INTERVIEW WITH ANNA W. ADEN
I am thrilled to present my latest interview with the wonderful Anna. I've seen her around an author's critique site we both frequent, and always respected her gentle humor and insightful comments, so it was really exciting to sit down with her for a quick tete-a-tete. Ann writes mostly shorts, but has delved into the world of novels. She writes for escapism and relaxation. Her stories take place in the good old United States, but she lives in Great Britain herself. She loves cake, and bargains, London’s green spaces, music concert, and libraries. Sounds like someone I could be really good friends with, if there weren't a massive pond called the Atlantic between us.
Check out her blog https://applesandpeanuts.wordpress.com. You will not regret it!
Here we go!
Welcome Anna! True pleasure to chat with you! Let's get started! Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Not really but it was probably a fairy tale where a princess and prince fell in love, and lived happily ever after. What I do remember is my first novel. I wrote it as a young teen without chapters. It was a space opera, and I passed round handwritten pages to my classmates, until I eventually got bored of writing.
Space opera! So fun. So you started out giving it away for free, and now? Where do you see publishing going in the future?
Huge question! I'll just focus on something that affects the industry as a whole -traditional and self-publishing. I think there may be a move towards monetizing content, similar to what's happening in the music industry online - where you can either buy a whole album or just individual tracks. Amazon has already implemented that in a way where they pay authors by chapters or something. So a lot more monetizing via chapters where readers can pick what they what to read - I'm not sure if that's a good thing since it may have an effect on the way authors write.
Pay by the page. It certainly makes sense for the serious erotic shorts. Hehe! Sorry, couldn't resist. So... how often do you write, and do you have a special time during the day to write?
I am able to write anytime once I'm not preoccupied with other things or tired or time-pressured. If I am preoccupied, I tend to have writer's block.
Write anytime. This sounds like heaven. I'm jealous. How about with marketing? Will you do a press release, Goodreads book launch or anything else to promote your work and do you think it would work?
I'll probably try everything depending on my budget and see what works. As a writer, it's daunting yet exciting to think of this side of publishing - the press release, blog tour and Goodreads - it makes it all real. I find Goodreads awesome, I love the community there, and I'll probably be trying twitter and Facebook as well..
Now for a random question, what is your favorite takeaway meal?
I like a nice veggie takeout with a good bottle of red wine. Normally a new world Cabernet Sauvignon and a portobello mushroom burger with fries. Or if I’m feeling in a traditional fast food mood, I’d just go for a Burger King Whopper meal.
Hmmmmmmm....mushroom burger. Yum! Thank you so much Anna! Pleasure chatting with you!