Interview and Giveaway with Renée Carlino!


Hi Renee, welcome to UTC! We are very happy to have you here today.  If you had to describe your new book AFTER THE RAIN in three words what would they be?


AFTER THE RAIN is an emotional and intense book, when you wrote it, did you go through a draining roller coaster of emotions?

Thank you so much. I originally wrote After the Rain as a screenplay. The settings were so vivid in my mind and the scene at the end of the third chapter was something I thought about over and over, sadly. Because screenplays are mainly just pages of dialogue, much of the detail is left out. Writing the novel allowed me to fill a lot of that in, so yes when it was finally time to write out the scenes in great detail, I was a bit of a wreck. It was coming to life and the smells and sounds and details made it very real in my mind. After knowing the basic plot for so long, it was really emotional and fulfilling to write it out fully.

Take us through your day, do you have scheduled times when you write, or do you only start scribbling when inspiration hits? Do you listen to music, have the TV on or do you prefer complete silence? Paint us a picture!

I absolutely have a schedule. All of my writing takes place in the morning after I take my kids to school. I write for about four hours every day. Sometimes when I feel stuck, I’ll just stop and go for a run or take a bath and try to plot in my head. I usually write to music but I try to listen to more instrumental stuff because occasionally if I understand the lyrics it will trip me up. After I pick up my kids from school my writing day is over. Mainly because I cannot write with distractions or interruption but also because I have a lot less focus in the afternoon.

Do you take inspiration from celebrities or models for your characters? Who do you see as Nate and Avelina?

Strangely, I don’t see the characters in my novels as celebrities because they’re unique in my mind. If I had to cast it I would think of someone like Nina Dobrev and maybe Chris Pine.

We love audiobooks at UTC and AFTER THE RAIN is also available on audio. Have you listened to it? What are your thoughts about it?

Actually no, I haven’t listened to it. The only one of my books I’ve heard on audio is SWEET THING and it was very well done, so I imagine that the rest will be as well since it’s produced by the same company. I’m really looking forward to it being out in the world.

Do you have a favorite scene that is non-spoilery you can share with us?

One of my favorite scenes is when Avelina meets Jake in the very beginning. I thought it was an innocently sweet meeting between the two of them.

What can we expect next from Renee Carlino?

Before We Were Stranger is finished and scheduled for a summer release. It is a “love, interrupted” story inspired by a real Craigslist missed connections post about a guy who sees the “girl who got away” on an NYC subway after fifteen years of searching.

Thanks for stopping by and sharing with us today!


From the USA TODAY bestselling author of Sweet Thing and Nowhere But Here comes a deeply emotional contemporary romance about the second chances waiting beyond the shattered dreams of youth.

Under the bright arena lights of a rodeo show, young Avelina Belo falls for a handsome cowboy with a larger-than-life personality. After a whirlwind courtship, she happily moves away from her family in northern California and settles into married life with her cowboy on a seven-thousand-acre cattle ranch in Montana. One freak accident later, Avelina’s hopes for the future come to an end.

Nate Myers graduated from UCLA medical school at the top of his class, ready to follow in the footsteps of his father, a superstar cardiothoracic surgeon. Six years later, Nate’s career is being ruined by a malpractice suit. Questioning himself for the first time, he retreats to a Montana cattle ranch to visit his uncle and gain perspective. There, he meets a beautiful young woman named Avelina who teaches him more than he ever knew about matters of the heart.



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After the Rain rcBOOK 1

AFTER THE RAIN: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | GoodReads | Our Review
THE LOST: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | GoodReads | Our Review
THE GIVEN: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | GoodReads



About Renée Carlino

Renee’s first friends were the imaginary kind and even though her characters haven’t gone away, thankfully the delusions have. She admits she’s a wildly hopeless romantic and she blames 80’s movies staring Molly Ringwald for that. She lives in Southern California with her husband, two sons, and their sweet dog June. When she’s not at the beach with her boys or working on the next book, she likes to spend her time reading, going to concerts, and eating dark chocolate.



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Katie Lowden

I love Renee’s book. Thanks so much for the chance, woulsd love to read this!!


I love her books. Thank you for the giveaway!

Ashleigh Downes

It was very good. The book looks and sounds good.


congrats to Renee on the new release!! This looks and sounds fantastic : )

Betul E.

Great interview!

Tonya Coleman

Thank you for the chance! I’d love to win this one!


Love this interview and can`t wait to read this book 🙂


love the interview and I cant wait to read this book 🙂

Irma Jurejevčič

What to say except I love this author. Great interview! And I can’t wait to read her new release!

jodi marinich

love renee’s books

Charlene E

I love Renee and her books, thanks for the interview 🙂


Thanks for the giveaway

Nicole O.

Great interview. Thanks for the giveaway.

Sara S.

Thanks for the chance.


I think I recall something on that “girl that got away”/Craigslist event a while back. I can’t wait to read your inspired version. Fifteen years is a long time to search. Will your character have to wait that long for his or her heart to be found?

Zita R

This book sounds great. Thanks for the give-away!

Maricris Patrimonio Dimla

loved the interview! The book sounds interesting.

Melissa Crisp

I love her books. I can’t wait to read this one.

Maria Theresa Santos

nice interview

Mary Preston

A great interview. I do like Chris Pine.

Cheryl Rogers

I did enjoy the interview, I don’t know if I could use Audio books though either because I get interrupted so often by my children.


Thanks for the giveaway

Amy R

Thanks for the interview, I haven’t read anything by Renée Carlino yet.


Thanks for the chance. I love Renee’s books

Roselle Torres

Thank you for the chance.. it’s a great interview!

Deborah Favorito

The interview was amazing. I want to read this book. Thank you for this giveaway.


Love love this author! <3

Filia Oktarina

The book looks and sounds good. New author for me.
Thanks for sharing 🙂

Diana Doan

Great review! Thanks for the chance.

Merelyn Reads

Can’t wait to read this one! 🙂

Julie K

New author for me…..Great interview.


After the Rain sounds like a wonderful book. Since Renee is a new author for me, I really enjoyed the interview. Thanks for sharing.