Monday, November 4, 2013

Interview with Laura N. Anile



Can you tell readers a little bit about yourself and what inspired to write in this particular genre?
I’ve wanted to be a writer for as long as I can remember. I’m an avid reader of the paranormal genre, and love all things vampires, werewolves, angels, magic, etc. I like that anything is possible in the genre and I’m intrigued by characters who have special abilities. When you can do anything or be anyone, who do you choose to be? There’s always a cost to the power that these characters wield, and I wanted to explore the contradictory effects.

What inspired you to write this book?
I wanted to delve into psychic abilities – and more specifically, how someone who didn’t believe in it would handle being thrown into the mysterious world of the paranormal. Could they dismiss it or ignore it if they saw someone in danger? Would they feel compelled to act? How would the people in their visions be connected to them? What price would they be willing to pay to save someone?
I’m fascinated by the concept of fate versus choice, and the course of our lives being a tapestry with so many unseen threads tying it all together. Who controls the strings?
Having the ability to see into the future opens up a world of possibilities, but it would definitely come at a price. Especially if you couldn’t control what you saw, or when.
I like the idea that nothing is what it seems. And just when you think you have it all figured out, the tables turn. What is the purpose, how much control does she really have and, in the end, who is it that is really saving who?
Plus, I like the idea of the girl being the one to save the guys for a change! ;-)

Please tell us about your latest release.
Here’s the quick summary: When Isabel begins to experience premonitions of strangers in potentially life-threatening situations, she must decide what she is willing to do – and sacrifice – in order to save the people in her visions. It is only when her life spins out of control that she is able to take chances that she never thought possible – including opening her heart to love.
The drama and risk involved in her premonitions escalates as the story unfolds, testing her resolve. She needs to throw all of her previous ideas and plans out the window and discover what she’s really made of – and what’s really important to her.
Her experiences leave her questioning the idea of fate: what’s controllable, what isn’t, what is she willing to give and what is she willing to lose?
It’s not a thriller – it’s about her opening up to possibilities she never thought possible, and explores how we are all connected.
And there’s a love interest or two thrown in :-) Who doesn’t love a good romance?

What is your favorite scene from the book? Could you share a little bit of it, without spoilers of course?
It’s difficult to choose one – I’d probably narrow it to three. One revolves around her love interest. Without giving away too much, the scene takes place when things finally heat up between the two.
Another is when something happens that she never saw coming. It’s a key scene in the book and allowed me to explore a different set of emotions.
The third is actually the final chapter (and leading up to it) so I can’t give anything away!

Do you ever suffer from writer’s block? How do you deal with it?
Absolutely. I know some writers push through and fix it in the second draft. I tend to step back. Usually, taking the break allows me to see it differently when I come back to it, or to let new ideas brew in the back of my mind. I tend to plan out the key scenes before I start writing though, so I know where it’s all going. That being said, sometimes the story reveals itself during the writing process and you have to change course. I completely rewrote the ending of Visions. I foolishly stuck to the plan in the first draft instead of following where the story wanted to go. I discovered that sometimes the story surprises you, and that’s a good thing.



Other than writing, what are some of your interests, hobbies or passions in life?
I love storytelling in all forms – books, film, TV. So I love to read, or watch a good movie. I always find it interesting to watch a film adapted from a book I’ve read, and see how it comes to life on screen – and how it’s interpreted. I also really love to travel and explore new places. Inevitably, traveling always brings a greater appreciation of home.
And going out to dinner with friends is always great to unwind. I come from a large family and they’re really important to me so I enjoy spending time with them.

What was the last amazing book you read?
The Indigo Spell by Richelle Mead (book three in the Bloodlines series). Okay, so it wasn’t the last amazing book I read, but because book four (The Fiery Heart) is due out Nov 5, the series springs to mind! Things are finally heating up between Sydney and Adrian! I’m reading City of Bones by Cassandra Clare at the moment. I missed the movie when it was out at the cinemas so I’m looking forward to seeing it.

Where is your favorite place to read? Do you have a cozy corner or special reading spot?
I mostly read in bed, but I also have a favorite reading chair I sometimes curl up in.

What can readers expect next from you?
The sequel to Visions is next on my list. There will also be a third book in the series and I’m toying with the idea of a short prequel. In addition, I have another novel idea, which stemmed from a short story I wrote in Unmasked Secrets (which is available for free download). It’ll be set in a different world, where things are quite different from the norm.

Where can readers find you on the web?
I love to talk to readers! You can find me on my website www.LauraAnile.com (where you can also take the What Would You Do? Quiz), my Facebook page (Laura N. Anile, Author) or Twitter @LauraAnile. Or you can view the book trailers on my YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/laurananile.

Would you like to leave readers with a little teaser or excerpt from the book?
Absolutely! I thought I’d tease you with one of her premonitions. Most of her visions involve things that could happen on a more regular basis, but as I mentioned earlier, the drama escalates. Don’t worry, it’s not a spoiler, since a snippet of the below is in the prologue.

* * *

“I’ve been monopolizing a lot of your time lately, haven’t I?”
“I’ve wanted you to monopolize me,” he said in a low voice, his salacious grin adding heat to his eyes.
I felt my cheeks warm as I took his hand to lead him in. “Are you staying tonight?”
“I thought you’d never ask.”
“Do you have plans tomorrow night?”
“What do you have in mind?” he asked in the same suggestive tone.
“Whatever you want,” I played along.
“Really? Well that could be dangerous,” he breathed mischievously. “What time will you make yourself available to do whatever I want?”
I giggled at his devilish grin. “Eight?”
“Eight is perfect.”
“So what exactly do you have in mind?” I asked coyly.
“Be at my place at eight. The rest of the evening will be a surprise.” He paused, cocking his head. “Anything goes,” he teased, a dangerous glint in his eye.
“Okay. I’m looking forward to it. I think.”
“Not as much as I am, my slave girl,” he chuckled, his brows dancing.
“Slave girl? You’re starting to make me nervous…I don’t want to re-enact Fifty Shades of Grey, if that’s what you’re thinking?”
His laugh didn’t subdue my nerves—there was something devious in it.
I knew I wasn’t getting any more out of him; whatever he had planned, he wasn’t giving it away. Given I’d only just discovered his cooking skills, I hoped he’d be flaunting his domestic capabilities again. But the heat in his eyes led me to believe it was something else he had in mind. I was a little nervous, but flushed with eager anticipation. Whatever was on the evening agenda, I knew I was in good hands. Warm, masterful hands…
I snuggled closer to him and breathed in his familiar scent.
“I might give you a preview,” he murmured in my ear, his voice deepening as he tugged me to the bedroom and pulled me onto the bed. A wave of heat immediately ignited within me and my hands found their way under his clothes. The feel of his skin against mine, his body moving with mine, took my breath away.
Later, I fell asleep in his arms, my last thoughts of the unbridled anticipation of whatever he had in store for the following evening.
It started as it usually did. Me looking down at the multiple-choice test with his hand on my shoulder. But then the scene shifted and I was no longer in the exam room looking at a piece of paper. A piece of paper couldn’t physically hurt me; what was now in front of me could. Absolutely terrified, I dared to take a glimpse at the man holding the gun. He was dressed all in black, wearing a riding jacket over a T-shirt and jeans. His face was completely obscured by the black helmet he wore. I glanced behind him and saw my terror reflected back at me in the eyes of the woman behind the teller. There were four other people in the bank, besides the three tellers. A woman, with a young girl who appeared to be between ten and twelve, and two men. One of the men looked to be in his forties, and wore a navy suit with a gold tie. The other was in a black suit with his back to me.
The young girl began screaming; a scream that made your blood run cold. Her mother instantly tried to placate her, eventually smothering her mouth when those attempts failed. That only intensified the screaming, agitating the girl more.
The gunman flew into a rage, demanding the girl be silenced before he silenced her. His hand twitched in fury. Could he honestly harm a child? I wondered, as fear crashed over me. The interminable screaming shrilled through the bank as the girl thrashed in her mother’s arms. My skin tingled, the air electrified with trepidation.
The gunman pointed the weapon directly at the child, narrowing his eyes. Time slowed down, like someone hit pause.
A feeling of complete and utter helplessness reverberated through me as I frantically scanned the room, searching for some kind of help to magically materialize.
A number suddenly flickered in my vision, flashing like a number on a screen: 12.19. I blinked; it felt like a camera flash had just gone off in my eyes. Then I noticed the calendar. All I saw was Thursday before the scene began to move once more, still in slow motion. My attention instantly returned to the gunman. His finger inched towards the trigger. His whole body was shaking.
Panic crippled me. This was it and I had no idea what to do.
A growl erupted from the gunman’s throat as his feeble control shattered and his finger pulled back the trigger.
There was no time left to decide, to think. There was only time to act. Instinctively, I jumped in front of the young girl as I heard the deafening crack of the gun being fired.
I jumped so violently that I awoke, drenched in sweat.

To read a sample, please go to: Amazon (click to look inside)
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Visions
The Gifted Series
Book One
Laura N. Anile

Genre: Paranormal

Publisher: GlassHouse  Publishing

ISBN:  9780992279028
ASIN: B00FFM1GOW

Number of pages:       Approx. 420
Word Count: 124,000



Book Description:     

What would you sacrifice to save a stranger?

Isabel Cartier is career-driven and a little self-obsessed. Her future has been carefully planned—until something mysterious happens. When Isabel begins to experience premonitions of strangers in potentially life-threatening situations, she must decide what she is willing to do—and sacrifice—in order to save the people in her visions.

As her premonitions progress, the level of risk to her own life escalates, and she’s thrown into a mysterious world that will put more than just her career in jeopardy.

It is only when her life spins out of control that she is able to take chances that she never thought possible—including opening her heart to love.

There's Matt, the handsome stranger she saves from a terrible accident. But will she ever see him again? Then there's Jeremy, her thoughtful neighbor who's down on his luck. Both will shape her path and leave her breathless. But it’s another man, who she sees in her visions over and over again, who will leave her questioning everything. Does he have nine lives, or is it up to Isabel to figure out the parameters of a game she doesn't quite understand in order to truly save him?

Visions follows Isabel’s journey to find out if she has the courage she needs to save the people in her premonitions, and how, ultimately, their lives are intertwined with hers.

About the Author:        

Laura has had a lifelong love of writing, which she explored in a successful marketing career before penning her first novel. She is fascinated by the ideas of fate and interconnectedness, central themes in her story. She loves all things humorous, laughs too loudly and finds her own jokes amusing. She has a passion for traveling and exploring the world but has a phobia of suspect hotel rooms with questionable hygiene. And, oh yeah, she doesn’t own any crystal balls.

Visions is her debut novel. She has also written a collection of short stories, entitled Unmasked Secrets.



Twitter: @LauraAnile

Facebook: Laura N Anile, Author

YouTube Channel: www.youtube.com/laurananile

Book One- Unmasked Secrets is available for Free on Amazon

1 comment:

Laura Anile said...

Thanks for being such a great host! :-)

 
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