Anyhow, over to Annie.
Suz...thanks for having me on your blog. It is a pleasure to be here.
I’d like to tell you a little bit today about my characters and how they develop. I’d love to be able to say that I am a very organized and structured writer and that my characters are well planned and well thought out as I plan the plot structure of my story.But alas, no matter how hard I try to be a plotter and think my book out it just doesn’t work for me. I can have a plan but once I get into writing my characters take over and direct the story development and their personalities.
My stories always begin with my characters and sometimes a setting. I already have a good understanding of their motivations and their personality quirks before I begin writing. They are usually based on a combination of people I have met over my life and I take a little bit of this and a little bit of that, and throw it into the melting pot. Then my characters drive the development of the plot and their personal growth.It may be hard for a non-writer to understand that, as they may say but the author is writing the story, but for me it is a very much a part of the creative process. It is like zoning out and becoming a part of the story.
I love Brianna in Italian Affair. She was so much fun to write about. One of my recent reviews said despite .... It's been a while since I last read an opposites attract book with characters so likeable like Brianna and Tom. Brianna is a free spirit, always forgetting things, loopy but with a heart of gold. Tom is her polar opposite, always making lists, punctual, and super appropriate - here's a guy who flies from Australia to Italy wearing a suit on vacation.That is a very satisfying part of writing for me. When a reader really gets everything you have tried to convey. The reader who wrote that review really understood Brianna.
Thanks for having me visit and I hope you enjoy reading Italian Affair.
Annie lives with her husband, and ‘Bob’ the dog and two white cats in a house next to the beach on the east coast of Australia. She sits in her writing chair, gazing at the ocean and writing stories. Their two children are grown and married and she loves spending time gardening, walking on the beach and spoiling her two grandchildren. She has always been fascinated by all things romantic and has found her niche in life writing romance novels, ranging from contemporary to paranormal with a foray into steampunk!Her debut full length novel, Holiday Affair, a contemporary romance set in the South Pacific was released as part of Entangled Publishing’s Indulgence line in March 2012 and has been a best seller on both Amazon and Barnes and Noble. The sequel Italian Affair will be released in June 2013, followed shortly after by Outback Affair. Annie has more books being released in 2013 with Entangled Publishing in the Bliss, Entangled Suspense and Covet imprints.
Annie has also ventured into independent publishing with her de Vargas family steampunk series: Winter of the Passion Flower and Summer of the Moon Flower. Blind Lust (Musa Publishing) a paranormal novella is a sweet romance and one of Annie’s favourites.In appreciation of the supportive author community, Annie has written a book on promotion to share the secrets of her success: Promotional Tips and Tricks for Aspiring Authors in the Digital Landscape.
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