Please give a warm welcome to Annalise Russell.
Annalise’s first Aphrodisia release, “IN HIS BED”, will be released in the upcoming anthology, THE PLEASURE OF HIS BED, this September!
Please tell us about your upcoming release.
IN HIS BED is my first story with Kensington. The story takes place during Viking times, and involves an Irish lass. It is part of a three novella collection (THE PLEASURE OF HIS BED) due out in September 2008. The other two stories in the collection are written by Donna Grant and Melissa MacNeal. So there will be three terrific and very different stories to entice and enjoy!
What inspired the story?
I always find this question to be tough to answer. Writing historicals, it is difficult for me to take inspiration from everyday life. I’ve yet to meet many Vikings in the produce section of the grocery store. So for me, it’s not so much inspiration as characters with stories that must be told.
What is your favorite part of being a writer? Least favorite?
My favorite part of being a writer, hmm…that’s a good question. I guess I’ve never thought of writing in those terms. As far as the process itself, I’d have to say all of it. I love the first draft, finding out about my characters and their lives, their struggles and accomplishments. Edits are where I smooth out the wrinkles. And sending off that finished manuscript – that always feels great!
For the least favorite part of being a writer, I’d have to say it’s when my characters go off in a totally different direction than I envisioned, and I have to go back and do the clean up work. But over the years I’ve learned that for me, going along with my characters always produces a better story in the end. After all, my life is never as exciting as theirs 🙂
Who has inspired you as a writer?
In contemporary times, Diana Gabaldon, absolutely. She broke all the taboo rules with her Outlander series and as a reader, I just didn’t care. I fell so wonderfully in love with her characters that any wrong they did by happenstance or intention didn’t matter.Now writers in history, there’s quite a list, ‘Madame Bovary’ by Gustave Flaubert, ‘Dragonwyck’ by Anya Seton, ‘Cass Timberlane’ by Sinclair Lewis, R. W. Emerson, Geoffrey Chaucer, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Edgar Allen Poe, Mark Twain, the list goes on and on. Old books are my passion, and I don’t just collect them for a shelf, I read them.
How long have you been a writer?
All my life. I’ve always been a writer, everything from poetry to short prose and articles all through high school, college, and adult life. About six years ago I decided to pursue writing fiction as a career.
What would you like to tell aspiring writers?
Write. Write. Write. And don’t ever let anyone tell you that your dreams will never come true. This is not an easy business, you need a thick skin, but it is a business where success can be had if you want it bad enough to work for it.
Describe yourself in 3 words.
Shy. Perceptive. Daring.
If you had a time capsule to be opened 50 years in the future, what would you put in it?
A clock that would turn back time!
What is next for you?
I am currently finishing my second novella for Kensington, which I hope my editor will love. January will be a time for researching and writing a proposal on a three book set of stories. Each single title story will stand alone, but they are all connected. I also have another single title historical to edit. So lots to keep me busy.
Is there anything you’d like to ask readers?
What do you like most about the stories you read and keep on your shelf? What is it that draws you back to re-read a particular story over and over?
You can learn more about Annalise by visiting her blog at www.annaliserussell.wordpress.com
Thank you Annalise for the interview!
I truly look forward to your release and wish you much success!
Readers, how about taking the time to answer Annalise’s questions…