Today I welcome Dina Rae to The Flipside. For those of you that have yet to run across Dina, let’s take a moment to introduce her to everyone.
Dina Rae is a new author here to stay. As a former teacher, she brings an academic element to her work. Her three novels, Halo of the Damned, The Last Degree, and Bad Juju weave research and suspense throughout the plots. Her short story, Be Paranoid Be Prepared, is a prequel of sorts to The Last Degree, focusing on the James Martin character. In the spring of 2013 her latest novel, Halo of the Nephilim, will be released. Dina also freelances for various entertainment blogs.
Dina lives with her husband, two daughters, and two dogs outside of Chicago. She is a Christian, an avid tennis player, movie buff, and self-proclaimed expert on several conspiracy theories. She has been interviewed numerous times in e-zines, websites, blogs, newspapers, and radio programs. When she is not writing she is reading novels from her favorite authors Dan Brown, Anne Rice, Stephen King, Brad Thor, George R.R. Martin, and Preston & Childs.
Welcome Dina! What is your writing process?
I write anywhere and everywhere, especially places with a lot of downtime like dentist, doctor, softball practice, school pickup, etc. I keep a notebook in my purse.
Is there a genre, other than the one you currently write in, that you wish you could break into?
I am currently writing a nonfiction book with a writer friend, Jeff Bowles. He wrote a series of health books. Together, we are researching Big Pharma.
What are the 5 books that have influenced you the most, and why?
The Stand by Stephen King – Love how King illustrates The End.
Left Behind series by LaHaye and Jenkins – They brilliantly break down how the Tribulation could play out.
Joel Rosenburg’s The Twelfth Imam series – He educates about ongoing tension reporters are too afraid to report.
Dan Brown’s Angels and Demons and DaVinci Code – Puzzles that come to life while history, conspiracy, and art guide the plot.
If you could cast one of your works, who would you choose to play your main characters?
Bella Thompson – Scarlet Johannson
James Martin – Ryan Gosling
Dan O’Leary – Ed Harris
Karen Arnold – Halle Berry
Karl Scott – Adrian Brody.
What is the first thing you would do if you woke up one morning to find one of your books on the NY Times Bestsellers List?
S&*t my pants and pinch myself. No, really, I’d invite my nearest and dearest friends over for a Botox party! Have no idea, but it would be a happy day.
Do you have any vices that you turn to while you are writing?
I like to type with Google minimized for quick access to information.
What do you do when you’re not writing?
Play tennis, walk dogs, teach chess, and hang out with family. Boring, but that’s how I like it.
Please share with us the first nine lines of your current work-in-progress.
From Halo of the Nephilim…
The Nephilim were in the earth in those days, and also after that, when the sons of God came unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them: the same were the mighty men that were of old, the men of renown.
Genesis 6:4, ASV
This obscure passage has long been the subject of debate among scholars. Some believe the ‘sons of God’ were angels who set out to populate the earth with a new species, the nephilim. God counters their plans with His wrath, the Great Flood. This passage infers that the nephilim came back.
Intriguing Dina! Since Dina is currently touring in support of her novel The Last Degree, let’s take a moment and check it out! If you want to purchase the book, click on the cover and that will take you directly to Amazon.
The Last Degree is a fictionalized account of how Freemasons and other secret societies set up the world for takeover. Ancient writings foretell a ‘Shining One’ who emerges as the world’s prophet. A murder of a Most Worshipful mason resembles a secret oath. A cop gets too close to solving the crime. Paranoid preppers go underground, preparing for war.
Headlines such as the Norway massacre, meltdown of the European Union, unscrupulous media, animal die-offs, Middle Eastern unrest, and U.S. shrinking power make the plot relevant to present day. This book is an ode to Christians, Birthers, 2012ers, Truthers, preppers, and/or other conspiracy junkies who enjoy Dan Brown, Jesse Ventura, Brad Meltzer, Alex Jones, Jerry Jenkins and Tim LaHaye. A sequel will soon be available.
Please join me next week when I will feature an interview with Jeff Hollar!