Name: L. Anne Carrington
Age: Old enough to know better
Where are you from: Pittsburgh, PA, United States
A little about your self `ie your education Family life etc.: I am single and owned by two cats, Popeye and Tiger. I recently got out of a three-year relationship, but he and I are still close friends. I hold a two-year degree in business and trained in cosmetology during my late teens. I’m the youngest of six children with 12 nieces and nephews, all grown.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news?
My latest book, Power Play, went on sale October 8, 2015. The book was Amazon Kindle Store’s #1 bestseller in hockey during in the United States during the entire month of October. Power Play also claimed the #1 spot for periods of time in Canada, the UK, Germany, and Australia. While no longer #1, Power Play has remained a top five US Amazon bestseller in hockey so far in November.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I was in my teens and picked up writing as a hobby. A local newspaper published a music review I’d written after it was sent in by the school paper’s advisor who happened to like my style at the time. Apparently I had a “knack for reviews and feature writing” and should expand on it. I didn’t get into actual novel writing until little over six years ago.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
Probably when my first novel, The Cruiserweight, was published by the now-defunct Night Publishing in 2010.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
I was into sports entertainment/wrestling at the time and wanted to bring out a wrestling-based romance/erotic novel. That’s when The Cruiserweight was born and eventually expanded into a four-book series. I’m not really into the whole wrestling thing these days, but still owe credit to The Cruiserweight for launching my career in novel writing.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?
Not really; usually I fit in whatever I’m working on at a specific time.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
Power Play is a hockey term. I figured if I was going to write a novel based on hockey, why not use at least one of its terms in the title? I figured it would be an eye-catching hook; turns out I was right.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Always pursue your dreams, work hard, ignore the naysayers, and stand up for yourself no matter what. Adversity can be overcome if one is willing to put efforts into turning negatives into positives.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic?
Since Power Play basically revolves around a woman playing in what many consider a male-dominated sport, I’d say that’s the most realistic aspect of my book.
Fiona: Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Some are based on real-live events or experiences; others are developed through plain creativity.
Fiona: What books have most influenced your life most? a mentor?
I was influenced by books of many genres, from biographies to classic fiction. Unless one counts my ex, I didn’t have an actual mentor.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
Between recovering from recent knee surgery, physical therapy, medical appointments, and working on a new book, I haven’t had much time to read anything, which is a shame because I love reading the latest works by some of my fellow author friends!
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
Yes, but there are too many to name!
Fiona: What are your current projects?
I’m currently writing a sequel to Power Play entitled On Ice: Power Play Book 2, which will be released sometime in 2016.
Fiona: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.
My former significant other. He encourages me to keep going when I get the dreaded writer’s block. We were both thrilled when Power Play hit #1 not long after its release.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
I already have for the past five years.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
Perhaps keeping Power Play shorter than it currently is.
Fiona: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
Probably in my teens when I had to do compositions for class and then went on to write for the school newspaper.
Fiona: Can you share a little of your current work with us?
Sure! I’ll share the opening prologue for Power Play:
Hitting an important championship goal rested on Alex’s shoulders; the Rebels faced one of their strongest opponents in the Princeton Trophy’s deciding game. Whether her team would win big or fade into the dreaded second place no one would remember would be determined if she got the puck past Washington Wildings goaltender Foster Kingston…or not.
Alex hated overtime, but the game was still tied at two goals apiece after regulation. She stood almost frozen and looked at her teammates for some type of sign.
Coach Dean Barry stared back with a frown, wondering whether her shot would successfully pass the blue line.
Forward Davy St. Cloud, who scored both goals in regulation for the Rebels, and right winger Brian Donahue gave her thumbs-up signs.
Defenseman Byron Brady said a silent prayer.
Second alternate captain Lenny Walton, defenseman Marty O’Freel and left winger Vince Beaumont all glared at her with “Bitch, you have one job” expressions on their faces.
Hank Stover and first alternate captain Boris Furishnykov gave her encouraging nods.
Her longtime friends Jennifer and Phyllis sat behind the glass holding their breaths as Jennifer balanced a squirmy Anna on her lap.
Alex then spotted Troy mouthing the words she heard many times before: “Whatever it takes, we’ll walk together. Go for it!”
She turned back, skated past her opponents, and gave Kingston a determined stare. She needed to get that damn puck into the net, one way or another…
Fiona: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Doing additional research before beginning a book. Starting the first chapter can also be a bit challenging, but once those first words are on paper, everything goes uphill from there.
Fiona: Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
The late Ann Rule. I think I’ve read every book published prior to her death. Whether you’re a true crime buff or not, her books grab you from the first chapter and keep you there until the final word.
Fiona: Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?
Not really; I’m not traveling at present since I’m still recovering from surgery.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
They’re done in-house by my current publisher, Palm Tree Books.
Fiona: What was the hardest part of writing your book?
Researching. I watch a lot of hockey games but still had to learn some of the terminology. I also had to read up on women in the sport and how they managed to break into something usually dominated by men.
Fiona: Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
Strong women in sports aren’t always a bad thing.
Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?
Don’t listen to naysayers. Write what you know. Get your books out there, but don’t over-promote to the point potential readers become annoyed. Network with other authors, support, and read their books. Do many personal and online appearances as your schedule allows. Most important…keep on writing!
Fiona: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Thank you for making Power Play the success it became! I’d never achieved that without all of you. I only wish I could personally thank everyone. Your support has not gone unnoticed.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
My late grandfather gave me Around the World in 80 Days when I was a child.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
Any kind of abuse breaks my heart. As for laughter, nothing completes the day or brings me out of bad moods more than watching funny animal videos. It’s amazing how much entertainment those creatures can bring.
Fiona: Is there one person pass or present you would meet and why?
Marcel Proust. I read a couple of his books in high school and would’ve loved to pick his brain.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone and why ?
Considering I plan to be cremated and ashes scattered near the fountain at Point State Park in Pittsburgh, it’s safe to say I’ll likely have no headstone.
Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies ?
I collect cat-themed artifacts and hockey jerseys (known in the sport as “sweaters”). I also enjoy American football, theater, ballet, classic and nonfiction books, and Web surfing.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
I’m not a big watcher of either, so no specific ones come to mind. I tend to lean more toward independent films, though.
Fiona: Favorite foods / Colors/ Music
Food: Coffee, pizza, salads, chocolate, Chex Mix, cashew nuts.
Colors: Blue, purple, white, black, yellow.
Music: Classic rock and classical
Fiona: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done?
I’d probably either done something in the medical field or continued to pursue acting.
Fiona: Do you have a blog/website? If so what is it?
Here is a list where readers can find me and/or my books:
Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/L.-Anne-Carrington/e/B0055STQL6/