Character on the Couch: Charlie Daye’s Raina

For those of you who have been waiting to preorder A Wicked Halloween because you don’t want to have to wait too long between purchasing and receiving, this is your chance! It will drop on to your pumpkindle or other reading device next Tuesday. Yes, it’s less than a week away!

This week I’m hosting Charlie Daye’s Raina. As you’ve probably figured out by now, she’s one of the characters in the box set, this time in Charlie’s book The Party. Check out his very Halloween-esque cover:


Raina had the perfect life, until the day she lost everything. Wanting to pull her out of her depression, her best friend Gaby suggests a Halloween escape to the spooky town of Salem. It’s a weekend to indulge and forget about everything else.

Upon entering one of the many psychic shops that call Salem home, Raina is handed a flyer for one of the biggest Halloween parties of the year. It’s a promise of good music, mysterious drinks, tempting men, and a night she won’t soon forget.

1. If your character were to go to a psychologist – willingly or unwillingly – what would bring them in? Yes, a court order is a valid answer.

It would be hard to say… Raina is suffering from depression and a mild case of insanity or so she thinks.

2. Is the presenting problem one of the main internal or external conflicts in your book? If so, how does it present itself?

The issue is not really a conflict per se but rather something she’s having to deal with and she doesn’t know how.

3. It’s always interesting to see how people act when they first enter my office. Do they immediately go for my chair, hesitate before sitting anywhere, flop on the couch, etc.? What would your character do?

Raina would stand around waiting for an invitation to be seated.

4. Does your character talk to the therapist? How open/revealing will your character be? What will he or she say first?

No she wouldn’t. She won’t even talk to her best friend about what’s going on.

5. Your character walks into the bar down the street after his/her first therapy session. What does he/she order? What happens next?

A shot of whiskey. Raina is the quiet type. Sp, she’ll probably sit there in silence.

6. When you’re building characters, do you have any tricks you use to really get into their psyches, like a character interview or personality system (e.g., Myers-Briggs types)?

Not at all. I let the characters tell me about themselves.



Charlie Daye began writing at the tender age of thirteen. With an obsession for romance, happy endings and the supernatural, she delves into your greatest fantasies and worst nightmares. She will have you laughing, crying, falling in love and getting angry. She will always give you a HEA but getting there is the journey worth taking.

Charlie Daye was born in Lynwood, California. Her greatest passions are music and writing. Her first short story was written at the age of thirteen. At the time her entire class was asked to write a short story for Halloween as part of a homework assignment. Most of the kids in the class wrote one to two page stories… Charlie wrote eight. The short story titled The Haunted House went on to win her district wide awards and was published locally. From their she began writing poetry as means of expression.

Since her writing career began she’s has published several titles… The House, The Colonial, The Reservation, The Portrait, The Gypsy’s Dance, Mistaken for a Call Girl, Her Last Request and Breeders. Four of which have been nominated for the 2012 RONE Award.

For updates on her books or just to spend some time in her fun and crazy world check out her webpage or find her on Facebook!

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