Monday, August 20, 2012

Welcome, Annabelle Blume, to the garden today. I have a feeling we're in for a treat!

Mary: Who inspires you?

Annabelle: I’m inspired by other writers. I don’t mean my stories are inspired by their stories. What I mean is that when I see other writers, typing until their fingers are sore and their knuckles are swollen with fatigue, plotting and outlining and then re-plotting and re-outlining until their stories are the best they can be, THAT inspires me. Watching writers pour their blood, sweat, and tears into something and then share it with the world is amazing.

Mary: Where do you find your ideas? Does something trigger them? Do you carry around a notebook incase inspiration strikes?

Annabelle: I do carry a notebook around with me. Sometimes a line comes to me and I need to write it down right then and there. Other times, I may notice something about the way someone walks or a particular phrase someone uses and I have to document because it’s perfect for a character I’m working with (or one taking shape in my mind).

Mary: Do you like to write series? Or single titles only?

Annabelle: I like both. Sometimes, the character’s story is done, or at least the part I am meant to tell. I have a book I’m working on right now that is meant to be a single title. Yet, the story waiting patiently behind it in the cue of my mind is most definitely a series.

Mary: Do you like to travel? If so where is your favorite city?

Annabelle: Not particularly, but I would drop everything for free airfare to Hawaii. There is something truly magical about Hawaii. I haven’t been in 15 years and I’m eager to go back.

Mary: How do you research for your books?

Annabelle: For Frozen Heart, I visited many scientific journal websites and consulted with a friend who has a degree in the sciences. Little details like what components one needs to make a solar panel aren’t something I have any knowledge of, so I needed to do thorough research.

Mary: Are the characters in your books, people you know?

Annabelle: Sometimes yes, but most often they’re completely imaginary people. Cressenda and Beckett aren’t modeled after anyone. In fact, I had a terrible time finding pictures of “famous” people who resembled my characters because they were creations of my crazy mind.

Mary: Can you tell us where people can find you? Web site, social media, blog, etc.

Annabelle: I am everywhere...MWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Okay, in all seriousness, I’m on Twitter @AnnabelleBlume, on Facebook www.facebook.comAnnabelleBlumeAuthor , and my website is www.annabelleblume.com

Mary: Have you written your entire life? Not as in wanting to write, but actually pursued a writing career.

Annabelle: I haven’t written my entire life. I’ve been a reader, and I mean a passionate, obsessive reader, my entire life. Writing a book was something creative people did and I didn’t see myself as a creative person when I was growing up. Life circumstance demanded the most practical career choices as a young woman. I’m very lucky to be able to explore this part of myself now.

Mary: What is your writing process?

Annabelle: I sit down and write. Sometimes I have an outline of sorts but really I just sit down and write. I also talk through my plots with a few close friends and critique partners.

Mary: Where do you want to go with your writing career?

Annabelle: If I continue to write books and people continue to want to rad them, then I have done my job. I’d love, as much as any other author, so see myself on the NYT Best Seller list, but we can’t validate our life goals by whether or not they’re celebrated by others. I’m far more concerned with being proud of my work and writing books with characters and plots that mean something to me than selling millions of books (though that would be nice).

Mary: What is your work in progress? And, when do you plan to have it done?

Annabelle: Right now, I’m working on a contemporary romance with a dark side. The personal struggles of the heroine are not simple and she will go far down the rabbit hole before finding her way back out. I hope to have the first draft done by the end of September. It will takes months after that to edit. Maybe it will be done in January? Don’t hold me to that.

Mary: What are your thoughts on self-publishing verses traditional publishing?

Annabelle: My thoughts are publish your book in the way that makes you most comfortable and works best for you. This is an interesting time and the publishing world has changed drastically, of late. There is no right or wrong way.

Frozen Heart
by Annabelle Blume
Release date: August 7, 2012

Blurb:
A decade surviving on her own. Three days with the enemy. Can love conquer all?

Cressenda knows how to survive. With her sled dogs as her only companions, she’s spent the past ten years hiding in the snow covered wilderness from the oppressive regime of the Affinity. When a routine trip to civilization takes a turn for the worst, Cressenda is forced to take refuge with the enemy or lose her life to the frozen countryside.

But Beckett, a Guard of the Affinity, is more than a man in uniform. His desperate need to help Cressenda escape both the blizzard and the Affinity, makes her feelings for him all the more troubling. Will Beckett be true to his word and set Cressenda free? Will her heart let her leave after all they’ve shared?

About the Author:
Annabelle is a Science Fiction and Urban Fantasy Romance author, that is, when she's not checking homework or begrudgingly cooking dinner. Wife, mother, and creator of alternate worlds, Annabelle has a penchant for that which is outside the norm.

Her Sociology degree did nothing to progress her writing skills, but has given her the ability to construct worlds that exist only in her head and translate them passionately to the page. The time spent studying individuals, interpersonal relationships, and particularly, women, within the constraints of our society led to Annabelle's unabashed ability to talk about sex as it fits into our modern lives.

She's also the author/personality of The Bombshell Mommy at Vitacost.com, where she expounds her knowledge of being a vixen clad in sweatpants.

Facebook: www.facebook.com/AnnabelleBlumeAuthor
Twitter: @AnnabelleBlume
Web Site: www.AnnabelleBlume.com

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