Interview with Anna Paige

What is your writing process?
My writing process is actually rather basic i write what i feel passionate about and just go to town with my first drafts. My first drafts are always hot messes wild, unkempt and all over the place but that's alright because it serves the purpose of getting the story out of my head and into a concrete form.

Then it's revision, revision and more revision! Tightening, removing pieces and honing the book until it's good and ready for public consumption.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
It sounds trite but i believe the Harry Potter novels being some of the first literature i had the pleasure reading myself greatly defined not only my childhood sensibilities but imbued me with the irresistible need to conjure my own stories. I read countless books of quality after my initial exposure, but it was The Philosophers Stone, The Chamber of Secrets and most importantly The Prisoner of Azkaban that resonated most profoundly with me.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
This list chops and changes with regularity but i'll list my current favourites

A Storm of Swords by George R.R Martin:
The Name of The Wind by Patrick Rothfuss:
The Fault in Our Star by John Green
American Gods by Neil Gaiman
The Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K Rowling
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
Growling up a socially awkward girl with anxiety and below average social skills i had a fairly friendless childhood so more often than not i'd have to make my own fun either through my imagination, television, film, video games, reading or writing awful stories about dragons, monsters and good witches fighting said dragons and monsters.

Though i still find myself struggling with the whole awkwardness being that i'm an introvert by design i think this has led to me creating that characters that are more often than not what i wish i could be more loud, outspoken, confident and assertive.
When did you first start writing?
I can't recall the exact time i picked up a pen or started typing fiercely at my keyboard though to hazard a guess i'd say between the ages of six or eight. As stated previous i wrote about dragons and witches and magic, lot's of magic.
What's the story behind your latest book?
A high school girl get's an invitation to the join the most revered click in her entire school, comprised of the four most beautiful ladies in said school, they like her but she'll have to survive the initiation first. I write erotica so you can put two and two together and guess where that train is heading.

To tease a little more the title of the book is "A Private Lesson"
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Writing is what i live for and it seems that becoming an indie author is ideal alternative to the traditional publishing system so i figured i'd try my hand.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords has contributed to my success by giving a convenient and reputable platform to publish my work.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy of writing for me is when i lose myself in my writing i enter a place i call "The Void" it's not somewhere i can get to during every writing succession but once i'm their i can guarantee that i'm writing at my highest possible level, it's sheer bliss.
What do your fans mean to you?
My fans mean everything to me and i wouldn't trade them for the world it sounds trite and i know it's a cliche but it's how i honestly feel, i love you beautiful bastards.
What are you working on next?
Something secret, Something smutty.
Who are your favorite authors?
Neil Gaiman, John Green, Stephen King, J.K Rowling, Patrick Rothfuss, Joe Abercrombie, Diana Gabaldon, Mark Lawrence, George R.R Martin just to name a few.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Living, drinking coffee and thinking about what i should or have to write next.
Published 2016-09-21.
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