Anya is a much loved and experienced author of the hot, steamy and paranormal, with several series under her belt. I came across her work when I picked up Witch Fire, book one of the Elemental Witches. I was still quite new to the genre at that point but what I loved most about her style of writing were the exceptional characterisations. In my opinion that has stayed true throughout her career and when she released the ebook Keeping Kaitlyn last year, I realised I had a lot of catching up to do!
Her latest release is book four of the Dark Magic series, Midnight Enchantment.
Anyay, enough wittering from me, on with the irreverence!
What would you be or want to be (or still are), if you weren’t an author?
I would have been a psychologist. At the time I sold my first book that’s what I was on track to become. Who knows, maybe I’ll go back to school one day.
Describe your working environment right now (desk, sofa, bathroom, etc.)
I work in an office with a desk in the corner right in front of two windows that give me a view of the great outdoors. There is always a dog on a doggie bed near me, sometimes more than one. I have bookshelves behind me stocked with my novels, bookmarks, etc. I have a poster with pictures of a kitty of mine that recently died on the wall next to me. There’s a space heater. Not very exciting. Pretty much your standard office.
How did you celebrate when your first book was published?
My family bought me a bottle of champagne and took me and my husband out to dinner.
Do you get fully dressed to write?
Pajama pants and sweaters (or T-shirts) are sort of my standard uniform these days. 😉 Oh, the hardship.
What gets you in the mood or inspires you to write?
What is the weirdest comment you’ve had?
“Uhm, excuse me, you got [this] wrong in your novel, (XXYY). I KNOW because I’m REALLY a vampire.” I’ve had almost this same comment from an alleged faerie as well.
How do you deal with negative comments?
They used to really bother me, but my skin has grown pretty thick over the years. I usually just shrug off negative comments about my work.
It’s movie night, the credits are just about to roll, Happy Ever After or Everyone Dies?
Everyone Dies, but in a funny way. 😉 I tend to go for dark comedies or dramedys (which, I guess are kind of the same thing). Right now I’m working my way through Breaking Bad and loving it. I also like (no big surprise) science fiction movies/TV or anything fantastical in nature, like Once Upon a Time, Supernatural, and Grimm.
What do you do to relax?
I watch movies at night, cuddling on the couch with my husband and/or dog. Sometimes I engage in retail therapy. I try to make sure I take the weekends off to spend with my family. I like to do exactly NOTHING on Sundays.
Do you have pets, and if so, describe them.
We have six cats and two dogs. Kitty is the most recent addition. He used to be our barn cat, (was an outdoor cat for at least eight years), but we made him an indoor cat recently when we moved. He’s adjusting surprisingly well. The second most recent addition is Bingo, a basenji mix. He’s a character, pretty high-strung, but such a great cuddler. We rescued him from doggie death row and I’m so glad we did. He’s my boy. I adore him.
What are your preferred conditions for writing, i.e. silence, background noise, TV?
Mostly silence, sometimes music. Music can change the rhythm of your brain wave patterns (feels that way, at least). Sometimes it helps me write.
What is your favourite type of music?
Hmmm, depends. Nothing slow, usually not love songs. Depends on my mood. Some days it’s Nine Inch Nails, other days it’s Billie Holliday.
Do you have any phobias?
I don’t know if it’s a phobia, but I really hate dentists. I think it’s the perceived lack of control. I also truly hate centipedes. They are just WRONG on so many levels. And wolf spiders. ARGH. Too many legs, too fast, way too hideous. Dentists all over the world will be happy to know I put them in the same category as centipedes and spiders, right? 😉
Slippers, socks or barefoot?
Slipper socks are a win/win for everyone.
Pictures provided by and used with permission of Anya Bast
Irreverent Questions is BookThing‘s fun, new feature where we ask a series of random questions that popped into Grete’s curious head. If you are an author and would like to take part, please get in touch!