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Author Feature | Ricky Pine

Name: Ricky Pine

Featured Book Title: Red Rain

Genre: Paranormal, Sci-Fi, Teen Fiction

Book Status: Completed work. Available to read on wattpad.

Tell us a little about yourself.

Any dream job I ever said I would have wanted as a kid (cop, firefighter, doctor, etc.), I no longer want now that I’ve caught the writing bug. I’m now pursuing a creative writing degree, and with luck, I’ll be able to get Red Rain published and sold in stores near you within the next few years. And a few years after that, the movie adaptation will become the next big hit at the box office.

Is the piece a standalone novel or part of a larger series?

It’s the first in a four-part series, which is also connected to an Earth-centered spin-off trilogy, The Dark Ice Chronicles. Characters from both series will play huge parts in the upcoming fourth and final Red Rain novel, Black Mirror. In the meantime, I’ve finished Red Rain and Blue Monday, and am currently working on the third book, White Shadows.

Do you prefer to outline a plot or just go where the words take you? Tell us your method.

I have the endings of each individual story planned in my head in advance, but other than that, I do no outlining. As I often tell people, the journey is often made up as I go along, because much of the time, I’m a complete and utter “pantser.”

What other projects are you working on?

More than is considered sane. Chief among them: Agents of DEATH, a standalone YA paranormal which is basically Percy Jackson meets Dead Like Me; a trilogy of Teen Wolf fanfics; Lunar Arrows, a trilogy of new-adult werewolf/post-apocalypse/time-travel stories; and the granddaddy of them all, an increasingly massive shared universe of Amazing Spider-Man fanfics crossing over with the MCU, The Flash, Arrow, Elementary, and Person of Interest.

Do you enjoy writing/reading any other genres?

I very often read mystery books, and one of my other, smaller projects is such a story – but of course it has a genre twist. In this case, futuristic sci-fi.

Which authors inspire you?

So many of them. J.K. Rowling is a lifelong favorite, and Lemony Snicket and Eoin Colfer completed my childhood trifecta. These days, though, I’m very much into Rick Riordan, James Patterson, James Rollins, Ransom Riggs, and Susan Ee, for local Bay Area color.

Tell us more about your main characters.

The main characters in Red Rain are called angels and demons, but in reality, they’re just humans with powers. The majority of them are basically cool nerds – they have ridiculously huge pop-cultural reference pools (which, of course, make them a hit with some of my readers.) And, because they’re teenagers, they want to enjoy life to the best of their ability – live, laugh, love. Especially love, something that always seems in short supply. They also have their own issues and insecurities. Alex, like myself, has a problem with his looks. Gabe moved to Hell so people would stop bashing him for being gay – something that’s still not widely accepted in Heaven. Dani, because she’s new in Heaven, often experiences some culture shock – and is still a very bad flier compared to the other angels. Fionna’s a sweetheart under her prickly exterior, but she’s also cripplingly shy at the best (and worst) of times.

If you could be one of your characters for a day, who would it be and why?

Aron Smythe – because unlike me, he can draw magnificently. Unfortunately, that would come at the cost of my writing ability, but for a day, I think I’d be able to live with that.

Are there any other places to find your work?

I’ve been uploading the Red Rain series to Amazon’s Write On site (which, like Wattpad, is free), and some of my fanfics can be found on DeviantArt and/or Archive Of Our Own. I do, however, hope to get into self-publishing soon, especially if I can’t find an agent who’s interested in Red Rain.

Do you have an author’s website or writing blog that people could look up?

I have a blog called “Reader, Writer, Fanboy”

Any final words for other authors or readers?

*singing to the tune of Dory’s little ditty from Finding Nemo* Just keep reading, just keep writing, just keep reading, writing, reading.

Summary:

Heaven and Hell aren’t above or below Earth. If you want to find them, you should be looking sideways.

Teenage angel Alex Snow has a very weird life – his twin brother Gabe is a demon, he has few friends, he doesn’t get out much, his tastes in pop culture are quirky at best…and one of his classmates has just been horribly murdered. Soon, more dead bodies start to pop up in town, and Alex and Gabe soon discover that the killer is someone to whom they are inextricably connected, despite having never met.

Author Feature | Ricky Pine

Name: Ricky Pine

Featured Book Title: Red Rain

Summary:

Heaven and Hell aren’t above or below Earth. If you want to find them, you should be looking sideways.

Teenage angel Alex Snow has a very weird life – his twin brother Gabe is a demon, he has few friends, he doesn’t get out much, his tastes in pop culture are quirky at best…and one of his classmates has just been horribly murdered. Soon, more dead bodies start to pop up in town, and Alex and Gabe soon discover that the killer is someone to whom they are inextricably connected, despite having never met.

Name: Ricky Pine

Featured Book Title: Red Rain

Genre: Paranormal, Sci-Fi, Teen Fiction

Book Status: Completed work. Available to read on wattpad.

Tell us a little about yourself.

Any dream job I ever said I would have wanted as a kid (cop, firefighter, doctor, etc.), I no longer want now that I’ve caught the writing bug. I’m now pursuing a creative writing degree, and with luck, I’ll be able to get Red Rain published and sold in stores near you within the next few years. And a few years after that, the movie adaptation will become the next big hit at the box office.

Is the piece a standalone novel or part of a larger series?

It’s the first in a four-part series, which is also connected to an Earth-centered spin-off trilogy, The Dark Ice Chronicles. Characters from both series will play huge parts in the upcoming fourth and final Red Rain novel, Black Mirror. In the meantime, I’ve finished Red Rain and Blue Monday, and am currently working on the third book, White Shadows.

Do you prefer to outline a plot or just go where the words take you? Tell us your method.

I have the endings of each individual story planned in my head in advance, but other than that, I do no outlining. As I often tell people, the journey is often made up as I go along, because much of the time, I’m a complete and utter “pantser.”

What other projects are you working on?

More than is considered sane. Chief among them: Agents of DEATH, a standalone YA paranormal which is basically Percy Jackson meets Dead Like Me; a trilogy of Teen Wolf fanfics; Lunar Arrows, a trilogy of new-adult werewolf/post-apocalypse/time-travel stories; and the granddaddy of them all, an increasingly massive shared universe of Amazing Spider-Man fanfics crossing over with the MCU, The Flash, Arrow, Elementary, and Person of Interest.

Do you enjoy writing/reading any other genres?

I very often read mystery books, and one of my other, smaller projects is such a story – but of course it has a genre twist. In this case, futuristic sci-fi.

Which authors inspire you?

So many of them. J.K. Rowling is a lifelong favorite, and Lemony Snicket and Eoin Colfer completed my childhood trifecta. These days, though, I’m very much into Rick Riordan, James Patterson, James Rollins, Ransom Riggs, and Susan Ee, for local Bay Area color.

Tell us more about your main characters.

The main characters in Red Rain are called angels and demons, but in reality, they’re just humans with powers. The majority of them are basically cool nerds – they have ridiculously huge pop-cultural reference pools (which, of course, make them a hit with some of my readers.) And, because they’re teenagers, they want to enjoy life to the best of their ability – live, laugh, love. Especially love, something that always seems in short supply. They also have their own issues and insecurities. Alex, like myself, has a problem with his looks. Gabe moved to Hell so people would stop bashing him for being gay – something that’s still not widely accepted in Heaven. Dani, because she’s new in Heaven, often experiences some culture shock – and is still a very bad flier compared to the other angels. Fionna’s a sweetheart under her prickly exterior, but she’s also cripplingly shy at the best (and worst) of times.

If you could be one of your characters for a day, who would it be and why?

Aron Smythe – because unlike me, he can draw magnificently. Unfortunately, that would come at the cost of my writing ability, but for a day, I think I’d be able to live with that.

Are there any other places to find your work?

I’ve been uploading the Red Rain series to Amazon’s Write On site (which, like Wattpad, is free), and some of my fanfics can be found on DeviantArt and/or Archive Of Our Own. I do, however, hope to get into self-publishing soon, especially if I can’t find an agent who’s interested in Red Rain.

Do you have an author’s website or writing blog that people could look up?

I have a blog called “Reader, Writer, Fanboy”

Any final words for other authors or readers?

*singing to the tune of Dory’s little ditty from Finding Nemo* Just keep reading, just keep writing, just keep reading, writing, reading.

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