Better known as Rin-Rin to friends. R-R. Varg is from Chilly Sweden. The dream of becoming a webcomic artist unleashed a talent for writing Yaoi/Shounen-ai, and Rin never looked back. This genre, Japanese gay erotica/romances are animes that are growing in popularity quickly. Rin writes mostly sweet, fade-to-black Boy Love/Shounen-ai/LBGT anime romance.
I read an interview she did with another blogger, and I tracked her down for a must do interview with me. I’m excited to present a new romance/erotica sub-genre, and a good author – Rin.
My burning questions about Shounen-ai is what was the hardest thing about writing your latest book?
Rin: That I lost interest and focus in the middle of it. When I did my other stories started to beckon me, or maybe it was the other way around? That’s always the reason for me not finishing. I haven’t been able to do more than finish a couple of first drafts. However, I am working hard and will be publishing my debut novella in 2018.
Do you read much? Who are your favorite authors?
Rin: I read more when I was younger, nowadays I usually only read “how to write” books. However, I do occasionally read Brandon Sanderson and some indie author books. I have “Eve -the awakening” by Jenna Moreci and “Succubus in Seattle” by J.M. Friedman on my reading list. I also follow a Harry Potter fanfic author on fanfiction.net. I don’t even like Harry Potter, but I like what she writes.
I want to read more than I currently do but having employed a professional editor I need to write as much as possible. I’ll just have to find some kind of balance.
One important question for any genre, in my opinion, is about the cover. Do you think that the cover plays an important part in the buying process, especially anime?
Rin: In today’s fast-paced society; Yes. It needs to look good to grab the attention of a potential reader. I myself won’t look at the blurb of a book that does not catch my interest.
However, what looks good is somewhat subjective. So comments from a lot of people need to be considered before a choice of cover is decided upon.
How are you publishing your books and why?
Rin: I’m going to self-publish all my books because I’m a controlling b***h. I want to have the last say in everything concerning my stories. Besides, I want all the money too. If I self-publish I know exactly where all the money for covers and editing and those things go. I’ll only get my royalty and they will still expect me to do some of the marketing if I publish via traditional means.
What do you think of “trailers” for books, and will you create one for your own work?
Rin: I love them! I’ve toyed with the idea of making one myself. I’ve had one playing in my head for one of my fantasy adventure stories. I might make one in the future as my sister knows how to animate (she studied animation in school) so if I can afford it in the future I’ll hire her to do it and get some people to do the voice acting and soundtrack. I need to have a finished book first.
Thanks so much, Rin!
R-R. Varg (Rin Kaito) is a 35-year-old shounen ai writer living in a small apartment in northern Sweden together with 4 cats and a dragon. Storytelling has always been R-R’s major hobby, but it was not until recently that a sudden realization hit R-R. Getting published turned into more than just a childhood dream, it’s about to become a reality.
Look forward R-R’s debut novella from the Scrambled collection series, it will be self-published in 2018.
Visit R-R’s information hub for more information.
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