Welcome to the cottage, Anni!
Please take a seat on one of the comfy chairs in the sitting room by the fire. What can I get you to drink?
A Margarita would be perfect.
Tell us a little about yourself.
Up until last year, I had a long and successful career in television. Nobody ever cottoned on to my guilty little secret—I dreamed of being an author. But I never had the confidence—and I was working eighteen hours a day!— to take the leap and change my life. In January last year that all changed. I returned home from a family beach holiday, refreshed but totally uninspired to contact my clients and begin the normal January jockeying for work. Instead, I procrastinated. And then I read an article about self-publishing. A tiny flame ignited inside me, and I read some more. A few days later, I was in the bath reading the latest Kristen Ashley on my kindle … ‘I can write something like this!’ A crazy thought by a woman lost in lala-land. Maybe. But who cared—not me. Refusing to let the precious spark inside me fizzle out, I made 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. I had never written a book or even a short story. Admittedly, English was my major at university, but the only creative writing I had done since school, were TV and video pitches. But I had faith—and Google—and a year later, I had completed my first novel and signed a publishing contract with The Wild Rose Press.
Let’s talk about writing and books.
What does your writing space look like?
I work in a small office with a big window that looks out onto another house. But clean sea air blows inside and I can hear the sound of the waves. My view doesn’t really bother me, because the most important element to my writing is my characters, and they surround me. I print out reference images and reams of physical descriptions and traits, and stick them to the walls and on pin-up boards. Added to that are color-coded timelines, and various writing tips that trigger my left-brain when it’s sleepy.
Chris Hemsworth (‘Thor’) for Luke Hunter. He’s perfect! Mila Kunis for Katya Dalca
What can we expect from you next? Are you working on anything new?
I’m delighted to say I’m nearly finished Gray’s Promise, the next book in my King Security Series, (Luke’s Redemption is the first.) It’s set in New York and Denton, Texas. Grayson Walker is a deadly charmer, and Luke’s best friend. Zoey Morgan is his one-and-only. Torn apart by a 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.
Now, let’s get personal!
What is one goal you’ve yet to reach?
Diving with Hammerhead sharks in the Galapagos. I’m a Padi Divemaster and I love shark-diving, so this remains on the very top of my bucket list.
What is one obsession you possess?
Ice-cold tequila shots. Must be accompanied by a wedge of lemon. No salt!
Are you married and/or have any children?
Divorced. No kids. About to adopt a German-Shepherd puppy.
Where is your favourite vacation destination?
Any wild beach in Africa. My most romantic holiday ever, was Mnemba Island off the coast of Zanzibar. Barefoot luxury at its best!
Beautiful War by Kings of Leon
Describe yourself in three words.
Writer. Hermit-crab. #RedWineHolic.
Thank you for visiting, Anni! It’s been great getting to know you. Please stop by the cottage again soon! Where can we keep in touch with you?
Here's a peek at Anni's book,
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.
Luke’s Redemption is also available from Kobe, Bookstrand, All Romance, iTunes and The Wild Rose Press. All Buy Links are available on Anni’s website.