Interview: Annie Nicholas

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Annie Nicholas writes paranormal romance with a twist. She has courted vampires, hunted with shifters, and slain a dragon’s ego all with the might of her pen. Riding the wind of her imagination, she travels beyond the restraints of reality and shares them with anyone wanting to read her stories. Mother, daughter, and wife are some of the other hats she wears while hiking through the hills and dales of her adopted state of Vermont.

Annie writes for Samhain Publishing, Carina Press, and Lyrical Press.

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Jen:  Tell us a little about your newest release.
Annie:  Here’s the official blurb:

Nosferatu rule from the shadow and keep order over their bloodthirsty people. If a law is broken, they have only one punishment. Death. They are the most powerful clan in the Vampire Nation and the most monstrous.  Only a male vampire can be transformed into a Nosferatu, but not all survive.

Connie Bence is on the run with her two lovers, Rurik and Tane.  As leader of the Nosferatu, Tane’s only threat is his own clansmen, and they want all three of them dead. When Rurik began to lose his hair, rumors spread, and the Nosferatu accuse Tane of trying to transform Rurik into one of them illegally.

With the Nosferatu on their heels, Connie tries to figure out what’s changing Rurik and cure him before she loses him to blood lust.

Release is the third book of my Angler series, which follows the adventures of Connie Bence who started as vampire bait for a group of slayers. The first book, Bait, is free at all ebook retailers. If you love vampires and suspense, then you’ll love these stories.

Jen: What what age did you discover writing?  Tell us your call story.
Annie: Since the age of thirty I always had wanted to write a book but I could never wrap my head around a story well enough to do it. I was 36 when I finally took the plunge. I’d been sick and house bound for about six months, going stir crazy. This is where Bait was born. If you know my story of my illness and read the book, you see my inspiration and how it helped me through my ordeal. I didn’t write the book with publication in mind but because I needed a place to focus my pain.

Jen: Do you have a favorite character or one you most identify with?
Annie: Connie Bence is the closest to who I am. She has my sense of humor and snark but Pia Blyton, from Starved for Love, is by far my most favorite character. She’s a young succubus coming to terms with the fact that love is not something that will be part of life because she physically can never be faithful. Where Connie is much like me, Pia everything I wish I could be. LOL

Jen: What’s the most challenging aspect of writing?  Easiest? Most rewarding?
Annie: The most challenging is time management. I have to juggle a day job, writing time, and kids.  Unfortunately, my writing time suffers whenever one of the other two become more demanding.

Easiest thing is finding the stories I want to write and plotting them.

Most rewarding is fan mail. Nothing makes my day more than getting an e-mail telling me how much they loved my book or how it touched them.

Jen: Who are some of your favorite authors?  What are you reading now?
Annie: The authors on my auto buy list are Nalini Singh, LK Hamilton, Jim Butcher, and Darynda Jones.

Presently, I’m reading The Last Hour of Gann by A. Lee Smith.

Jen: What’s next for you?
Annie: Writing some more. LOL

I am finishing up the second Pia book. (succubus story.) Then I will start work on the second book in the Chronicles of Eorthe series.