Jen: Today we welcome Anita Kidesu to Romancing the Book. Anita, will you share a short bio with us?
Anita: Anita Kidesu has been writing for only a few years, although she’s been an avid reader of romance since her teens. Four years ago she attended a romance convention as a reader. A deeply-planted seed she didn’t realize she had to write romance, started to grow. The second and third years, Anita went as an aspiring author. This year she went to the convention as a published author.
Anita has her Masters’ Degree from a Wisconsin University, works full-time in Southern Wisconsin, and squeezes in her writing during breaks and after work. In her spare time she likes to read, garden, hike, bike, and spend time with her family and friends. She is working on another book and short story for The Wild Rose Press.
Jen: Tell us a little about your newest release.
Anita: My newest release is South Seas Seduction. I got the idea while on vacation. I was sitting on the beach reading (or course) when the noise of three guys and a girl playing in the water distracted me. I looked up and there was a plane flying low in the distance. Bam—what would happen if a woman was stranded on a deserted island with three hunky men. The person who designed my cover hit the nail on the head.
Here’s a short excerpt:
“All right, sweetie,” Steve said. “Open your eyes.”
Emma stared and threw a hand up to her mouth. “Is . . . is that what I think it is?” she stammered.
“Yep,” Toby answered.
“A shower? You guys built a shower?” she laughed, tears of joy in her eyes. “Oh my god, this is so wonderful!” She turned and beamed at each man. “You guys are so wonderful!” She grabbed Steve by the back of the head and pulled him down, planting kisses on his face. “Oh, thank you, thank you, thank you, Steve.” After giving him a final one on his lips, she turned to Toby. “You, too, Toby,” she whispered pulling him into a fierce hug, kissing him soundly.
She moved to Jack and placed a hand on his chest. “You guys are too much,” she smiled up at him.
“Steve did most of the work,” Jack said, hoping to receive the same treatment as the other two. After a moment’s hesitation, she placed her hands on both sides of his face and kissed him, a long, lingering kiss sending his blood boiling.
When Emma pulled back, she touched them each one more time, running her hands from the shoulders to their fingertips. “You have no idea what this means to me,” she whispered. “This is the absolute best gift anyone ever gave me.”
Steve grinned, his eyes shining with delight. “Gee, if I’d known we’d get that kind of thank you, we would have finished it a lot earlier,” he said, making everyone laugh.
Emma walked around the metal structure. “What part of the plane is this made from?”
Jack sighed, but figured this particular destruction of his plane was worth the happiness on Emma’s face. “The nose, which we attached to some of the logs from yesterday. Unfortunately the metal isn’t high enough to go from the ground over the head, so we raised it up a bit.” He opened the door and let Emma peek inside. “When you’re inside, only your head and legs are exposed. The platform you stand on will keep dirt from spraying back up onto your legs and help the water drain away. Steve rigged up a container with holes in the bottom,” he continued pointing to a bucket-like structure attached to the top of a pole. “Slip the bottom panel to the right and ta-da…a shower.”
Jen: Are you a plotter or a panster?
Anita: I’m mainly a panster. I get an idea, come up with character profiles, and start writing. I get frustrated when I try to plot a story because my characters seem to take over and do what they want, instead of what I thought they should do. I had to plot my short story for the Valentine’s anthology, then halfway through, my heroine decided she wanted to try a ménage, which I hadn’t anticipated or planned on.
Jen: How do you remember ideas that come to you at odd times?
Anita: I’ve written ideas on napkins, scraps of paper, on my hand, and typed them into my cell phone as a message to myself. Once I even wrote it down on the arm of my date because I had a jacket on and he had on a short-sleeved shirt. He was rather taken aback. The relationship didn’t last, but I didn’t forget the idea.
Jen: What’s the most challenging aspect of writing? Easiest? Most rewarding?
Anita: The most challenging aspect of writing for me is editing. While I’m typing, in my mind, I’m writing this beautiful piece of work. Then I re-read it and realize the mistakes I’ve made or things I’ve left out. Then when it goes to the editor and she finds things to correct, I actually get embarrassed. For me, the easiest part is coming up with ideas. Sometimes I get them so fast I don’t what to do. I’ll have to live to be 100 to write all the stories I have ideas for. The most rewarding is seeing my name on the cover of the book and having readers tell me how much they enjoyed the book.
Jen: What did you do to celebrate your first book?
Anita: My first book came out on March 13, 2015. Most of my friends and family are accountants (I seem to be the exception) and were busy doing taxes. I was home alone. It was rather anti-climactic. When I get a new contract, I celebrate with a glass of wine, or two, or three.
Jen: What’s next for you?
Anita: Right now I have another erotic romance (title still to be determined as my publisher doesn’t want to use the one I came up with) with my editor. I should be getting edits soon. I also have a short story for a Valentine’s Anthology with them. I’m currently working on a sequel to the short story—an erotic romance, of course.