The Last Degree: Author Interview

Today I’m pleased to welcome back Dina Rae, here to chat about her other book The Last Degree as part of an ongoing blog tour.

Dina Rae is a new author here to stay. As a former teacher, she brings an academic element to her work. Her two novels, Halo of the Damned and The Last Degree, weave research and suspense throughout the plots. Her short story, Be Paranoid Be Prepared, is a prequel of sorts to The Last Degree, focusing on the James Martin character.

Dina also freelances for various entertainment blogs.

Dina lives with her husband, two daughters, and two dogs outside of Chicago. She is a Christian, an avid tennis player, movie buff, and self-proclaimed expert on several conspiracy theories. When she is not writing, she is reading novels from her favorite authors Dan Brown, Anne Rice, Stephen King, Brad Thor, George R.R. Martin, and Preston & Childs.

You can find her online here:

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1. Tell a little about yourself, what you do when you’re not writing, what are your aspirations for the future?

When I am not writing I am looking for a job!  I’m a laid-off teacher who always wanted to be an author-lucky enough to attain my dream.  The pay isn’t what I expected, but can’t stop!

2. When and why did you start writing?
I started 2 years ago and have three novels, one short story, and a fourth novel halfway written.

3. If you could only read one book over and over again for the rest of your life, what would it be and why?
None of them.  I feel that I’m missing out by rehashing the same story when so many great new ones keep popping up.  Some of my recent favorites are Game of Thrones and Twelfth Imam, but will always love The Stand and Angels and Demons.

4. Give us some back story about The Last Degree, where and when did you write it?
I started writing it a week after I got laid off.  I always loved conspiracy theories.  Big fan of the True Channel and History Channel, Jesse Ventura, InfoWars with Alex Jones, Glenn Beck, Jack VanImpe, Dan Brown, Michael Moore, so many interesting theories out there on so many topics.  I’m very distrustful of the mainstream media.

5. What inspired your story?
I am a true believer in New World Order theory.  I believe in biblical prophecy and the rise of the anti-Christ.

6. What was your favorite part of The Last Degree to write?
I loved weaving in the research about secret societies, prophecy, and related headlines.  The book has a lot of partial truths to it.

7. Are you working on any other projects at the moment?
I’m almost finished with the sequel to my novel, Halo of the Damned.  That’s about a fallen angel who runs an ad empire, fathers a new race, converts an angel cult, and wants to secede from Hell.

8. Are you a Pantser or Plotter? Why?
Both-start out a Pantser then end up a Plotter.  More freedom in the beginning, but then when the book needs to be finished I kick it into high gear.  I’m always afraid of a manuscript going cold.

9. Do you have any tricks to your trade, bottomless coffee, a magic pen, a special muse?
Kind of/sort of.  I like to hand write my chapters in a notebook then rewrite them in a nice journal and then type them into the computer-4 notebook pages becomes 8 pages typed with so many more details.

10. If you could be any fictional character for a day, who would it be and why?
I love so many characters, probably Danerys from Game of Thrones-fierce, beautiful, and a leader.  I also like Princess Leia and Lara Croft.

Thanks Dina and don’t forget to check out The Last Degree!

The Last Degree is a fictionalized account of how Freemasons and other secret societies set up the world for takeover. Ancient writings foretell a ‘Shining One’ who emerges as the world’s prophet. A murder of a Most Worshipful mason resembles a secret oath. A cop gets too close to solving the crime. Paranoid preppers go underground, preparing for war.

Headlines such as the Norway massacre, meltdown of the European Union, unscrupulous media, animal die-offs, Middle Eastern unrest, and U.S. shrinking power make the plot relevant to present day. This book is an ode to Christians, Birthers, 2012ers, Truthers, preppers, and/or other conspiracy junkies who enjoy Dan Brown, Jesse Ventura, Brad Meltzer, Alex Jones, Jerry Jenkins and Tim

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