Nation of Enemies

By H.A. Raynes

Author H.A. Raynes published NATION OF ENEMIES, A THRILLER with HarperCollins & Witness Impulse. A timely political thriller in the current election year as the United States ushers a polarizing figure into the White House. 

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Creativity = Happiness

Recently I was honored to be asked to be a guest on the Live Happy podcast. They wanted me to talk about Creativity and how / where it fits into life, and furthermore, how it contributes to happiness. Luckily, that's sort of my mantra - I'm happiest when I'm writing. And now that I've made it firmly part of my life, balanced between kids, work, husband, dog, house, friends (not necessarily in that order), etc. I'm not letting go. Making time for myself and my creativity is key to the rest of my life. If you have a few minutes, check out the podcast!

Creativity—one of 10 practices for choosing joy on the #LiveHappyNow podcast!

My Heart Is In Paris

When I began writing Nation of Enemies (NOE), I asked myself, where do I like to go? What do I most like to do? And what would make me STOP going to those places? This was pure imagination. Creativity. These are not questions I want to contemplate in reality. And yet. 

I'm not psychic. But evidently I have an overactive (and frightening) imagination. In NOE. schools are used as weapons until the government moves them to an online system. Concert venues, restaurants and stadiums are attacked. People shut themselves away in fear. It's understandable, isn't it? We walk out the door and enjoy the fresh air, laugh and dance with friends. And shouldn't we be able to? Yes, we should. And yet. 

Have you read that ISIS used a game  within PlayStation 4 to communicate and plan their attacks? This made it difficult, if not impossible, for law enforcement to decode their messages and track their movements. In NOE, BASIA, the main terrorist group, uses an online game constructed just for that same purpose. I wrote that three to four years ago now. It gives me chills. Makes me nauseas to think about. Yet it is reality, and painfully so. 

My heart is in Paris and with everyone around the world affected by the recent attacks. It's unimaginable. And yet. May the men and women who fight for our right to dance and celebrate life in the light of day have more creativity and more imagination than our enemies. Peace to all. 




Release Party, Selfies & More

Happy Thursday! Today will mark a milestone for me. After years of writing - a seriously committed relationship with my laptop - I will step in front of a crowd of people in a public place and read from Nation of Enemies. I'm working hard to concentrate on being excited rather than nervous. Right now I'm blocking out the construction workers hammering and sawing around me in my house that's being renovated. Also ignoring how I threw out my back yesterday after sleeping on it wrong (yes, sleeping). So I'm smiling to myself (=endorphins) all day and I'm going to play that old song with Fergie in it "I got a feeling" that will pump me up before I take the stage. It's all good. Now if I only knew what to wear...

As Nation of Enemies hits the shelves (that was fun to write!) please send me selfies with the book! I LOVE to see them and I want to start a collection. Thinking a wall of selfies would make a great background for my site. :)

As always, thanks for reading! Remember to send me your selfies. And if you're anywhere near Newton tonight, please drop by Newtonville Books at 7pm (10 Langley Road, Newton Centre 02459). Happy reading people!!!