BLOG TOUR AND CHARACTER INTERVIEW: Five by Christie L Rich
Rayla Tate was just a child when her mother disappeared from her life forever. Raised by her aunt Grace in a small town, she has been hidden from the fae who live secretly among us. Only she has the power to crown the first fae highking. When she flees her hometown hoping for freedom, she is surrounded by stunning men. Are they fae? More importantly, what dark power do they hold over her?
CHARACTER INTERVIEW WITH RAYLA TATE
1. Tell us a little about yourself.
RAYLA – I’m just a small town girl with a dream that went wrong, lol. No really, I grew up in a town with one stop light. That should tell you enough, but if it doesn’t, here goes: I love art. The way it speaks and breathes like a real person. If you stare at a painting long enough the brushstrokes blur, making you forget you are looking at canvas and some paint. My real dream is to be immortalized by my work—to leave a piece of me when I pass from this life.
2. What was life really like growing up?
RAYLA – What was your relationship like with your cousins? What was life really like? Boring! Haha. I love my family and my cousins are more like siblings to me. Especially Travis. He and I are the closest in age, and I’ve always considered him my brother. Pain in the neck brother, but hey. I’m really lucky, I guess. After Mom disappeared, I was blessed to be raised by a family that loves me. I’d do anything for them.
3. Did you ever question the generosity of Cassie’s family in pulling strings (and helping monetarily) with going to to St. Mary’s college?
RAYLA – Of course! I flat out refused Mr. Lambert at first, but he and Mrs. Lambert had a talk with me to put me straight. They told me that I was just as much as a daughter to them as Cassie. Mrs. Lambert, especially, always made me feel that way. Mr. Lambert was away a lot of the time, but when he was there he was fun until Cassie or I brought up boys! He was always a bit over protective, but I had no idea what his real motivation was until recently. They even offered to adopt me when I was younger, but Aunt Grace wouldn’t have it or their money.
4. In all your years of growing up, despite all the babysitting you had to do for your cousins, how did you manage to never leave Moab (or whatever the city name is) before?
RAYLA – No sneaking out for shopping at a nearby town with Cassie? Geez, don’t I wish! Or maybe not, considering what I know now Moab is actually three hours from my house, so that is the closest town we could go to. We went there a few times, and I still got in trouble when I didn’t get home on time. We did try to go to Provo once, but Travis caught up with us on our way out of town. He claimed he didn’t know what we were doing, but Aunt Grace had sent him looking for me because she had to go in for an unexpected shift at work. I begged Travis to watch Jenny and Sarah, but he had to help Uncle John bale our hay. That was the last time I was allowed to sleep over at Cassie’s house. Aunt Grace said she couldn’t risk not being able to find me. Now that I know why, I understand, but it still bites.
5. Knowing everything that you know now, would you rather not know and go back to your life before?
RAYLA – As tough as it has been for me to face my fears and the fae lords, I wouldn’t change it. My life is so much richer now than I ever imagined. I’m hoping one day to be able to find a balance between fae life and my dreams, but I have to stop Ainessa first.
6. What is your idea of the perfect date?
RAYLA – Dancing! Definitely dancing.
7. What three things couldn’t you live without?
RAYLA – My family and that includes Cassie, lip gloss (you can’t imagine how much I’ve needed it lately), and chocolate.
8. Favorite pizza topping?
RAYLA – Cheese. Thanks for having me here today, Jena!
I grew up daydreaming about fairytales, and my love for discovering new worlds has never died. I am not one of those writers who always knew I would write. I thought that was what other people did until one day a few years ago, I took a challenge from a friend and typed my first words. My journey has been wonderful, and I cannot imagine a day where I would ever give up writing now. My love for reading is what fueled my imagination in the first place and still does. When I am not writing or reading, I am enjoying family time with my husband and two children. We live in a quiet community under the Wellsville mountains in Utah, and I am so thankful for the rich life I have been blessed with.