Interview with M. A. Anderson

What is your e-reading device of choice?
I have a Kindle e-reader and love it! I still enjoy reading hard copy books, but I can carry my Kindle with me wherever I go and if I have time, I'll read while I'm out and about.
Describe your desk
Ok. My desk is made of black glass and sits in front of the window in my office. It is quite long and has enough space for my PC and printer, along with other stationery items.
When did you first start writing?
I started writing around the age of eight. I loved reading books and thought I could make some of my own. That love of reading and writing followed me to high school, where I would write plays and have friends perform them durning lunch break. For many years I didn't write and knew something was missing from my life. I started again in the late 1990s and haven't looked back. It's a part of who I am.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest book, Once Bitten, which is in final edit phase, is a part of the Dark Legacy series. I love the paranormal; vampires, werewolves, demons, witches and all that kind of stuff. I was introduced to Bram Stoker's 'Dracula' as a teenager and have loved this genre ever since.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
As any emerging author would know, it's difficult to get your work into the hands of a traditional publisher. I read recently that they only accept four books a year, so that doesn't leave much room for the rest of us. I like the aspect of having complete control over how my books looks and is marketed to readers. Because I'm also a reader, I feel I have an understanding of what readers are looking for and try to emulate that.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy is meeting new characters. I'm amazed at how often a character will pop into my head and want to written about. I think all writers become attached to their characters as they journey through the story with them, it's only natural. I also love starting a new writing project. When I've finished one book, I start the next.
What do your fans mean to you?
My fans are the most important people in my writing life! I write for them. I love it when a reader says to me that they loved reading my book. It's a humbling feeling and the best feeling.
What are you working on next?
After Once Bitten is released, my next project is a Young Adult novel 'Ghost Magnet' (Book One in the Lily Metcalfe series). At this stage, there will be about four books in the series, but if it all goes well there may be a couple more. I also have a stand alone vampire novel 'Night Hunter' waiting in the wings to be completed. I have some big plans for the book (plot-wise).
Who are your favorite authors?
Bram Stoker (of course :)), Sir Arthur Conin Doyle (Sherlock Holmes books), Ernest Hemingway, Dean Koontz, James Patterson, Laurell K Hamilton. Too many to list here.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Getting my book finished. And also to see what the day brings.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
When am I not writing? Lol. I read, sketch, go for coffee with friends, movies, love going to the theater when there's something I particularly want to see.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I search for books in the genres I enjoy. Recommendations from friends. I also know a lot of indie authors.
What is your writing process?
Get up early and sit in front of the computer. Sometimes I play emotive music to get the creative juices flowing. I usually work all day until around 5.00 - 5.30pm, then the evening is mine to watch a movie or tv series I like, or to read.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
You know, the first story I remember reading for myself was a Golden book called 'The Seven Little Postmen'. It was a rhyming book and the story was very cute. About a boy sending a letter to his grandma.
How do you approach cover design?
I believe that the cover of a book is its calling card. It will either pull the reader in or repel them (if it isn't a good design). I try to find something that is visually appealing for my covers. There are some fantastic covers out there!
What do you read for pleasure?
Fiction is my most favorite read, but I also like autobiographies, books about natural healing and wellness and health.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords offers authors a wide platform for their books and I think this is the key to getting your work out to readers and into the marketplace.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
When I was eight I wrote a story about a puppy going on an adventure. He met a lot of interesting creatures along the way. And when he got home his mother was so happy to see him because she thought he had run away.
Published 2014-08-16.
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Books by This Author

Wolf Curse - Book Two
Series: A Moon Grove Paranormal Romance Thriller. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 76,170. Language: English. Published: November 10, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
She thought moving back to her old home town was the answer to her nightmares. Now her nightmares are real!
A Night of Passion: Clean Romance Edition
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 60,200. Language: English. Published: October 14, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Have you ever wondered what your life would have been like if you'd made a totally different decision? Prue Granger made a choice that changed her life forever.
Wolf Blood - Book One
Series: A Moon Grove Paranormal Romance Thriller. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 78,800. Language: English. Published: October 14, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
She isn't looking for romance or danger but is destined for both. Now all she has to do is stay alive! Moving back to her old hometown wasn't the change Paige expected.
Reece (Prequel to the Dark Legacy series)
Series: Dark Legacy Series. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 17,050. Language: English. Published: May 12, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
Find out how it all began in this thrilling, page-turning prequel to the series!
Soul Chaser (Book Three in the Dark Legacy series)
Series: Dark Legacy Series. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 86,230. Language: English. Published: June 30, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Supernatural
This third book in the Dark Legacy series thrusts you into another action-packed, thrilling journey into the dark modern world of vampires and otherworldly creatures. With a few unexpected twists and turns, join Private Investigator Reece Daniels and his team as they battle an ancient evil! One believed to be only a myth. Who will survive and who will die?
A Night of Passion
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 63,200. Language: American English. Published: October 21, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Contemporary romance with a sexy edge. Set in The Big Apple and Pittsburgh PA, this novel will make you blush, laugh and cry. So sit back, relax and enjoy A Night of Passion.
Driving Me Crazy
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 50,190. Language: English. Published: October 20, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
A sexy, contemporary romance set on the beautiful, tropical Queensland Gold Coast (Australia) and in glitzy, glamorous, fast-paced Los Angeles and Hollywood. This novel has it all: a little fun, a little sex, a love triangle and a whole lot more...
Once Bitten (Book Two in the Dark Legacy series)
Series: Dark Legacy Series. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 87,250. Language: English. Published: April 7, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Supernatural
Not your average supernatural thriller! ONCE BITTEN – the thrilling second book in the DARK LEGACY series delivers a plot thick with action and some 'I didn't see that coming' twists. An exciting read to the last page!
Dark Legacy (Book One in the Dark Legacy series)
Series: Dark Legacy Series. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 83,250. Language: English. Published: July 7, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Supernatural
Dark Legacy is the vampire crime novel that will grab you by your shirt front, pull you into its fast-paced, compelling plot and catapult you into its sinister immortal underworld, leaving you breathless! If you love novels by J.R. Rain and Laurell K. Hamilton, you'll love this...