Maree Anderson

Biography

Maree is an award-winning author who writes paranormal romance, sci-fi, fantasy and young adult books. She's a Kiwi, a New Zealander, and she's addicted to chocolate -- the darker the better. Not to mention coffee, and the occasional glass of excellent NZ wine. She's not quite so addicted to her local gym, but she's working on it ;-)

Smashwords Interview

How/when did you decide to become a writer?
Ten years ago I decided I’d have a go at writing a book. I'm told I have a sense of humor, so I thought I'd emulate one of my favorite authors of the time (Marian Keyes) and write something witty and contemporary and full of issues and angst. About two pages in I realized what I'd written sucked so hugely it was embarrassing. I gave up. And while reading Stephen Donaldson's amazingly dark and awesome-to-the-max space opera The Gap Sequence, I got an idea for a fantasy story about a blind seer. I couldn't stop thinking about this heroine and finally I decided what the heck, and started to write her story.

Nine months later I typed The End... and was really proud to have achieved my goal. I had ideas for more books featuring this heroine, but I didn't really intend to write them. A few weeks later I was out for dinner and someone (inevitably!) asked me what I did for a job. I remember being thrilled to bits to be able to say I’d written a book rather than admitting I was a stay-at-home mom and watching this guy stifle a yawn... and seek out someone more interesting to talk to. We chatted for a bit and he asked, “What scares you about taking the next step?” By that he meant submitting my manuscript rather than stuffing it in a drawer. Good question! When I got home I did some research and decided to enter the Romance Writers of New Zealand Clendon Award because it'd be great for feedback (the whole manuscript would be read and judged by readers). To my eternal shock I finalled! And that was it: I was hooked, and I've been writing ever since.
When were you first published, and how?
In 2008 a really famous author-friend of mine posted details of an erotic romance novella writing competition to a writers loop I belong to. I'd never written either erotic romance or a novella before, but the entries were going to be read by the publishing company's editors so I figured I'd challenge myself and give it a go. I emailed in my story, it finalled, and I was offered my first publishing contract. I still have the email about the offer to publish pinned to my notice board -- it was a hugely exciting moment for me.

I went on to publish 5 erotic romances with Red Sage Publishing before deciding to give self-publishing a try in 2011. I've recently indie-published my 10th book -- or 12th if you count the eBook bundles :)
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Where to find Maree Anderson online


Books

Opal's Wish
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Series: The Crystal Warriors, Book Four. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 104,550. Language: English (New Zealand dialect). Published: March 31, 2014. Category: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
Eight-year-old Sera accidentally frees Danbur from his crystal and bonds with him. Danbur now has no chance to break his curse. Worse, the child's mother, Opal, apparently wants nothing to do with him— or any man. Then Opal's past puts Sera in jeopardy and she's forced to turn to Danbur for help. But what Opal doesn't realize is that the clock is ticking, and Danbur's time is about to run out.
Liminal
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Series: Liminals, Book One. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 84,820. Language: English (New Zealand dialect). Published: July 23, 2013. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
Wren’s a liminal who can phase in and out of the real world… except someone’s blocked her energy flows and she’ll die if she doesn’t get help. Two warring factions want a piece of her, and she’s totally crushing on her only ally, mysterious bad boy Kade. But he’s keeping secrets from her, just like everyone else. And what’s lurking in a ghostlike plane called Between is the biggest shock of all.
The Seer Trilogy Bundle
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Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 321,500. Language: English. Published: March 31, 2013. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
(5.00 from 4 reviews)
The Seer Trilogy eBook Bundle: Three complete full-length fantasy stories by multi-award-winning author Maree Anderson. Bundle includes: Seer’s Hope (Book 1: Hope’s story), Seer’s Promise (Book 2: Romana’s story), and Seer’s Choice (Book 3: Ryley’s story).
Seer's Choice (Book Three of The Seer Trilogy)
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Series: The Seer Trilogy. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 107,770. Language: English. Published: March 31, 2013. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
Ryley has discovered his soul mate living in the Earth town of Seaview, his mother’s hometown. Interfering in Rowan’s destiny will bring the wrath of the gods down on him, but he can’t stop now that her strange powers have spun dangerously out of control. And when Dayamaria is threatened by a deadly predator immune to magic, he must choose between the woman he loves and the people he left behind.
Seer's Promise (Book Two of The Seer Trilogy)
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Series: The Seer Trilogy. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 111,650. Language: English. Published: March 31, 2013. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
Book Two of The Seer Trilogy: Romana is captivated by the prospect of becoming a powerful Sehan like her mother. But her dreams are shattered when everything she’d hoped for is bestowed upon one who couldn’t care less about wielding Sehani magic. She craves power with every fiber of her being… and when she finds a way to take it, the cost is devastating for gods and humankind alike.
Seer's Hope (Book One of The Seer Trilogy)
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Series: The Seer Trilogy. Price: Free! Words: 112,240. Language: English. Published: March 31, 2013. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
(5.00 from 1 review)
Seer's Hope (Book 1 of The Seer Trilogy): A young blind woman is snatched from her home and transported to a primitive world of magic and capricious gods where she’s transformed into a Seer; a golden-eyed being with awe-inspiring powers. Now all she has to do is learn to wield them. And if she’s to save those she loves from the horrifying evil that lurks in the darkness, failure is not an option.
The Crystal Warriors Series Bundle
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Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 242,150. Language: English (New Zealand dialect). Published: March 4, 2013. Category: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
(4.00 from 1 review)
The Crystal Warriors Series Bundle, three full-length paranormal romances by multi-award winning author Maree Anderson. Bundle includes: The Crystal Warrior (Book One, Chalcedony and Wulf’s story), Ruby’s Dream (Book Two, Ruby and Kyan’s story), Jade’s Choice (Book Three, Jade and Malach’s story).
Freaks in the City
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Series: Freaks, Book Two. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 78,670. Language: English (New Zealand dialect). Published: August 20, 2012. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Romance
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
Loving a cyborg isn’t easy! The timing couldn’t be worse for Jay and Tyler to take the next step. Tyler’s secrets come back to bite him, his destitute ex shows up on his doorstep and someone is manipulating her behind the scenes. Then Tyler’s family is threatened, forcing Jay to confront a ghost from her past. And this time, the weapon chosen to take out Jay really could be the death of her.
Jade's Choice
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Series: The Crystal Warriors, Book Three. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 76,860. Language: English (New Zealand dialect). Published: March 8, 2012. Category: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
Jade’s so desperate to provide for her chronically ill sister, she decides to sell herself. Her first client is a Crystal Warrior destined to be her life-mate, but this complex man who’s captured her heart plans to kill himself rather than risk imprisonment in his cursed crystal again. And saving him might be impossible...because he still loves the woman who refused to bond with him decades ago.
Lightning Rider
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 80,410. Language: English. Published: January 27, 2012. Category: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
Andie Brennan dies in a lightning strike and is miraculously healed and brought back to life. But now she’s sharing her body with an alien — the same alien who rode the lightning bolt that killed her. (Third place, Utah Romance Writers Heart of the West award, paranormal category; Highly Commended, RWNZ Clendon Award for full-length romantic manuscript.)
Ruby's Dream
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Series: The Crystal Warriors, Book Two. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 78,450. Language: English (New Zealand dialect). Published: November 5, 2011. Category: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
On the evening of her 30th birthday, plus-sized, boyfriend-less Ruby gets the best birthday present ever: Kyan, a Crystal Warrior who’s the gods’ gift to women. And for a chance at the Happy Ever After they both deserve, they must learn that appearances can be deceiving… and pass the Crystal Guardian’s test before time runs out for them both. (Crystal Warriors Book 2)
Freaks of Greenfield High
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Series: Freaks, Book One. Price: Free! Words: 73,160. Language: English. Published: September 9, 2011. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy
(4.33 from 3 reviews)
Freaks of Greenfield High: Jay's a teenage cyborg on the run from a covert organization intent on using her as a weapon. But Jay's evolving, and she's experiencing human emotions for the very first time. So when she's forced to hide out at a small-town high school, the unthinkable happens: she falls in love. (Currently optioned for TV by Cream Drama, Inc.)
The Crystal Warrior
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Series: The Crystal Warriors, Book One. Price: Free! Words: 97,500. Language: English. Published: August 8, 2011. Category: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
When career-focused dancer Chalcedony accidentally breaks a wulfenite crystal, a leather-clad man emerges. Wulf is a cursed Crystal Warrior, and before he realizes what’s at stake, he has magically bonded to Chalcedony. Now his life is in her hands. And when the Crystal Guardian’s Testing threatens everything she’s worked for, Chalcey must figure out how to save Wulf before it’s too late.

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