Archive for October 12th, 2009

12
Oct
09

Bonjour World – C’est Anaïs!

Name: Anaïs Snow

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Publisher: I’ve just searching for the perfect agent/publisher dream team – WLTM intelligent, quirky publisher with gsoh and love of lyrical, racy writing!

Books: Just finished my first novel – working title, All Mine. It’s got astral travel, healing powers, psychic abilities, travel, an ancient curse, sex and a love triangle in it so it ticks a lot of boxes!

What is the one book you never tire of re-reading? There are actually quite a few. I love Gothic romance, so Jane Eyre has been a favourite since I was about eight years old and by the same token I also really love Wuthering Heights. I’m a sucker for anything with a haunting atmosphere and faintly melancholy ending so other favourites include Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende, Possession by AS Byatt and teenage cult classic The China Garden by Liz Berry.

When did you realize you needed to write? And what was the first story you completed that you were really proud of? I’ve always loved writing – when I was about seven or eight years old we were allowed to draw pictures or do creative writing when we finished our school work and I wrote (and illustrated!) a whole series of stories starring myself as an intrepid explorer who went into space and off to find the Loch Ness monster! I then ripped off C.S. Lewis and wrote a few stories where the characters went to Ainran which was kind of like a backwards Narnia… I wrote a few short stories and reams of angsty, intense poetry as a teenager and then began working on a novel in university. I’m currently writing my PhD thesis and I do some copywriting for travel, arts and events magazines to pay the bills but it’s really only been the last year or so that I’ve focused on a sustained project like All Mine.

Do you write things other than romantic fiction? Sure! Thesis chapters, academic papers, book reviews, travel articles etc. But in terms of fiction I would have to say not yet. Once I’ve found a home for All Mine, though, who knows where my writing might go next?

When you aren’t writing, what sorts of activities do you engage in? I have a rickety, rusty purple bike that I cycle round the park and down by the river in Belfast where I live. I like to go for walks on the beach, read magazines and novels, watch films and bake as well. I wish I did more exercise but nobody’s perfect 😉

What is the worst job you ever held? Has it shown up in any of your writing? I’ve had lots of funny jobs – I work for a carnival company and have spent a lot of time in costume, kissing lord mayors so the press can take my photo or face painting recalcitrant children! I’ve also cleaned changing rooms in a gym, worked on the deli counter in a corner store, been a short order cook in a wine bar, a waitress, a babysitter, a barmaid and worked for the tourist board. I teach undergraduate seminar groups in university which is lots of work and horrendously paid but very enjoyable. But the worst job ever was market research, which I stuck for a whole fortnight of having to call people up and piss them off at home to get them to do crappy questionnaires. It was awful! But it was awful AND boring so I’d be scraping the barrel if I had to use it in any of my books! In All Mine, my characters have very cool jobs – one is a translator, one works for the UN and one is a professor at a university in Boston – when you’ve had boring jobs, I think you deliberately give your characters very exciting ones 🙂

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12
Oct
09

Knotted is #4 on the Bestseller List!

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I just got back from a holiday in Oz/Aussie/Australia with family and was trying to come to terms with returning to the real world i.e. work, laundry, school lunches – do I really need to explain? – and get the news that my latest book is #4 on the New Zealand bestseller list 11 days after it was released. Please forgive me while I wallow and skite – I’m only human. And in case you’re wondering just who on earth I am… I’m Michelle Holman, one of the original group of six intrepid writers who decided to get together to start The Romantic Journey. So far a very cool idea of Jennifer’s has turned into a very cool journey plus it’s free, doesn’t involve packing suitcases, vaccinations, finding somebody to look after the dog/cat/budgie and the weather doesn’t matter.  Some info on me:-

What do you write? Romantic Comedy.

Agent’s Name Don’t have one.

Books: Bonkers (HarperCollins NZ 2007), Divine (HPCNZ 2008), Knotted (HPCNZ 2009), Einfach Himmlisch (Simply Heavenly), German translation of Bonkers (Droemer November 2009).

The One Book You Never Tire Of Re-reading? Anything by Brenda Jagger, especially the Barforth Trilogy. Just Imagine by Susan Elizabeth Phillips.

When Did You Realise You Needed To Write? When I was about eleven and went to my first rock concert. I fell in love with the band and wrote a story about the lead singer and the drummer falling in love with two kiwi girls. Years later I found out the singer was gay. It was a difficult moment.

The first story you completed that you were really proud of…well not the one about the singer and the drummer. It would have to be my first book, Bonkers. I still love it and yes, I’m proud of it.

Do you write things other than romantic fiction? Shopping lists.

When you aren’t writing what sort of activities do you engage in? The shopping lists are quite labour intensive but I also like hanging out with my husband and kids, reading, listening to music, riding my horse and road bike, gardening (my husband says it’s cruelty to plants) and swimming. I also spend alot of time wondering how Daniel Craig and Viggo Mortensen manage to get through life without me. I’m a registered nurse and have a “real” job too managing community youth health projects.

What is the worst job you ever had? Chalet maid at Butlins Holiday camp in Somerset, England on my big OE (Downunder talk for “Overseas Experience). Had alot of fun off duty though.

Has it shown up in your writing? Not yet but if you spot a bitter, twisted, negligent young kiwi girl forced to clean up after people in any of my books you’ll know where she came from.

And finally…to any aspiring writers who might be reading this, don’t listen to the numbers about how many books get published/rejected and don’t give up. You’re the only one who can write your story.

Best Wishes,

Michelle

www.michelleholman.com




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