This week our guest is the gorgeous Annabelle Anders (just look at this dress!).
She writes Historical Romance, and is here today to tell us a bit about herself and her books.
Let’s see what she answered to my questions!!!
Please tell us a little about yourself.
Married to the same man for over 25 years, I am a mother to
three children and two Miniature Wiener dogs After owning a business and experiencing considerable success, my husband and I got caught in the financial crisis
and lost everything; our business, our home, even our car.
At this point,
I put my B.A. in Poly Sci to use and took work as a waitress and bartender.
Unwilling to give up on a professional life, I simultaneously went back to college and obtained a degree in Energy Management.
And then the energy market dropped off.
And then my dog died.
I can only be grateful for this series of unfortunate events, for, with nothing to lose and completely demoralized, I sat down and began to write the romance novels which had until then, existed only my imagination.
I am happy to have found my place in life.
I first was going to call it “A Lady Scorned” giving it the obvious Historical sounding title, and in Hindsight, that might have been a good idea. I say this because some people aren’t aware that it IS a HISTORICAL NOVEL. A few of my reviewers opened it up and were like, “OH NO! I don’t read Historical’s!” The happy aspect of this is that they read it anyway and said they really enjoyed it!
Anyway, This series flips the normal trope of debutante’s seeking husbands onto it’s head. Cecily (My Heroine) is trying to get rid of a husband… (as is my character in Book 2). So I decided to call the series “The Devil’s Debutantes.” Hell Hath No Fury then seemed to be the best title. Book Two is likely going to be titled Hell in a Hand Basket.
What is your favorite character of “Hell Hath No Fury”?
My favorite character is likely, always going to be the heroine I’m writing about right now. I say this because I do not like reading stories where I don’t like the heroine.
The only genre I write is Regency (Late Regency.) Maybe someday I’ll switch that up… but no plans for that at the time.
How would you describe your writing style?
Journalistic. Easy reading. I don’t use a lot of fancy words. I simply want to tell my story in a fun and romantic way. Although my books have tragedies in them I want them to be fun and light hearted. I think a good story can be a bit of a rollercoaster ride… kind of like life.
What authors inspire your writing?
Mary Balogh. Jennifer Cruise (Contemporary) and Lisa Kleypas.
A singer. I’m a dork, because, yes, I LOVE Karaoke. LOL
What are you working on now?
I have three other projects in the works right now.
Of course, Blue Tulip and I are working to release the follow up to HELL HATH NO FURY, which is titled HELL IN A HAND BASKET and hopefully we can get that out before the end of the year.
I’m also working with another publisher, The Wild Rose Press, on a four book series which I finished writing last year. It’s called Lord Love a Lady and is Pure Regency Romance FUN! I’m so excited about this series because, I think, unlike many series that I’ve read, the books get better and better as you get deeper into it. The last book is the best book I’ve ever written (In my opinion) And I can hardly WAIT to release it! These should start coming out, I think, in early 2018.
And the book I’m writing right now will likely be my first Self Published work. It’s the first book of a Regency Romance series where the heroines all suffer from some sort of mild Anxiety disorder. The first book is called the “Perfect Debutante” and the series is titled “Perfect Ladies.” It’s tricky because I want to handle the subject matter sensitively but also have some fun. Ironically enough, this book will likely be the next one to release!
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Keep writing. Send queries and manuscripts but throughout the process of being published keep writing. I say this because many Publishers take a LONG time getting your book out and you’ll stay ahead of the game if you have other projects coming right behind your first…