Meet MJ Rain
Mj would like to first thank Kate Marie Robbins for asking her to do this author interview. She loves Kate to bits and pieces, after they became very good dear and true friends with each other. They both share the same Philanthropic attitude and goals to cause positive change in the world. RRSMS is a mission Mj is extremely proud to be a part of, sharing it with Kate and all of the many brilliant participating/contributing authors.
Author. Poet. Writer. Activist. Potterhead. True Blue New York Rangers Fan. Geek.
Mj was born and raised on Long Island, a suburb of New York City. In the Summer of 2005, she and her family moved to Central Iowa, where she currently lives with her mom, husband, and Lilac Siamese cat she lovingly calls The Luckness Monster.
She began actively writing in the Fall of 2011 and hasn’t looked back since.
Mj is currently writing a pair of novels, titled ‘Fall Out’ and ‘Echelon’. She is attempting to write her own Greek Myth about Atlantis. ‘Fall Out’ will be about the fall of Atlantis, while ‘Echelon’ will be about the rise of Chimera. Both books will also serve as a prequel to A Telltale Destiny.
Mj plans to release both under Maidenstone Press, which is co-owned by both herself and Gemma Williams. Editing will also be done by Gemma Williams and the Cover Art/Design will be done by Kate Marie Robbins.
Mj has been published by Rock & Roll Saved My Soul, I’m With Geek, The Cat’s Meow for Writers and Readers Magazine, and Broken Bars Publishing.
Mj was also a Winner for NaNoWriMo 2014.
She dreams of going on a Mission Trip to 3rd World Africa, becoming a Philanthropist, visiting England | Sweden | Finland | France | Sicily | Holland, becoming a #1 New York Times Best-Selling Author, and using her DNA to trace her lineage through Ancestry.
Being a Liberal, Mj is very passionate about many subjects and causes. Her biggest goal as a writer is to use her talent to cause change all over the world. Her heart is always going to be in the fight against HIV/AIDS, but she also believes in and supports Human Rights, Civil Rights, The LGBT Community, Marriage Equality, Gender Equality, Gun Control Laws, The Affordable Healthcare Act, Ethical Treatment of Animals, Global Warming and Climate Change, Religious Equality, and many more.
What is your name and/or pen name?
Name: Melissa Lorraine
Pen Name: Mj Rain
How long have you been writing?
Actively and for herself, 4+ years.
What is your favorite book/piece you have written?
Fall Out, because it’s her best writing to date.
What are you working on currently?
Fall Out and Echelon, (His Divine Recompense).
Who is your Favorite writer/author?
JK Rowling- Harry Potter saved Mj and helped her get through her nervous breakdown. It was Jo’s life story that inspired her to write her own books and with blind faith.
What is your favorite book/book series?
Harry Potter, The Hunger Games, To Kill A Mockingbird, and Fahrenheit 451.
What made you decide to be a writer? And who or what inspires you the most to be a writer?
Mj’s wanted to be a writer and published author since she was a senior in high school. She’d always loved writing and her 12th Grade English teacher made her realize her talent was very real. She’s inspired by the world around her. If it exists, it’s automatically subject to becoming inspiration. People, places, things, environments, situations, atmospheres, creatures, animals, all of it.
What kind of music do you listen to when you write, if any? Favorite singer/band?
Favorite Singer: Enya & Billy Joel
Favorite Band: U2, LiVE, Fall Out Boy, and Nirvana.
For Writing: Enya, Enigma, Delerium, Massive Attack, Yanni, Dream Academy, Sarah Brightman, Cold Play, Paul Oakenfold, Moby, Loreena McKennitt, and Nicholas Hooper.
What is your favorite genre to write and read?
Read: Young Adult Fantasy, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Dystopian, and Futuristic.
Write: His Divine Recompense and A Telltale Destiny are Young Adult Fantasy, but Mj’s going to transition her An Angel’s Tale trilogy from Horror/Supernatural to Supernatural/Fantasy.
If you could meet any writer, living or dead, who would it be?
JK Rowling. Every. Single. Time.
What do you most want to accomplish as a writer?
I want to change the world.
What was it like working with Rock & Roll Saved My Soul? Would you recommend them to someone else?
I love working with RRSMS, being a part of its anthology series, and all of the promoting I do. I love the fact that I don’t have to be a best-selling author to be a philanthropist. I constantly promote RRSMS every chance I get, so yes. I have definitely recommended them and will continue to.
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