“Rayme Waters’s affecting novel about Cinnamon Monday will completely absorb you.” states Diane Johnson, bestselling author of Le Divorce.
Since I met Kellie Elmore over a year ago, I have met the most compassionate, talented and authentic authors over at Winter Goose Publishing. Kellie was the first author I interviewed for this publishing company and since then there have been many more. Rayme Waters is one of them. Unique in her own way (just like her gorgeous name) Rayme’s words flow on paper like a leaf on water. She recently released her book, Angels’ Share and I had the great honor to interview her this week.
Tell us your latest news?
I just returned from book tour in the Midwest—really enjoyed connecting with readers from a different part of the country. Also, I’m working hard on my second novel. I’m really excited about the ending. It has a twist even I didn’t see coming.
How did writing enter your life?
I’ve always created stories. Before I could even hold a pencil I envisioned long stories in my head and once I could write them down, I did.
Do you have a specific writing style?
The consistent feedback I’ve gotten on my writing is that readers find it spare and evocative. I try to use the fewest words to give the boldest story. I also like to include hints of magic in my stories—how sometimes things we can’t fully explain have the biggest impact on our lives.
How did you come up with the title?
The Angels’ Share is a term used in winemaking that describes the bit of wine that evaporates from barrels and perfumes the air of wine caves. I had always thought it was a great phrase and when I started writing a story set at a winery about a young woman who, despite difficult circumstances, tries to rise above, the title was a perfect fit.
I have childhood friends who have tangled with methamphetamine and its after effects. Because of my fond memories of them, I wanted to write a story about an addict that heals. I love reading redemption stories and thought I’d try my hand at writing one.
If you had to leave for a year-long trip, what 3 books would you bring with you?
They’d be long ones! I’d love to finally read War and Peace. I’d probably want to bring one Dickens novel I’ve not yet read and either the Koran or the Mahabharata. I’ve read the Bible cover to cover and found it really interesting—and with my year-long trip I’d have time to reflect on these giants of religion and culture properly.
After the release of The Angels’ Share, how did you feel?
Absolutely terrified. As an aspiring writer all you can think about is getting published, but then when it happens you realize you are just at the beginning of the work you need to do to make your book a success.
What was the hardest part of writing your book?
Between work, home and parenting, I had to really battle to find the time. I have a very supportive husband and am lucky that we could work together to find a way for me to pursue my dream of finishing a novel.
One of your proudest moments:
Getting notes from readers saying they loved my book. For them to reach out and take the time to write me means my novel was a great reading experience for them. Those kinds of things really feed the creative soul.
Name 3 things you would love to receive as gifts?
Good health, more patience and Oprah choosing The Angels’ Share as her book club pick. Little things, really.
Where can we find your books?
Anywhere fine books are sold. If a bricks and mortar store doesn’t have The Angels’ Share in stock, you can order it from them or the usual suspects online.
Born in San Francisco, Rayme Waters grew up in Northern California and the city of Linköping, Sweden. Her short stories, from the collection The Island of Misfit Girls, have been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and a Dzanc Award and been awarded a storySouth notable distinction. Rayme’s debut novel, The Angels’ Share, is the story of a young woman rebuilding her life while working at a small Sonoma County winery. She lives with her family in Palo Alto, California where she is working on her next novel, Quicksilver.