MY INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR ANNA EDWARDS
What’s your name and what genre would you consider your books to be?
I’m a British author called Anna Edwards and I write Romantic Suspense, Dark Romance and PNR.
Tell me about your book. How did you come up with that (story, angle, idea)?
Most of my books comes from random ideas that just pop into my head and develop from there.
How did you get interested in writing this particular genre (historical novels, mysteries, sci-fi, children’s books, etc.)?
Just through reading other books and having ideas spring to mind.
What kind of research did you do for this book?
I’m always researching my books, I want to make sure a lot of it is accurate as much as I can. I spend a lot of time on the internet, but I also like to bring personal experience into the stories when I can to keep everything real.
Can you tell me about your Series?
The Control Series is about a group of friends and the twists and turns of their relationships. Glacial Blood is a fantasy world of shifters and Dark Sovereignty is English aristocracy at its worst.
Do you have a favorite book out of this series?
My favorite book is probably the one I’ve just written, Tainted Reasoning in the Dark Sovereignty series. It’s different to the norm and includes a lot of myself in it. It’s out January 22nd and I can’t wait to share it with everyone.
Where did you get the inspiration/idea for your series?
Again, it’s through my own life and just random ideas that pop into my head.
Was it always meant to become a series?
I’m a series reader so yes, my books were always destined to be more than just one. I like to fall in love with the characters and keep them with me for a while.
What’s a typical working day like for you? When and where do you write? Do you set a daily writing goal?
I’m a full timewriter (well, when I’m not being a mum) so as soon as the children are to school it’s writing and admin until time to pick them up. I have my own office but recently I’ve been writing by our fire because it’s warmer. I do have a goal, I aim for at least 2k-3k words a day. I’ve got books planned until 2021 at the moment. They are all in a folder with detailed chapter plans, characters bio’s etc. I’m a big planning person, can you tell.
Do you have a new book in the making and if so, what’s the name of your upcoming book?
I have several new books planned. The next one that I’ll be writing is called A Father’s Insistence and it’s the final book in my Dark Sovereignty series. I’m going to really allow my dark side to take over with this one.
How important are character names to you in your books? Is there a special meaning to any of the names?
For me they are very important. I like to match names to the countries I write in as well. I have books set in both England and America and I’ve researched a lot on the popular names between the two countries. I also like slightly more magical names for my paranormal series.
What is the hardest part of writing for you?
The editing, I hate it. I find it so hard to read back over my work because I don’t read what’s there, I read what my head is telling me is there instead.
What do you think of book trailers? Do you have a trailer or do you intend to create one for your own book?
I love book trailers. I have a You Tube account with a couple of mine on. I need to do some more though. It’s finding the time.
What do you consider to be your best accomplishment?
Making Amazon bestseller three times now. It’s been a crazy year.
What’s the best thing about being an author?
Meeting and getting to chat to so many different people. You never know where in the world you will go each day and what interesting stories you will hear.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Sitting on my sofa by the fire writing my 500th book!
Have you always liked to write?
No, not at all. I was an Accountant for many years. I feel into writing by accident and haven’t looked back since.
What writing advice do you have for aspiring authors?
Listen to advice but follow your own heart. You have to have a thick skin in this industry because people will always be trying to knock you down.
If you didn’t like writing books, or weren’t any good at it, what would you like to do for a living?
I would still be an Accountant.
Do you read reviews of your book(s)? Do you respond to them, good or bad? How do you deal with the bad?
I’ve stopped reading them recently. I’ve just found that a lot of people are critical just because they have a platform to do so. I will always write what I want to write. I wouldn’t be able to do it justice if I didn’t.
What is your least favourite part of the writing / publishing process?
Release day, it’s so nerve wrecking and I get really stressed.
Why did you choose to write in your genre? If you write in more than one, how do you balance them?
I choose to write in the genres that I do because they are the ones that I love to read, and they capture my attention. I balance writing different one by trying to alternate between them when I write. Also, when I’m writing dark romance I will read paranormal romance so I don’t get confused or over whelmed with too much of the same thing.
Where did your love of books come from?
I have no idea, it’s just always been with me as a method of escapism.
Do you have any favorite authors or favorite books?
I have far too many favorite authors to name, the list would be endless.
Of all the characters you have created, which is your favoriteand why?
My favorite is Matthew Carter from the Control Series, he’s no nonsense and hot as hell but vulnerable at the same time. It’s a strange combination but he’s the character that I can’t stop writing. I’ve even bought him into other series because I need my fix of him.
Does writing energize or exhaust you?
It can be both, it depends on the scene. I find emotional scenes exhilarating but sex scenes often leave me exhausted. Writing Tainted Reasoning left me in a book funk afterwards because of the topics covered in the book and the emotion in it.
What is your writing Kryptonite?
Anything Sci-fi based. I just can’t get on with it.
Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?
I think I’m a bit of both, you have to give what people want to read but you also need to be true to yourself to make it realistic.
What other authors are you friends with, and how do they help you become a better writer?
I’m friends with lots of different authors now from the UK to US and all different levels of writing. It’s a fantastic support network and at conventions we have a good time getting to see each other. I think we need that sometimes just to sound off about issues that affect us. Writing can be a lonely place sometimes as it’s just you and your computer for the majority of time so to interact with others and just know they face the same issues as you really help.
If you were writing a book about your life, what would the title be?
Have faith in yourself – I’m a big doubter.
Where can your fans find you and follow??
Follow Anna Online!