ANA’GIA WRIGHT author of multiple works including a contributor to Crossroads in the Dark
The Burning Willow Press authors wish to help you celebrate the best month of the year, October. How you may ask? By giving you a different author from the ranks each day with in depth answers to questions that our staff have decided to ask them. Many will be generic, others not so much. Let’s get to know the authors of BWP! Oh, and did we forget to mention… the staff there are all authors too so they have decided to chime in with some answers of their own.
So first, when did you realize that the voices in your head were telling you to write stories or go mad with all that stuck in your head?
The voices have been with me since I was a child. However, they became demanding around 2000. I was reading Laurell K Hamilton’s Anita Blake series and finished the last book and the next installment wasn’t due out for a few months. It was then my arrogant obnoxious self-centered egotistical pompous vampire decided it was time to tell his story. They have been much more demanding since then
I know many writers who jump in all different genres, so what is your favorite to write?
It varies from year to year. Right now, I am very much into dark fantasy and Afrofuturism and enjoying every moment of it.
What is your favorite book not written by you? See that question is not the same as the other one above… to follow up, what was your favorite book that you wrote?
My favorite book not written by me is Narcissus in Chains…the favorite that I have written would be my unreleased novel A Licentious Storm
When the muse is off doing their own thing instead of pushing you to write, albeit by gunpoint at times, what is your favorite time-waster?
I like to watch cartoons like Rick and Morty or Gravity Falls
When you read a book by another author do you ever look at it and criticize it or edit it in your head as the way you would have done it yourself?
No, every writer has a unique voice and I can appreciate the writer’s voice as I’d hope others could appreciate mine
What would you like to be chiseled into your headstone?
No tombstone needed…I plan to be blowing in the wind.
What was your favorite candy to get at Halloween as a kid?
Smarties…and I still love them.
What is your favorite Halloween ritual? And if you do not do that… what is your favorite Halloween movie?
Favorite Halloween movie is Hallmark’s The Good Witch (yeah not scary at all but fitting for the season)
Beach, Mountains, Country, City? And follow up… favorite season… just a hint here… you should say, Autumn.
Specifically, waterfalls (yes, I had to be different) and Autumn is my favorite season.
I know my “To Be Read” list is never ending and grows daily… how is yours? And do you prefer paperbacks or e-books? Notice I did not ask about audio?
My list is every growing. I prefer hardbacks, but paperback is next on the list followed by ebooks.
If you could not be an author then what would you be? What was your childhood ideal job to be as an adult?
A writer. For me writer and author are mutually exclusive. While I may not always be an author, I will always be a writer
Cats, dogs, both, other?
Dogs, Praying Mantis, snakes and frogs
Most newbie authors are told to write emotional state in what they already know… so how did you break away from that newbie status of writing what you know in the beginning?
I still write what I know, but I am always learning and questioning everything so knowing is half of the battle and research is the other.
Advice in one sentence to a new author who is not published yet?
Stay true to yourself.
If you had wrote a sex scene in your book, would you be embarrassed to have your mom read it?
No. My mother read and edited many of my erotica stories.
Beta Readers, Proofers, Editors… all are important to produce a better work of literature. So, who would you say is the most important in your team? Or do you not have those in place and are working on that?
They are all equally important. They serve different purposes and contribute different expertise.
Do you ever get to travel as an author? Do conventions? What have you learned in those endeavors?
I’ve done some conventions that were more about networking than selling or learning, but I spend most of my travel mapping locations for stories. I typically travel to places to experience them through the eyes of my characters.
Book signings? Necessary evil even for the introvert?
I don’t really do book signings though I do author promo events which allow me to sign and promote along with other authors. As an introvert I don’t necessarily like people, but I do targeted events to get the most bang from my bucks.
What do you have coming out in the next year and who is producing it?
Working with ATL State of Black Science Fiction group to bring one of my stories to their Nubia One YouTube channel and hopefully the first of my Wraith of Reapers series. I am also releasing my book The Agency: Reviving Resurrection in October of this year. It is the reader requested follow up to my book Loving Dasia. As far as who is producing the books, that’s all me.
What is your go to alcoholic beverage of choice?
In the book, Misery by Stephen King, his main character celebrates the end of the Misery books series by smoking a cigar and drinking a scotch so, how do you celebrate a finished story?
I give myself a break. By the time I finish I think my characters are as tired of me as I am of them.
Ideas come from all over. I get mine everywhere… so my question is what was the inspiration for the last (or upcoming) book you released?
My readers kept asking “so what happens next.” Even though Loving Dasia ended with a happily ever after they wanted more so I decided to tell the story of the other characters and The Agency.
Are there any horror or thriller novelist that you admired when you were younger?
No. I grew up reading Choose Your Own Adventure books. Not much horror or thriller going on at that time.
While writing, has any of your own stories given you nightmares?
I have a couple that even before I wrote gave me panic attacks, especially my Djinn story.
Have you ever had any supernatural experiences? If so, have you ever used it as source material?
I plead the fifth…
Have you ever seen a movie that was better than the book? If so, what was it and why?
No, but I think that is only because when I approach each they have different intents. For example, when I read the book Ready Player One it was about the actual story and the memories. However, when I saw the movie, it was truly about the nostalgia, the visuals and the music of the time that gave a different feel to the story.
When writing a novel, do you have an intended audience (i.e. adult or young adult)? Do you ever feel that your characters have a mind of their own and change the course of the planned storyline?
When I start writing I do. However, my characters sometimes have other plans and so I allow the story to unfold the way they want it to whether they up the age ante or decide to keep it clean.
I’m a pantser. While my characters may give me bits and pieces ahead of time, I typically let a story unfold as it comes to me so no concern about changing course.
Have you ever written a scene so scandalous that you hoped your mom doesn’t read it?
Nope. My mother has read them all. Of course, my mother used to send me dirty jokes too so there’s that.
As a reader, what are some ways that I can discover new independent authors and novels?
Search for indie authors/groups as key words/hashtags on social media, check with your local library for IndieAuthorDays and events
What was your favorite Halloween costume?
Abby from NCIS
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