About Anni’s Books
When is your next book out?
Gray’s Promise has just released, the much-anticipated second book of my King Security Series. I’m delighted with the feedback so far as it has already received several 5-star reviews from book bloggers and readers. The Wild Rose Press has also contracted Eva’s Peace, the third book in this series. It is due for release Fall 2018. As soon as I have a release date, I will announce it to my Anni’s Posse and on all my social media.
Did you have any challenges when writing Gray’s Promise?
Many, but the biggest was the sexual relationship between Gray and Zoey. Their chemistry is explosive but it’s also intricately linked to their long and unbreakable bond to each other. Complicated emotional factors (clear in the story when you read it) determined that I delay the actual consummation between them. This presented a huge challenge because I had to find a way to make the sexual encounters between them smoking hot without them actually doing the deed until the final chapter of their story.
Yowza! The love scenes between Gray and Zoey have ended up being the hottest scenes I have ever written, most likely because the emotion between these two is intensely raw, but also because Gray is just that darn hot!
I heard you released a Bonus Epilogue for Luke’s Redemption. Where can I find it?
Check out the Bonus Treats for Luke’s Redemption under the BONUS section. You’ll find the Epilogue, a deleted scene and other fun goodies.
If Luke’s Redemption were made into a movie, which actors would you want to play your main characters?
Chris Hemsworth (‘Thor’) for Luke Hunter. He’s perfect!
Mila Kunis for Katya Dalca
What was your favorite part of Luke’s Redemption to write?
I love Chapter 12 when Luke and Katya secret away to The Red Cherry Inn in Yonkers. They make wild love—Hot! Hot! Hot!—and in the aftermath, they open up to each other with their deepest secrets. I enjoyed giving the reader a peek into the tragedies that shaped them into adulthood. And most of all, I loved when Katya discovers a tattoo of velvet flowers on Luke’s inner arm:
“It means I never forgot you, Katya. Never. The violets are for your eyes, the black stems for your long, fucking lashes. And baby, it’s inked on my left arm, so that it rests right up against my heart.”
Oh my God! Luke had the memory of me tattooed against his heart!
How would you describe your books?
I write for my own tastes. So if you like contemporary steamy romance with a lot of angst and some suspense, hot alpha heroes with damage, smart sassy heroines, also with some damage, and burning chemistry that drives lots of conflict, and even more heat—then my novels might be right up your ally.
About Anni’s Writing
What or who inspired you to start writing?
There is no one thing. I have always loved making up stories in my head, but I never believed writing novels was a feasible career choice. I used to daydream about it, but my decision to follow my passion was sudden. A confluence of life events and opportunities came together and led me to make a life-changing decision. What a ride it’s turned out to be!
Do you outline your books or just start writing?
I’m a serious plotter and planner. I write detailed outlines and crazily fill them with reams of dialogue. But even though every scene is planned before I start the real writing, a weird thing sometimes happens—my characters refuse to behave like I’ve planned. They can stop talking before the scene is finished, or they just won’t talk at all. I get a kick out of it and have learned to insert their misbehaviors in another scene. The spooky thing is, these changes are invariably for the better!
As an author, what is the best and worst advice you ever received?
The best advice has to be to get on with writing the next book. Even with a publisher, an author has to do most of the marketing and publicity on their own. This takes up a chunk of time. You have to be careful to prioritize your writing as the social media & publicity demands can take over. NOTHING grows your readership as much as releasing another book.
Strangely enough, the worst advise for me was to have a group of beta readers. I tried it with Luke’s Redemption and found that it only infuriated me. I spent my first career answering to client briefs and writing and editing according to their needs. Making the choice to leave that behind to write novels was also a choice to write to the beat of my own heart. I love trusting my own instincts when it comes to my stories, and my editor’s of course.
Describe yourself in three words.
Writer. Hermit-crab. #RedWineHolic.
What is the earliest age you remember reading your first book?
I think I was around three or four. It was a pop-up book of Sleeping Beauty. I loved that book! I read it over and over until the pop-ups were in tatters. Maybe that’s where I got my love of romance and Happily Ever After’s…
Who is your favorite author and why?
I have two. They are in completely different genres but both have the ability to move me to tears. The first is Wally Lamb. The man takes years to finish each novel and no wonder. His characters are filled with such a depth of humanity that I can only aspire to reach a fraction of his brilliance in my own writing. The other is the inimitable Kristen Ashley. When she releases a new book, I turn it into a day of celebration. With plenty of red wine and chocolates, I curl up and spend the whole day alternatively laughing and weeping—and, of course, crossing my legs to contain the delicious tingles of desire. Her alpha heroes invade my dreams, her heroines are funny and beautifully accessible, and her stories are both heartbreaking and uplifting.
What is your “to die for” favorite food?
Pizza—with ham and mushroom and extra avocado—and a glass of red wine, or two, or three…
What do you enjoy doing when you’re not writing?
I love walking on the beach searching for treasures the waves have swept in. Otherwise, you’ll find me hanging with my friends, drinking red wine around a barbecue, and gabbing about everything and nothing.
If you could travel back in time here on earth to any place or time, where would you go and why?
I’d stay exactly where I am. It took me forever to find where I wanted to be, why would I want to go somewhere else?