Interview with Annemarie Musawale

What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
When you're happy, you don't really need an inspiration to get out of bed. I do work that I enjoy; I have a son who is turning out loads better than I could have hoped, I live in a house that I love. Its no hardship getting up every day; I have so much to look forward to.
Who are your favorite authors?
I am a lover of stories. I love an excellent story well told. Being an author myself, its not so much that I have faves, but that I have people I aspire to be when I grow up. There is Diana Gabaldon who has written an excellent guide for relationships disguised as an excellent series of books. The tv series...meh. There is Maria Doria Russell who wrote two books about our relationship with God. There is some anger there, some uncomfortable truths and a character you just fall in love with. I think that's the essence of a good story. If you fall in love with the character; Jamie Fraser, Father Emilio Sandoz, Harry Potter, Lestat de Lioncourt and his lover Louis...and then there are the tv series that are so well written its like a good book all over again; Eric Kripke and Jeff Davis have written such characters for Supernatural and Teen Wolf. Stories so well woven you can watch over and over and find something new every time. Just like with a good book.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
When I'm not writing, I'm reading, marketing, designing, blogging, I'm on social media trolling the trolls, or I'm spending time with family.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I am doing a lot of fan fiction now because there is simply no limit to the premises of the story. I love the utter freedom that is there to write about absolutely anything and everything. I also browse amazon or smashwords and see if any book blurbs capture my interest.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
No. I think I was five.
What is your writing process?
I put my hands on the keys and let the words come. I'm simply a conduit.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Again, I think I was five.
How do you approach cover design?
Its a gut thing. I want to feel like Yaaaasss! when I see the cover. but also I like to post the cover on my social media sites to see how many people agree with my choice.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
The Prisoner of Azkhaban by J.K Rowling
Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
Echo in the Bone by Diana Gabaldon
Children of God by Maria Doria Russell
The Half Blood Prince by J.K Rowling
What do you read for pleasure?
I've recently discovered fan fiction so that's what I'm reading a lot of now. its shorter than regular books and therefore I can read during my 'work' breaks. But any story really.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Kindle
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I write fan fiction, or other small pieces and then put the link to my book beneath them. I also have a few free stories on free ebooks.net. such as this one: Claim your FREE copy of my new book, Requiscant In Pace today! Your complimentary download is available now, at: https://www.free-ebooks.net/ebook/Requiscant-In-Pace
Describe your desk
Don't have one.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Nairobi Kenya and my mother was a teacher. she put story books in my hands very early. I was an anomaly among my friends because I was 'always reading'. It was unusual to be so into story books because where was the practicality in that? I think that's why it took me so long to consider it as a possible career.
Published 2016-01-25.
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Books by This Author

In Search of Paradise
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 41,390. Language: English. Published: July 20, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay
Ben and Anders sitting in a tree, k-i-s-s-i-n-g. First comes sex, then comes denial then the apocalypse becomes the great equalizer.
Lunchtime Stories
Price: Free! Words: 4,150. Language: English. Published: November 15, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
Four stories to get you through your lunch hour. Do you not like conversing with people at lunchtime. Prefer to bury your head in a book? Then these stories are for you. Enjoy.
Child of Destiny
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 99,910. Language: English. Published: October 9, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Interracial, Fiction » Romance » Fantasy
(5.00 from 1 review)
The year is 1990, Leo is looking out for number one, Mya wants to get out of town, several people want a piece of them. Its really complicated. And then Fate comes along and adds its own pinch of salt in the mix. Chaos ensues. What will happen in the end? Does Love really conquer all?
The Swamp Is Full of Mystery
You set the price! Words: 22,070. Language: English. Published: July 30, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
The Child of Destiny approaches. Nobody is ready though. Phil and Lillian just want answers as to why they didn't pass on to wherever it is you go after death. Mya just wants to get out; go to college; escape the small town of Le Marais. Leo wants to escape too; his methods are a bit more...mercenary though. But Fate doesn't give a fuck. She's coming for all of them.
Single Motherhood Unplugged
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 25,000. Language: English. Published: July 11, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Relationships and Family » Motherhood
Keeping it really real on what its really like to be a single mom.
In the Shadow of the Styx
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 27,320. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: July 4, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Supernatural, Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
(4.00 from 2 reviews)
Life is short; Phil and Lillian learn that the hard way. When they find themselves standing beside their dead bodies, wondering what the fuck happened. And then...nothing happens. No light at the end of the tunnel, no avenging angel or creepy reaper comes calling. Its disconcerting, what are a couple of disenfranchised ghosts to do? Well, that is indeed the question.