I’m talking today with Anna James. Her novel, To Love and Trust Again, is available from Melange Books.
Welcome, Anna. Why don’t you start by telling us a little something about yourself?
I’m Anna James, author of contemporary stories and I invite you to get lost in a world filled with desire, passion and romance!
Although I have been writing for years, my first story wasn’t published until July 2010. To Love and Trust Again, from Melange Books, is my 8th story.
I have a degree in Mechanical Engineering and worked in that field until six years. These days I am a Product Marketing Manager by day and a writer by night.
I was born in Connecticut, grew up in the Buffalo New York area and moved back to Connecticut for college. I still live in Connecticut today with my husband and children.
From mechanical engineering to romance novelist. That is an interesting path. I have a friend who went from chemistry major to Newberry Award-winning children’s author.
Tell us about your latest book.
Three years ago Molly Quin walked out of Dan Berringer’s apartment and told him that she wanted nothing to do with him ever again. Now, after accepting a position with Bennett Engineering, she will have to see Dan every day. Fate could be so cruel! Seeing him again so unexpectedly, she discovered to her chagrin, has brought back feelings she thought she’d dealt with a long time ago.
Dan Berringer made a mistake. He’d hurt Molly badly. He wants her back now and will stop at nothing to win her including letting Max McDermott get in his way.
Max McDermott wants Molly Quin. She’s smart, funny and sexy as hell, but he is reluctant to pursue her. He knows Molly is attracted to him too but what about her relationship with Dan Berringer? And is he willing to become involved with someone he works with again?
Follow Molly on her journey as she deals with hurts from the past and her feelings in the present and learns how to love and trust again.
Sounds like a terrific read. It will definitely go on my Goodreads to-read list.
Why do you write?
I write because I enjoy creating stories filled with desire, passion and, of course, romance.
Have you always dreamed of writing?
Actually, no. I became interested writing, specifically writing romance novels, after I began reading them in my late 20’s.
What drew you to write contemporary romance?
I decided I wanted to write romance so that I could create the kind of stories I enjoy reading (stories filled with desire, passion and romance!).
When you’re working on a manuscript, what motivates you? What frustrates you?
I’m motivated when I have a goal in mind. My current goal is to finish a 50,000 words manuscript by the 3rd week of April. I am trying to write 6,000 words a week to reach that goal. I’m frustrated when I get writers block or if I have a scene in my head and I really want to get it recorded but can’t because I’m nowhere near a PC.
Goals are a good thing to have, and you’ve set an ambitious one for yourself.
What are you working on now?
A 50,000 (approximate) word manuscript about a couple who met and were attracted to each other in college, but due to unforeseen circumstances never got the chance to be together. Now, 14 years later, they have, A Second Chance at Love.
Great title. I love stories about second chances.
What advice would you give aspiring authors?
Believe in yourself and never give up. The road to publication is littered with rejection letters. If you receive one, pick yourself up and re-submit elsewhere. YOU CAN DO IT!!!!!
I agree. I think everyone should consider their first rejection letter a badge of honor.
What do you like to read?
Paranormal romance, Sci-fi romance, Contemporary romance… Do you see a pattern developing?
Um, would that pattern be anything with romance?
Describe your perfect Sunday.
Not having any specific plan or thing I need to get done.
Ah, that sounds so lovely. And so rare.
Thanks for joining me today. It has been a pleasure.