S.C. Rhyne is the author of The Reporter and the Girl and she runs a blog by the same name; here is a link to the website:
Q: What is The Reporter and the Girl about?
A: The Reporter and The Girl is based on my award winning blog of the same name. Sabrien Collins is the main character and the readers follow her relationship with a reporter name Jon. There will be times where you get inside the character’s head and heart. Emotionally — it’s up and down, and asks a lot of hard questions.
Q: What inspired you to write it?
A: I was partly inspired by my past relationships and different stories of “incidences” I’d exchange with my friends. But I also did not want the storyline to be so cliché, where boy meets girl and they fall in love and live happily ever after.
Q: What makes your blog book-worthy?
A: My blog started out as a story blog, where I was posting chapters weekly of the storyline (those draft chapters are still there), and earlier this year I decided to finish and re-work the posts as a manuscript. I still post on the blog of course and have guest contributions.
Q: What are some of the blogs you enjoy?
A: I enjoy The Sexy Single Mommy it was one of the first relationship blogs I subscribed to and I enjoy Ty’s posts, they are very honest and diverse (not only appealing to single parents). I wish I had discovered her blog earlier in my dating life.
Q: What kind of day job do you have and ho w does it influence your creative writing?
A: My day job is not really related to creative writing, although I do a lot of business writing. I do handle the social media sites and blog for the company though. Sometimes on my lunch break I’ll write something related to what I’m working on or a blog post.
Q: What is the Versatile Blogger award?
A: According to the main website, bloggers nominated for the award are considered for the quality of the writing, the uniqueness of the subjects covered, the level of love displayed in the words on the virtual page. Or, of course, the quality of the photographs and the level of love displayed in the taking of them.
I feel honored to be recognized by other talented bloggers and I hope my writing continues to make an impact.
Q: What is the secret to creating an interesting heroine?
A: Well, I guess you can’t strive for perfection. No heroine/hero is perfect, I think readers relate better to a character who is honestly trying to overcome certain boundaries. Because we are all trying to overcome boundaries every day.
Q: Who are some of your literary influences?
Q: What is the oddest story you have ever covered as a journalist?
A: As a contributor, to health news at Atlanta Black Star, one of the oddest, or I should say most upsetting is the recent controversial verdict from North Texas in which a 16 year old teen killed 4 people and injured others in a drunk driving collision. His psychologist made a defense based on a made up disease called “Affluenza”.
Q: What is the most unique thing you have done to promote yourself as a writer?
A: Well, I’m always writing and contributing to other sites as well as pitching writers for reviews. I’m trying to get my name out there, I have pitched other websites and have been turned down, but I’m still trying, especially to get more reviews of my debut novel.
Please note; Eliza’s interviews are done by email. All answers are unedited and come right from the lovely fingertips of her subjects:)