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Please welcome Anni Fife author of Luke’s Redemption.
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by Anni Fife
GENRE: Contemporary Erotic Romantic Suspense
What or who inspired you to start writing?
There was no one thing. I always loved making up stories in my head, but I never believed writing novels was a feasible career choice. I’d daydream about it, but my decision to follow my passion was sudden. A confluence of life events and opportunities came together and allowed me to make a life-changing decision. I shut down my business, cancelled my apartment lease, and packed up my city life. A month later I arrived in a small seaside village, and began my new life…as an author.
How do you come up with ideas for your books?
I’m lucky. The ideas for my stories come to me when I’m walking on the beach, hanging around the pool, or even daydreaming in bed. What I have learned is to not waste any time when the muse hits because as quickly as it comes it can go. So I always have a notepad and pen with me, and if not, I use my Note App on my iphone.
I began writing Luke’s Redemption in June 2015, a month after I relocated to the beach. It was the first book I had ever written, or even attempted to write. My storyline came flowing into my head a few nights before I departed from the city. It was around midnight. I don’t know what triggered my muse, but suddenly I could hear Katya’s footsteps beating a desperate rhythm down a dark cobble-stoned road in the early hours of the morning. It was deathly quiet. New Orleans was hung over from Mardi Gras. As I watched her, I realized I was looking through the scope of a sniper lens. Was I her hunter or her hero? Or both? My story unfurled at such a rapid pace that I spent the next hour typing manically on my iPhone. When I turned off the light, I had the beginnings of my novel.
As far as your writing goes, what are your future plans?
I have at least six novels I want to write in the King Security Series, perhaps more. I’d like to write at least four of them before I even think of taking a break to write something else. I have several ideas but the one shouting loudest is about a woman who has just turned forty. She’s having a midlife crisis and gets sucked into a hedonist sexual adventure with a man who terrifies her as much as he appeals to the kink in her. I also have an adventure trilogy that is waiting to be written. A modern day Modesty Blaise meets Laura Croft.
If you were the casting director for the film version of your novel, who would play your leading roles?
Chris Hemsworth (‘Thor’) for Luke Hunter. He’s perfect!
Mila Kunis for Katya Dalca
When did you first decide to submit your work? Please tell us what or who encouraged you to take this big step?
I always intended to self-publish, as I didn’t have any confidence in the notion that a good publisher would accept my book. I heard so many stories about how authors have to go through hundreds of rejections before a manuscript was finally accepted. But when my first draft editor read my manuscript, she immediately advised me to send it to a publisher. I was intrigued. So, after a lot of research to find suitable publishers, I sent it off to several and carried on with my next book. I was amazed when I had a lot of interest and offers for Luke’s Redemption. I chose The Wild Rose Press as they had such an excellent reputation.
What is the best and worst advice you ever received? (regarding writing or publishing)
The best advice has to be to get on with writing the next book. Even with a publisher, an author has to do most of the marketing and publicity on their own. This takes up a chunk of time. You have to be careful to prioritize your writing as the social media & publicity demands can take over. NOTHING grows your readership as much as releasing another book.
Strangely enough, the worst advise for me was to have a group of beta readers. I tried it with Luke’s Redemption and found that it only infuriated me. I used none of the advice offered, as I didn’t agree with any of it. I have spent most of my life answering to client briefs and writing and editing according to their requirements. Making the choice to leave that behind to write novels was also a choice to write to the beat of my own heart. I prefer to trust my own instincts when it comes to my stories, and my editor’s of course.
Do you outline your books or just start writing?
I’m a serious plotter and planner. I write detailed outlines, and crazily, fill them with reams of dialogue. Each and every scene is planned before I start the real writing. But a weird thing happens as I progress: my characters refuse to always behave like they are supposed to. Sometimes they just stop talking before the scene is finished. Or they don’t talk at all. Instead of freaking out, I get a kick out of it. And being such a planner, I make efficient use of Cut & Paste, and plop the misbehaving piece of dialogue or section of scene, elsewhere. The spooky thing is, the change is invariably for the better!
Have you started your next project? If so, can you share a little bit about your book?
I’m delighted to report that I’m nearly finished Gray’s Promise, book two in my King Security Series. (Luke’s Redemption is Book One.) It’s set in New York and Denton, Texas. Grayson Walker is Luke’s best friend, and he’s a wicked charmer. Zoey Morgan is his one-and-only. Torn apart by horrific tragedy, Gray and Zoey still carry the emotional scars fourteen years later. We follow their fraught reconciliation, and the unknown evil stalking them. Their journey is filled with pain, and a heart-wrenching beauty. And, of course, sexual chemistry so scorching it still gets me in a hot sweat when I think about it. I hope to release Gray’s Promise in July 2017.
Can you tell us a little about the black moment in your book?
There are a few dark moments but probably the worst is when Luke fails Katya for the second time. She has finally come to terms with his initial betrayal but finds it in her heart to forgive him. When she reaches out for the second time and he betrays her again it is heartbreaking. But it is also a catalyst to Katya’s growth. She learns to be strong and self-reliant. When she meets up with Luke five years later she is a feisty independent woman, able to stand up to the alpha qualities in Luke.
Can you tell us a little bit about what it is like to write a series.
I know that as a reader I love reading series. The books must be standalone in their story structure, but there is nothing better than having characters you have grown to love continue to appear in new stories. So when I wrote Luke’s Redemption I instinctively began to create characters that would have longevity. It is fun to develop characters slowly over a series, waiting for just the right time for them put their hand up for their own story.
Anything else you might want to add?
I wrote Luke’s Redemption for my own tastes. So if you like contemporary erotic romance with a lot of angst and some suspense; hot alpha heroes with damage; smart sassy heroines, also with some damage; and burning chemistry that drives lots of conflict, and even more heat—then this story might be right up your ally.
Chased by her criminal kingpin father, Katya Dalca runs to New Orleans and straight into the arms of Luke Hunter. Sucked into the carnal world of the French Quarter, she succumbs to Luke’s potent sexuality. He not only steals her breath, he steals her heart and the only leverage she has against her father. She is left with no choice except to pick up the pieces and rebuild her life alone.
Undercover DEA agent Luke Hunter thought his newest assignment—recover a stolen flash drive to gain the trust of the Russian mob—was like any other. But his target brings him to his knees, and after one taste of her intoxicating beauty, he’s in too deep. Doing his job means walking away, leaving his heart behind with nothing but a promise to reunite. It’s a promise he can’t keep.
When Katya’s past reaches out and her world unravels, her only hope is the one man she is most vulnerable to—Luke.
The smell of beignets wafted up and distracted, I lifted the bag and took a deep breath. Whoosh! Fine sugar blew up out of the bag and coated me.
“Shit, honey, you look sweet all over.”
Oh, just great.
Blinking sugar out of my eyes I looked up. And up. He was tall, well over six foot. Midnight-blue eyes rimmed by a deeper blue-black smoldered lazily down at me. “You’re holding the best beignets in the world. You gonna stand there or you going to take a bite?”
“Umm.” Jeez, Katya. Say something.
“Here, let me hold that for you.” He took the coffee from my hand. “Go on, babe. Take a bite. It’ll be the best thing you’ll ever taste.”
Still struck dumb, I did what he asked and lifted a beignet out of the bag and took a big bite. Oh! It was like sinking my teeth into a sweet pillow of ambrosia.
I nodded and stared back at him. Then, without uttering a word, I stuffed the rest of the beignet into my mouth. He grinned at me, shaking his head. “Want to wash it down with this?” He held out my coffee.
My fingers brushed against his. Yikes! I couldn’t stop the slight tremor caused by his touch. I took a gulp of coffee – half rich chicory, half hot milk – and finally found my voice. “Would you like one?” I offered the bag of beignets to him.
“Would be like taking candy from a baby,” he grinned. “But don’t worry, I’ve got my own.” He dangled a packet like mine in front of me.
Then we both stood there and smiled at each other while we gorged on sugary donuts. He would reach for my coffee to free my hand. Then after I ate some fluffy yumminess, he’d hand it back to me so I could take a sip. We swallowed the last of our beignets and licked our fingers.
I didn’t even know his name, yet I was more turned on than I had ever been in my life.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Last year, Anni Fife closed the door on a twenty-year successful career in television production, to fulfill her lifelong passion, writing. In the space of one month, she closed her business, packed up her city life and moved to a small seaside village. ‘My writing has always been constrained by client briefs,’ Anni says. ‘Now, I finally have the opportunity to write to the beat of my own heart.’ LUKE’s Redemption is Anni’s debut novel and she hopes you enjoy it as much as she loved writing it. Anni loves to spend hours walking on the beach searching for pansy shells, more hours drinking red wine with her gal posse, and the most hours writing romance novels filled with women you can relate to and men you love to dream about. She is currently working on her second novel, GRAY’s Promise.
Anni is published by The Wild Rose Press.
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