Author Name: Anne Hope
Did you always wanted to be a writer? If not what did you want to be?
When I was little, I wanted to be an actress. Problem was, I was extremely shy! As I got older, I realized I preferred to be the one writing the stories instead of performing them. I didn’t study to be a writer, though. I studied business, got an MBA, and worked as an account executive and as a product manager for a while. As much as I enjoyed marketing, writing remained my first and greatest love. So I kept making up stories. I wrote three full-length novels before I sold my first published novel, Where Dreams Are Made, to Samhain.
When did you first consider yourself a “writer”?
I’ve always considered myself a writer, but I didn’t start calling myself an author until I sold.
How long did it take to get your first book published?
It took seven years. I wrote Where Dreams Are Made (then entitled Finding Home) in the year 2000. I signed with an agent, but I wasn’t making much progress getting the book published. Then, in 2001, Where Dreams Are Made was selected as a Golden Heart Finalist. This was the opportunity I’d been waiting for, but the timing was wrong. I’d recently given birth to my son, and I didn’t want to embark on a new career unless I could truly devote myself to it. So I put the book—along with my dreams of publication—aside. Two years later, my daughter came along, and I postponed my writing career a little longer. It wasn’t until 2007 that I decided to brush off my keyboard, polish that manuscript and start submitting again. Two weeks after I sent the book to Samhain, I got an offer.
What is the name of your latest book, and if you had to summarize it in less than 20 words what would you say?
Soul Chase, the third installment in my Dark Souls series. Emma was born to save the world, but to fulfill her destiny, she may have to sacrifice the man she loves.
Who is your publisher? Or do you self-publish?
Samhain has published the majority of my books. I did, however, self-publish a novella entitled The Seduction of Evelyn Hyde.
How long does it usually take you to write a book, from the original idea to finishing writing it?
It depends on the book. I wrote Where Dreams Are Made in three months, but that was before I had children! Now, it takes me closer to six months, give or take.
What can we expect from you in the future? ie More books of the same genre? Books of a different genre?
I’m currently working on the last installment in my Dark Souls series, Soul Reaping. I’ve also recently completed a techno thriller. I’m not sure the market is ready for it yet, though! It’s about an evil conglomerate that turns humans into machines. I love writing books in different genres. I wouldn’t mind trying my hand at horror or even YA.
What genre would you place your books into?
I’ve written romantic suspense and paranormal romance.
What made you decide to write that genre of book?
I enjoy love stories and thrillers. Romantic suspense and paranormal romance are two genres that allow me to give my readers a little of both worlds. I enjoy writing a pulse-pounding action scene as much as I love writing a deeply emotional scene between the hero and the heroine. The paranormal genre also permits me to stretch my imagination, to push the boundaries and create new realities.
Do you read all the reviews of your book/books?
Yes, each and every one. I like to torture myself that way! Thankfully, most of my reviews have been positive. I do get the occasional scathing review, however, and I’ll admit, it does take the wind out of my sails for a while. The good news is, I always bounce back. We writers are pretty resilient…or stubborn! We have to be to do this job.
Do you choose a title first, or write the book then choose the title?
I always choose a title first, but it usually changes along the way. Soul Bound was originally Soul Snatchers. Soul Deep started off as Soul Fever. My Dark Souls series was originally called Spawn of the Fallen, which wasn’t very romantic. I think I’ll stick with Soul Reaping for my current WIP, however, unless my editor disagrees!
How do you come up with characters names and place names in your books?
Research plays a key role. When I begin writing a book, the first thing I do is come up with my characters’ names. I do this by going through lists of baby names (either online or in books), and picking my top three. I then test them out to see which one feels right. Sometimes I even look up their meanings to decide which name best suits my character. As for location, I usually choose existing places. Again, research plays a key role. I pick my setting based on the tone I want for the book. For Soul Bound, I chose Oregon for its dark, mystical atmosphere. It wouldn’t have been the same had I set the story in Florida, for instance. I needed lush wooded areas, overcast skies and places with names like Devil’s Lake!
Are there any hidden messages or morals contained in your books? (Morals as in like Aesops Fables type of "The moral of this story is..")
If I have to choose one overriding message that cuts across all my books, it’s “never give up hope.” Hope is what drives us, what pushes us to rise above our fears and failings in order to accomplish our goals.
Do you think books transfer to movies well? Which is you favorite/worst book to movie transfer?
I don’t think books always transfer well to movies. Quite often, stories are changed and the sense of intimacy readers establish with the main characters is lost on the screen. One story that transferred really well to the big screen, however, was the Harry Potter series. The movies remained as true to the books as possible, probably because J.K. Rowling had a say in the production.
Your favorite food is?
Chocolate. Does that count as food?
Your favorite color is?
Blue. It’s calming.
Your favorite Author is?
Dean Koontz. He’s a genius at blurring the lines between genres. Horror, romance, suspense—he does it all, quite often in the same book!