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Meet Raine – Weekend Play

It’s time to start introducing you to some of the characters from The Long Way Home, my next novel that will be released in fall of 2010.  Today you’re going to meet Raine/Rory. 

The character of Raine is born out of a song, or born to a song, or perhaps born singing a song.  She is so very tied to Melissa Etheridge’s “Ain’t it Heavy” that I’m going to go ahead and play the song first so those of you who don’t know it (then I take it your not a lesbian?) can get a better idea of what I’m talking about.

Rory St. James was disowned at the age of seventeen after coming out to her parents in one of those impetuous moments of youth.  Unable to take her family’s disapproval, she runs away from her small-town home of Darlington, Illinois and leaves everyone she’s ever known. 

“Feeling kind of loose, I’m feeling kind of mean, been feeling kinda wild since I turned 17.

She arrives in Chicago alone and determined to make it on her own. She creates a whole new out-and-proud lesbian identity for herself.  With her new self comes a new name as she dubs herself Raine (a new nickname for her given name, Loraine). She tries to bury any residual aspects of her small-town self, insistent that she will prove everyone wrong and make a name for herself as Raine, which she does.  After meeting an agent, Raine begins to tell her story across the country.  She preaches a message of being true to oneself at any cost and uses her experiences of fleeing the narrow-minded people of her hometown to illustrate her point.  Audiences flock to hear the resiliant teenager, and her life becomes a whirlwind while she travels, talks, and writes for several years, but ten years later her job offers are drying up.   She’s not 17 anymore, and the public has moved on, as it often does.   Colleges and community centers aren’t interested in a disowned twenty-seven year old.  Raine is broke and alone and at a loss for what to do with her life.

“There’s a hole in my jeans I only wanted to fade . . .”

On the eve or her eviction, Raine receives a call from her agent, Edmond.  He’s got a job offer for her, one that will fix all her troubles.  She’ll be able to teach at a small college as a guest lecturer, she’ll be able to live on campus for free, and she’ll be given the opportunity to publish an article, maybe even a book about her experiences.  The only caveat is that the college is in her hometown of Darlington, the one she’s built her whole career bashing.

“Where can a woman find any kind of peace, when does the fury and the agony cease, how long have I got to say please?”

So with no other option Raine returns to her home town and is forced to face the people who knew her as Rory, her friends, her foes, and her family. 

As Raine’s “off for the ride, to cruise these streets where her innocence hides,” she learns that there are indeed some things that “you can deny.”

Raine, is smart, charismatic, and damn sexy.  She’s also insecure, fearful, and wounded.  She’s worked hard to become everything she thought she wanted to be, and yet in some ways she’s a perpetual seventeen-year-old still unable to deal with events that took place ten years ago.    Now she’s forced not only to reexamine what happened, but also take a good, hard, long look at what her life has become.

“Sometimes it feels like it’s never enough, survival is fine but satisfaction is rough.”

Thankfully for us, this is a romance, and Raine/Rory won’t have to deal with everything on her own. She will ultimately get to “Try with an angel tonight.

But that, my friends, is a whole other blog.


September 18, 2009 - Posted by | Uncategorized


  1. Great use of layers – can’t wait to read this character.

    Comment by Carsen Taite | September 21, 2009 | Reply

  2. […] Meet Beth -Weekend Play/Video In an earlier post about The Long Way Home I introduced blog readers to one of my main characters, Raine/Rory St. James.  If you missed that blog, you can check it out here. […]

    Pingback by Meet Beth -Weekend Play/Video « Wonder Boi Writes | August 7, 2010 | Reply

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