Writing since she could pick up a pen, Railyn Stone hails from the Tar Heel State and is a romantic at heart. She believes you can find romance in the simplest aspects of life and enjoys letting her imagination run wild. Trying new restaurants, listening to music, playing golf and writing stories about ordinary people are the hobbies she cherishes most.
What is your favorite thing about being a writer?
My favorite part of being a writer is developing a character and getting to know everything about them. What’s really cool is being able to give the character the life you want them to have. Even when bad things happen to them, I have the ability to make the underdog win every time.
What genre(s) do you write?
Currently, I write contemporary romance with a multicultural twist.
What was the hardest part of writing your book?
The hardest part of writing my book was actually the editing part. It was hard at first letting go and opening myself up to the critique of my work. Once I let go, I honestly ended up loving the editing process. It’s an incredibly creative process and when you get an editor that challenges you to be even better and helps you enhance your work and see it from a different perspective, it’s an amazing feeling.
Are you a plotter or a pantser?
I wish I could say I’m a plotter, but I’m truly a pantser. I’ve tried plotting stories out on paper before and it just never works. I don’t know why, but it’s almost like if I plot it out, then I lose interest in the story because I know the ending already.
What do you hope readers take with them after reading one of your stories?
I hope the reader feels something when they read my stories. I’m not writing fables with intricate morals to the story, but I do want the reader to get something out of it. I’ve always thought a good story has lots of emotion in it, whether it’s the highs and lows of love or happiness from a great friendship. I love the characters I write and I hope the readers love them as much as I do.
How long have you been a writer?
I’ve been writing most of my life. My mom started me on it. I’ve kept journals since I was probably about twelve years old and I started off writing poetry. I started seriously pursuing publication about eight years ago.
How do your family and/or friends feel about your book or writing venture in general?
I cannot tell you how proud and excited my family is for me. I am overwhelmed with the love and support they’ve shown me. I wasn’t sure how people would react, but it’s been amazing. I even found out that I’m not the only person in my family that writes. That was pretty cool to discover.
When not writing, how do you relax?
I love to play golf, once I learned to just have fun with it. It’s become a great way to relax. Being outside on a beautiful 70 degree day with friends and family and all you can see is a gorgeous green fairway and Carolina blue skies; there’s nothing like it.
Please tell us 5 miscellaneous facts about yourself.
I was born with six fingers on each hand.
I am silly as all get out.
I’ve always secretly thought it would be cool to be a back up singer.
I’m a huge Prince fan.
My favorite color is green.
This is where you can find Railyn Stone
Sydnee Garrett has a lot on her to-do list. Wrangle her young and rambunctious twin boys. Check.
Get her life back in order since her husband decided to leave her for a much younger woman. Check.
And buy a Christmas tree. Check.
What she wasn’t expecting was adding one more thing to her list. A young, sexy personal trainer. Check.
Quinn Masters is a man who knows what he wants and doesn’t take no for an answer. He isn’t fazed by age or race differences and he does everything in his power to win Sydnee over.
Will Sydnee continue to fight for her orderly life or welcome in the chaos that’s threatening to change her entire world?
“Excuse me, ma’am?” Quinn started after Sydnee as she turned to walk away.
“Oh no, please. No ma’ams. It’s Sydnee.”
“My name...it’s Sydnee.”
“Oh, okay, Sydnee. I’m actually getting ready to go onmy break; could I buy you a cup of coffee?” He may have let her get away the night before, but he didn’t intend on letting her get away again.
“That’s sweet, but I don’t think so.”
“Wow. I don’t know if I’ve ever been rejected that quickly. I could be scarred for life.” He beamed, clutching at his heart and looking into a set of deep brown eyes he knew he could get lost in.
“Something tells me you’ll be okay,” she giggled and he was hooked. She had the most infectious laugh and he was prepared to do whatever he needed to do to keep hearing it.
“It’s just coffee.”
“Look, Quinn, it was really nice of you to deliver my tree last night, even though I know that’s not a service this tree lot actually provides. But I just can’t go out with you.”
“Hmm, so it’s not that you don’t want to go out with me? I mean you said you can’t so, technically, I still have a chance?” He could only hope he was making progress as her giggle turned into a full-blown laugh.
“You are an optimist. I have to go.”
“Hey, you didn’t say you weren’t interested. You just said you can’t go out. There’s a difference.” He continued to walk alongside her as she strode to her car.
“If you say so.”
“So what does a guy have to do to get you to say yes?”
“Goodbye, Quinn.” She paused, smiling at him before she turned to walk off.
“See you later.” He grinned and she spun around to look at him quizzically. “Hey a guy can dream can’t he?” His eyes danced and she could only shake her head at his persistence. Quinn could still hear her melodic laugh as she got in her SUV and pulled away. He smiled as Jack approached him, slapping him on the back.
“Shot down huh? Maybe you should stick to females your own age. I can see why you delivered the tree last night, but son, that’s a real woman there, and I doubt you have a snowball’s chance in the devil’s house with her.” His uncle laughed.
“Uncle Jack, you so underestimate me.” Quinn winked, walking away to help a customer.