Author Spotlight – Larisa Anderson
1) How long have you been writing for the purpose of publication?
I started writing at age fifteen but would say I got serious about it in my early twenties, so about five years ago. Of course I didn't get the courage to submit anything until about two years ago.
2) Where is your favorite place to write?
I actually find I write best at work which is quite naughty and my stories are often picked up by the firewall for naughty words. I just find that being stuck at a desk with no TV or the fridge to distract me is very motivating.
3) Are you plotter or a panser?
Panser for sure. I have tried to plot in the past and find it just leads to writer's block and the only way to get out of it is to go back and let the story write itself.
4) Is there a genre you enjoy reading, but would not write?
I'm a big fan of historical type books. I have attempted them in the past but never get past the first chapter. There are just too many little points that need to be accurate. I know the old saying 'write what you know'…well, I don't know history apparently.
5) What advice would you give to a new writer?
Accept others feedback. You may chose to ignore it but you will find that other people can often pick up your bad habits and going back a few months later you will realise it made your writing a lot better. I often read stories from years ago and cringe at the habits I have since fixed.
6) Have you ever had writer's block? If so, what do you do about it?
I find that writer's block is caused by making a character do something out of character. Go back and find where you started the scene and rework it, I always find it flows much better. This has resulted in deleting pages of work but always makes it flow faster from my fingers.
7) Who are some of your favorite authors?
My favorite author by far is Tamora Pierce who writes young adults. I love how her books are uncomplicated yet layered so well that I can read them over again and pick up on different points I missed the first time. She also writes characters that you don't want to kill for being idiotic. They are smart and realistic, and I find that even though they are children their struggles translate well into the adult years. I also love MaryJanice Davidson. Her books are fast and funny and witty—great for summer beach reading.
8) What are you reading at the moment?
Nothing! I know that's horrible, but I haven't found anything that grabs me lately. Maybe it's time to branch out to other authors.
9) Chocolate or vanilla, coffee or tea, Coke or Pepsi, dogs or cats, sunrises or sunsets?
Vanilla, tea, Coke, cats, sunsets. If I'm up for a sunrise it's either been a really bad, or really good night. I am not a morning person!
10) Are you a collector of anything?
Craft supplies. I'm a sucker for starting projects and not finishing them, and there is nothing more enjoyable than getting a new hobby and getting all the accessories for it at once.
11) If you could have any superpower, what would it be?
I think it would be a toss up between flight and healing. I have always wanted to be able to fly and feel that freedom, but I also think it would be incredible to lay your hands on someone and heal them.
12) What's your biggest pet peeve?
Stupid people. This may sound mean but I get super frustrated when people don't stop and think before acting or speaking then expect me to think for them. I'm at my ease when surrounded by intelligent people who keep me on my toes.
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Marian is a hunter of night creatures. She stalks and stakes vampires, isn't afraid of the odd silver bullet if a werewolf turns rogue, and is perfectly content with her complete lack of social life.
When a staking goes wrong, a handsome, mesmerizing man comes to Marian's rescue. But Gabriel isn't what he seems to be. After Marian loses consciousness she awakes to find herself in a house filled with werewolves.
If she can survive the night she might discover that sometimes opposites attract in the best ways. Now if she could just silence that irritating little voice in the back of her mind that keeps reminding her that hunters are supposed to kill creatures of the night, not date them.
Content Warning: contains mature language and graphic sexual content