I am feeling the author love again! I have been honored with an interview from the amazingly talented Anna Edwards! Words can not express how badly I have fangirled out this, hopefully I am not embarrassing myself by saying this now lol. Firstly Anna has a new book, but not just any book an epic new start to a new series The Touch of Snow (A Glacial Blood #1). Haven’t heard of it well let me help you out with that:
Synopsis (taken from Goodreads):
Selene Harper doesn’t know who is she and for that fact, what she is. If she touches someone, she hears all their intimate thoughts. Not so good when you want to start dating. And definitely not good when you are about to be thrown into the world of shape-shifting bears, wolves and wild cats.
Brayden Dillion is a shape-shifting snow leopard. He is the lead assassin of the Glacial Blood pack but has already been told that when he mates, he will be made Beta. That is the problem though. He cannot find his partner. Well, after he goes to visit his mother and meets Selene.
The Touch of Snow is the first book in the new Glacial Blood series. A first paranormal book from the author, Anna Edwards. It tells the story of a voyage of discovery for both Selene and Brayden as they try to understand what fate has in store for them. The Glacial Blood world is full of intrigue, suspense and a family of friends. It also features a secret that should remain untold.
Family isn’t always blood; it’s the people in your life that accept you for what you are.
About Anna Edwards (taken from her author page)
I am a British author, from the depths of the rural countryside near London. In a previous life, I was an Accountant from the age of twenty-one. I still do that on occasions, but most of my life is now spent intermingling writing while looking after my husband, two children and two cats (probably in the inverse order to the one listed!). When I have some spare time I can also be found writing poetry, baking cakes (and eating them), or behind a camera snapping like a mad paparazzi.
In 2015 I was diagnosed with depression and anxiety. It was also around this time that I became one of the founding members of a dramatic/erotic/dark role playing group on Twitter. It was wildly popular with both English and American followers. The writing helped me to overcome my depression by giving me an outlet to channel my thoughts into and not sit around worrying all day about things that would never happen. I took over responsibility for management of the group and responsibility for the development of our storylines. As well as playing at least ten different characters in the group ranging from an innocent virgin, bloodthirsty assassin and even a male lover. The success of the role-play spurred me on to writing novels.
I have a love of traveling and like to bring this to my stories to give them the air of reality. Surrendered Control, my first book released in November 2016, combines two of my favorite travel destinations. India is where I lived for eighteen months with my husband and two children. My young son was only six months old when we traveled there. It was a fabulous time for us all and they learnt so much about the differing cultures, as well as, much to my husband’s chagrin, spending lots of money in the silk shops. The Control series will feature lots of international travel.
I have always been an avid reader. Mainly murder mystery in the past but with Beautiful Bastard I discovered a whole new set of novels and I haven’t looked back since. I like my hero’s hot and hunky with a dirty mouth. My heroines demur but with spunk. And my books in a kick arse series.
What started you on the path to writing for a living?
I was originally an Accountant, as far removed from a writer as you can get. In 2015 though I was diagnosed with depression, it was around this time that I became a founding member of roleplaying group on Twitter. Writing gave me a chance to escape and I fell in love with it. A chance meeting online with Carrie Ann Ryan’s PA, Charity Hendry gave me the confidence to publish and I’ve never looked back.
How did you come up with the idea for your book?
I’ve always had ideas for stories in my head since I was a little girl (obviously less x-rated). I liked to loose myself in a fantasy world. That hasn’t stopped and I always carry a note book with me now to jot ideas down as I get them.
What does a typical workday look like for you?
A typical work day for me starts by getting my eight and six-year-old off to school. Once I’ve done that it’s make myself a coffee and then in front of the computer until it is time to collect the children from school. Writing is something I love. I’m incredibly lucky to have this job.
How do you deal with writer’s block?
I’ve been lucky not to have suffered to bad with it so far. I did loose a bit of confidence in my writing recently but I remembered all the good comments and took some time out to read. I came back to the computer and the words just started flowing again.
What does your writing space look like?
I’m bereft of a permanent writing space at the moment. We are currently in the process of moving house so that I can actually have one. My husband works from home as well so he commandeers our office. The new work space that I will have is beautiful. It has double patio doors opening onto a balcony. It is light and airy and I can’t wait to move.
What keeps you motivated during creative slumps?
I write because it keeps me sane. It helps me function and if I didn’t write my head would probably explode with all the stories inside it. I also write for confidence and friendship. Everyone has been so welcoming in the author world. I’ve got my first signing in August and I’m so excited. I’ve not had creative slumps yet. I’ve got far to many ideas at the moment. That is the problem LOL.
If your novel were being made into a movie, whom would you pick to play the lead roles?
If the Touch of Snow were made into a novel who would play the lead role. I really don’t know. I’m not a massive film buff, I’d rather read a book. Sorry.
Do you outline books ahead of time or are you more of a by-the-seat-of-your-pants writer?
I do a rough outline of the chapters prior to writing the books so that I know where I’m going and roughly how many words I will have in the books. Obviously the plan changes a bit as the character’s develop and grow and I become more at one with them. Brayden developed a lot in The Touch of Snow. He became more of a central character to the whole story because I just feel in love with him.
What do you do in your free time when you aren’t writing?
In my free time I love to do photography. I received an all singing and dancing camera for Christmas two years ago. I wanted to learn how to use it off of automatic so I took some course. I love taking pictures. I’ve included a couple below.
Do you put yourself in your books/characters at all?
All the time. My husband often says that he can be talking to me and I’m completely ignoring him. In my head I’m acting out the scene between the characters. I think it’s important to really identify with characters so you can make them more realistic in the books. They need faults, not just perfections.
What has been one of your most rewarding experiences as an author?
It was the friendship I’ve made with my PA and Graphic Artist Charity Hendry. We call each others sisters from across the ocean. I was incredibly lucky to be able to visit her earlier this year in Florida. We cried, a lot. We drunk wine out of plastic glasses and generally just had so much fun. When I was in Florida I was lucky enough to attending Apollycon Convention with her. I was assistant to the fabulous Donna Grant and got to meet so many authors. I was totally fangirling.
Out of all the books you’ve written, do you have a favorite?
I think it is probably The Touch of Snow, it is so different to anything I’ve ever imagine that I would write. I love it. And the whole Glacial Blood Series is a world of my creating. I’ve been able to let myself go on it. The comments I’ve been getting from people as well are amazing. These are people that don’t normally read paranormal and they love it.
What are your top three favorite books of all time?
That is a difficult question. I tend to work in series more that books. I can give you my favourite three series
- Donna Grant’s Dragon Kings
- The Masters of Shadowlands – Cherise Sinclair
- Sinners on Tour – Olivia Cunning.
If someone is brand new to your work, what book do you think they should start with?
It would have to be Surrendered Control or The Touch of Snow. They are both the start of series. I love to have stories woven throughout my series even though the books can be read as stand alones in terms of the actual romance in them.
I loved being able to interview Anna, we have so much in common it is unreal! In case you need them here are all Anna’s stalker links
Facebook Page: AnnaEdwardsWriter
Facebook Profile: Anna Edwards
Good Reads: https://www.goodreads.com/anna__edwards
Until next time,