Interview with Anna Durand

Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I don't know if it was the first story I read, but I still remember the picture book I read about a tiny toy Indian riding his canoe down a stream and all the adventures he has. I can't recall the title or author, but the story has stuck with me.
How do you approach cover design?
Since I write steamy romances, I always want a hot guy on my covers -- preferably shirtless. Who cares about the title or author's name. Just gimme a sexy man!
What are your five favorite books, and why?
I'd have to say Jane Eyre, Pride & Prejudice, Dracula (the original, please), and a couple contemporary ones -- Dark Skye by Kresley Cole and The Immortal Highlander by Karen Marie Moning. I love romance, the sexier the better, and I also adore paranormal stories.
What do you read for pleasure?
Romance, and a bit of urban fantasy. I love the happily ever after. Life brings us enough pain and heartache -- I have no desire to read about those things for pleasure, unless it leads to an HEA for the hero and heroine.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Kindle. It's affordable and the e-ink screens are so easy to read.
Describe your desk
Overstuffed. 'Nuff said.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
My late father was in the air force, so we moved all over the place, everywhere from Alaska to Mississippi to California. Having lived in many and varied places, I have a different perspective than people I know who've lived in the same place their whole lives. Maybe it's also why my characters tend be outsiders, because I grew up that way.
When did you first start writing?
For as long as I can remember, I've made up stories in my head. I started writing them down in high school.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Dangerous in a Kilt is a fish-out-of-water meets mistaken-identity story, with a bit of falsely accused thrown in there and, of course, a hot Highlander! A feisty American meets a hot Scot, sparks fly, and things get extra-steamy fast.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I'm a hybrid author. I've worked with traditional publishers and produced my own books, because I firmly believe in the adage "don't put all your eggs in one basket." I like having total control over my work, so releasing books through my own company affords me that luxury.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I love writing love scenes! Yes, I admit it. I also enjoy dreaming up ways to torture my characters emotionally, putting them through the wringer so their happy ending feels justified and totally satisfying.
Published 2016-08-25.
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Books by This Author

The MacTaggart Brothers Trilogy
Pre-release—available June 29, 2018. Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 285,660. Language: English. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » Erotic
Three hot brothers, two countries, one steamy collection... What happens when the MacTaggart brothers land in America? Cultures clash, sparks fly, and even the feistiest American girls can't resist the allure of a Scotsman. Take a wild ride across continents with the bestselling, award-winning Hot Scots series and the three novels that started it all — plus exclusive, sizzling bonus scenes.
Scandalous in a Kilt
Series: Hot Scots, Book 3. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 112,660. Language: English. Published: April 20, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » Erotic
Free-spirited American Emery Granger collides with uptight but sizzling-hot Scot Rory MacTaggart, and one night of scorching passion leads to a marriage of convenience. When Rory’s ordered life explodes, the reluctant husband may just have met his match in the passionate, adventurous wife he swears he will never love.
Kinetic
Series: Psychic Crossroads, Book 3. Pre-release—available July 20, 2018. Price: $2.99 USD. Language: English. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal, Fiction » Romance » Suspense
Sean Vandenbrook survived brutal psychic experiments five years ago, but now he must uncover the truth about a terrifying attack that left his best friend near death. Desperate for answers, he kidnaps the beautiful, telekinetic woman who unwittingly triggered the blast. As they unearth a vast conspiracy of psychic terrorism, they must fight to survive long enough to expose it.
The Mortal Fires
Series: Undercover Elementals, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 107,280. Language: English. Published: November 14, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal, Fiction » Romance » Fantasy
As dire events converge on Lindsey and Nevan, her only hope for saving her immortal lover and herself may lie in the ragtag allies they assemble to battle their most frightening enemy yet.
Fired Up
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 84,030. Language: English. Published: July 28, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » Erotic
Burned by love, Mel Thompson has resolved to avoid sex and romance. When overindulgence in champagne leads to a steamy attempt to seduce her best friend, firefighter Adam Caras, a long-suppressed passion is exposed. As best friends become lovers, they must risk everything for a chance at happiness. If they can overcome their past mistakes before it tears them apart...
Wicked in a Kilt
Series: Hot Scots, Book 2. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 91,340. Language: English. Published: September 29, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » Erotic
Calli Douglas is bound by a promise she never should've made to a man she doesn't love. Now, he refuses to let her go. When she leaves her backwoods hideaway to attend her cousin's wedding, Calli has no intention of meeting a man. But fate has other plans--in the form of one scorching-hot Scotsman.
The Mortal Falls
Series: Undercover Elementals, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 122,180. Language: English. Published: March 24, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
When pragmatic human Lindsey is framed for murder and thrown into a world of magic, her only hope for redemption is Nevan, an immortal sylph enslaved by a magical bargain. The passion flaring between them is beyond forbidden, but the fate of two worlds depends on the star-crossed lovers--if dark secrets from their pasts don't tear them apart.
Passion Never Dies: The Complete Reborn Series
Series: Reborn. Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 77,690. Language: English. Published: November 4, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal, Fiction » Romance » Suspense
Dawn woke up drowning in science lab. Blinded by amnesia, she has no choice but to trust Jake Maxwell, the sexy stranger who rescues her. Hunted by the company that resurrected her, Jake and Dawn must outwit their enemies and rediscover their past lives. When their greatest foe rises from the ancient past bent on vengeance, only Jake and Dawn's eternal connection has the power to save them.
Reborn to Conquer
Series: Reborn, Book 4. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 22,950. Language: English. Published: September 30, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal, Fiction » Romance » Suspense
In their past lives, Dawn and Jake's illicit love affair destroyed them both -- but passion never dies, and love cannot be contained. Now, with their ancient foe dead, the worst should be over for Jake and Dawn. Yet the curse their enemy set in motion lives on, and it hungers for vengeance. Their scorching passion for each other may be all that stands between them and total devastation.
Dangerous in a Kilt
Series: Hot Scots, Book 1. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 86,880. Language: English. Published: December 16, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » Erotic
Erica Teague is out on bail, framed for her ex-lover's crime. Her desperate bid to experience one wild night, before her trial and certain conviction, lands her in the arms of Lachlan MacTaggart, a hot Scot with a secret past. She can't resist his offer of one month of sizzling sex with no strings. But when their hot fling gets personal, can their passion free their imprisoned hearts?
Reborn to Avenge
Series: Reborn, Book 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 22,640. Language: English. Published: November 9, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal, Fiction » Romance » Suspense
A passion that outlasts time itself… Dawn and her lover Jake Maxwell share a sizzling bond even death can't sever, reunited after three thousand years. But Anton Vahl, the scientist responsible for Dawn's resurrection, is hell-bent on reclaiming her to mine the secrets of her rebirth. Now she and Jake must battle for their lives and their souls, determined to vanquish an evil that knows no bounds.
Intuition
Series: Psychic Crossroads, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 109,980. Language: English. Published: June 15, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal, Fiction » Romance » Suspense
Torn apart by their haunted pasts, Grace and David struggle to reclaim their passionate bond and defeat an enemy who wields unspeakable psychic power.
Reborn to Burn
Series: Reborn, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 16,350. Language: English. Published: December 9, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal, Fiction » Romance » Suspense
Newly resurrected from death, Dawn is thrust into a battle for her life when the scientists responsible for her rebirth vow to own her at any cost. Her only ally is Jake Maxwell, a grad student with an unusual talent for evading bad guys. As their enemies close in, they discover passion and a bond deeper and stronger than time itself. But can they outrun the past before their future is shattered?
The Falls: A Fantasy Romance
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 10,220. Language: English. Published: September 25, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Fantasy, Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
When Lindsey stumbles onto a dead body, she thinks her day can't get any weirder. Then she sees a gorgeous naked man fleeing the scene and, naturally, she pursues him -- straight into another world, where romance and revelations abound.
Reborn to Die
Series: Reborn, Book 1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 13,500. Language: English. Published: September 25, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal, Fiction » Romance » Suspense
A young woman wakes up inside a glass tank in a scientific laboratory, with no memory and no one to trust except the enigmatic man who rescues her. But a relentless enemy wants her dead. . .
Willpower
Series: Psychic Crossroads, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 118,920. Language: English. Published: September 23, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal, Fiction » Romance » Suspense
Grace Powell awakened one day with no memory of the previous eight months. Now a relentless enemy hunts her, but why? Terrified to trust anyone, Grace has no one to turn to. Except for the sexy stranger who appears out of thin air--literally. David Ransom sacrificed his freedom to protect Grace, yet now he's a stranger to her. But will unearthing the truth about Grace's past destroy them both?