C. J. Anaya


C. J. Anaya began writing short stories for family and friends when she was thirteen years old. This soon morphed into an extensive project every year during Christmas as a way to create a fun and inexpensive Christmas gift.

Her passion for reading and writing led her to following her own dreams of becoming a published author. She was born in Utah and raised everywhere else. She even lived a few years in Brazil, enjoying the people, the culture and learning the beautiful language of Portuguese; a language she is still fluent in to this day. As a result of her exposure to varying peoples and cultures, her interests became varied as well.

As a mother of four children she is now a singer and a songwriter, a baker and a cake decorator, a dancer and a choreographer, a girl with a degree in Criminal Justice and a first time published author of YA paranormal romance and fantasy. She is also married to the most deliciously, handsome looking Latino. As always, she has plenty to write about.

Smashwords Interview

What's the story behind your latest book?
This is going to sound so cliche, but honestly I had a dream about a princess's spirit being trapped within a Japanese statue. I woke up and wanted to know why she was trapped there and who she was. In other words I wanted to know her story so desperately that I ended up writing it myself. That's it. That's what inspired The Healer.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I'm a bit of a control freak. I don't have a problem with people tearing up my work and telling me how to fix it because the goal here is to write something that people enjoy reading. I do have a problem with waiting on other people to get things done. I don't like waiting around for an agent to respond to my query. Nothing against agents. They have massive amounts of queries that they have to muddle their way through, but that's part of the problem for me. I am not the most patient of people. I want things done on my timetable, and I enjoy having creative control over that process. I like being my own boss, especially when it concerns something I've put my heart and soul into.
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I've had several people ask me if I am a singer since my heroine in The Healer is a singer and a songwriter. The answer to that is yes. I've had a CD with my own original music out for a while now. You can visit my reverbnation account at http://reverbnation.com/cindysavage This video is a cover I did when I was a judge for the Gila Valley Idol contest.


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