This week, I have the good fortune to welcome the amazing Annie Alvarez. A woman of great talent and, in my opinion, understanding of human nature. I'm sure you'll enjoy her interview and the excerpt of one very hot book.
1. How long have you been writing? What inspired you to pick the pen up one day and create characters that capture the imagination?
I’ve been writing for years, but that has nothing to do with how long I’ve been published. I wrote many stories that ended up in the trash or met a destructive end with my delete button. What inspired me to try to get published was the fact that there weren’t any lesbian paranormal, vampire stories out there to read, so I took Toni Morrison’s advice, “If there's a book you really want to read, but it hasn't been written yet, then you must write it.”
My Hightower Series was created with just that purpose in mind. After all, who doesn’t like sexy vampires, drama and some good, old fashion girl on girl action?
2. What influenced you to get published? How long did it take? Can you tell us the name of your first published work?
The first story I tried to get published was Sessions. It’s about a therapist who falls in love with a patient and uses naughty little ways to help said patient recover from the loss of a loved one. Its pack full of sex and some slight to mild BDSM.
As it happened, For The Love of Blood, An introduction to the Hightower Series hit the ebook shelves first and I’m grateful for that. It got my name out there in the midst of all the Twilight phenomena happening. My editor, Jay from eXtasy Books, rocks! I couldn’t have asked for better timing.
3. Plotter or pantzer?
Definitely a pantzer! I’ve learned that if I send too much time plotting everything, I lose interest. Not only that, but my characters really do speak for themselves and what I plan for them, isn’t always what they have planned, so I have to start over. It saves me a lot of time, if I just give it up to my characters and follow their lead. My girls are quite stubborn. LOL
4. What would you like to share with new writers? Any suggestions or advice?
Never give up. It’s a tough business to get into, but once you’re there, its worth all the pain and heartache. I agree with Walter Wellesley “Red” Smith who said, “There’s nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and open a vein.”
I’m here to tell you that the “writing” of a story is just the beginning. The hard part comes in selling your story to someone other than yourself. :0)
5. If you could be a character in any of your books who would it be and why?
I think I would be Tamara Hightower. I would love to be able to witness history as its being made. I don’t think that drinking blood would be on the top of my list of things to do, but if I were a vampire, I guess it wouldn’t matter, would it?
6. If you could invite any famous person, dead or alive, for dinner, who would it be and what would you eat?
Oh, this one is easy…Katherine Hepburn! I LOVE Katherine. She was such an inspiring role model. Katherine had so many great quotes, “I never realized until lately that women were supposed to be the inferior sex”, "With all the opportunities I had, I could have done more. And if I`d done more, I could have been quite remarkable." And my favorite one is, “Life is to be lived. If you have to support yourself, you had bloody well better find some way that is going to be interesting. And you don`t do that by sitting around wondering about yourself.” And I think Katherine would have liked to eat something exotic that would have made me take pause before I put it in my mouth.
7. When you wake up in the morning, what celebrity do you most resemble?
I can honestly say I probably look like Johnny Depp in “Pirates of the Caribbean”. Scary at first, until you get to know me. LOL
8. What are you working on now? Can you tell us a little about it?
Well, let’s see…I’m working on another installment of Carly Bright and I’m also fidgeting with, “My Turkey Baster?” A comical view of how some lesbian’s get pregnant.
9. Are you in love? Have you ever been?
Yes, I’m in love. I met my partner 15 years ago and we’ve been together ever since. I never understood how married couples could stay together for 50-60 years but I’ve learned that love is a tricky thing…some days you’re in love and some days you just love them. I’ve found that if you wait the being “in love” feeling always returns and that’s worth waiting for.
10. What kind of comfort food do you like best?
You might think me strange for this, but Sushi is my comfort food. I love a good piece of Big Eye Tuna with Wasabi. See? I told you you’d think I was strange
(Is this not the hottest cover you've ever seen?)
by Annie Alvarez
Publisher: eXtasy Books
When Julia, a power-femme, betrays McKenna, Lexi, pulls out all the stops to help heal McKenna’s broken heart. A party, a strap-on, cock worship and orgasm control is only the beginning of McKenna’s evening. Can Lexi convince her to become her new boi toi?
Lexi led me through the rooms on the main floor, explaining the significance of the furniture and the art, which was French contemporary, but bored me almost to tears. Luckily, I think she noticed my efforts in trying to look interested and upped the stakes. Each time we entered a room, occupied or not, she would grab my cock and rub it gently as she continued her history lesson. When we entered the unoccupied library, I grabbed her, bringing her close to me, but she took hold of my hands and stuck them in my pocket.
“No touching, yet,” she warned and continued to talk about some damn French artist and how famous he was.
“You’re driving me crazy,” I complained, leaving my hands where she put them.
“You’re not a patient person, are you?” She cocked her head and smiled, slowly licking her lips, leaving them wet and shiny.
“No—Yes,” I stammered and took a deep breath. “You’ve worked me up all night. I can’t stand it anymore. Show a girl some mercy.”
“Okay,” she eagerly responded gesturing at my clothes. “Take them off.”
“Here…now?” My voice cracked. I couldn’t believe what she suggested.
“Yes,” she reassured me. “Here and now.”
I peeked into the crowded hallway, noticing that any number of guests could easily walk in on us. “What if someone comes in?”
“So?” She raised her brow in a questioning way. “What if they do?” She approached me and started unbuttoning my slacks.
I pulled away. “No. I can’t do this,” I said securing the button in place.
“Well, then, you’ll have to be patient.” She leaned into me and pressed her lips to my neck, gently laying kisses on my sensitive skin. “It’s not as if, I didn’t offer.”
I was born in New Orleans, Louisiana. That's right, the Big Easy or the bathtub, whichever you prefer. Anyways, when I was born, Mercy Hospital was still called Mercy, so I've got a few years under my belt.
When I turned 18, I came out to my friends and family. I'll never forget that day, either. My picture was plastered on the front page of the Miami Herald's Sunday edition. For those of you who don't know what the Miami Herald is, it's only the largest newspaper in South Florida and my picture took up half the front page. Woohoo! My first fifteen minutes of fame.
I never said, oh geez, when I grow up, I want to be a writer. No, that didn't happen to me. What did happen was that imagination side-swiped me one day and an erotic story complete with characters, consumed every bit of my waking moments. Well, that's what started my writing career. I successfully have several published ebooks, including The Hightower Series.
A lot of people have asked me if I tend to write from experience, my answer is yes, and no. Yes, because I write lesbian erotica and I'm a lesbian, duh. No, because I'm not a vampire although some days, I wish I was.
Well, there you have it, my life in a nutshell. Of course, I left stuff out...I already share my dirty mind with you; I can't very well go sharing my dirty laundry, too!
Where you can find Annie:
Facebook, Twitter, Naughty Little Vamp Blog, Sheboi Blog
and on Annie's website at: http://www.anniealvarez.net