Interview with Anne Skalitza

What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The rain on my face if I've left the window open next to my bed.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Watching other people. The human race is fascinating!
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Oh yeah. It was a doozy. I was six, and tried incorporating jokes into my story. I called it "The Joke Story." Thankfully I have come a long way since then.
What is your writing process?
First, coffee. Strong. Then a quick look-see around the Internet. Open emails from my several accounts. More coffee. Then I'll settle in to work on any one of my WIPs (works-in-progress). I usually have a light verse, short story or two, essay, and novel, all going at the same time. I multi-think beautifully.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Looney Dunes came about when I reflected on my quirks, and that of others. I created characters from composites. My main character, Stormy, even belongs to a group who call themselves the PNSers, or the Phobie Non-Socies. Decidedly, it's a small group, or they wouldn't be able to meet in the same room.

Stormy also has trouble with relationships, yet she inherits a boarding house complete with strangers renting the rooms, and a cute guy who has the most adorable dimples.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
I have MGD--Multi-Genre Disorder. I'll read just about anything, except for the backs of cereal boxes. I mean, what's so interesting about what Fiber One has to say?
My five favorites, in no special order, are: The Cider House Rules by John Irving, Time And Again by Jack Finney, Saving Susan by Sharyn McCrumb, The Shining by Stephen King, The Great Gatsby by F.Scott Fitzgerald.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Kindle. It's the only one I own.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Writing the best possible story, and making sure there are no errors, grammatical or otherwise. One or two do slip by, but in a 70k story, that's not bad. You can hand out a ton of bookmarks, or tweet or post about your book non-stop, but if the first few pages don't grab the reader, nothing will help in the marketing department. And don't even bother with standing on your head or doing cartwheels at the mall. It gets attention and maybe a trip to the local police precinct, but that's about it.
Describe your desk
What desk? :)
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up within walking distance of the mighty Atlantic Ocean. I use the term "mighty" because more often than not, I've been knocked over by its waves. I've dug for clams, I've been all-night fishing for Blues. Sand is permanantly between my toes. (Did you know it's a great pumice for the feet?) A lot of my writing reflects this. (Living near the ocean, not the state of my feet.)
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Only two of my books are published by myself, because I wanted to see what it was like. My first book, Lost and Found Love, was published by a very small publisher in 2003 (out of print now). In 2013, Looney Dunes was accepted and published by Musa Publishers. A great editor worked with me for months to get it polished like gleaming silver, something I wish my forks and knives were.
What do your fans mean to you?
My fans encourage me to write more. They affirm my career choice (though I'd still be a writer, even without a fan base).
Published 2014-01-06.
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Books by This Author

Two Sides Of The Coin
Price: Free! Words: 1,450. Language: English. Published: May 31, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Chick Lit, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
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Karl Holt is cute. But when he embarrasses Meghan with something he says about her, Meghan finds retaliation in a most unusual way.
Ghost Magnet
Price: $1.35 USD. Words: 27,790. Language: English. Published: May 24, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Chick Lit, Fiction » Children’s books » Readers / Intermediate
Thirteen-year-old Julie Janner desperately wants to spend summer hanging out with her friends. Instead, her mom takes her to an island straight out of the Twilight Zone, on a vacation that turns out to be like riding a roller coaster through a haunted fun house. Many of the locals are unfriendly ("Go home. Now."), broken dolls visit in the night, and some people aren't what they seem to be.