Name Anita Cox
Where are you from? I’m from a sleepy little village in Northwest Indiana.
A little about your self `ie your education Family life etc I attended Indiana Wesleyan University where I studied to obtain my Bachelors in Business Management. My husband, moonlights as the lead singer of an original rock band, because birds of a feather and whatnot. Together we have four children, two dogs and a cat who rules the roost.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news?
I was approached by some of my colleagues to join an anthology that is to be released on December 5, 2014, Paranormally Yours. This is my first experience writing with others, and I must tell you, these fantastic women made the entire experience so much fun I don’t know why I haven’t done this before.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I don’t recall a time when I didn’t write. It has always been a passion. I write because I love to write, which is nice since I’m not getting rich in this business.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
Oddly enough, I’ve never really thought of myself as a writer. I considered myself an author after publishing my first novel.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
My first real novel was written during the worst time in my life. For me, it was therapy. My father got ahold of it, quite by accident (and by accident I mean he was snooping on the computer while I was in the bathroom,) and he encouraged me to pursue putting it in the hands of the public. Of course, it wasn’t an erotic novel and that was quite some time ago.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?
Humor. You can always find humor in my books. My erotica, for whatever reason, has some laugh-out-loud moments. I’m not entirely certain how or why, but it’s there. I’m a hybrid of a plotter and a pantster though. In the beginning, I just winged it. This left for many rounds of edits. A simple outline and some character sheets are my guide now. I find I can stay organized while still allowing my creativity to seep through. And, three rounds of edits instead of fifteen is a nice difference.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
I did not come up with the title for Paranormally Yours. However, my part in the anthology, Pursuing Grace was an easy title, due to the fact that two Lycans are pursuing their Lycan Princess, Grace.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Love comes in all shapes. It’s important to accept yourself for who you are, which makes for a more complete you.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic?
I suppose the interpersonal relationships could be a bit realistic, as well as the need to accept yourself for who you are. However, it is a Lycan book.
Fiona: Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Fiona: What books have most influenced your life most?
Wow, well, I read a lot, primarily fiction. There is one book, which was a terrible read, but it really stuck with me. Celestine Prophecy by James Redfield. This book really made me take a long, hard look at how I interact with others. It made me ask myself if I’m feeding positive energy to others, or am I sucking the life out of them?
Fiona: If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
Kelley Armstrong. I love her writing style and she’s a very successful author.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
I just finished Aftershock by Sylvia Day.
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest
I really love Houston Havens work. She’s a phenomenal writer. I have never read a book that interweaves so many genres so beautifully until I started her Psychic Ménage series.
Fiona: What are your current projects?
Pursuing Grace is a prequel to a series I just started. Book 1 in the series, Saving Grace, is with my editor now, and I just started the second book, which is yet to be named.
Fiona: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.
There isn’t just one. The writing community, as a whole, is such a wonderfully supportive community that I feel blessed to be a part of it.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
Yes. This is all I do, and all I will ever do.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
Of course! It happens with every book. I worry, I ponder, I regret and then I move on.
Fiona: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
I’m sorry but I don’t. I remember as a child, when we’d have to write small stories in elementary, I would just keep going. Every English, Literature and Creative Writing teacher I had told me they could see I had a future writing. Of course, I thought they were full of crap, but I was a kid.
Fiona: Can you share a little of your current work with us?
I can’t share anything until my editor is finished with it…that would be suicide. But I can share an excerpt from Pursuing Grace, which is part of the anthology being released December 5.
Roman looked at the woman, her long, loose auburn curls flowing over her shoulders. He caught a slight view of her green eyes and knew it had to be her almost at once.
“Is that her?” Colin asked.
Roman squinted. “Fairly certain. Let’s find out.”
She stood in line, waiting to order. Roman and Colin made their way through the crowd. They were few feet away when she flinched, looked at the ceiling and over her shoulder until the bartender yelled to get her attention.
“It’s her. I’m absolutely positive.” Roman elbowed Colin.
Colin pulled his phone out of his pocket and snapped a picture of her. “I’ll leave you to it then. But be careful. I don’t have to remind you…”
“No,” Roman said, cutting him off, “you don’t.” Roman definitely didn’t need to be reminded that the last woman he tailed grew so frantic she ran into oncoming traffic.
Colin scratched the base of his head. “Okay then. I’m headed to the old lady’s house. There are only a few hours left and way too many people in here for my comfort. Unless you’d rather I stay for backup.”
Roman squared off with Colin, but kept his head slightly bent. “I will behave. Scout’s honor.”
Colin laughed. “If you were a boy scout that might mean something.” With a wink, he laughed and pushed his way through the crowd and out of the bar. Roman spotted Colin observing him through the window before Colin finally left.
Inside, Roman watched the woman while maintaining a safe distance. He didn’t want to spook her. Stalking prey took time, observation of surroundings and situations. He moved to the other side where he could observe her without being noticed. He propped the ball of his foot against it the wall.
“Can I get you anything, darlin’?” A tiny blonde waitress stood in front of him with an empty tray.
“Three fingers of Wild Turkey on the rocks.” He gave her an obligatory smile and sent her on her way, turning his attention to the woman with the auburn hair. Something inside him stirred. With one swallow he downed the remaining contents of his glass and kept his gaze moving across the room. Staring at one girl, after all, may rouse suspicion, though he doubted anyone in the bar was sober enough to notice. Except for the girl with the long curls, spilling over shoulders that were covered in a red T-Shirt. She had one hard cider that she barely touched.
A leggy brunette stopped in front of Roman, her perfume so strong it stole his breath. She grinned and stepped in closer. “You a big college graduate too?”
He shook his head. “Just visiting.”
“Oh, a fancy business man, then?” She twirled dark hair around her index finger and tilted her head to the side.
Roman laughed at her attempt at flirtation. “Nothing fancy, I’m here on business.”
“So, are you like, a talent scout or somethin’?” She took a step closer, brushing her arm on Roman.
“Or something.” He held his breath in an attempt to protect his lungs from her invading perfume. It was too flowery and too pungent.
Fiona: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
I think I worry most about my character development. With this being my first short, I know I felt a bit concerned about wrapping up an entire plot in 25k words or less, as well.
Fiona: Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
David Baldacci is a favorite of mine. He does such a fantastic job setting up the plot and really sucking me into the stories. I love Kelley Armstrong’s writing as well. My heart races as I flip to the next page while reading her books. I feel her characters so deeply that I find myself emotionally invested in the outcome for them. That…that’s golden.
Fiona: Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
That depends on the novel. If it’s a self-pubbed, then I design the cover. If it’s with a publisher, I just do have a choice in the matter.
Fiona: What was the hardest part of writing your book?
Quiet time! With a family, it is a real challenge to find time where I can concentrate.
Fiona: Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
That while writing is generally a very solitary thing, there are others who reach out…which is nice.
Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?
Read. Read a lot. I know it’s old advice, but it remains viable advice.
Fiona: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Thank you for continuing to support me!
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
Yes…my mother bought me an entire box full of Leo the Lop children’s books. I read and re-read them until I was about 9.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
I don’t cry much. Generally if there are tears, it’s honest to goodness physical pain or the loss of a loved one. I do laugh a lot. Monkeys in human clothing, funny cat videos, babies laughing, dry humor, satire…there is a lot in this world that brings me joy…and giggles.
Fiona: Is there one person pass or present you would meet and why?
Lucille Ball because she was funny, unique, and quite interesting.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone and why ?
“She made a difference.” We all strive to leave our mark. I’m no different.
Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies ?
I love to fish and to garden. My husband and I go on an annual fishing trip and come January 1, we start counting down the days until our April fishing trip.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
I’m obsessed with The Blacklist. I also enjoy The Good Wife, Madam Secretary, Face Off and Ink Master.
Fiona: Favorite foods / Colors/ Music
Food: Tiramisu Colors: I’m partial to purple and black Music: I listen to a lot of Rock and subgenres of Rock.
Fiona: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done?
There’s something else?
Fiona: Do you have a blog/website? If so what is it?
Thank you very much for having me.