Photo by Harmony.
1. Which of your characters is your favorite?
For this novel? Gosh, that's hard. I love them all. But I'd probably pick Rhys. He's young and initially unsure of himself, but when faced with very weird and very deadly happenings, he finds a reserve of strength and wisdom he didn't know he had. He's also a smartass. I love smartasses.
2. Tell me about your travels.
3. Coffee, tea, or milk?
All three! I usually have coffee in the morning--something strong but not bitter with a bit of cream, followed by tea in the afternoon and evening--I really like the fancy loose teas from Teavana. And even though milk doesn't love me so much any more, I'll still have a nice big glass from time to time. I just make sure it's lactose free now.
4. What else can you do besides write?
5. Who are you reading right now?
I'm reading Sheryl Nantus's Blaze of Glory--a superhero novel, and Thieftaker by D. B. Jackson, a historical fantasy set in Pre-revolutionary colonial America. I'm also perennially reading Agincourt: Henry V and the Battle that Made England by Juliet Barker.
6. Pop culture or academia?
Yes. :) If I ever have the time and money, I would love to go back to school and get a PhD in Literary and Cultural Studies, preferably on a topic dealing with the need for the fantastic in the post-modern, technical world. We've got near instant communication and powerful cell phones in our pockets, and yet the more we advance, there's this yearning for the unknown and unknowable, for magic and mystery. And need for the human spirit to tread the paths of our ancestors to find a place in the world. Except many of us don't have those paths. Fantasy provides an outlet and a place to explore in a world that seems all discovered out.
7. What is the toughest scene you ever wrote?
8. Where do you find your inspirations to write?
Everywhere. Watching personality classes at work. Driving over the Allegheny in the fog. Watching trains. Sitting and listening the the rustle of leaves. Seeing a beautiful sunset. The smell of the air by the ocean. Walking through ancient ruins in Turkey. Being afraid. Falling in love. Everything is an inspiration. It all churns around inside, then pops out my fingertips.
9. Food you could eat everyday.
10. Are you into sports or other physical activities?
11. What kind of music speaks to you?
12. Do you outline your stories or do they just take you along for the ride?
I usually have some sort of vague outline, or limiting factor. For Close Quarter, since I knew the events would take place on a trans-Atlantic crossing, I had six days to work with. I knew the major issue and I knew how the novel had to end. But I didn't know what all would happen, how exactly the problem would be overcome, or even the roles some of the characters took... and that's when the story takes me for a ride. That's the part I like, the discovery of the story.
13. Celebrity crush.
14. Who are the biggest influences on your work?
15. Do you still watch cartoons?
Anna Zabo writes erotic paranormal romance and fantasy. She lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, which isn’t nearly as boring as most people think. A lover of all things fae, she finds the wonderful and the magical amid the steel and iron of her city.
She has a MFA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University and a BA in Creative Writing from Carnegie Mellon University.
You can find Anna online at these links:
WEBSITE - http://www.annazabo.com
- @amergina - http://www.twitter.com/amergina
(where you will also find her other not-so-secret identity)
[Book cover by April Martinez.]
On a transatlantic cruise to New York, sculptor Rhys Matherton struggles to piece his life back together after losing his mother, inheriting a fortune, and finding out his father isn't his father after all. He spills a tray of drinks on a handsome stranger, then he finds himself up against a wall getting the best hand-job he’s ever had. And for the first time in his life, he feels whole.
Rhys enjoys the company of Silas Quint, but for the eerie way no one pays attention to them even while they kiss in a crowded bar. Silas explains he's a forest fae able to glamor the room around them--and more importantly, that he's on the cruise to hunt vampires. Rhys thinks Silas is full of it, until he discovers vampires are real, and he’s part of their main course.
Silas Quint can’t be distracted by a human lover, even one as lovely as Rhys. Stuck in the middle of the ocean, he has barely enough of energy to hunt the vampires he’s been sent to destroy. Rhys is full of the one thing Silas needs needs most--the element of living plants. Only sucking energy from Rhys would make Silas as soulless as the creatures he hunts. How can he keep Rhys safe, without becoming like the very monsters he hunts?
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Loose Id - http://www.loose-id.com/authors/a-f/anna-zabo/close-quarter.html
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