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Saturday, January 1, 2011

Interview with Andi Anderson!!

Today's entry is a uniquely special one for me. Throughout our lives we meet all kinds of people. Some perhaps, that we wish we'd never met, others that briefly pass in and out, but then there are those that leave a significant impression. And for me, Andi Anderson has done just that. 
I was involved with a chat when a post came through and this woman told me, how much she loved my novel. And I mean she was exuberant, doting and kind! Not only was the praise wonderful but she lifted my spirits at a moment when I really needed it the most. In this world of the internet, where we have less social interaction, it's very difficult at times to know when someone's thoughts and actions are genuine. But when I read her posts and emailed her privately I was astounded,  she meant every word and I was deeply touched. 
Of course I was also intrigued (curious) with this mysterious chatter and started to research (snoop). LOL Who exactly is this person, a man or woman? Is this person a reader or author? It turned out Andi was a woman and I also discovered she's a M/M writer like myself! I was thrilled to death! Not only is this lady sweet but she truly is an inspiration!  So enough of my rambling, I'd really like you to meet my friend and multi-published author, Andi Anderson!
Thanks for the invite, Blak!
I'm thrilled to have you here, Andi!

1. For those who don't know - Who is Andi Anderson?   
I live a pretty normal life. For years, I worked as a Case Manager in the Mental Health industry. I worked with mentally challenged children and I loved it.  But, because of health reasons, I had to quit, and now I’m a happily married housewife who gets to follow her dream and write on the side.
2. When did you know you wanted to become a writer?  
I’ve always wanted to write. My best friend and I used to write stories about us hooking up with Nick and John from Duran Duran all through Junior High and High School.  Once I graduated and I started working, my writing was put on the backburner until a year and a half ago. Now I write full time and I couldn’t be happier.
3. Who and/or what prompted you to write your first novel?  
I’ve always been a huge fan of reading romances, but once I discovered homoerotic romances, I was immediately captivated with them. I had been flirting with the idea of writing a gay themed novel when I noticed an open call for submissions at Dreamspinner Press. I wrote my first novel, Got Mistletoe?, and submitted it to be part of their 2009 Advent calendar.  It was truly a dream come true when it was accepted.
4. Where and/or how do you find the greatest inspiration? 
As corny as this probably sounds my greatest inspiration is my husband. He is truly my soul mate and he shows me every day how beautiful and wonderful true love really is.
5. You're very lucky. A true soul mate can be hard to find. What made you chose to write m/m literature in particular? And is there any other genre you’d like to write? And if so, why?  
I am a huge fan of homoerotic/gay literature, so it just felt really natural for me to write it. I honestly have no desire to write in any other genre. I’m not a fan of ménage based romances and I don’t see me writing a straight romance either. I’m planning on sticking with this genre only until I decide to retire in about forty or fifty years or so. LOL
6. Which appears first when contemplating a new project: A character, the plot and/or the title?  
My characters have a very strong voice.  Once I start visualizing them, they start telling their story pretty quickly afterward.  The title is actually the last thing I come up with. I’m horrible with titles and often have help coming up with them.
7. What’s the hardest part of a novel for you to write: Beginning, middle and/or end? Why? 
The beginning is always the hardest.  I’m always second guessing myself, so I usually restart a project four or five times before I’m satisfied with it. The middle and end of the book is pretty easy for me because once my characters start talking, they usually don’t stop until I’ve written the last word.
8. Has your own life influenced your novels? And if so, how?  
I’m happily married and so I automatically want my characters to find their soul mates and have a happy ending, too.
9. Writing sex scenes can be a challenge for some authors. Do you find it difficult? If yes, how do you compensate? If no, where do you draw your inspiration?  
I don’t find it difficult to write sex scenes at all.  I’m often inspired by watching glbt themed romances and er…porn. There is nothing hotter than two men getting it on, so it’s not hard for me to be inspired! *Wink*
10. Do you have a method you use to write the sensual parts? Do you prefer the sex to be open and bold? Or left the to imagination? 
I don’t have a specific method. It really depends on my characters and the storyline itself.  In The Sweet One, one of my characters is an Angel, so when they do make love it’s not as explicit as some of my other books. I’ve also noticed my Christmas themed stories aren’t as bold either.
11. Are your characters based on people you know? Or are they completely fictitious? 
Both. Ryan from Got Mistletoe? Was inspired by on one of my internet friends, as is Shiloh from Yummy Indulgences.  Other than that they’re pretty fictitious.
12. Who is your favourite character, which you’ve created? And why? 
Shiloh from Yummy Indulgences is my favorite character.  As I previously stated, his personality is based on a friend of mine, so I automatically adored him.  I love his zest for life and his determination to be true to himself.  I think that is very sexy.
13. Can you tell us about your latest release? Give a synopsis. 
My latest release is a Christmas story called, His Christmas Wish. It is also the first book in my Men of Charlestown series. It was published by Silver Publishing and was released just a couple of days before Christmas.  It’s a feel good, sweet and sexy romance.

Here is the synopsis:
For most children, all they want for Christmas is the latest video game or the most popular toy, but that’s not what Daniel wants. He wants to be a family again. Since his parents were killed in a horrific car accident over a year ago, Daniel had been living with his beloved Uncle Josh. Even though Daniel knows his Uncle does his best to make him happy, Daniel still longs for the contentment and secure feeling he felt when his parents were alive.  He wants a family, and on the first magical snow of the season, he wishes to have a family again.

When Nick is interviewed by Joshua Thomas to be a live in nanny, he is immediately drawn to the young boy and his Uncle Josh.  Even though both of them obviously love each other, there is something missing between them.  When Nick gets the job, he becomes determined to bring laughter and happiness back into both of their lives. As Christmas quickly approaches, Nick decides to do whatever it takes to bring them together as a happy family forever.

Here is the link if you want to check it out:
14. What’s your newest WIP? And when we can expect a publication date? 
My newest work in progress is called Yummy Indulgences. It’s also the second book in my Men of Charlestown series.  It’s about my favorite character, Shiloh, and his story. I’m very excited about its release by Silver Publishing on January 8th!

Here is a brief synopsis for it:
To Allen Garner it should have been another day.  As a supervisor at a local rendering plant he lives a simple life.  He’s kept his sexuality hidden from his co-workers; and now after 15 years working in the plant, he’s lonely and thinks he’s doomed to live his life alone. He’d just finished working the night shift, when his sister called and asked him a favor to meet with a local baker ,Shiloh Ballard, and pick out his parents fortieth wedding anniversary cake.  He reluctantly agrees to go for her, and wants nothing but to pick out the cake, go home and get some sleep. What he doesn’t expect is that Shiloh is a beautiful man who immediately enchants him from the first moment he lays eyes on him.

The feeling is mutual for the successful baker.  Shiloh can’t believe a strong sexy man like Allen would ever be interested in a rainbow flying, petite man like himself.  Almost immediately, sparks fly between them and both men begin a whirlwind romance which soon develops into an undeniable love. But, problems soon start to arise for the couple. Because Allen isn’t out at work; they have to keep their relationship on the down low.  The causes both Allen and Shiloh to wonder if their love is strong enough to survive any backlash they might receive from Allen’s co-workers and friends.

15. How many novels do you have that are currently published? Please list all the publishers, so the readers can locate you. 
I’d be happy too!  As of January 8th, I will have five books published. 
Got Mistletoe?  Is part of the 2009 Dreamspinner Press Advent Calendar series.
A Realistic Romance is published through eXtasy books.
The Sweet One is published through Silver Publishing.
His Christmas Wish is published through Silver Publishing.
Yummy Indulgences is published through Silver Publishing.
All of these books except for Yummy Indulgences are also available through ARE (All Romance E-books), Amazon and many other retailers.

16. Where do you see your writing career in the next five to ten years? 
That’s a hard question. Hopefully, people will continue to buy and enjoy my books and I’ll still be writing. It would be great to become more successful and reach a broader audience, but I’m pretty happy where I’m at right now. I love the fans and the friends I’ve made since my first release. I’m very fortunate and extremely lucky to be able to do what I love to do and be surrounded by the wonderful and supportive people I’ve met. I hope that continues in the future.
Thank you, Blak, for asking me to be interviewed. I’m a huge fan of yours, and I’ve felt more than honored that you asked me to do this.
The pleasure and honour was all mine, hun. It was great to have you and I hope we can do something together again soon. Thank you so much for doing the interview!

Andi Anderson Blogspot
Until next time... LOL
Happy Yaoi Hunting!!^_^!!
Blak Rayne