Interview with Adara Anderson

What are you working on next?
I'm working on a spin-off series from The Host. It's about the Old Ones mentioned in The Host books. I'm planning it as a series of stand-alone books and although it's a spin-off it can be read independently. The first book is "Predicting Ares" and that's what's getting most of my attention right now. I'm also planning out the next Host book (Kai's story).

As Ariana, I'm also working on the next Bearbank book which will be Amara's story. I'm really looking forward to being able to put more time into this as I love Amara.

Other than that, I have a few other projects brewing away.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Life can be incredibly busy and I have a few commitments. As for leisure time, I spent an awful lot of time reading! I love books, which is why I wanted to write some. When I'm not doing that, I like to do creative things and I enjoy art and pottery. When I need to chill, I always like watching TV. I will also admit to completely wasting time playing silly computer games.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I do have several authors whose books I absolutely adore. So those are automatically on my list to read. Other than that, I browse stores looking for books that appeal to me. I do download free ones from time to time to check out new authors. I also look at authors recommended by the authors that I enjoy. I look at recommendations from online book stores and from friends.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Sadly, no. I've been reading books since I was old enough to read. I do remember an unhealthy fascination with Dr Seuss' "Green Eggs & Ham". I didn't actually own a copy of it. I had to keep borrowing from the library every other week. Other than being an exceptionally fussy eater, I don't think it's had a lasting impact!
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Not the first story since I was always writing as a child. I do remember writing a horror story about becoming a vampire. My teacher must have thought I was disturbed since I was a child at the time and the story was rather bloody! I remember it was written from my point of view and I was quite happy about being a vampire.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Hunger usually! I'm not awful at getting up in the mornings, but I'm not enthusiastic either. Seriously though, I like getting up knowing I have work to do and knowing exactly what that is. I like being able to get stuck into something, especially when I'm right in the middle of a story.
What is your writing process?
I like to combine being a plotter and a pantser. I start off as a plotter... I write out what I'm planning to do so I know what I'm doing. Then I start writing and immediately become a pantser as I start changing it all when I have new ideas that I think will work better. Eventually my plan becomes useless and I have to stop and make a new one! Sometimes this happens several times. Then I go over it all again, rewording bits, adding bits in, taking bits out... Then, of course, we have the editing and rewriting loop that seems to go on forever.
What do you read for pleasure?
I will read almost anything and I've worked my way through several genres over the years. At the moment, I read a lot of Paranormal Romance (hence the reason I write that). I read other romance genres too like Sci Fi Romance, and some Historical. Outside Romance, I love Urban Fantasy, Fantasy, and Historical Murder Mysteries, but I also sometimes read Classics, Horror, Crime, Thrillers, and Sci Fi. My taste in reading is fairly well rounded. As long as its a good story, I'm happy.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I tend to read on my Kindle. I've never liked reading on computer screens or a bright tablet and I find it a bit of a chore. I find my Kindle comfortable on my eyes and I'm quite happy with it.
Describe your desk
They say a messy desk is a sign of a creative mind. I must be very, very creative! Honestly, there's a fairly nasty landslide imminent and I can't find anything. There are books, pens (most of which no longer work), random cables that I no longer remember what they're for, scraps of paper with insane scribblings, and I'm fairly sure that's where I last saw my watch.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Whenever someone leaves a lovely review or contacts me to say they loved one of my books. It's a fabulous feeling. I write because I enjoy it, but it's always nice to get positive feedback and know that someone out there actually likes what I do.
Published 2017-11-03.
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Books by This Author

Bomani
Series: The Host, Book 4. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 85,190. Language: English. Published: July 11, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
Half angel, half human, Bomani is beginning to lose the fight to remain sane. He can't hold on much longer. Lucia is grieving for her twin brother and her temper is getting her into trouble. Sent to the same Host as her older brother, the man responsible for her twin's death, she is not ready to forgive him. As they work together, can he tame her temper, or will she shatter his calm?
Nero
Series: The Host, Book 3. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 93,670. Language: English. Published: December 2, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
Half vampire, half angel, Nero is ready to die rather than become the monster he fears is inside. Jasmine's life was torn apart by vampires and now she spends her nights hunting such monsters. Can attraction be enough in such a mismatched couple? Can there ever be any common ground? How can she possibly save him when she is determined to destroy every member of his species
Anders
Series: The Host, Book 2. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 83,910. Language: English. Published: June 23, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
Book 2 of The Host. Nephil warrior Anders has been sent on a mission to rescue a woman and her sister from demons. As he attempts to keep them safe and persuade them to trust him, he finds himself drawn to one of the women. Exhausted and frightened, Natasha desperately wants to trust their new protector, but is he too good to be true?
Markus
Series: The Host, Book 1. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 76,640. Language: English. Published: December 12, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal, Fiction » Fantasy » Urban
Rescuing a woman from a demon attack, nephilim warrior Markus is shocked to discover she's his mate and she's in danger. Can he keep Claudia safe long enough to work out what is going on? Markus is designed to be part of a series. While this couple's story is complete, not all background plots will be resolved. Contains explicit sex scenes, violence, and adult themes.
Teo
Series: The Host, Book 0. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 44,520. Language: English. Published: December 11, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
Teo is the prequel novella to the Host series. Nephilim are immortal warriors, half angel half human. Each has a single possible mate and Téo has just met his while defending her from a demon attack. Can he keep her safe while convincing her to mate with him, to tie her life to his for all eternity? This book contains explicit sex scenes as well as some violence and adult themes.