I met Annie at the Space Coast Book Lovers convention. She oozes exuberance. Learn a little more about her and then go over and get her books.
If you weren’t a writer, what would be your dream job? Probably graphic design or something similar. I enjoy making things pretty.
Where do your ideas come from? Anywhere and everywhere. Movies, TV shows, music, a random conversation. Really anywhere.
What is the best writing advice have you received and what would you advise new writers? The best advice I’ve ever read is to ask yourself 3 questions: 1 – Who is my character? 2 – What do they want most in this world?
How can I prevent them from getting it? If you want conflict in your story, that is the best way to get to the root of it.
Tell us all the genres you write. I write Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance, and Romantic Suspense.
Do you consider yourself a pantser or a plotter? A plantser? I try to have a general outline of my story, but I leave major wiggle room for my characters to go off on their own little tangents. (Which they do often.)
Describe your dream vacation. A cruise with warm weather. The best family vacation we’ve ever gone on was a Mediterranean cruise to Spain, France, and Italy. I’d love a repeat.
How do you decide on names for your characters? How they sound out loud, really. I pick a name I haven’t heard 3000 times and then try to come up with a last name that doesn’t suck. Baby name websites are useful, but none of the popular name ones unless I’m looking for a list of names to avoid.
Describe any writing rituals you use. I typically have to be as comfortable as possible, so I get in my pajamas, grab a fuzzy blanket, and sit in my office. Once I get good music going, the words usually come not long after.
What snacks do you eat while you write? Do you listen to music? If so what kind? Chips, popcorn, crackers, Jolly Ranchers or Dove chocolates. I typically have to be chewing on something during the writing process. (Thank the universe there is a gym in my house, or I’d be in real trouble.) I listen to so much music, but it depends on the scene. I have playlists based on the mood I want like love scenes, tense, fight scenes, etc.
What is the last book you read and why did you choose it? I believe it was The Hookup by Kristen Ashley, and I picked it because it arrived via preorder onto my Kindle app. I’d been dying for it, so…
What was the first book you remember reading? Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak.
You can only have five books on your bookshelf. What are they and why? That’s like asking me to pick a which kid I like better. Probably:
Beard Science by Penny Reid,
Sweet Dreams by Kristen Ashley,
Halfway to the Grave by Jeaniene Frost,
Skinwalker by Faith Hunter, and
Grave Sight by Charlaine Harris because I need the smarts of Penny, the love of KA, and the pluck and determination of my paranormal heroines.
You’ve had a variety of jobs throughout your career. What was your favorite and why? This one hands down. I love creating new worlds and shocking my readers with new twists. Plus, I get to wear pajamas to work, and
really that is the real perk.
You’ve traveled a lot. What are your top five hacks for packing up and moving?
Typically when we move, the military moves us, so my best tips are: Make sure your boxes are labeled, and always have a back-up ‘house in a box’ in case you stuff doesn’t get there when it is supposed to. Mine consists of blow-up mattresses & linens, durable plates/bowls/forks/knives/pots, and at least 1 camp chair for everyone. It has saved our bacon a couple of times when our stuff took a longer trip than we did.
Thank you for your service in the military. Tell us a little about what you did. I’m always a bit awkward when someone says thank you for my service. You’re welcome? I worked in the Dental Laboratory which means I made dental and facial prosthesis. Like crowns and bridges and an eyeball or two. It sounds totally uncool until you realize I worked with lathes and blow torches and got to make art every day. Granted it was tooth art, but I made sure everything was really pretty and functional. When I was deployed, I worked in a hospital down range assisting in surgeries and passing instruments. It was a wild time.
Thank you, Annie