Author Interview + Giveaway - Anna White

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 Author Interview - Anna White

Anna White is the author of The Light and The Fallen - Today she stops by to have a chat with us!



Hi Claire, Thanks so much for hosting me on your blog!

Thanks for joining me! Let's start with - Describe your book in three words!

Romantic, dark, supernatural

Oooh, sounds awesome! Were there any road bumps in the story process?

I am an over planner! I got the idea for the story that starts in The Light and Fallen, and I knew exactly how the first book would end, but I had no idea what came next. I refused to start writing until I knew where everything was going and how it would come together. I remember as a kid telling my mom these stories and just talking myself into a corner and I did not want that to happen 150 pages in. Then once I figured it out I was terrified to get started. Once I actually made myself start writing it was all downhill!

Oh wow! That is a major bump, but we're glad you got through it! How long did it take to write The Light and The Fallen?
               
It depends on how you define write…about 18 months of thinking, research, and planning, 8 weeks to write the first draft, and another 7 or 8 months of editing. The only time I worked continuously was when I was writing the first draft, so hopefully I can speed that up next time.

Did you know what the book was going to be about from the start?

I came across the word nephilim when I was reading in Genesis. I’d never seen that word before, and when I googled it all kinds of intriguing things came up! There were several different ideas, but the one that stuck out to me was about angels and humans falling in love and having these powerful hybrid children. I couldn’t stop thinking about it, and I knew that was something I could write about without losing interest.

Were there any scenes that were harder to write than others?

The hardest part for me was the beginning. Just getting started is a huge challenge, and I write from an outline, so it’s easy to see how far away the end is and get overwhelmed. I was also dreaming about some of the scenes later in the book, and I could hardly stand it!

That definitely sounds like it would be a challenge! Any advice for aspiring writers?

To dig deep, find your courage, and lay it all on the line. Work hard, and don’t let fear hold you back from anything.

Very inspiring words! Future books in the works?

Right now I’m working on the sequel to The Light and Fallen. It will continue the story of Lucian and Samara, but there will also be more focus on Jack and the work of the Fallen.

Random Questions!

Hobbies?

I have two daughters. They’re not a hobby of course, but they do take most of my home time and they’re my heart. In the bits of time where I’m not with them or writing I love to do digi scrapbooking, read YA fiction, and eat dinner outside.

Special Writing Habits?

I have to make a mug of Irish Breakfast tea and turn on some music. If it’s daylight I turn off the light and open the blinds. I write on a tiny little netbook, and I can only do a few pages at a time before I have to get up and wander.

Favorite book? (Apart from your's of course!)

Ok, not fair! I can’t possibly narrow to one, so here are a few.
For fun: The Confessions of a Shopaholic series
Fave YA series: Harry Potter, especially The Half Blood Prince
Recent Read: The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer
To feel good about the world: Any Small Goodness

Fantastic choices! Thanks so much for stopping by today, it was great chatting with you!

You can find Anna on her blog, Facebook, Twitter or Goodreads



The Light and The Fallen - Anna White



"Lucian isn't sure what to expect when he steps over the banister separating Heaven from Earth. He opens his eyes in a new body, one with no wings, no knowledge of the future, and no special powers. All he remembers is his mission: to find a mysterious key. When he meets a human girl that he can't ignore he is forced, for the first time in eternity, to choose between duty and the pull of his heart. The future hangs on his decision, but he's fallen into a world where nothing is just what it seems. "

*100% of the proceeds of this novel will be donated to The Water Project.
http://www.thewaterproject.org




The Light and The Fallen is now available!



I am giving away a copy of The Light and The Fallen, thanks to Anna White - Just enter below!




Claire Blennerhassett

Reader, Blogger

Twenty-something | book-blogger | tea-drinker | procrastinator | wannabe-writer | student

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  2. Great interview! I love author interviews--they always offer excellent new tidbits for writers. :D


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  3. Ha! Love the random questions! That was a great interview. =)

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