
Robin: Thank you very much for taking the time out of your busy schedule to take part in this interview.