Paranormal Haven: Did you always want to be a writer?
Anne Marsh: Yep. Pretty much. It seems to be hard-coded into my family’s DNA. One sister writes for university presses. The other is tucked away in a cabin in Alaska, writing regional and travel fiction. Now my daughter’s plugging away on her Netbook, writing a YA book.
PH: What is the most difficult part about being a writer?
AM: Discipline. It’s way more fun to get up at 4:00 a.m. when I’m headed to the airport to fly somewhere tropical. Heading to my laptop and pecking out three thousand words—not as much fun. You just have to sit down. And write. (And then re-write, but someone forgot to share that part with me until it was too late).
PH: Why write Paranormal Romance books?
AM: I spent ten-plus years in graduate school and then moved on to technical writing. Both of those fields require absolute accuracy. Graduate school also required footnotes. In triplicate. When I’d originally fantasized about writing romance novels, I’d assumed I’d write sexy Russian historical fiction (to justify those ten-plus years in graduate school), but I never got beyond the first paragraph of that book. My sexy Russian prince propped his feet up on his desk, admired his leather-covered study walls (Ooh! Accurate historical detail!) and banged back a shot of vodka and… that was it. He’s still sitting there with his feet on the desk, waiting for a heroine to show up. Paranormal, on the other hand, just flowed for me. Making it all up was almost better than a vacation. I could just let my imagination run wild. So I did.
PH: Can you tell us about your newest release, Bond With Me?
AM: Bond with Me has a very sexy fallen angel for a hero—Brends has to find his soul mate if he ever wants to regain his lost wings and redemption.
PH: Why write about fallen angels?
AM: I had no idea that fallen angels were the new vampire when I started writing BOND. Honestly, I tend to get my ideas from Slavic mythology and medieval Russian religious literature (there are some scary, scary creatures lurking in there). In Slavic mythology, an angel rebellion in Heaven ended with the rebellious angels being cast out of Heaven. Those angels fell and some ended up in our world—and some kept right on falling through the earth’s crust (and I still haven’t been able to shake the rather graphic descriptions of those medieval authors from my head). Worse, the fallen angels were condemned to live as goblins. I loved the idea of a bad boy who has redeeming qualities—but needs a heroine to pull those qualities out of him… so I let my fallen angels fall, but I gave them a chance at redemption. If a fallen angel can find the one woman who is his soul mate and he loves her, he gets his wings back and redemption.
To introduce a new wrinkle, I gave my fallen angels a pretty seductive ability: they can grant humans one wish in exchange for the humans’ souls. The bigger the wish, the longer the angel gets to keep that soul. After three thousand years on earth, my fallen angels have given up on finding soul mates—they haven’t found one—but they’re really into the whole bond thing. Brends, BOND’s hero, meets Mischka when she comes looking for a missing cousin. He offers to help find the cousin—in exchange for Mischka’s bond. It’s not too long, however, before he realizes that he doesn’t want Mischka on a temporary basis—he wants her forever.
PH: Do you have a favorite character?
AM: Honestly? Whichever secondary character snuck in there when I wasn’t looking. Have you seen UP, where all the dogs go completely spastic when they (think they) spot a squirrel? Barking: squirrel, squirrel, squirrel? I’m like that with new characters. I fell in love with Dathan in BOND WITH ME, which was convenient as he was originally a one paragraph wonder. My editor suggested that I gave him a story of his own inside BOND—and that I make it a very, very spicy one. I thought that was a fabulous idea. Dathan shares some very hot sex scenes with a special woman of his own. I also fell head over heels for Zer, the leader of the Fallen. He stayed pretty strong and silent in BOND WITH ME, but, fortunately, I seem to have convinced my editor to fall for him as well, because he’s getting his own book.
PH: Will this book be the start of a series?
AM: Yes! I just signed a two-book deal with Kensington Brava. The next BOND book doesn’t have a release date yet, but I’ll be turning the book in to my editor in Fall 2010.
PH: If you could collaborate with any author on a project, who would it be?
AM: Angela Knight. I’m a total fan girl. Her Mageverse series is out of this world, plus she has one of the most amazing sets of craft skills I’ve ever encountered. Her book on writing, PASSIONATE INK, is an outstanding guide to writing both hot and less-hot romance. Her scene structure is a work of art.
PH: If you could spend the day with any character from a romance novel (doesn’t need to be paranormal) who would you pick?
AM: Hmmm. Captain Jack Sparrow doesn’t count in this scenario as he’s film (although I’m still hoping to be marooned on a Caribbean island with him some day), so I’d go with Ilona Andrews’ Cullen. There’s a hero who manages to be strong, sexy, and sweetly romantic at the same time. Next choice would be one of the Breeds from Lora Leigh’s series. Any of them. Apparently, I have a serious thing for alpha shape shifters (which might explain my first book, THE HUNT).
PH: What is in your TBR pile?
AM: My TBR pile is kind of an embarrassment, not least because I’m a print-only kind of gal, so I can’t even discreetly hide my habits inside a Kindle. I’m best friends now with the UPS driver, who may be under the impression that I’m single-handedly keeping Amazon in business. This week, he’s bringing me Jeanine Frost, Loretta Chase and Eloisa James. There are also sixty books from the library stacked up in a corner waiting for me to get to them—they range from computer books (because they always have the most delicious graphic designers) to YA books (Maggie Stiefvater!) to romance (Meljean Brooks and Kate Angell). There’s also an enormous pile of Silhouette Nocturnes and Blaze books from Harlequin because who knew Harlequin’s online store had such fabulous coupons? I’ve been in houses that have no books and I don’t know how those people do it. Even when I leave the house, there’s generally between one and three books tucked in my bag.
PH: Do you have a favorite Paranormal Romance or Urban Fantasy series/book you would like to recommend?
AM: Kresley Cole’s IAD series. Ilona Andrew’s Kate Daniels series. Jeaniene Frost’s Night Huntress series. Anne Bishop’s Black Jewels series... I should probably stop there, shouldn’t I? Honestly, one of the fabulous things I’ve discovered—after specializing in dead nineteenth century authors in grad school—is that there are so many talented authors out there. And bonus points: they’re not dead. They keep on writing. Every month I find someone new with whom I can fall in love, all of which conspires to keep UPS and Amazon in business and me voting for any and all library bond measures.
PH: What else do you have planned for the rest of 2010?
AM: I just signed with Kensington Brava for the next books in both the BOND WITH ME series and my HUNTER’S MATE series. Writing those will certainly keep me out of mischief!
We want to thank Anne for letting us ask some questions and for offering one lucky winner a book of their choosing. So what is up for grabs? Here is a little more about her books and where you can find her around the web.
But Mischka Baran has no intention of hooking up with one of the Fallen. Not even after Brends gives her an unforgettable taste of the sin and seduction he can deliver with those wicked lips. She’s after information, not a stint as some Goblin’s toy of the month. What she doesn’t know is that with a sadistic killer carving up his brethren, Brends is playing for keeps, hunting the one woman whose bloodline can end the mayhem, whose bond can restore his lost wings.
For more information about Bond With Me, visit Anne Marsh's website
But Miu is no virgin, and she’s joined the Hunt with her own agenda. After she steals the moonstone necklace she’s been sent for, she has no intention of becoming some Cat’s tasty morsel. Too late she discovers these kitties have some deliciously kinky habits, and the dark hunter on her trail isn’t about to let impudent thievery go without punishment of the most exquisite kind.
For more information about The Hunt, visit Anne Marsh's website
The person we pick as our winner will get to pick between a digital copy of Bond With Me OR a print copy of The Hunt. To be entered here is what you need to do. Giveaway is open internationally.
1. Fill out this form
2. Answer this question in a comment below: Anne talked to us about her Fallen Angels. If you were to write a book, what would your Fallen Angels look like? How would they act? Would they have any special abilities? Why did they fall in the first place? Could they be redeemed? (Ok, you don't need to answer every question if you don't want to. Just give us a general idea of your Fallen)
Winner will be announced and emailed on September 8th. They will have 3 days to respond to our email or another winner will be chosen. Good luck everyone and remember, Bond With Me ebook is available now!