Welcome and thanks for treading the boards with us today and congratulations on the release of Summer of the Moonflower, already on two bestseller lists!
1. Are you inspired most by places, people or experiences and how do these work their way into your writing?
I think places are the most common inspiration for me...places, setting, things like sunsets, starlight, smells...and the list goes on. I close my eyes and characters and their lives populate those settings and they bring their story with them.
2. Please share one of your favourite moments of inspiration with us.
Peter Frampton’s song ‘Lines on my Face’ inspired a paranormal time slip novel I am currently working on...Magic in Music. I play the song over and over and the words and the mood flow for me. Absolutely with you on the power of music, Annie!
3. If you could pick a soundtrack to match your main character’s life, what would it be? Frampton Comes Alive... which I might add is the biggest selling live album of all time!
4. What is your favorite holiday?
Anywhere near the ocean... beside it, on it on a sailing boat, looking at it, swimming in it! Any ocean, anywhere will do! And I’m looking at it right now! In, on, but not under for me!
5. How many times were you turned down before you finally got published?
Ah...hangs head a tad embarrassed...erghh...none. First submission, I was offered four contracts. (Don’t you love a fairytale beginning! And go, Annie!)
6. If you could meet anyone, alive or dead, and spend an hour with them, who and why?
That would be a tie between John of Gaunt, Duke of Lancaster, or David Bowie. I love the romance of John of Gaunt and Katherine de Roet. I adore David Bowie and his music and have seen him live (but alas from afar) each time he has toured Australia
7. What is your favorite book of all time that you can reread a hundred times, and it still feels like the first time?
Katherine by Anya Seton (1954 publication date) or anything by Essie Summers.
8. What do you need to set the mood for you to write?
A quiet room filled with the noise of the ocean.
9. How many blurbs did you have to write before the final one?
I love writing blurbs and tags. I often find that the easiest part of the journey!
10. What are you working on now?
Um... a bit embarrassed again... I am a bit of an over achiever! How long have I got? (Let it all out, Annie—we want to know everything!)
Outback Affair...the third book in the Indulgence series of the Richards brothers
A Passionate Deal... A Dead Sexy novel for Entangled.
Worth the Wait... a sweet romance for the Bliss line
Magic in Music... a time slip novel
Surrender by the Sea - a paranormal, sexy romance set in Carmel, Northern California
Inventions, Alchemy and other Wicked Adventures -Book 3 in the de Vargas steampunk series
Smugglers, Spring Blossoms and other Brass Things -Book 4 in the de Vargas steampunk series
From the Ashes – a single title. The story of a young Australian mother after tragedy strikes and she rebuilds her life.
(I am so glad you are an overachiever, Annie, because you’re such a lovely writer and I can’t wait to read all these new titles! What a treat!)
11. Would you like to share an excerpt from your writing or a photo or music link that inspires you?
I love a feisty, sassy heroine. This is from Summer of the Moon Flower, released on 21 December.
Sofia woke slowly as voices drifted into her consciousness.
It was Dougal.
She would recognize the voice of the man who had haunted her dreams for the past three days whether she was awake or asleep. Climbing down from the high bed, she shivered as her bare feet touched the cold stone and she reached for her cloak before walking over to the door. She had pushed it and pulled at it for the past day. Finally deciding to wait and overpower the maid when she next came to replenish the food, she had waited in vain as the woman had not returned. Hysteria had clawed at her throat in the middle of the night as she imagined the worst; being abandoned in this godforsaken place until she starved to death. There was no way out. She had felt her way around every inch of the solid walls, and had pulled at any protruding piece of stone. She had crawled across the floor and lifted every woven rug, looking for a trap door to no avail.
“Mary, hand the tray to me and I will take it in.” Dougal’s voice was close.
Sofia could not understand the words of the woman who seemed to be arguing with him, but eventually they faded. She stepped back to the side, looking wildly around the room. There was nothing she could use as a weapon. The logs on the fire had burned to ash and there was nothing small enough to pick up to fling at the murderous bastard when he came into the room.
She stepped to the hinged side of the door and pressed her back against the wall waiting for the door to open. The bolt creaked and the door opened slowly. The shadow of a large body darkened the floor in the doorway. Dougal stepped into the room and Sofia shrieked and jumped onto his back, reaching around for his eyes and gouging with her fingertips.
The tray he was carrying crashed to the ground as he reached up behind him and grabbed her arms.
“Mord bastard.” She screeched like a banshee trying to beat at him with hands now held securely in his grasp. “You murdering bastard, let me go.”
Thanks so much for having me, Susanne!
It’s an absolute pleasure having you here, Annie! Thanks for stepping into my spotlight. And visit again next Sunday 30th December when EFTHALIA PEGIOS takes a star turn.