One of my favorite things about being a writer is having the opportunity to meet some fabulous authors that I otherwise would never have met, let alone ever heard about. Social media affords the opportunity to connect with other authors from around the world. One such author that I’ve had the pleasure of meeting is the fabulous Aneesa Price.
Aneesa lives in South Africa and is the author of The Coffin Girls Witch-Vampire Series, Finding Promise: A Small Town Romance, Ghosts and Lovers: First Confession: An Erotic Novella, The Romance Collection Series, and her new release, Home for Love: An Adult Contemporary Romance.
You can check out the book at Amazon.com
Though miles and time zones separate us, I consider Aneesa a good friend. S he’s been kind in sharing pointers and tips on book marketing, has served as a sounding board and we’ve shared many laughs and gripes, all through the wonderful world of Facebook.
So it’s my pleasure to introduce Aneesa to all of you! I hope you enjoy this interview and if you check out Home for Love, I’d love to hear what you think of it. And I know Aneesa would also love to hear from you! Connect with her via the links provided at the end of this post.
When did you first start writing?
I’ve always been an avid reader and after reading a few indie authors’ works, I decided to give it a shot. I fell in love with writing with my first novel, Finding Promise in 2011. I haven’t looked back since. It has been all-consuming affair.
What genre do you prefer to work within? Or do you mix it up?
I read most genres - except horror. So, I may try my hand at other genres. However, thus far my writing has been written for adults - some have been paranormal and others contemporary. I try to include realistic elements, emotions and obstacles that people may be faced with - for that I pull from my experience and training as a psychologist.
Where does your inspiration for these stories (this story) come from?
I never know precisely. I do daydream often - particularly when I’m driving or soaking in the bath. My ideas begin with a random thought and progress into something more as I write. Home for Love was supposed to be a serial killer thriller based on plastination (turning bodies into plastic) and I may still write that novel but as I wrote it, it evolved into a contemporary romance about battling depression and second chances.
How do you come up with characters names and place names in your books?
Once I have an idea for a book, I research names. For Home for Love, I researched common names in Alaska and because Bree’s family is of Irish descent, I researched Irish surnames. For Coffin Girls, I researched many mythological names as well as ancient Irish and French names. It was a fascinating exercise. So, when you read my books, each name - particularly in Coffin Girls - actually means something.
For the places, even when they’re fictional, I ensure that what I write is authentic through hours of research - from literally watching scenes on Google maps, watching Youtube videos and reading everything I can on places like those I want to create - from hotel menus to municipal reports and lexicons of speech.
In your most recent work, who is your favorite character and why?
Bree, the heroine, is my favorite character because she’s like so many women out there - she needed to go on a journey to allow herself to live and love, which meant first dealing with some very real issues and truly forgiving herself and those who’ve caused her turmoil. I love strong, female characters that overcome real-life challenges.
What are you currently working on?
I’m currently writing the second installment in the Coffin Girls series. It is book two wherein Sophie (a witch-vampire with empath abilities) has some interesting experiences with Sylvain (the Fae Prince). It is filled with the supernatural and magical - fae, vampires, witches, weres, necromancy, etc. and is set on a New Orleans plantation and the bayou fae hollow. It is an adult paranormal romance, so whilst there are a few gory, bloody battles and loads of magic, there are also a number of steamy scenes. It should be released mid-year 2013 if all goes to plan.
Who would you like to give a shout out to?
I’d love to thank the group of authors I think of as writing sisters – yourself Kelley, JD Nelson, CR Everett, Julie Cassar and although they’re not writers – Mary-Nancy Smith (my editor and friend) and Layla Darnell. The list of people whom I’m grateful for the support they provide is extensive and I am wary of naming them in case I inadvertently forget to mention someone. So, I’d like to extend a general thank you to all the fantastic readers, reviewers, authors and bloggers on Facebook and Twitter who have so generously supported me. I am sincerely appreciative. I’d love to give a special shout out though to my fabulous street team and Facebook fan club members – you guys rock - thank you!