Interview with Maren Bradley Anderson

What do your fans mean to you?
Fans are the best. Fans love me for what my brain makes. I love what my brain makes, so we have something in common.
What are you working on next?
I have soooo many projects. I have a prequel to "Fuzzy Logic." I have a children's play based on "1001 Arabian Nights." I have a first draft of a novel featuring a reincarnation of Lilith, Adam's first wife. I have an idea to write a book about other authors' decisions to be writers. I have too many ideas and not enough hours in the day.
Who are your favorite authors?
Shanna Swendson, Mur Lafferty, Christopher Moore, Tom Robbins, Carl Hiaasen, Joseph Heller, William Shakespeare, Neil Gaiman.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
1. Catch-22 --Heller
2. Fluke -- Moore
3. The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake -- Bender
4. Much Ado about Nothing -- Shakespeare
5. Life of Pi -- Martel

This is my list today. It is ever evolving. Most of these make me laugh. Some of them are surreal. Some do both. Those are the best.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Before 10 am, I need to pee, and the kids are hungry.
After 10 am, I need to write, and I am hungry.

(The second option doesn't happen very often)
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I teach writing and literature to freshmen at a university, and I own an alpaca farm. Oh, and I have a family. When all of those things are taken care of, I can be found watching football and knitting.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Book club and other recommendations mostly. Also, I know a lot of writers, so I try to read all of their books, too.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes. It was called "Tee Shirt Trouble." It was about a pair of twins who got into trouble by trading their tee shirts because the shirts had their names on them. Very identity-heavy and angst filled (not really). I was 9 when I wrote it.
What is your writing process?
I try to write for an hour a day, usually between 10 and 11 am. That's after the kids go to school, after morning chores on the alpaca farm, after my husband has gone to work, but BEFORE I start grading papers or prepping for class. Once I get the writing out of the way, I don't have to try to write at night. I am toast after 7 PM because I am old and I have little kids.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
No. I've been reading/read to since before I can remember. Stories have always had an impact on me, though. I have always liked the magic of being transported to another time/place/headspace.
How do you approach cover design?
Covers are so important because, despite what the proverb says, we all judge books by their covers.
Covers need to be appropriate for the genre and tone of the book. They are tricky.

Sometimes I make my own covers, with varying success.
When it's important, I pay for covers.
Describe your desk
Strata of papers, books, pictures to be hung, snapshots taped everywhere, chotskies everywhere else, a path from the door to the desk.
Published 2016-10-07.
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Books by This Author

Closing the Store
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 69,260. Language: English. Published: October 22, 2016 by Black Opal Books. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General, Fiction » Women's fiction » Chick lit
Liz Stratton's the host of a Spare Me! a wildly popular national talk show. Plus, she’s edgy, beautiful, and doesn’t take crap from anyone. But she never expected her friend Cal, the head of a women’s rights organization, to ask her to run for president. Liz asks every woman in the United States to stop having sex until the war in the Middle East is over. And that’s when the fun begins...
Fuzzy Logic
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 64,480. Language: English. Published: December 2, 2015 by Black Opal Books. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Suspense, Fiction » Romance » Western
After divorcing her unfaithful husband, Meg Taylor buys an alpaca ranch to finally do something on her own. Almost as soon as she arrives, she meets not one, but two, handsome—and baffling—men. She thinks choosing between the shy veterinarian and her charming securities co-worker is her biggest problem, until life and death on the ranch make her re-evaluate more than her love life.
Commas: An Irreverent Primer
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 8,240. Language: English. Published: February 24, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Reference » Writing skills, Nonfiction » Education and Study Guides » Literacy
What is a grammar dragon? What happens to unicorns when you misuse FANBOYS? This irreverent guide for using our most common punctuation mark will explain.
Second-Best Rod and Reel
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,270. Language: English. Published: August 11, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
What is the best thing about catching a fat rainbow trout on a silvery fly? Is it the joy of catching a fish? Or is it a small slice of revenge? A very short story.
Peacocks: a short story
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,530. Language: English. Published: August 2, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General
In this short story, Sherri wants a new start, so moves from California to rural Oregon where she takes a new job as a bartender and befriends a wild female peacock. Unfortunately, her former husband manages to track her down just as she is beginning to feel at home. Is she strong enough to send him away and face the loneliness of starting over in a new place?