Writer Wednesday: Interview with R A Mizer

Rachel Mizer picToday I interview R A Mizer on my blog! Welcome Rachel 🙂

Please tell us more about yourself, anything you like- interests, background…

I was born in India and brought to the United States by my parents at just six-weeks-old. I have two younger sisters, Sarah and Rebekah.

I have been writing ever since I could pick up a pencil. I wrote my first novella at
10. Needless to say it was awful and will never see the light of day… but we won’t go there. (haha) Ever since then I’ve had a love affair with writing. It allowed me to escape from my stressful childhood and go somewhere else- or be someone else.

My parents settled in North Carolina and the majority of my life was spent there. I now live in Seattle, Washington with my husband (and high school sweetheart) James.
Please tell us more about the book or books you would like to feature today.

fulljacket300dpiResistance is a historical fiction that has elements of mystery and romance. It takes place in 1816, just after the Napoleonic Wars. It is centered around a country physician, Dr. Peter Fairbanks who was the son of a farmer but has always aspired to be more. During a rainstorm he stops in the town of Matlock in Derbyshire, England. After meeting a rich nobleman, he is invited to stay and care for the Pierce family of Ravenwood Fields. Lots of drama and interesting circumstances arise from a weeks-long house-party that takes place during Peter’s stay.

The other main character in the novel is Arabella, Baron Ravenwood’s eldest daughter. In the wake of an accident, she begins suffering terrible night terrors and can’t sleep at night. When she does sleep, she wakes up in  weird places and suffers loss of memory. A dark truth about herself  prompts her to become better-acquainted with the doctor and every  attempt at resistance proves increasingly more dangerous.

What gave you the idea to write in this genre?

I read a lot in this genre. I love gothic and Victorian works like “The Monk”, “The Mysteries of Udolpho”, “The Romance of the Forest”, “North and South”, “Cranford” and “Wives and Daughters”. I’m also a lover of Jane Austen, a major fan of Catherine Cookson and Elizabeth Gaskell. “The Round Tower”, “A Dinner of Herbs” and “Fifteen Streets” are some of my favorite works ever. I love the depth with which these authors write.
My inspiration for writing is that I long to produce work of that caliber with characters that really speak to the heart and love stories that rely more on emotion and less on physical intimacy. “Resistance” is my first attempt and I know it falls short of their greatness but maybe one day, if I keep trying, I will make it. 🙂

Is there a theme or message in your work that you would like readers to connect with?

There is an ongoing mystery throughout “Resistance”. There’s also deception, unrequited love and fire plays a large role in the novel as well.

What research did you do, and how? Or does it all come from your own imagination?

I spent an insane amount of time on research. I am all about authenticity.

button2I have done my best to formulate a round novel where the clothing, settings, speech, economic and political systems are preserved. There is not so much politics in “Resistance”, but one gets a view into homelife during the Regency era by watching the Pierces function in their isolated stone manor. I gain a lot of insight into the period from other novels written during that time. Ms. Austen is one of the obvious go-to writers who provides a very clear perspective on the world. I also have bought several books about medical treatments during the period and books on modes of dress and etiquette. I even purchased one book about how furniture was made back then, so I would have a mental picture of what is in the manor’s rooms. The history fascinates me.

What’s the funniest/weirdest thing you’ve done when doing research for your book?

I listened to about four hours of dialect videos in which people from all over England said a specified list of words so that you can hear the different pronunciations. Northumberland and Yorkshire have a very specific way of saying their a’s. Sometimes they sound like y’s or e’s. I love the variations. You’d be surprised how differently a Welshman speaks from a person from London.

Flori, who is one of the Pierces by marriage, is from Yorkshire. Catherine Cookson’s novels take place in Northumberland so the characters from her novels were near and dear to my heart, spurring me to create Flori as a Yorkshire native.

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Do you ever base your characters on people you know?


I don’t. This is mostly because my perception of the people I know would taint the characters’ interactions. I write about people I do not know so that I don’t get frustrated when new quirks invent themselves… or if the characters evolve into champions of cause or purpose I don’t agree with.

I think I might also project my feelings about the people in my life onto the treatment of my characters or vice-versa. Can you tell my characters affect me on multiple levels? (haha)

Do you make a plan for your novels, or do you just start writing and see where it goes?

Both. I write a loose outline, but almost always deviate from that. The characters do what they want and, in most cases, I’m little more than a documentarian. I give them their independent natures and they run with it. They belong to themselves and not to me, if that makes sense.

Note from Lily: It makes perfect sense! Mine do that too and I’ve heard that lots of authors’ characters run away with themselves.

Which of your own books/ characters is your favorite and why?

Oh, goodness. I have to pick a favorite? In “Resistance”, I would have to say Arabella is my favorite. I can’t say much more than that she is multifaceted and carries a lot of burdens. She is the reason the novel is called “Resistance”. Her entire existence is a struggle.

What has been the most helpful piece of advice you’ve received as a writer?

To keep writing no matter what. Get those books out but take your time with them. Don’t let them rule you, but do finish them. No book that sits in your mind long enough to want itself to be put on paper should go unfinished. Give yourself to the work, but not all of yourself.

What books or other projects do you have coming up in future?

I am currently writing a sequel to “Resistance” centered around other Pierces. I am also writing a contemporary romance novella, but that is still very hush hush. I have planned out the rest of the Pierce Saga (the name of the series which “Resistance” begins) and there are plans for 2 more novels and 3 novellas.

Is there anything you’d like to say to your readers?

I love my readers. You are all fantastic. I really hope that I give you the entertainment you’re looking for when you pick up a book. I hope you fall in love with the characters as much as I have.

My author page –> http://www.ramizer.com

My facebook page –> http://www.facebook.com/authorramizer

My GoodReads Author page –> https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17977464-resistance

Resistance on Amazon –> http://amzn.to/1P179dv

Blurb

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England, 1816

Dr. Peter Fairbanks travels to Derbyshire in hopes of founding his own practice and setting up a life for himself. Before he can settle in, he is invited to a house-party at the sprawling estate of Ravenwood Fields by its master Baron Ravenwood, Lord William Pierce. Never suspecting the secret which haunts its grounds, he consents to stay indefinitely as the family doctor. But between the strange behavior of his patients and the sensational scandal which simmers just under the surface of the posh family’s carefully crafted exterior, he begins to question his choice.

Arabella Pierce has not felt right since the carriage accident. She is plagued by strange dreams and visions. Her head never seems to stop hurting. When she is introduced to Dr. Fairbanks, she feels no attraction yet something inside urges her to become better acquainted with the handsome physician. Tormented by inner passions, resistance brings her increasingly closer to a state of desperation and danger…

Never-Before Released Excerpt

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When the torrent of guests had subsided to a trickle of late-comers, the receiving line disbursed.  Cocktails and sweets were served in the card room and supper room.  Fresh, cold lemonade, hot tea and coffee were available as well.  Peter checked his watch again.  He’d been waiting for Arabella for an hour.  Even when the Baron and his Baroness had been ushered into the ballroom and the music picked up, still the young Doctor watched the empty staircase with watch in hand.

Someone did appear, but it was not Arabella.  In a crimson gown with white trim and gold thread embellishment, an astoundingly exquisite girl appeared on the top landing from seemingly nowhere.  Her sumptuous dark brown hair was worn in ringlets that fell about her shoulders.  Elbow-length white gloves adorned her slender arms, leaving a little of her lightly tanned skin visible.  Little jewels dripped from her ears but her neck remained bare.  Her full red lips were spread in a smile when she saw him, though he was sure they had never met.  He was exceedingly sorry they had never met.

With complete disregard for propriety, he watched her, mesmerized by the curves that could not help but be seen, even from under the flowing chiffon gown.  She met him at the lower landing.  He hadn’t stopped looking at her the entire time and, he realized, she had not stopped smiling at him.  He dropped his watch and it swung on its silver chain.

“Bonsoir.  Have I missed the receiving line?” she said, revealing her deep, thickly accented voice.  He foolishly said nothing, standing like a mute with his mouth caught open.  “Are you alright?”  Her smile teased him.

“They went away,” he said stupidly, childishly pointing at the ballroom’s glowing entrance.

“Did they?”  She giggled.

“I am afraid I have missed them then and I have no escort,” she said, feigning concern.  For a moment they were both quiet.  What little sense he had left inclined him towards offering to escort her in but he was rendered nervous.  “Shall we strike a bargain?” she said, taking control of the awkward situation, her enchanting smile not departing her angelic heart-shaped face.  “If you tell me your name and if you are a gentleman, I will let you escort me in to the fete.  What do you think?”

“Peter,” he said, sure he hadn’t taken a breath in the past two minutes.

“Just Peter?” she asked, chuckling.

“No I’m… Peter Fairbanks… Doctor,” he said, witlessly fragmenting his unimpressive title.  He extended his stiff arm and hand, as if greeting another gentleman.  She surveyed his hand coyly and then placed her gloved hand in his.  His hand tingled as the slim, warm fingers lay there.  Inwardly, he cursed himself for acting like such a fool in front of such a gorgeous woman.  He lifted her hand to his lips and kissed them.  He caught a hint of her perfume, definitely Parisian and devastatingly feminine.

She hooked her arm into his.  “You are very funny, Doctor.  I already like you more than I can say.”

 

Link to the Trailer

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rK_u_oQ2yhk&feature=youtu.be

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Reviews:

Resistance by R.A. Mizer gets four out of five stars.

As a reader and lover of chiefly modern literature, I found the exposition of the book to be slow and not as engaging as the rest of the book. I felt there were too many characters being introduced and it was hard to keep up with them all. The story got far more interesting after the conflict was presented. Despite the largeness of the Ravenwood family, the characters were genuine, heartwarming and so believable that one can’t but sympathize with them. The conflict was highly engaging, leaving my eyes glued to the pages and unable to put it down as I anticipated new plot points. There are so many surprising twists involved that one never sees coming, leaving the reader wanting more. I recommend this to anyone who likes a thrilling, heartfelt, gut-wrenching page turner.

– JR Cochran

If you are looking for a good story with suspense, mystery, and intrigue then this is the book for you ! The characters are well developed and the events stay true to the time period in which the story takes place. There is more than one issue trying to be solved through out the book which adds dimension to the story. You will be asking yourself questions about the characters and their actions and motives all through the story ! This book has a gothic feel to it which in my opinion can be enjoyed by women and men of many ages.

– Melinda S.

I really enjoyed reading Resistance by R.A. Mizer. I normally don’t read these types of books but the synopsis had me intrigued. The author held my attention from beginning until the end. The character development was very excellent. I felt like I was in the book the whole time I was reading. I would highly recommend this novel.

– Richelle Robinson

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2 thoughts on “Writer Wednesday: Interview with R A Mizer

  1. Sounds like an interesting story in this novel. Small world, too, as she lives in my hometown (Seattle), from which my wife and I moved to Japan 5 1/2 years ago.

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