Topic: Author Interview
Anna J. Evans the person:
1. What three words do you think describe you as a human being?
Sappy, driven, and exhausted
2. How do you think others would describe you?
Hyper, friendly, and run-off-at-the-mouthish
3. Please tell us what you are most passionate about outside of writing.
My kids. Mommying is the best job ever (and the hardest). I also love photography and work as a freelance photographer for my state's paper.
4. Do you have any pets? If so, introduce us to them.
No pets, just kids-Big'un, Princess, and the Roo
5. What is your most precious memory?
A tie between the day my son was born and the day I married my husband and my two full time stepdaughters.
6. What is your most embarrassing memory?
Wow, that's a hard one....hmmm...so many to choose from, lol. I guess the most embarrassing in recent memory was my now 9 year old's second grade open house. I squatted down to ask my youngest to be quiet while 9's teacher was talking and split open my pants, all the way from the waistband down one leg to my knee. Thank god, my hubs had a jacket with him and covered me up and helped me scurry out to the car. My kids still bring this story up on a monthly basis...or whenever their friends are over.
7. If you weren't a writer, what would you be doing with your life?
Photography full time, I guess. Or maybe I'd just focus on being a mom. I'd love to have one or two more kids and having more time to spend with them would be great.
8. In two paragraphs or less write your obituary.
Here lies Anna J. Evans, she loved well, lived with a passion, and was lucky enough to share her life with a man who loved her the way she'd only dreamed she could be loved and with three fantastic kids.
Anna J. Evan the writer:
9. Can you describe the time you realized you were indeed a "real" writer?
When that first royalty check came in. People were really paying to read my work! Woah, that was cool, and scary too. At that point those readers became people I was determined not to disappoint.
10. What is going on with your writing these days?
I'm booked through the summer with new releases for Ellora's Cave and have my first two releases coming from Samhain Publishing in February and July 2008. I've got a great mix of spicy stuff coming out-if I do say so myself, lol-a little something for everyone from historical, paranormal, and urban fantasy erotic romance. I've also recently sold my first Young Adult paranormal chick lit. It won't be out until 2009, but I'm getting ready to start edits any day now. Exciting stuff!
11. What are your future goals for your writing?
I want to keep writing racy fun romances as "Anna", continue to write at least one book a year for my YA pen name, and then get into some more straight urban fantasy. I love world building, and being the workaholic I am, I think I need a third pen name to really round things out, lol.
12. Can you describe a typical writing day for you?
On the three days my littlest has Mom's Day Out, I usually aim to get about 3,000 words done plus any edits or promo things that I have going on that day. That takes up about the whole day until time to get him at 2:00 p.m. On weekends and days the Roo is home, I trrryyyy to get about 1500 words done if possible, but it can be difficult. He's three and really into Mama participation in everything, even watching Sesame Street.
13. Why do you write?
I have to write. If not...my mind will race all night with all the stories trying to get out.
14. What writer most inspires you? Why?
Wow, hard question. I love Mary Janice Davidson's unique voice. I love Scott Westerfeld's imaginings for the young adult future. I really admire Sylvia Day and Gena Showalter and my critique partner, December Quinn, who is such a talented urban fantasy writer. And I could really go on and on.
15. How do you define your writing?
Anna is fun with a healthy dose of romance and an abundance of heat. Sassy and seductive, and hopefully with some imaginative twists people haven't seen a million times before.
16. In one sentence-what do you want people to say about your writing in fifty years?
Man, that was an entertaining book, one for my keeper shelf.
Anna J. Evans the details:
17. Can you tell us where to find more information on you? Website? Blog?
Writer's group: http://dnwriters.com/ (We have a HUGE holiday contest going on if this goes live before the holidays.)
18. Is there a place where readers can reach you?
Head over to my website: http://annajevans.com/ and hit the email link. I'm thrilled to hear from readers! Email is my favorite way to procrastinate.
19. Can you list all your book titles so people can look for them?
Of course, lol.
From Ellora's Cave Publishing (all of which are listed on my author page, link below):
Novels and novellas:
"Main Attraction" Perfectly Wicked 1
"Sinfully Sweet" Perfectly Wicked 2
"Bad Apple" Perfectly Wicked 3
"As the Lady Wishes" co-written with December Quinn
"Demon's Triad" co-written with December Quinn (January 2008)
"Deep Cover" (February 2008)
Short stories and anthologies:
"Ellora's Cavemen: Dreams of the Oasis Volume 2"
"Off the Deep End"
"Seducing the Enemy"
"Decking the Hollisters"
"Ellora's Cavemen: Seasons of Seduction Volume 4" (Dec. 22, 2007)
From Samhain Publishing:
"Captured" erotic historical February 2008
"Devil Take Me" July 2008
20. For new readers-what can they expect when they read your book(s)?
Sexy, but always a romance. There is a lot of nookie, so if you don't like that...well, then you might not like my books. But my mother has read them all and she's sixty, lol.
21. Take as much space as necessary to speak to our readers-what would you like them to know about you and your writing?
Just that I write to entertain, to give the kind of read that takes you away from the rest of the world and provides that much needed escape we all crave from time to time. If I've provided that for my readers, I feel I've succeeded.