Interview with Anna-Marie Abell

What would you like readers to take away from your story?
Curiosity about our ancient past and an open mind about the possibility of other life in the universe. There is way more to the story of the human race than we have been led to believe. It was Reagan that said: “Perhaps we need some outside universal threat to make us recognize this common bond. I occasionally think how quickly our differences worldwide would vanish if we were facing an alien threat from outside this world.” I think if we stop seeing the differences in each other, and realize we are all one in the same, this world would change for the better. Finding out the human race is just a blip on the cosmic life radar might bring the minuscule variations of our species into perspective.
What inspired you to write this book?
I have been studying the ancient astronaut theory and the Sumerian culture for twenty years. I really wanted to write a fiction book and present my findings in a fun and unique way. I didn’t have a story idea, so I kept putting it off. Then one day my friend messaged me all excited because she saw a “super hot tall guy” reading a UFO book at Barnes & Noble. My first thought was, “What if he was an alien.” And that’s how the story was born.
What was the hardest part of the book to write?
The sex scenes. I read a lot of romance, and some of the descriptions of sex I read are just horrific. Like cringing-needing-to-take-a-shower bad. I didn’t want to make the same mistakes, or EVER use the phrases, “veined shaft,” “wet folds,” or “vast crevice.” I mean, ewww! It was especially hard (no pun intended) since I was writing a comedy. How do you blend humor and sex without it ruining the moment? Guess you will just have to read and find out.
Which is your favorite character and why?
I am going to have to say Devon, the kleptomaniac friend with fire retardant hair and mad modern dance skills. He was such a fun character to develop. I really kind of designed my perfect male best friend when I wrote him. He is a goofball with a heart of gold. In book two, he really gets to shine. Everyone could use a Devon in their life.
Do you have a favorite line from your book?
My favorite line is actually a chapter title: “Solid Diamond Grillz, Hairy Hiding Places, Poisonous Penis Darts, and a Gaseous Fire-Belching Bunny.”
How did you come up with the chapter titles in your book?
Full disclosure, some of those came to me while under the influence of wine. When I was writing the first draft, I needed a quick reminder of what was in each chapter. I realized how crazy they sounded and decided to keep them as chapter titles.
What was the inspiration for the title of your book?
The book was originally called Rigel. When I told someone what the title of my book was, they would say, “What’s that?” It didn’t spark any interest. My editor, David Gatewood, suggested I make my title more along the lines of my chapter titles, which are long and crazy, and I thought that idea genius. Now, when I tell people my title, I usually get a giggle and an immediate interest to know more.
If your novel were being made into a movie, whom would you pick to play the lead roles?
I think Jennifer Lawrence for Autumn. She has the comic timing Autumn would need. However, even though Autumn is Caucasian in my book (simply because she was based on me), I would like to see an African American play her. Maybe Katerina Graham? My first choice for Rigel would be Paul Wesley from the Vampire Diaries, but alas, Rigel is really tall. So I am thinking Chris Hemsworth or Justin Hartley. For Emma, Kristin Kreuk. (Can you tell I like CW shows?) Ninurta is totally Alexander Skarsgard, Inanna is Charlize Theron, Clive Owen for Enlil, and Daniel Craig for Enki. Devon is the one I haven’t figured out yet, but I am kinda liking Diego Boneta.
Did you always want to be a writer?
Oh no, I was gonna be a pop star—until I learned very quickly that I was tone deaf. Then I was gonna be a famous actress. I worked my way through the acting trenches for many years. Then, one day, I was at an audition for an AXE Body Wash commercial. I was auditioning with another girl and we were instructed to “excitedly” wash each other under a waterfall with AXE Body Wash. As I was seductively rubbing imaginary bubbles on the girl’s shoulder, I thought to myself, “What the f@%k am I doing with my life?” And that was it for me. Back when I was in film school, I had discovered I had quite the knack for writing, so I decided to give that another go and quickly learned it fulfilled me in ways I never thought possible. I now know it is what I am meant to do.
What sort of research did you do to write this book?
Twenty years ago I became fascinated by the concept of the ancient astronaut theory and wanted to see if there was any validity to it. I have spent two decades researching the ancient Sumerian culture—in particular their “gods” called the Anunnaki—and their connection to the creation of the human race. All of that work went into writing my trilogy, which includes all the major Sumerian deities, their backstories, and a little insight into their culture and lore. Throughout the book, I also reference many different theories from the ancient astronaut community. Some I believe, and some I don’t. But I wanted to include them all to get people thinking.
Do you believe in aliens?
Oh, yes! There is solid evidence that aliens exist. The problem is that the mainstream media constantly makes a joke of it and never reports the actual stories. All we get is seemingly uneducated folks who drink moonshine and hallucinate their sightings. Anyone who asks me this question, I tell them to watch the documentary “I Know What I Saw.” I have a link up on my website. If there is one case to search that I think has the most credibility, Google the “Rendlesham Forest Incident.”
Have you ever seen a UFO?
Yes, I did see an unidentified flying object. But I have no proof it was being flown by aliens. I was walking along the beach in Oceanside, CA, with my boyfriend at the time, and something grabbed his attention in the sky. He pointed out two circular objects darting back-and-forth. They kind of changed color from red to gold as the light reflected on them. We thought maybe they were balloons. But that assumption got dashed when two fighter jets coming out of Camp Pendleton flew straight toward them. These two objects took off at unfathomable speeds, and then the fighter jets banked right and flew off after them. There was no way the jets were going to catch them. Aliens? Well, I’m not sure. But, unless the government is hiding something from us, we don’t have technology like that.
Is every theory you write about in your book something you personally believe?
No, I wanted to present them all as a way to open up a discussion. For example, in my twenty years of research, there is no absolute proof it was ancient aliens that created man, as ancient astronaut theorists believe. There is nothing that definitively proves they are from another planet. They could very well have been an advanced race of beings that originated on this planet. Look at us now, on the brink of nuclear destruction if North Korea or Russia gets too pissed at us. We could easily blow ourselves back to the Stone Age. Who is to say that didn’t happen before? Maybe there was a civilization capable of flight, and that had advanced technology (even greater than what we have now), but they got too power hungry and caused a mass extinction event. I am not ruling out aliens, I just don’t have the proof and that is why I wrote the book. I am seeking answers and hope we can all come together to find the truth.
Why did you start researching ancient aliens?
Growing up, I had a lot of religious friends, and yet my family wasn’t religious, so I always remained neutral. Then one day I thought: “What if one of these religions is right? What if I don’t believe and end up in hell?” So first thing out of high school I looked into all these religions to make sure I wasn’t missing out. I started by reading The Old Testament because so many religions are based off that book. I have never been so mad reading anything in my whole life. All loving God my sweet patootie! Not too long after, I was listening to Coast to Coast AM when Zacheria Sitchin came on as a guest. He was speaking about how all our “gods” were actually ancient aliens that came and created the human race. At first, I thought this was completely absurd. Then I started doing the research myself. What I found in the Sumerian cuneiform texts has changed my whole belief system and the way I see the world.
What is it about the Sumerian culture that fascinates you?
The fact that they have stories that parallel the bible stories, but told with a different twist. The Sumerian versions are thousands of years older than the ones in the bible, so the bible essentially borrowed the stories from the Sumerians and twisted them to fit their belief system. The similarities are undeniable, yet we call the Sumerian versions, (the first versions) “myths,” and we call the stories of the bible true? If we give as much credence to the Sumerian versions as we do the bible, then the origins of man could change our perspective and possibly our purpose on Earth. What I have found has completely changed my life.
Are you working on a new book and what can you tell us about it?
Yes! I am working on the follow up to Holy Crap! The World is Ending!, which is book two of The Anunnaki Chronicles. There is more in store for Autumn, Rigel, Devon, and Emma¬—so stay tuned. I am hoping it is out next year.
Published 2017-08-14.
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