Interview with Annie Edmonds

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I am a Jersey girl. As a child we moved around a lot. Changing schools in each town is hard on a kid. By the time I went to high school we were living in Kenilworth, N.J.. My life changed in that small Union County town. I finally had a place to call home. I think living in one place as a child makes a difference.

On a positive note, moving around added as much as we did gave me a lot of different characters to write about.
What's the story behind your latest book?
It was my Momma who pushed me into writing. She was always my biggest fan. As far back as I can remember she was always telling me I needed to write a book. And it was her tha gave me the genre of erotica to research. My mom had been reading erotica her entire life.

When I started researching different BDSM sites I was facinated. I also pulled from my own life experiences. I see a lot of myself in the main character Sammy. So take away the millionaires, some of the erotic escapades, add some imagination, and Second Chances Sammy's story was born...
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Becoming an indie author was the easy part. I knew that if I was going to get my book published I had to do it on my own. Waiting for a big time publishing company to read my book, and have that much control over weather it was going to be published or not was just something I was not willing to do.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords made it easy for me to publish. They gave me all the tools. After reading Mark Coker's free books I just knew I could do this and I did. Thank you Mark for creating a place where anyone can become a published author.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Writing takes me to places I want to go. It's better then reading because I get to decide which way I want the character's to go. I get to create a story that I love. And when someone reads one of my stories and I see the look on their face, I just cannot describe that feeling. It makes me want to keep writing.

I love being able to take people away from their busy lives. And placing them into a world they would have never went into. If I can make a reader smile, blush, laugh or cry, after reading just one chapter of my book, then I know I have done what I set out to do. Writing is a form of entertainment. It's something I take great pleasure in doing.
What do your fans mean to you?
My fans mean the world to me. What good is writing if you have no one to share your stories with. Like I said before if I can get someone to smile, or if someone shares their emotions after reading one of my stories, thats when I realize my writing was worth publishing.

I had to learn the hard way that not everyone's going to like what I write. My skin is getting thicker by the day.

I would like readers to know something I didn't know before I became a published writer. Reviews make a difference.
You see there are only two ways for indie's to get their books in the hands of readers. One is by word of mouth. The other is by reading reviews. Just a few words is all it takes. And since I can't write a thank you to each reviewer, I want to thank you in advance for taking the time to write that review. Good or bad I appreciate it.
What are you working on next?
I'm right smack dab in the middle of Mike Sloan's story. It takes off right where Sammy's story ended. I have to say there is more drama, and more suspense in Mike's story then there was in Sammy's. I'm really excited about this book and I can't wait to get it done.
Who are your favorite authors?
I love books that take time to read. One that I can put down and come back to later.

My favorite authors right now are mostly indies.

Indies write, edit, re-edit, make their own covers, book trailers, publish, and then have to promote their own books. In a sea of millions of books it's a miracle when just one person reads your work. You have to be a little crazy to want to be an indie.

Out of the thirteen authors I chose, the first three have big publishing houses backing them.
E.L. James, Cherise Sinclair, J.K. Rowling, Marie Lavender, LaRae Parry, Donalie Beltran, D.G. Giles, Teresa Moretimer, Regina Puckett, James McAllister, Coleman Weeks, Anne Reeves, Jas Praba, are the authors I've read and liked recently. They all write different genre's. And every time I read one of these authors books I am amazed at the talent that's out there. I'm also amazed when I hear that a big name publishing company has passed on their books.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
That question is not an easy one because I live with constant Chronic pain. And the hardest part of the day is getting out of bed in the morning.
But since I have been asked I would have to say my best friend who is also my loving husband is who inspires me to get out of bed each day.

I have been married to Mike for thirty years. And I can honestly say that he is the reason I can write about love, romance, and sex. Mike gave me my second chance at love and life. He's that one in a million kind of man. Mike has been by my side through some really hard times, and he continues to be my rock.
Mike made me a promise before we got married, to make me laugh everyday for the rest of my life. I have to say he has kept that promise.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
In the Spring, Summer, and Fall I love to go outside and work in my garden. I'm also a foodie that loves to cook. Taking photos is also something that brings joy to my life. And of course spending time with my husband and family.
The beach is my favorite place to be. It doesn't matter what beach as long as I'm there. The Jersey shore will always have a place in my heart. It's a place where I can remissness about my childhood with family and friends. I come alive when I'm at the beach. We just retiired and relocated to the sunshine state. Walking along the white sandy beach on Siesta key every night to watch the sunset has given me a new lease on life and how I want to live it.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Finding the books I like to read is sometimes from a friends recommendation or word of mouth. Or I search the genre I like which right now is erotic romance. I read the synopsis and the reviews. A two or three star review doesn't discourage me from reading a book. In fact I've read some really good books that had less then five stars. There are so many books out there. And not all readers are going to read a story the same way. I have about twenty books in my kindle that I need to get too.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I'm not sure if it was my first story but I remember writing about a bunny we had in the backyard named Rosie.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Yes It was called Eric about a young man who gets leukemia and the struggles of life as a teenager with his whole life ahead of him now facing cancer, as his family watches his dreams and their dreams go down the drain, it was a sad story and I remember crying. that book was paperback that I read when I was 16, it touched my heart and I loved the story...
How do you approach cover design?
Covers are so Important especially with e-books as its the first impression the reader is going to see.

I thought about all the other erotic romance book covers out there and I wanted something different. But I have come to realize that being different isn't what's going to get my books read.

As an indie, I'm constantly second guessing my decisions. The good thing is as long as I don't put my book in print I can change the cover as many times as I like. The trick to cover design is to some how have it stand out from the rest.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
I love a good story period. And I like all genres. Right now I would have to say The Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy is my all time favorite. I think E. L. James took what was once taboo and made it possible for women of all ages to finally open up and start talk about sex. Women have been reading in silence for years. E. L James brought sex and the taboo world of BDSM out of the closet. Fifty Shades of Grey will live on forever as the one that got it all started.

Suzanne Collins, The Hunger Games first book took me on a ride that I was not ready for. When Katniss took the place of her baby sister to play in the Hunger games, she did something I would have done. The story touched my heart. I really enjoyed the Hunger Games series.

I also am a huge JK Rowling, Harry Potter fan. I have read the entire series. I am one of those people who had to have the next book the week it came out. This is one of those series that made me want the actual books. Harry Potter is an amazing series. J.K. Rowling showed us all what our minds could do if we put our noses in a book and read about an orphaned child with magical powers.

Cherise Sinclair with her Club Shadowlands series. All I can say is OMG! This woman writes erotic stories that will make you get up off your seat and go find your husband. If I could write the way she does I would be a very happy woman.

Anne Reeves, The Devils Dwell was an amazing book. This indie author took me too 1850's London and beyond. It's a thriller, love story, with many twist and turns. It's not the kind of book I usually read but I met the author in a writing group and I'm so glad I took the leap of faith and read it.
What do you read for pleasure?
all genres, depends on my mood.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I started on my sisters old kindle which was great. Then moved on to a Pandigital. It had a colored screen that lit up. And now I have the Kindle Fire which does everything. I really love it. I never thought I would read on a device but I find that having all those books in my purse at once is a great feeling. I can go any where I want by just opening up my kindle.

I also still don't mind picking up an actual book. I have a feeling that books are being weeded out. Not all but e-books are the way of the future.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Marketing and promoting are the hardest parts of being an indie author. And when you write erotica you have to watch where you post. I have been doing my best to get the word out about my book.

I did the Pre-order with smashwords but that was before they had it figured out. It could have been a great success since I had a hundred people interested. If only I had published my book in September 2013 instead of August.

I have to say that getting people to read a four hundred and thirty seven page book by an unknown author isn't an easy task. But most of the people who have read it have written and told me they enjoyed it. Of course getting them to write a review is a whole other story, Lol.

Having to market myself is not something I'm very comfortable with. I know it's all part of being an indie. I use Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads, Google, LinkedIn and many others.

I also write a sexy blog on WordPress. My book is always there for the readers to see. I figure readers want to read my book they will find it, or ask me where they can get it. I know that's probably not the smartest way to sell books but that's just me.
When did you first start writing?
I remember writing short stories when I was a little girl ..
What is your writing process?
My writing process is my own. I start with research, lots of research goes into writing. I usually have a basic story in mine to start. I just start typing. Of course I write then erase and re-write. I'm sure one day I'll have a proper process. But for right now I'm writing off the cuff and somehow it works..
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Describe your desk
My desk is the dining room table. It has a printer at one end just in case I come across something I need for research. Then there is the mail of the day that gets put on the table. I have a sturdy armchair with lot's of pillows. If I didn't have my pillows my back would never let me sit there for as long as do.
I have pens, notepadss, notebooks, my stainless steel coffee cup, my pain medication and hard candy. It may not be the best place to write but it's what I have. I figure if I can write in the hub of my home than I can write anywhere..
Write your own question here! if you could go to one destination and write your entire book, beginning to end where would you go and why?
If I could go to one destination it would be to a cottage or small home on the beaches of south west Florida. The weather would be warm year round.

I know that if I could live at the beach I would always be calm, always be happy, and always be tan. Yes if I had a choice, I wouldn't even have to think about it. I would go and finish writing my next book and the book after that by the sea.
Published 2016-04-19.
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Books by This Author

Second Chances - Sammy's Story
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 190,620. Language: English. Published: August 9, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » BDSM, Fiction » Erotica » Romance
(4.50 from 4 reviews)
Sammy is finally ready to live her life as she arrives in Florida. She didn't know that her friends planted the seed for her future to be with the most eligible bachelor on the island - Jake Monroe. He was looking forward to meeting this beautiful Jersey girl he had heard about for the last 2 years. He only hoped she was the perfect submissive in his life of kink and BDSM.