About the Author
During her early years of reading, Ranee` S. Clark devoured fantasy books, which continued into her adulthood—since she often believes that a well-written romance novel is a delightful fantasy. Though raising three boys can sometimes hamper both romance with her own Mr. Charming and her writing, she tries to get a little of both in every day. And most of the time she succeeds.
1. What is your favorite dessert?
Uh, can I just say dessert? Because I could live off them, I think. No? Okay, probably ice cream—really good ice cream. I’m pretty obsessed right now with making homemade ice cream in really great flavors—circus animal, mint cookie…mmmm. I also love pie. And cheesecake. Okay, this could go on forever.
2. What is your beverage of choice?
Dr. Pepper with a splash of cream and cherry. I’m a mixed (non-alcoholic) drink kinda girl! Love.
3. What is your favorite movie and/or TV show?
The first few seasons of Castle were AMAZING. Love Bones too. Right now, This Is Us. Movie: I could watch Leap Year over and over and over.
4. Where is your favorite place to go on holiday?
Anywhere with a beach and warm weather.
1. Who or what inspired you to become an author?
I don’t know that I could say. I’ve been writing since I was little. In high school, I used to keep these long files of ridiculous serial stories. I had always dreamed of being published. When my second child was a baby, I decided if I wanted to get published, I’d better get serious about it. He was six when “Playing For Keeps” was published.
2. What did you want to be when you grew up? Did becoming an author ever cross your mind?
See above. ;)
3. Who are some of your favorite authors? Do these authors inspire your own writing?
I loved Nancy Drew and Mary Higgins Clark growing up and thought I was a mystery writer. But I’m not. I love Melanie Jacobson, Jenny Proctor, and Sarah M. Eden, and am lucky enough to know them in real life too, so they definitely inspire my writing and have gotten fantastic advice from them. I also love Kasie West, and—oh my goodness—so many.
4. When you are not writing, what other "hats" do you wear?
I do the mom and wife thing. I also own a small, online boutique that sells women’s clothing (which is because I have an addiction to buying clothes). I’m also the 2019 Co-Chair for the Storymakers Conference.
Book Related Questions
1. What inspired the idea for Meant for You?
I was listening to a Brad Paisley song, and I’m not even sure of the title now, but the gist of it was that the most important thing the man had done in his life was to love his wife. It made sense to spin that into DJ’s story. He had these friends who did amazing things—pro football and baseball—and it would make sense for him to feel a bit lost as to what he should do. That led to figuring out who Chelsea was and what she needed and why she’d need DJ.
2. What did you as an author take away from writing Meant for You?
When DJ and Chelsea are struggling the most, they find out that helping each other is what lifts them both up. I love that thought and that motivation of together we both rise.
3. What is your current WIP? What can you tell us about this project?
I just submitted a historical romance, working title “An Independent Heiress,” so I’ll be waiting to hear about that. I just finished two short drafts (I always write super short and fast, but then spend months editing and adding words. Not sure it’s efficient but…that’s how my brain works.)—one about a country singer determined to win back the girl he left behind to follow his dreams; the other is about a girl who’s cancer relapses and she struggles to accept the budding relationship she has when an old friend comes back into her life. That one is super close to my heart—my brother had cancer, and I wanted to explore the family emotions behind that. BUT I also wanted to keep the humor in it so it’s not too heavy because that’s not really what I do. It was a challenge, and I have some scenes that definitely need help, lol. Those among a bunch of other projects. I like to collect them.
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