It’s Sunday! And that means it’s time for our guest blogger of the week. Woo! So, check this out; author C.D. Cain stopped by to celebrate the release of When it Raynes, book one in her Chambers of the Heart series.
More good news! She’s giving away a book! Specifically, a copy of When it Raynes (paperback or ebook in the US, or ebook anywhere else in the world). You can enter the drawing by leaving a comment in the space below. I’ll draw the winner this Friday, August 21.
Why Do I Write?
by C.D. Cain
I sit alone in a darkened room. It’s quiet all but for the sounds of the ceiling fan chain clicking against the globe and my son’s sweet slumber as he lies next to me. The brightness of the laptop screen gives light to my fingertips as they search the keys for words that have not yet formed. This is my first guest blog. Who am I kidding? This is my very first blog of any sort. Friends told me to write of what is on my mind. What troubles me or makes me happy? What thoughts come to mind when I look around my day to day world? Good advice if not great advice. Yet, here I sit with my laptop with not a thought in my mind. Until I wonder, why is it we write? Why is it I write? Why do I wake up earlier than the rest of my family and stay awake long pass their bedtimes? What drives me to tap away at these highlighted keys? I’ll tell you why. It’s to create a world for escape, characters to befriend and most importantly a story to experience.
I find it to be rewarding that I have been asked by a few readers if my debut novel, When It Raynes, is the story of my life. It’s not. In fact, I would have to say less than ten percent has any reflection of my life. I’m flattered the writing has been received in such a way that the reader feels I am writing of true events in my own life. It was important to me to write this story in a way in which the reader feels the emotions of my main character. To feel the experiences of Rayne is ultimately the reason the Chambers of the Heart series was born. However, the largest compliment I have received came from readers who messaged me to tell of how my words touched their soul, how it felt as if I was looking through their eyes…feeling their emotions when I described the experiences of Rayne. I can’t begin to explain the reaction I had reading those messages and realizing their words answered my dreams of becoming a writer.
In the first book of my series, Rayne begins to discover who she truly is…who she knows she has always been but never allowed to come to surface. Coming out and self-discovery stories have been said of late to be old news or not of the right time. True we have grown as a community so much that we no longer find our heartbeats racing at the mere insinuation of two women’s attraction for one another or become a bundle of excitement when their fingers are allowed to linger upon each other’s arm as we watch our favorite television show. It has become quite common for television series or movies to have openly lesbian characters.
I can see how as a community we see the exposure and wonder how a woman may take the same journey of questioning and misunderstanding along the path of self-discovery that we had once found ourselves on many years ago during the time being a lesbian wasn’t as open of a topic as it is now. Heck when I was first coming of age as a lesbian, I had to special order videos from Wolfe video to watch in the privacy of my own home. Now many are found on the big screen and internet streaming sites.
There is a side to the coin that would suggest this would make coming out even easier than it once was. Flip that coin over and toss it in the streets of the Deep South or any rural small town and I dare say this may actually make it harder. When I was starting to question my sexuality, I had the freedom to discover myself without it being a topic of conversation around me. I didn’t have to worry about trying to hide the reddening of my cheeks when it was mentioned on the news or television. It wasn’t being talked about in the hair salon nor overheard as dinner conversation from the nearby table. Of course the pulpit brought it up a few Sundays here and there but those were few and far between. It was hard enough for me then, I can’t imagine what it must be like for some women or young girls today when our well-deserved and due rights to live freely as lesbians is on the lips of those who years ago may not have thought it to be a topic which needed to be discussed.
This is why I have written Rayne to be on a path of discovery in the heart of a southern town where she both loves and loathes the deep traditions she has grown up to know. I do still believe in my heart in the right location and with the right family values as their upbringing, women will continue to struggle with coming out to accept the life they know will be the only to bring them happiness. I wanted Rayne’s experience to either give them the strength to fight the fight or renewed affirmation in the battle they have already fought.
So that is why I write. That is why I stay awake late at night or awake early in the morning. And that is why I sit in the darkened room clicking the keys as I listen to the sounds of the chain tapping against the globe and my son’s soft breath as he sleeps by my side.
Although CD Cain now loves living in South Georgia, she does miss days spent on the bayou behind her family’s home. It was through her daydreams of longing to once again feel her toes dampened in the cool water that characters began to awaken in her mind. She soon realized they weren’t going to quiet their chatter in her brain until she gave them life. Thus the Rayne Series was born. Beyond writing, CD enjoys spending time with her partner of twenty-two years, their four year old son, and multiple furbabies. She is the happiest when outdoors either simply relaxing on her porch or camping with her family. She hopes the Chambers of the Heart series connects with her readers by creating characters who make them laugh, remind them of a happy time in their lives, give them renewed strength in trials once faced and conquered or let them bask in the newness of love. She enjoys hearing from her readers so please contact her through: Twitter (@cdcain1019), Facebook (C.d. Cain), Goodreads (Cdcain), E-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or on her webpage http://www.cdcainauthor. com. Her next goal is to become a better webpage designer and blogger . . . perhaps after a couple of glasses of a nice smooth red.
When It Raynes – Book blurb
Rayne Amber Storm finds her serenity on the waters of her Louisiana bayou, where she can let her thoughts be her own among the moss-covered cypress trees. Slowly, a gentle, insistent ripple of difference stirs within her. A ripple that leads her away from her mother’s Southern Baptist values to thoughts that betray the very core of what she believes is right and wrong. She leaves the protection of the bayou for medical school and lets the ripple grow until she is knocked unsteady by a powerful wave in the charismatic Samantha LeJeune. But when tragedy strikes back home, the pull of cross currents traps Rayne in what seems an insurmountable struggle between her heart, which now knows the true meaning of happiness, and doing what she has been taught all her life. Is she strong enough to keep navigating through unfamiliar but thrilling waters or will she give in and paddle down the path of least resistance?