Annie Rayburn Interview

I am delighted to be speaking with author Annie Rayburn today. Thanks for chatting with us today Annie!
My pleasure. I'm delighted to be featured on Fallen Angel Reviews.

To start, will you please tell us a little bit about your current release Bittersweet Obsessions?
Sure. It's a multi-genre erotic romance with not one, but two couples who find their happily ever after. While it's contemporary romance, Bittersweet Obsessions is an alternate reality, featuring a race of people I created in my short 2005 e-story, Insight (FAR: 4 Angels), then continued building the world in Phantoms & Fantasies (FAR: Rec. Read), both recently re-released by me.

What was your inspiration for Bittersweet Obsessions?
I had a problem. I'd created a race of people who immediately knew who their perfect mate was because of their physical reactions. So how was I to keep them apart for an entire book? I started playing the what if game and the question came up, "What if their life-mate is already taken, or unavailable? What then?" and I knew I had a book.

What is a typical day like for you?
Basically, a big yawn, but it works for me. There's lots of time spent with my laptop, writing, doing promotions, and social networking. During breaks, I work in the mundane chores of laundry, cooking, pet care and occasional housework. Hubby is semi-retired and we usually take a poolside break late afternoon, then eat dinner and watch the pre-recorded news. Are you still awake? ;-)

When did you decide to take "pen in hand" and write with the intent to publish?
In 2003, when my hubby's job took us to Hawaii. He's been very supportive of my need to write.

Do you have any special rituals to help you get in the mood to write?
Can't say that I do. If I'm feeling 'stuck' I resort to pen and paper until the thoughts are coming too fast to get them down. Then it's back to the keyboard.

Do you have any bad writing habits?
Two, actually. Procrastination and the constant need to edit. I wish it weren't true, but it is.

Do you have a character that is especially close to your heart?
That varies, depending on who's story I'm working on. I love all my characters!

What is the biggest misconception about being an author?
That it's somehow romantic and artsy. Sorry to burst the bubble, but there's no mysterious muse gifting us with beautiful words, people. It's a lot of hours typing, of figuring things out in your head because you're in love with the people in your imagination and are driven to tell their story, no matter how much it twists your gut in knots or dredges up painful memories.

What's one thing you would like your readers to know about you?
My tagline, "Sizzling romance that tugs at your heart." fits my writing. To me, lasting sizzle in a relationship always comes from the emotion behind it.

Everyone has a different perspective on "getting away from it all" and a good book often helps to satisfy an escapist urge. As a reader or an author, what are the essential elements for you in good escapist reading?
A strong opening hook and characters with valid conflicts who engage me emotionally and act in ways consist to their background and personalities.

Congratulations! You just won a year off from work to travel anywhere in the world and write the story of your dreams. Where do you go, what type of book do you write, and what's the title?
Yay! Except writing IS my work, so I'll take it with me to...Australia where I'll travel around the continent and take a gazillion notes for future books. I'll write a collection of romantic and sexy-hot short stories for all those working moms and dads with little time for reading. The title will come to me as I'm writing.

Can you share a little of your upcoming works with us?
I'd be glad to. In Bittersweet Obsessions, Klaus is to-die-for hot, and a sexual surrogate whose life-mate (Britta) was in an accident that left her brain damaged and child-like. Readers seemed to think he needed a HEA, and I agreed. When he revealed his full background to me, I knew he would need a very special woman to break down the fortress around his heart. I believe I've found her in Jacqui, Britta's nurse, who sees the real Klaus as few ever do. No title yet, but it will come to me before I finish writing their story.

Do you have a website or blog where readers can learn more about you and your works?
Yes. and I participate in a popular grog.

Is there anything else you would like to add today?
I love hearing from my readers. They can also connect with me on my Facebook page: Annie Rayburn, Author and on Twitter, Annie_Rayburn

Thanks for taking time out of your busy schedule to answer some questions for us today Annie!
Thank you! I've enjoyed it.

Interviewed by: Tammy