Fantasy and paranormal romance author Maree Anderson recently released Ruby’s Dream (Book Two of The Crystal Warriors Series) in November 2011. Having published three novellas and five novels to date, this “Kiwi” author from New Zealand says, “I first started writing when my youngest was four—he’s now thirteen. Yikes!” Ms. Anderson plans to continue at her current pace of two novels a year. “My muse keeps cracking her whip at me—heinous creature,” the author says.
The Teaser for Ruby’s Dream:
She’s a plus-sized woman with sub-zero self esteem. He’s a Crystal Warrior, and the gods’ gift to women. But for a chance at the Happy Ever After they both deserve, they must learn that appearances can be deceiving… and pass the Crystal Guardian’s test before time runs out for them both.
Q: What made you want to become a romance writer?
A: Desperation. I’d had a series of jobs that I was very good at, but didn’t much like. And although I did a few courses to try out different hobbies, I had no clue what I wanted to do. I dabbled, but nothing inspired me, and I envied those who knew exactly what they wanted to do, and could work toward achieving that goal. I loved reading, and I’d always been strong at English, so I thought, why not give writing a book a go? I can hear you all laughing at my naivety.
Q: But why romance?
A: All my manuscripts are romances because I’m a sucker for a happy ending—or at the very least, a happy for now. I cry at weddings. I cry at movies, and when certain ads come on TV. I cry when I read certain books—doesn’t matter whether I’ve already read the story. How could I not end up being a romance writer?
Q: How would you describe your type of book?
A: Reviewers and readers have remarked on the humor in my stories. When I’ve experimented with darker themes and emotional angst, at least one of my characters tends to mouth-off or provide a humorous moment to diffuse the tension.
Q: How do you handle the isolation of being a full-time writer?
A: I live in a virtual world through the evil EFT trio: E-mail, Facebook and Twitter.
Q: If you were going to write a non-fiction book, what would the title be?
A: The Care and Feeding of Your Romance Author: What to do when she forgets to eat, and how to stop her from climbing the walls of her office when her muse is sulking.
If you’d like to know more about Maree Anderson and her books, here’s some places you can find her: Maree’s website/blog: http://www.mareeanderson.com, her Facebook author page: http://www.facebook.com/MareeAndersonAuthor, on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/MareeAnderson, at Writers Gone Wild: http://www.writersgonewild.blogspot.com, or on Dark Side Downunder: http://www.darksidedownunder.blogspot.com
National Romance Novel Examiner Stephanie Giancola writes romance novels as Stephanie Queen and can be found at StephanieQueen.com, as Stephanie Queen on facebook, or on twitter @StephanieQueen.