Raine is a character that I’ve had stuck in my head for about 20 years. He was the first character I thought of for the book, but probably the hardest for me to draw out. I didn’t know his name at first. I just knew a couple of his features, specifically how his eyes could light up a room, even though they are dark. And I also knew how he always had the right words to say at any given moment. It was almost as if he were saving phrases just for such special occasions like my book series.
After reading the book, Many Masters, Many Lives I really got into past life regression research in my early twenties. It was very fascinating to me to think that perhaps I may have lived before. I often wondered if I had a past life in Egypt because I have always loved studying their culture. Another thing I always wondered about was the possibility of having past lives with people that are in my life today. This research sparked my interest in writing Forever Friends because I found that I had a lot of questions I wanted to explore.
Many of the questions were geared towards kindred spirits, or as some people mistakenly call them, soul mates. I wondered if one’s soul instantly recognized a kindred spirit. And if that was possible, would true lovers always seek each other out in each subsequent life they had? It was obviously a romantic thought on my part to think that a kindred spirit would do that very thing, and from that moment on, Raine’s character was born. I had never thought of him with any other name. Raine just seemed to fit right from the start.
The character grew as I started writing. I wanted him to be the opposite of Alec in many ways, but specifically opposite to Alec's impatience. It seemed fitting to have Raine that way, given he was waiting for Skye to enter each one of his lifetimes.