Hello and Welcome All!
Today I’m very lucky to be interviewing Danielle Annett author of Cursed By Fire.
Hi Danielle, thank you for agreeing to this interview. First tell us a little about your latest release Cursed By Fire?
Hi Angela, thanks so much for having me. I’m thrilled to be here.
Cursed by Fire is my debut Urban Fantasy novel. The book takes place in Spokane, WA six years after the Awakening. An event that took place in which the paranormals of the world who’d always lived in the shadows, decided to come out of the woodwork and show humanity who was really on top of the food chain. In Cursed by Fire you’ll follow our MC Aria Naveed as she tries to track down the culprit behind a gruesome murder. Along the way she’ll face obstacles related to her personal live, her professional life, and a tiny tidbit of her love life in her quest to bring justice to those unable to seek it for themselves.
Was their any scene that you liked the most in Cursed By Fire and Why?
I really enjoyed the scene where James is introduced. It happens towards the end of the first chapter and I just get a kick out of Aria sticking her foot in her mouth.
Is anything in your book based on real life experiences or purely all imagination?
I’d say it is almost entirely imaginary. Some of the locations I mention in the book do actually exist in Spokane but the story itself if entirely fictional with no real life experiences tied to it.
When writing do you work from an outline, or just write?
I outline. I made the mistake of not outlining when I first started writing and essentially wasted two years. Once I started outlining, my book took an entirely new direction and I scrapped close to two years worth of work so I am a committed outliner now. I outline my entire novel from start to finish and write the first and last chapters before doing anything else.
Do you have a day job as well?
I do. I work as a supervisor at UPS which is a job I enjoy entirely more than you’d think. I have a pretty terrific schedule and work M-F, 4a-9:30a giving me lots of time to write and a lot of time to be home with my daughter.
How do you relax?
Usually, I’d say with a good book, a glass of wine, and a hot bath. Being six months pregnant, I can no longer have the wine and it takes entirely too much effort to get out of a bath tub so now I relax on my sofa with a good book.
Do you read much and if so who are your favorite authors?
I read a ton! I started out as a book blogger, I run Coffee and Characters so I read anywhere from 50-100 books a year. There are honestly so many amazing authors out there but most recently I’ve become a HUGE Rachel Bach fan. Her Paradox series is to die for. You can also never go wrong with a good Patricia Briggs book. I’ve read everything she’s published and while I know she is best known for her Mercy books, The Hobs Bargain is pretty fantastic as well.
For your own reading, do you prefer ebooks or traditional paper/hard back books?
I prefer paperbacks and hardbacks only because I love stuffing my bookshelves. I’m a bit of a book hoarder and have close to 700 print copies of books. The more I read though, the more I realize that ebooks are just entirely more convenient so while I also go to purchase a print book when available over the ebook, if I have the ebook, I’ll read it much faster. Between my macbook, ipad, and iphone, its just easier to read knowing I always have one of those devices with me instead of having to remember to toss a book in my purse. It also helps if I happen to reading something smutty and don’t want anyone to judge me for the books cover. Gotta love some of the covers from Lora Leigh’s early Breed series.
What has been the toughest criticism given to you as an author? What has been the best compliment?
My toughest criticism has been having my series compared to another much loved UF series in a negative light. A few readers have felt my book is too similar and I just have to take that in stride. I stand by my work and did a lot of research for it so I’m okay with people having their opinions because I know that my book is unique and as much as I love and adore my readers, I honestly write for myself.
At the same time, my best compliment is very similar. Some readers have said my book has a feel that reminds them of this much loved series but “not in a copy cat sort of way, more in a way as though you were visiting a distant relative and already felt at home.” Thats a huge compliment to me. There are many books I myself pick up to read because someone says something along the lines of, “Oh if you loved such and such, you’re going to love this series.”
What project are you working on now?
Currently I’m working on Kissed by Fire, book 2 in my Blood & Magic series. It was originally slated for a January 2016 release but I’m working double time to get it out sooner since I seem to get a lot of emails from readers asking me for the next installment. Fingers crossed it will be ready in time for October 2015. I’m also working on a PNR novel titled RED. A bit of a take on a red riding hood story only Red is a boy who happens to be a werewolf hunter. No official blurb or release date for RED yet but I just got the final proof for the cover and it is beautiful. I’m very excited.
10 Quick Things About Danielle Annett
Favorite Food? Steak and Mashed potatoes
Favorite Drink? Grasshopper (Whit coffee with white chocolate and creme de menth)
Favorite Color? In general, purple, ever since I was a little girl but I don’t wear the color much.
Favorite Book? I can’t pick just one, can I have a series? Lets say Rachel Vincent’s Shifter series.
Favorite Season? Spring
Favorite Online Hangout? Facebook book groups
Favorite Animal? White Tiger (hint hint)
Favorite Band or Musician? Rock: Thousand Foot Krutch or Breaking Benjamin, for POP: Taylor Swift
Favorite Vacation Destination? Seattle. I have an obsession with Pike Place and I can never get enough of the city
Favorite Movie or TV Show of all Time? Boondock Saints and the Italian Job for movies. Love Grey’s Anatomy for TV
Thank you very much for taking the time out of your busy schedule to take part in this interview.
Thank you again for having me, this was a lot of fun!
Danielle Annett is a reader, writer, photographer, and the blogger behind Coffee and Characters. Born in the SF Bay area, she now resides in Spokane, WA, the primary location for her Blood & Magic series.
Addicted to coffee at an early age, she spends her restless nights putting pen to paper as she tries to get all of the stories out of her head before the dogs wake up the rest of the house and vye for her attention.
Cursed by Fire
Blood & Magic #1
Release Date: January 28th, 2015
Genre: Urban Fantasy, Paranormal
Designer: Mae I Design
It has been six years since the Awakening and peace in Spokane, Washington is still tenuous at best. The vampires and shifters are all vying for control of the city and the humans seem to be the ones suffering the consequences, or so it seems.
Aria Naveed has spent the last two years of her life fighting to make the many wrongs of the world right, but soon finds out that the humans aren’t as weak as they appear and may be a more terrifying foe than any of the other races combined.
When a stranger rolls into town with trouble on his heels, Aria finds herself trapped in the middle of a battle that could cost her more than she has bargained for as a fight for justice turns into an unexpected fight for her life.
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