Please welcome author Anya Richards as she answers some questions and she has giveaways!
author Anya Richards lives with her husband, youngest kid, a mutt, and two cats
that plot world domination one food bowl at a time.The humans support her writing while the animals see her preoccupation
as a goad.
Insatiably curious and irreverent, Anya
loves history, music, the sea and a good rum punch. To learn more drop by
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1. How do you keep coming up with fresh
characters and stories?
I really wish I knew, because then I could do it
pretty much on command! Luckily for me I have a pretty fertile imagination, so
story ideas keep popping into my head all the time. I’ll freely admit that
sometimes I think an idea has been overdone and I’ll shelf it for a time. But I
also believe that if you give two authors the exact same idea and tell them to
write a book, you’ll get two completely different stories, so if I feel
passionate about a story I’ll write it and not worry too much about anything else.
2. What do you like to read?
You’re asking a writer this??? LOL! I like to read
pretty much anything I can get my hands on (including the back of the shampoo
bottle if there’s nothing else available) but some of my favorites are
contemporary/urban fantasy (e.g. Charles de Lint and Neil Gaiman), police
procedurals (the Lucas Davenport books by John Sandford), multicultural books,
British mysteries (mostly older authors like Dorothy Sayers) and some literary
fiction. I’ll read a wide variety of romances too, but I’ve found recently I
read less of them because it’s become something of a busman’s holiday—writing
them all the time, I often want something completely different.
3. What's your favorite place to read?
Hands down—in the bathtub! I need one of those
4. What are some of your reading pet
Pretentious language and storytelling is the main
one. I also don’t like books where I can’t find any reason to like or
sympathize with the characters. Everyone has some redeeming quality, no matter
how much of a dingbat they are otherwise, and if I can’t figure out what that
is, then I feel as though there’s something important missing. Lastly, I WILL
put down a book if the writing is stilted or the characters do inexplicable
5. Do your characters stick with you
after you've finished a book and if so, how do you handle it?
Yes, characters often do sort of haunt me, and
that’s usually when I’m happiest with the book I’ve just finished writing. I’ve
learned that I (unfortunately) can’t finish one book and immediately start
writing another, so I allow the characters to linger in my head while I take a
break and then, when they’ve faded a bit, I can move on.
6. How do you handle writer's block?
I usually suffer from writer’s block when I have
other issues in my life. No one’s life runs completely smoothly, and there are
times when my brain is consumed by other matters and even if I have the time, I
don’t have the inclination to write. I try to work through whatever it is
that’s happening, get it sorted out as best I can, and try not to beat myself
up over the fact that I’m not writing. I also turn to crafting to keep myself
occupied and that’s also a good time to think about the book I’ll be going back
to, work out where I think I want it to go. If I get down on myself, the block
only lasts longer.
7. What motivates you to write your
The intense need to tell a story. I honestly
couldn’t imagine not writing. I have to do something to get the characters in
my head to shut up, and telling their stories seems to do the trick!
8. Tell us a little about your book...
His seductive rhythm calls to
the passionate soul hiding within…
Jane Rollins is anything but plain, but to keep her
position as housekeeper to a wealthy family, she is content to hide her beauty
behind a dull façade. This deception has become second-nature to her—until
dance master Sergio Fontini waltzes into her life.
While the other inhabitants of the house see him as
a foreigner and beneath their notice, Jane sees strength, barely leashed power,
and an aura of iron control—an irresistible, arousing combination.
Sergio sees through Jane’s disguise to the woman
beneath, and the desires in her veiled gaze call to him like the utterly
irresistible strains of a beautiful symphony. The circumstances couldn’t be
worse, for seducing her will endanger both their livelihoods.
Yet there are lessons he cannot resist teaching her,
steps of a dance that crescendos to her final surrender…