Today I would like to give a warm welcome to romance author Anne Calhoun who is joining us with her new release of UNCOMMON PLEASURE. Check out the smokin' hot cover!
Q: Describe yourself in 140 characters or less.
A: Writer who holds citizenship in 3 countries on 2 continents yet lives in a flyover state for love. Wife. Mother. Loves Frye boots, wool, and character more than wit.
Q: Your current release is UNCOMMON PLEASURE. Deets!
A: This book contains two hefty, closely-linked novellas where choices and decisions made in the first story play out in the second as well. The first features a former Marine who’s struggling with the mental and emotional devastation he experienced in Afghanistan, and the woman who refuses to let him live in darkness. The second story describes a Marine’s persistence to get back the woman he loves and mistakenly broke up with while he was deployed. If you like military stories, highly erotic circumstances, and women who refuse to get pushed around, this is the book for you!
Q: What three words best describe this book?
A: Erotic. Emotional. Intense.
Q: What are your greatest creative influences?
A: Music, although what I’m listening to may not play a role in the current WIP. I read a ton of nonfiction, sometimes for research, sometimes for curiosity. Travel.
Q: What three things do you need in order to write?
A: MacBook Air. Quiet (or the steady background noise of a coffee shop). A roadmap to what I need to write that day. If I take 5-15 minutes and block out the day’s scene or chapter – dialogue, blocking, that sort of thing – I’m much more productive.
Q: What is the last book that you read that knocked your socks off?
A: I’m reading tiny beautiful things by Cheryl Strayed, which is a collection of advice columns from The Rumpus Strayed authored anonymously as Sugar. Strayed’s advice is grounded in reality, gorgeously written, and nearly heart-breaking in its emotional honesty. Between the questions readers sent in and the answers Strayed gives, I have to stop reading and take a break. I also really loved Sister: A Novel by Rosamund Lupton. Alison Kent gave me the book for Christmas. It’s a murder mystery and an exploration of sisterhood and a psychological thriller all at once.
Q: If you had to pick one book that turned you on to reading, which would it be?
A: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Q: What do you like to do when you aren't writing?
A: Read. Knit. Take yoga class. Walk the dog. I’ve got an eight-year-old boy so much of my non-writing time is occupied with homework, having friends over, activities he’s in. I also like to talk to (or at) my husband. ;)
Q: How can readers connect with you?
A: Annecalhoun.com has an email form. I’m on Twitter as @annecalhoun, and Facebook. I also have a fan group on Goodreads.
Anne is giving away a print copy of UNCOMMON PLEASURE. To enter, just leave a question or comment on this post for Anne and then fill out the rafflecopter below. Good luck!