Happy Holdiays to everyone from AfterDark Online. As the year 2011 comes to a close, I want to introduce to my admiration, a paranormal writer with a touch of both dark sensuality and adventure. Annalyne Russo. So move over Buffy Summers and Angelus, AfterDark's sharing a cocktail moment and an interview with California's finest writers as we end the year on an adventurous note!
1. Ms. Russo, thank you for the opportunity to interview you, why don’t you please tell a little bit about yourself?
Thank you so much for hosting me here at AfterDark Online. I’m a hot-blooded Italian wife and mother of two teenage sons from
. While I teach kindergarten during the day, my nights and weekends are filled with hot, sexy heroes ready to leap from my imagination onto the page. San Diego, CA
2. How long have you been writing erotica and do you only write paranormal erotica or other genres?
I started writing erotica about five years ago. But until recently, I was always too self-conscious to share it with anyone.
3. How do your family and friends feel about your work?
My hubby and family are supportive, but it took time for me to finally open up about my passion for writing erotic romance. I only recently let my hubby read excerpts from my latest work, Irresistible Nemesis. But once I did, it felt so freeing. Now, he’s helping me work out scenes and edit for some upcoming writing projects.
4. What kind of characters do you enjoy writing about (badboy/badgirl, hero/heroine, etc) and why?
I am your classic church-going girl looking for that bad boy to tempt her to the dark side. In fact, I’ve been tagged with the nickname GirlCorrupted, a play on words from the Angelina Jolie-inspired GirlInterrupted.
5. Why don’t you please tell us about your latest release, Irresistible Nemesis, in a short synopsis?
6. What inspired you to write your story?
In the scorching summer of 2008, my hubby and I embarked on two-week a European adventure. We backpacked across
Italy via the Eurail, then took a 7-day cruise along the Mediterranean. At port one night in , I had a vivid dream about Andreas, the bad boy vampire in Irresistible Nemesis. I’ve been trying to get his story on paper ever since. But with the daily stress of work and motherhood, it took nearly three years to come to fruition. Athens, Greece
7. How long did it take you to complete your story?
Once I got serious about writing, it took about eight months. I was new to publishing and wanted to make sure I did it right. I read books about writing romance novels and solicited help from some of my writing colleagues at Evernight Publishing.
8. Are there other books you have written, prior to your latest release?
I have written several other stories currently being shopped by a handful of e-publishers. I hope to have a new release out sometime in the first quarter of 2012. One of them I am anxious to get published is a twisted erotic version of Rumpelstiltskin entitled Dueling Desires.
9. What other challenges have you faced in your projects, but was proud to accomplish?
I just recently received my first first 5-star review for Irresistible Nemesis from The TBR Pile. That was an amazing feeling. In fact, I’m up for their December Book of the Month. You can vote for Irresistible Nemesis here: http://thetbrpile.weebly.com/
10. Any other trivial things about you that you wouldn’t mind sharing?
Although I am attracted to bad boys, I guard my heart pretty closely. I married one of the good guys – a computer geek with a heart of gold. We enjoy salsa dancing and listening to slow jams. In fact, I’m suffering from a bad cold right now and he’s taking good care of me. J
What a guy!
11. If there was a favorite cocktail you enjoy drinking (alcoholic or non-alcoholic) what would it be?
I only drink alcohol a couple times a year. My big, fat Italian family has a huge party at our house every year on Christmas Eve. The festivities wouldn’t be complete without a few bottles of Lemoncello – a traditional, vodka-based Italian liquor.
12. Do you have any upcoming projects or other plans with your work?
One project that I am anxious to get published is a twisted erotic version of Rumpelstiltskin entitled Dueling Desires. I’m hoping to finish the manuscript in the next few weeks while I’m on break from teaching kindergarten.
13. What advice would you give to other writers, especially to those that are starting out?
Network. Don’t be afraid to show your work and ask other writers for input. I have found the advice of my fellow authors to be completely invaluable in helping me get published. You’d be surprised how willing others are to share the tips of the trade.
14. Where can people follow you? (i.e. social networking sites, blogs, websites, and etc.)
You can follow me here:
Irresistible Nemesis Excerpt:
Irresistible Nemesis Excerpt:
This is crazy. Take her now, while you’ve got the chance.