Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Interview with romance author Anna Volk

Romance author Anna Volk joins me today to chat a little bit about Living In Shadows.

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I’ve been an avid reader my whole life. When pregnant with my 2nd child I decided to try my hand at writing. 21 years later I’m still doing what I love. I’ve been married to the love of my life for 29 years. We have two wonderful boys who have grown into remarkable young men and have found beautiful soulmates. I have been blessed with my first grandbaby and he keeps us all on our toes and fills our days with laughter.
I love to hear from my readers. You can visit my Facebook Page Anna’s Journey to receive sneak peeks of my works in progress as well as links to purchase my books.

Please share a little bit about your current release.
This book is centered around our cabin. It’s such a beautiful place in the summer and fall. Our family has had such fun there that I wanted to create these stories where I have so many wonderful memories.

What inspired you to write this book?
So many times, I’ve read books and thought man I would have done it this way or that way. I decided to write for me. I write what I like and hope that others do too.

Excerpt from Living in Shadows:
Dylan moved to stand behind her. “Come on, Jilly; give me a chance to prove I’m not the poacher you think I am.” Jilly sighed, tired of fighting for everything and everyone, tired of being alone. Sable lived with her but she seldom left her bedroom. It might be nice to have a conversation with someone else and Dylan was right they did share a lot of the same interests. “Okay, dinner and a movie. I have to work at the bait shop until seven. I’ll meet you at my place after I close.” she conceded and climbed onto the bench seat of her truck; the slamming of the door echoed in the now quiet back road. “Great, I’ll see you then.” Dylan looked to make sure her back was turned before fisting his hand and bringing his knee up “yes!” he mouthed while doing a little victory dance. Jimmy watched the whole thing from the tailgate of his pickup and smiled before lifting another chip to his mouth. “Later, Jilly.” he waved as she pulled away. Jilly winked as she threw a treat out the window which Jimmy caught one handed. “See that the old girl gets that, will ya?” Jimmy laughed and saluted her with his pop can. “You’re a trial, Jilly. You’ll drive him nuts,” he said to himself as she was already flying down the road with the dust trailing behind her. He tipped the can to his mouth and swallowed the last drops of the cola. All was good; Dylan needed someone special in his life and he’d always had feelings for Jilly. Things were about to get very interesting. He dusted the crumbs from his Levis and jumped off the tailgate of the old pick-up and rubbed his hands together. Let the fireworks begin.

Marcus bowed his head. “I apologize for Becca’s action. She won’t bother you again. You have my word.” He looked toward Sable and took a small step. The wolf whined and curled herself into a tighter ball. Marcus hesitated and shook his head. For a moment he slumped, mixed emotions crossed his face, then he took a deep breath and squared his shoulders. “I’m truly sorry.” He turned and walked proudly out the door. “Man, is he cute,” Carrie uttered, her hand on her chest. “Isn’t he the guy that protects the wolves north of here?” Jimmy stepped forward. “Don’t even think it, young lady.” “He’s way too old for you,” Dylan and Jilly said simultaneously. Carrie laughed. “Cool it you guys. I just said the guy was hot. Don’t have a cow.” She put her hands on her hips. “I’m not a baby.” Jimmy watched the door. “What was that all about?” Dylan shook his head. “I have no idea but, girls, I want to personally apologize for all mankind if that’s the way you feel after a man gives you the once over.” He shook his body and brushed his hands down the front of his shirt. “I feel unclean.” Jilly walked over and gave his face a slight pat, lightly tweaking his dimple. “Relax, big boy. It’s me she was trying to get a rise out of, although you are pretty darn cute.” she winked. “Thanks, darlin’.” He gave her a quick peck on the lips. “I have something for you,” he whispered and reached into the front pocket of his jeans. “Turn around.” He gently pushed on her shoulder to turn her back to his front. He lifted her hair as he slipped the chain around her neck and fastened the clasp in back. “I know it can’t replace your friend, but I thought it would be a nice memory of her.” Jilly fingered the small charm and turned to face Dylan. “Thank you so much, Dylan.” Tears slipped down her cheeks and she swallowed the lump in her throat. The replica was of a mother bear with a small cub sitting beside her. “I’ll treasure it.” She reached up and wrapped her arms around his neck, her tears falling on the bare skin of his neck. Dylan gently rubbed her back. “And I’ll treasure you darlin’.”

What exciting story are you working on next?
I currently have 3 books waiting on the back burner. Zeus’s Redemption is a YA book about a dog I just rescued. I’m hoping to make it entertaining but yet get the word out how truly important and life changing Rescues are to these animals. My goal with these young adult books is to get kids interested in reading. Also, I’m working on a Historical Romance set in Scotland and another book in The Finding Love Out Of Tragedy Series set during the 9/11 attack.

When did you first consider yourself a writer?
Boy, I’m still working on that. LOL! Seriously I began writing 21 years ago when I was pregnant with my 2nd child. We had just bought a computer, I had time on my hands and stayed up into the wee hours of the morning. I self-published my first book. I wrote it for myself. It was eventually picked up by my publisher and the rest is history.

Do you write full-time? If so, what's your work day like? If not, what do you do other than write and how do you find time to write?
My writing has always been part time as I worked full time. And as many of you know you can’t not force the words to come. If your muse wants to be fickle no amount of arguing is going to get her to work with you. I now am so very lucky as I work from home part time so can spend more hours writing. But I have a very bad habit of reading other Author’s wonderful work instead of working on my own..

What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
All of my books are hand written. I just cannot sit at a computer and write. Staring at the blank screen my mind is the same so I sit curled up with a notebook and pen to see where my characters will lead me.

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
A truck driver. LOL! Which is so funny to me now because I’m a complete home body plus I hate to drive.

Anything additional you want to share with the readers?
I really want to Thank John DeSalvo for agreeing to be on my cover, Paul Sampson for telling him to check his mail and Lynn Hubbard for doing such a remarkable job. I am truly blessed.


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Anna said...

Good Morning , Thank You for having me.

Rita Wray said...

Sounds like a good read.

Anna said...

Thank You Rita. Hope you get a chance to read it.

Bernie Wallace said...

Who is your favorite author?

Anna said...

Oh my gosh. I have so many and it depends on my mood. Julie Garwood, Lori Foster, Christine Feehan and Sherilyn Kenyon to name a few.

Victoria Alexander said...

I'll definitely be reading this one!

Pamela Seres said...

Thank you for hosting DCL authors!

Anna said...

Thanks Victoria. Look forward to hearing what you think of it.