Today I welcome Ana Raine to the blog to answer a few questions for Author Interview³.
1) Tell us 3 fun facts about your writing history
1. I started writing because when I was younger, there weren’t a whole lot of LGBT Novels at the library for me to rent.
2. I have a sister who is thirteen years younger and she wasn’t allowed to watch television (my mother is weird) so when I babysat her, I would make up stories instead.
3. When I don’t write, I get a headache.
2) Describe your writing style in 3 words
Interesting organized chaos.
3) Name 3 of your literary influences
Kate Furnivall. V.C. Andrews. Mary Calmes.
4) Share your 3 favourite books
The Red Scarf by Kate Funivall.
The Awakening By Kate Chopin.
Change of Heart By Mary Calmes.
5) What are your 3 essential writing tools?
Music, Chocolate and QUIET.
6) Where are your 3 favourite places to write?
I write next to my piano so I can easily take a break. I write on my back patio. And in my bed.
7) Name 3 items on your writing wish list
M/M Mermaids. Necromancy. Reincarnation.
8) What are your top 3 tips for aspiring writers?
To not give away your material to the first person interested, but be patient.
Create readable outlines.
Don’t tell people what you’re writing because then their comments influence you.
9) Tell us 3 of your writing plans for the year ahead
Finishing a new novel about Fire Foxes (Can’t say more).
To start or finish a YA.
To go to one retreat.
10) Tell us about your latest release
My latest release is the second in my Anima series. My novel draws upon Gaelic mythology to incorporate a modern twist on Fairies whose lives are tied to trees, and the shape shifting swans they keep as prisoners to protect them.
Heat Level: 4
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Liberation from one master might mean enslavement to another.
For centuries, the Kuro swan shifters have been the unwilling servants of the Dryma Fairies. That changed when Prince Tristan of the Dryma attempted to sacrifice himself for the Royal Kuro Kanji-his lover and mate.
The Sidhee, seeing Tristan’s actions to free the swans as a betrayal, launch a devastating attack that leaves most of the Kuro and Dryma dead or imprisoned. The fate of the swans rests entirely on Kanji’s shoulders, and he must somehow devise a plan that will protect both his partner and his tribe as the war with the Sidhee rages. It won’t be easy for mortal enemies to become allies, and Kanji is beginning to despair of ever waking Tristan from his deathlike slumber. And neither the Kuro not the Dryma can compete with the Sidhee when it comes to brutal violence.
When Kanji finds a small boy asleep at the bottom of a lake, his hope for reuniting Tristan is rekindled. But what is the boy, and can his magic turn the tide against a seemingly impossible enemy?
About the Author
Ana Raine writes because she loves to believe in magic, dragons, and that there is more to life than what human eyes can see. Ana lives in Michigan where when it’s not snowy and wet, there are beautiful state parks and lakes to visit. When she was eighteen, she married her best friend and they live with their two cats, Mason and Misaki. Ana has celiac disease, but that hasn’t stopped her from learning how to cook and bake so she can eat tasty treats. Fudge, enchiladas, and anything involving yucca/cassava are her absolute favorite.
Ana has studied in Osaka, Japan where she learned about theater and drama. She would love to go back after she is sure her Japanese is efficient enough. Ana loves anything to do with foxes, especially Arctic foxes. One day, Ana will find a way to incorporate her love of foxes into a novel, but until then, she’ll stay focused on fairies, shape shifters, and mythology.