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 🙂