Today I'd like to welcome author Anna James
to Fallen Angel Reviews. Thanks for taking the time to answer a few questions for us today Anna
Please tell us about your upcoming book Coming Home.
Coming Home was released on April 23, 2011 from Melange Books. Although this was the first book I ever received a contract for (December 11, 2009) it was not the first book I had published. It is one of my favorites and near and dear to my heart as I tend to think of it as the book that started my writing career.
Here is a blurb and excerpt from the story to whet your appetite:
Two years ago, Christine Kincaid found her sister, Andrea, in the arms of her fiancé, James Buchanan. This after Andrea confessed to having an affair with James and being pregnant with his child. Distraught and wanting to escape the pain of James's betrayal, Christine fled her home, just outside of Washington D.C., to London, England, her birthplace.
As startling details of her parents' tragic romance come to light, Christine now suspects she was deceived by Andrea and is determined to return home and win James back. Only James seems to hate her now. She'd known that it wouldn't be easy. She'd hurt him deeply by leaving. But she believed that somehow he'd forgive her and they would finally be together. Why did he have such a bad opinion of her? And what was she going to do to make him see that he was wrong?
James Buchanan was devastated when his fiancée deserted him. He had thought they would be together forever. But he'd been wrong. Christine didn't care about him. She didn't care about anyone but herself. If she had, she'd never have left him to pursue her career. But what really bothered him was how he'd been so wrong about her. Christine had been sweet and loving to him, but the way she treated her sister was just awful. Andrea, who was alone and pregnant, had needed Christine's love, understanding and support. All Christine could do was condemn her for her mistakes and leave her to fend for herself. How could he have ever loved someone who could treat her own sister that way? And what was he going to do now that she was back?
The night security man greeted her warmly as Christine entered the building. She felt a pang of regret for not even acknowledging the man as she rushed past him on her way toward the row of elevators located at the far end of the lobby. She stabbed the call button and waited anxiously for the elevator to arrive. I need to speak to James now. I need him to reassure me that things Andrea said today are not true. James loves you, she told herself fiercely. Andrea is lying. She has to be.
All right, so things aren't that great between us right now, she acknowledged ruefully. They haven't been for a while. Not since they'd had that horrible argument after his trip to California. There was so much tension between them when they were together and James was so distant, downright cold at times. We haven't made love in weeks, her mind tormented further. It doesn't mean he's in love with Andrea, she denied furiously.
The elevator arrived and she stepped in. As it moved upward her mind drifted back to the conversation she'd had with Andrea, her sister, earlier that day. 'He loves me now', she'd said. 'You had your chance but you were too focused on your career... James is a fabulous lover. He made passionate love to me when we were at that conference in California, he couldn't help himself,' she had delighted in saying. James is the father of my baby.No! Her mind screamed again in denial. Until you hear it straight from James you can't believe anything she says. You know she would do anything to split us up.
The elevator car stopped and the doors opened on the top floor. Christine took a deep breath and stepped out. James's office was just down the hall to the left.
She could hear muffled sounds coming from his office as she approached and paused just before she reached the door. Who was in there with him at this time of night? It was late; well after ten o'clock.
"It's okay, Andrea. Don't worry. Everything is going to be okay," he said.
Christine stepped into the open doorway and froze in horror. Andrea was in James's arms, sobbing. He was holding her-so close-she acknowledged painfully as tears welled in her eyes.
"I am not going to let you go through this alone. I'll be there for you every step of the way. You can count on me, Andrea. I promise."
"What about Christine?" Andrea cried.
"I will deal with Christine," James said with chilling finality, and then lifted Andrea's head from where it rested on his chest and gave her a gentle kiss. "I promise, Andrea. I will be there for you. I won't let you down."
Christine gasped. James looked up. Their eyes collided and Christine knew the truth. She turned and ran as if all the demons of hell were chasing her.
When did you first start writing? What made you want to become a writer?
I started writing about twelve years ago but was raising my children and working so I didn't have a lot of time to pursue it. My children are much older now and, although I am still working at my job, I have finally found the time to dedicate to my passion. My first novella, Isabella's Dilemma, currently available from Sugar and Spice Press was published in July of 2010. Since then I have two other books that have been published, Guilty As Charged - book 1 in the Bradford Sisters Trilogy which was released on April 16, 2011 from Sugar and Spice Press and Coming Home which was released on April 23, 2011 from Melange Books. I also have a story, A Picture Perfect Christmas, which was included in Christmas Collectibles, an anthology of Christmas stories from seven different authors. That book was released from Melange Books in November 2010.
As far as why I wanted to become a writer, I fell in love with romance novels and wanted to be able to create characters that are passionate, lovable and linger long after a reader has finished the story.
What satisfies you about your writing?
Creating romance stories that allow women to get lost in a world filled with passion, drama amd romance.
Almost every author at some point or another suffers from writer's block. Have you ever had that problem? How do you deal with it?
As a matter of fact, I am suffering from writers block right now! I am working on Shattered Dreams - book 2 in the Bradford Sisters Trilogy. I have decided to put the story aside for a few days and work on other things. I am hoping that if I take a short break when I go back my block will be gone.
What was one of the most surprising things you learned while creating your books?
That you can't just be a writer, you also need to actively participate in promoting your work.
What can your fans look forward to in the next six months from you?
I am hoping to have Shattered Dreams - book 2 in the Bradford Sisters Trilogy completed. I also have a short novella out for consideration right now so I am hoping that will be picked up as well.
What tools do you feel are must-haves for writers?
You must have an imagination, persistence, and passion for what you write. You must also be able to take rejection and have the courage to keep at it as along as it takes to get published.
What book has influenced your life the most?
I have to say that I wasn't much of a reader when I was younger. As a matter of fact I hated it! I am a slow reader and I felt like it took me ages to get through the books I had to read in school. I never even considered reading books for fun. Then, in my senior year of high school, I took a science fiction English class. There was one book, in particular, that we read that I loved. It was entitled Rendezvous With Rama, by Arthur C. Clark. I remember that I couldn't put the book down. I had finally found a genre that I enjoyed reading. I still enjoy reading science fiction today, especially when there is a romance story woven through it.
What would you consider your most interesting quirk?
I guess it's the way I write a book. I don't write chapters sequentially. Sometimes I don't even start at the beginning. Most of the time when I get an idea for a story, I write the scene that's playing in my head. Then I write the next scene that comes to mind. This does make for a lot of re-writing at times but for it works the best.
If you had a warning label, what would it say?
According to my husband, my warning label should read "High Maintenance" lol.
Now for a little fun. Please finish the following sentences:
The first thing I bought when I sold my first book was…
a new outfit including the shoes and handbag. Then I put it on and made my husband take me out to dinner.
The best present I ever got was…
a surprise trip to Florida from my husband. He made all the arrangements for just the two of us to go. He got someone to watch our kids while we were gone, arranged for vacation time for me (we work at the same company and he knew my boss) and he booked us in great hotel. It was an awesome vacation (except for the part where my husband got sick for 3 days. But he was a trooper and we still did everything he had planned for us).
I'd love to meet…
Do you have a website or blog where readers can learn more about you and your works?
Ann James blog
You can also visit me: On Facebook, Facebook fan page and at Good Reads
Is there anything else you would like to add?
I'd like to thank you for taking the time to interview me and thank the people who have stopped by to read this. Please visit me at my blog site to learn more about me and the books I write.
Thank you for spending time with us today Anna
Interviewed by: Tammy