Welcome to Writer Wednesday! It’s a cool fall morning here in Virginia, and I’m snuggled up in my new purple pajamas with a cat on my lap, pleased as punch to bring you the marvelous Adriana Anders.
I had the pleasure of meeting Adriana a few years ago at the Virginia Festival of the Book in Charlottesville, and immediately fell in love with her. She’s charming, personable, a little wicked and a whole lot of fun, and NOW she has her first book coming out – HOORAY!
So enough from me – let’s hear from Adriana a little about herself and her upcoming release, Under Her Skin.
Hi Margaret! Thank you so much for hosting me! [ML says: The pleasure is mine. Truly.]
Which type of romance do you love most and why?
I adore romance where the characters seem irredeemable, at first. When a heroine or hero is so far from perfect that they have to work hard for their Happily Ever After, I’m happiest. Susan Elizabeth Phillips is a master at this and I can’t get enough of her writing.
Name one interesting thing you learned in researching/writing your last book:
It’s amazing how much I’ve learned with every book I’ve written. Did you know that tattoo removal is much more painful that getting them done? And you’d be shocked by some of the things that people use for tattoo ink. One that shocked me: melted tires!
What fellow romance author do you recommend reading, and why?
Because I’ve never been able to stop at just one of anything, here are a few: Amanda Bouchet. Her brand new fantasy, A Promise of Fire, is a fabulous, epic adventure; Anne Calhoun, whose steamy, smart romances always force characters into the toughest situations before they’re allowed to be happy; and if you like sexy, tattooed rebels, try upcoming author Kasey Lane. Beautiful Crazy is out in November and her books are as hot as they come.
What’s your favorite romance novel of all time and why?
I have a new favorite romance every month. However, my current obsession is with Susanna Kearsley, whose The Winter Sea is as beautiful as they come. It’s lyrical, emotional, and a little bit tragic, which is pretty much my happy place!
A Bit About Under Her Skin (Blank Canvas Book 1):
Her Body is His Canvas
A darkly possessive relationship has left Uma alone and on the run. Beneath her drab clothing, she hides a terrible secret—proof of her abuse, tattooed onto her skin in a lurid reminder of everything she’s survived.
Caught between a brutal past and an uncertain future, Uma’s reluctant to bare herself to anyone…much less a rough ex-con whose rage drives him in ways she can’t possibly understand. But beneath his frightening exterior, Ivan is gentle. Warm. Compassionate. And just as determined to heal Uma’s broken heart as he is to destroy the monster who left his mark scrawled across the delicate tapestry of her skin.
A Bit About Adriana:
Adriana has acted and sung, slung cocktails and corrected copy. She’s worked for start-ups, multinationals and small non-profits, but it wasn’t until she returned to her first love—writing romance—that she finally felt like she’d come home. Today, she resides with her tall French husband, two small children, and fat French cat in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, where she writes the dark, emotional love stories of her heart.
Adriana loves to hear from readers! Sign up for the latest freebies, giveaways and general tomfoolery or keep up with what’s happening on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest – or on her blogs at www.adrianaanders.com and www.booksmarttarts.com
Thanks so much for hanging with me today, Adriana! (Can’t wait to do it again in real life!)