Please help me welcome Anita Clenney, Author of Guardians of Stone.
Q1. When you do a series do you have each book plotted out before you start the first one or do the subsequent books flow from the first book?
AC: I have a general idea where the series is going, but things always change. I’m notorious for last minute changes. I suspect I drive my agent and editor crazy. And hubby.
Q2. Do your characters live with you or haunt your dreams as you write?
AC: I’m not one of those writers whose characters tell her what to do, but they’re always there in the back of my mind. Plotting is my favorite part of writing, so it’s great to just call the characters up and plot as I’m driving or at the movies. And while I don’t dream about the stories after the fact—the warrior series started with a dream—I have really interesting dreams about related things. For instance, this week I’ve been dreaming about vampires. They’re really intense scenes. I have used some in stories.
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Q3. What is one of the best tips you’ve received on writing?
AC: Just write the damned book. Seriously, if you’re a procrastinator like me, you’ll find all kinds of excuses to write later. Later is sometimes too late.
Q4. Do you have any strange habits when you write?
AC: No, but I’m always a little strange.
Q5. What is the single most important thing you've learned about managing your career?
AC: I have a serious need for better priorities. It’s hard for me because I’m spontaneous. I want to do what I want when I want, but I’m trying to change that so that I do what needs to be done before it needs to be done.
Q6. What is the craziest thing you've done to research a story idea?
AC: I do most of my research online, so it’s interesting, but not much crazy action.
Q7. What is your writing space like?
AC: I have two spaces. My PC is, of all places, in my laundry room. Not very inspiring, but it’s quiet, and I can easily throw in a load of laundry as I write. I have another desk in my dining/living room where I can be with the family and still write while they’re watching TV. This space has all my favorite things nearby (not laundry). I have a massive amount of candles in gorgeous candle holders, and my mirrors and topiary and moss balls, all the things that I’m obsessed with. Did I mention that I’m obsessed with lots of things?
Q8. What do you hope your readers get out of your books?
AC: Adventure, hope, and a fun ride.
Guardians of Stone is definitely a fun ride! Thank you Anita for sharing your writing and sharing about yourself today!
About Anita Clenney
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Anita Clenney writes mysteries and paranormal romantic suspense novels, including the bestselling Connor Clan series. Clenney grew up an avid reader, devouring Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys books before moving on to mysteries and romance. It was only after several successful but wildly different careers — including work as an executive assistant, a real estate agent, a teacher’s assistant, and a brief stint in a pickle factory — that she discovered her untapped passion for writing. Clenney’s first novel, Awaken the Highland Warrior, won the Single Titles Reviewers’ Choice Award. She lives with her husband and two children in suburban Virginia.
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