Ali: Rina, I’m so excited that you were agreeable to a short interview. I know you have a lot going on with pre-release.
Rina: My pleasure! Happy to be here.
Ali: This is the second novel in the Royal Elite School series; how happy are you with the reception of the first book in the trilogy Deviant King?
Rina: To be honest, I was blown away by all the love Deviant King received. I was always a rebel who wrote what I connected with the most. I’m so happy that many readers love my words, the characters, and the worlds I create. I can’t find the words to describe how much that means to me and my creative process.
Ali: Social media makes it really easy to get immediate feedback. Does the speculation regarding Aiden and Elsa sometimes make it harder for you to stay on the path you have plotted out for the characters?
Rina: That’s true. I get private messages and emails all the time with speculations about certain characters fates and different theories. I love them so much, but they don’t influence my creative process. The three books were already plotted before I wrote the first book and the plot remains unchanged.
Ali: Speaking of social media: you use a street team to help get teasers and release information disseminated. How do grassroots publicity help authors?
Rina: Nothing makes me happier than seeing readers rave about my books and characters to other readers (sometimes a lot more passionately than I’ll ever talk about my books). Those raving reviews and mind-blowing edits help authors get the word out.
Ali: As far as the creation process for a book goes, what are some of the things authors have on their plates three weeks before publishing?
Rina: For me, it’s usually final beta reads, final proofreads, and minor changes.
Ali: Fans often hear other readers say they are beta or ARC readers. What do these terms mean, and how different are these beta and ARC book copies from what the final release that is published?
Rina: In my case, beta readers get the slightly less polished version of the manuscript that hasn’t gone through final edits. My betas tell me if the story works for them and what could be changed so it can become better. ARC readers get the 98% polished version. It’s almost final and nothing changes plot-wise. However, between the ARC copy and the release, there’s one final proofread and there could be minor changes to the wording.
Ali: I know you have a faithful following, with many readers obsessed with the story. What are some of the nicest compliments you’ve gotten, and what is the best way to thank you? (I’m leading here because so many people don’t realize how critical reviews are to authors — but if you have some other ideas…)
Rina: All the reviews I’ve seen made me feel so thankful and humbled to have such readers. The one that remained with me was something a reader said about how she completely forgot that she was reading a book. She was so engrossed and could see everything so vividly that she lived the journey in one sitting and almost cried when she had to go back to reality. That made me feel so fuzzy inside.
And it’s true that reviews are the best thing to thank an author. Talking about a book with book-loving friends is also an amazing way to thank an author.
Ali: I’m smarter than to ask for spoilers, but could you give a few short teasers as to what we can look forward to warming us up for Steel Princess?
Rina: Okay, so in Deviant King, there were a lot of questions asked and hinted at. There were also little clues thrown here and there. Steel Princess will answer almost all those questions. It’ll reveal Elsa’s past and set a new path for her relationship with Aiden. One thing’s for sure, Steel Princess will be a lot more twisted and intense than Deviant King.
Ali: Finally, what hashtags would you like used for your Royal Elite School books or Steel Princess in particular, and how should readers get in contact with you?
Hashtags include: #RinaKent #RoyalElite #RES #SP #SteelPrincess
The best way to get in contact with me is through the contact form on my website rinakent.com. I’m best at checking emails more than anything else.
Thank you so much for having me!
Title: Steel Princess (Royal Elite Book #2)
Author: Rina Kent
Genre: Dark Bully High School Romance
Release Date: December 12, 2019
The highly anticipated second installment of Royal Elite Series, Steel Princess, is coming on December 12th!
What to expect from Steel Princess:
✔ Enemies to Lovers
𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐩𝐫𝐢𝐧𝐜𝐞𝐬𝐬 𝐢𝐬𝐧’𝐭 𝐬𝐮𝐩𝐩𝐨𝐬𝐞𝐝 𝐭𝐨 𝐝𝐞𝐭𝐡𝐫𝐨𝐧𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐤𝐢𝐧𝐠.
He said he’ll destroy me, and he did.
I might have lost the battle, but the war is far from over.
They say it starts with one move to dethrone the king.
No one mentioned he’ll yank me with him on the way down.
If Steel’s little princess wants a war, then war it is.
There’s only one rule: my rules or none at all.
By all means, show me what you got, sweetheart.
𝑇ℎ𝑖𝑠 𝑏𝑜𝑜𝑘 𝑖𝑠 𝑝𝑎𝑟𝑡 𝑜𝑓 𝑎 𝑡𝑟𝑖𝑙𝑜𝑔𝑦 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑖𝑠 𝑁𝑂𝑇 𝑠𝑡𝑎𝑛𝑑𝑎𝑙𝑜𝑛𝑒.
𝑅𝑜𝑦𝑎𝑙 𝐸𝑙𝑖𝑡𝑒 𝑆𝑒𝑟𝑖𝑒𝑠:
#1 𝐷𝑒𝑣𝑖𝑎𝑛𝑡 𝐾𝑖𝑛𝑔
#2 𝑆𝑡𝑒𝑒𝑙 𝑃𝑟𝑖𝑛𝑐𝑒𝑠𝑠
#3 𝑇𝑤𝑖𝑠𝑡𝑒𝑑 𝐾𝑖𝑛𝑔𝑑𝑜𝑚
𝐶𝑟𝑢𝑒𝑙 𝐾𝑖𝑛𝑔 (𝑝𝑎𝑟𝑡 𝑜𝑓 𝑁𝑜𝑏𝑙𝑒 𝑆𝑎𝑣𝑎𝑔𝑒𝑠 𝐵𝑜𝑥𝑠𝑒𝑡)
About Rina Kent:
Rina Kent in an English author who’s constantly parading between France and North Africa due to her studies and her husband’s demanding job.
When she’s not packing suitcases or hopping from one plane to the other, she’s busy whipping her characters to shape.
Since a young age, Rina has been obsessed with storytelling and flawed, edgy characters. Her heroes are often killers and anti-heroes and her books are always sprinkled with darkness, angst, violence, and lots of heat.
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