Australian Annie West loves writing passionate, intense romances and not just because it gives her a chance to ignore housework! She is a USA Today Bestselling author, published in 25 languages. Annie writes contemporary stories about charismatic heroes and strong heroines. She loves being in contact with readers as far apart as Brisbane, Bremen and Bermuda. When not writing and avoiding housework she can be found walking, enjoying good food and good company, travelling and reading.
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Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?
Ooh, interesting. I haven’t thought about that before. Definitely I try to give readers what they want. It’s what I want too – an emotionally satisfying story about characters I can care about and believe in. Though of course, I’ll never please every reader. We all have our likes and dislikes. But within that it’s nice to mix things up a bit. Eg. I recently wrote about a woman who knew nothing about herself, not even her name (after a head injury). That was such fun. Another time I wrote a heroine who believed she was dying which was a real emotional challenge.
Does writing energize or exhaust you?
Again, there are two parts to this. When the writing goes well it flies along. Sometimes I’m lucky enough to feel as if I’m not creating a story, but merely listening in to private conversations by my characters, madly scrambling to get it all down. On days like that I feel energised and thrilled, ready to take on anything. However, when the book isn’t going well, if I’m working and working and not getting very far, it’s definitely exhausting.
What is the most unethical practice in the publishing industry?
I think the one that shocked me most was hearing about people who stole authors’ books, changed the titles and character names and then published them as their own. Authors work hard and long to create their books. They deserve recompense for their work.
Annie has a new book out right now!
THE GREEK’S FORBIDDEN INNOCENT