Author Interview & Spotlight – R.S. Novelle

Welcome author R.S. Novelle

Thank you for joining us today. Let’s go over some questions and then we’ll highlight your books. 

1)    What genre(s) do you write in? Why?

Right now, I’m focusing on writing psychological and paranormal thrillers. I love the challenge of creating dark twists that the readers wouldn’t expect, while at the same time maybe showing them a perspective they wouldn’t normally see. It’s a very enlightening process for me as well while I’m writing from this approach.

But, it’s tedious to write dark stories all the time, so I like to mix it up from time to time with a fun New Adult or Women’s Fiction story. Something that will make me laugh, that I can fall in love with.

2)    Is there a book or two that you wrote and love that’s not published? If so, tell us more.

Yes J I wrote a book called The Boyfriend List, which is a new adult book about a girl who goes in search for her perfect boyfriend, only to discover that love might have been a lot closer than she originally realized. My writing style has evolved and improved so much since I first began this story. I haven’t published it yet because I want to give it a really good edit so readers are getting the best possible version of the story. But, I have it on the schedule to come out next year.

I’m also VERY excited about writing an upcoming psychological thriller called The Seventh Second – it’s a blended genre story that will have a lot of romance, suspense, dark twists and unexpected endings. There will be a little something for everyone I think. It should be a lot of fun to write.

3)    Tells us about your next/ newest book release.

My current release, Calculated, is the first in a series of three psychological thrillers centered around Ana Meyers, a young journalist who gets pulled into the murky waters of a seedy underground prostitution ring after her mysterious informant is found dead as predicted. Determined to uncover the story in an effort to stop what’s happening, she soon realizes she might be in above her head, and that it’s quite possible she’s been used as a pawn in an even greater scheme.

The second book, Driven, is a mirrored plot showing the same chain of events from the antagonists point of view, and the third book, Avenged, is the finale as the confrontation explodes.

4)    Who would play your characters in a movie?

All of my main characters are very strong women, so the actresses would have to reflect that. I would love to see someone like Scarlett Johansson or Kristanna Loken playing Ana, while Olivia Wilde would make a great Mara.

5)    What writers/books inspired you?

There are several published authors in my family, so I think growing up knowing how possible it was to get published was a great motivator. But when I began hearing great stories like Nora Roberts, Stephen King and J.K Rowling – all of whom started from very modest beginnings and went on to achieve success in their dreams – it put the whole thing into perspective that this could be a career. And that knowledge began to change the way I thought about writing.

6)    When did you realize you wanted to be a writer?

Very early on, around nine or ten years old, I realized that I enjoyed writing. But it wasn’t until my twenties that I began taking it serious as a career.

7)    Any suggestions for would be writers?

Practice as much as you can! Write everything – journals, articles, screenplays, short stories, novels, anything and everything you can. Every piece of writing you produce now will help you to hone and define your skills. And don’t ever give up if this is something you’re absolutely passionate about.

8)    What makes a good story to you?

Believable characters. Realistic dialog. Something intriguing and uncommon about the plot. I want to be able to disappear inside a story and forget that I’m reading. A good story will pull me back in every time, and I won’t feel forced to finish it.

9)    Do you believe writers are born or made or both?

I think it’s a bit of both really. I think that some people are born with a natural storytelling skill, and have an easier time of piecing words together in a pleasing way. But it takes hard work, dedication and a lot of practice to make a good writer, regardless of what talents we’re born with. In that way, I think that writers – good ones – are made.

10)   Besides getting published, what was your awe moment?

Oh, there’s been so many along the way! As far as my writing career goes though, I think getting my first five star review from a perfect stranger is pretty high up there. Knowing that someone connected in that way with something I had written was a really perfect moment.

And now onto the books:


Book #1 in the Discovered Series Purchase on Amazon:

Calculated (1)Synopsis:

An investigative journalist gets an unlikely tip from a mysterious informant. Dismissing it as impossible, she disregards the information and drops the story. Until the informant turns up dead, as predicted.

Plunged into the murky waters of a seedy underground prostitution ring, this psychological thriller provides twist upon dark twist in a story that would ultimately pin the church and several government officials in the largest murder cover-up the city has ever witnessed.

But is it true, or has the journalist merely been used as a pawn in a greater scheme? And how many people is she willing to sacrifice trying to figure it out?


Impatience took over and Ana couldn’t resist any longer. She turned her head to glance at the alarm clock. 5:03am. Exactly three minutes after the last time she’d checked. Pressing her fingers against her eyes, she released a long, loud sigh.

At that point, it had been over an hour that she’d been lying there, tossing around in her thoughts, urging her body to slip back into sleep. She’d tried to read a book, but hadn’t been able to focus enough to stay in the pages. Watching television hadn’t proven any better of a deterrent either. All that was left was to lay there in her silence – thinking, wondering, planning…willing hers eyes to just get even a little bit sleepy again. But she had no such luck.

It frustrated her to the core that Mara and her insinuation of a good story had affected her like that. It’d been years since she’d become so intrigued she’d actually lost sleep over it. Never mind the threat of reassignment looming in the background as well.

Fuck it, Ana thought as she whipped off the sheets from her silk clad body. Might as well make use of the morning. Landing her feet on the floor, she made quick time of

pulling her long hair into a braid and splashing some water on her face. Next she pulled on her sweatpants, then headed to the gym to work out her inner thoughts.

When she arrived at the little facility her building provided, a quick look around confirmed she was the only one there. Just as she’d hoped, and exactly how she liked it to be. Smiling in satisfaction, she flipped on the television that was perched on the wall, and turned up the music on her iPod as loud as she could handle it. The multiple distractions would help her get through the extra mile she was planning to conquer. With chilled water bottle in place, she cranked up the treadmill to a nice brisk pace.

As her breathing picked up speed and her muscles began to warm, Ana’s eye caught a red flash along the bottom of the screen. Breaking News filled the bar, and the too-chipper-for-their-own-good reporters were suddenly getting serious. Since the volume was still muted, Ana couldn’t understand exactly what was going on, only that they were showing the wide stretch of river that ran along the outskirts of the city. She wiped the first beads of sweat from her brow, and used the remote to turn the volume of the television higher while simultaneously adjusting her music.

As the reporters spoke, home-video footage of something floating in the water rolled before her eyes. The camera zoomed in, the frame ever so shaky, and it became clearly apparent that the “something” was a person – face down with long brown hair spread out like a Catholic halo. It appeared another victim had been pulled out of the water; the count was quickly tallying up. A young woman this time, and possibly one who had gone missing the night before.

Ana’s pulse skipped a few beats as they replayed the video over and over. There was something familiar about the long, lean body. Slowing the treadmill to a stop, she ripped the ear buds from her head to give the segment her entire attention.

…it appears at first glance that the victim suffered from a deep cut to the throat, and received multiple stab wounds to the chest…

The beads of accumulated sweat turned cold on Ana’s brow. She immediately reached for her phone and dialed Kylie’s number.

“What the hell, Ana?” Came her friend’s groggy voice.

“Turn your TV on. Channel four. Hurry.” Ana said, eyes transfixed to the screen in front of her. “Recognize that face?”

…It’s thought the victim may be one of the young girls recently reported missing. The screen flashed candids of three possible women. All brunettes. All tall and thin. All roughly the same age. Among them was a photo of Mara, just as Ana had expected there would be.

But the body was too bloated and disfigured to be absolutely certain, and an autopsy would be needed.

… The body will be taken in for processing where officials hope to shed more light on the case in the near future. In the mean time, they’re cautioning residents to avoid….

“Did you see that?” Ana’s voice escaped in more of a demand than a question. “Please tell me I’m seeing things.”

“Oh my god…” Kylie whispered into the receiver, confirming the dread that was building in Ana’s stomach. “Do you really think it’s her?”

“I know for a fact it is.” Ana declared, the pull in her gut getting stronger by the minute. “The autopsy will confirm it.”

“So, what does this mean exactly now?”

“That maybe I should have been listening a little closer when I was talking to Mara.” She said with regret as she swiped her forehead with the back of her hand. “And maybe I should have asked more questions. There’s a story here, I’m sure of it now.”

“What are you going to do?” Kylie’s voice was decidedly more alert now.

Ana shook her head. “I have no idea.”

Though if she were to be truthful with herself in that moment, she’d already made up her mind. Ana flipped off the television, and left the little gym to get started.

Coming soon:





R.S. Novelle Bio

Renee’ Novelle is preceded by a long line of published family members, including Pulitzer Prize nominated author and Poet Laureate of Kentucky Jesse Stuart.

As a child, Novelle was already gaining recognition for several of her works, and in her formative years, she continued this trend by earning local awards for her short stories and poems.

Inspired to cultivate her talent, Novelle pursued freelance journalism and has found placement of 75 of her pieces in both online and print publications since 2008. Additionally, she has written multiple screenplays, and contributed her savvy, effective writing style to many non-profit and for profit organizations. She launched several blogs over the years, which garnered international attention.

In 2013, Novelle returned to her first love – fiction. Writing under the names Renee Novelle and R.S. Novelle, she has a publication schedule that includes psychological thrillers, suspense, paranormal fiction, contemporary women’s fiction, chick lit, and new adult.

Though she received her Bachelor’s of Science in Communication, Summa Cum Laude, she considers herself a constant student of the written word. She’s an avid reader, an enthusiastic quote poster, and rarely takes “no” as a final answer. She has an unhealthy obsession for theater, dance, music and art, and strongly believes that wine is simultaneously the beginning of, and resolution to, all of life’s problems. She believes in following dreams, and that in the end, you always end up where you meant to be.

For more information, to view pictures, read blog posts and see the upcoming release schedule, please visit the website at

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