Who is Anne Lange?
Anne Lange grew up with a love of reading — from the Bobbsey Twins and Nancy Drew to Anne of Green Gables, all things horror and then finally, on to the many great romance authors of today. She never reads non-fiction, BORING! Anne also loves to cook (when she had the time) and she loves to shop for new shoes (she makes the time). She reads many genres of fiction, but prefers to write sexy romance with attractive men, strong females, and always a happily ever after.
While embarking on a career as a romance author, Anne juggles a full time job and a family. She grew up in Southern Ontario (Canada), but now makes her home in Eastern Ontario where she lives with her husband, three awesome children, and Rocky the bearded dragon.
A little more about Anne…
- What inspired you to become an author?
I’ve been reading for as long as I can remember. I decided (mid-life crisis I think) that I wanted to see if I could write a story. However, I had no plans at that time to pursue publishing. What actually started out as just a way to fill in some time during a dip in my career, ended up being a whole new second career, one that I absolutely love. The more involved I got the people I met and the things I learned, just excited me more and inspired me to keep going.
- What piece of advice would you give a new author?
It’s not easy. There are rules. You will be rejected. But, don’t give up. For most authors it doesn’t happen overnight. And for those that seem as if it did, it didn’t really. They still spent many, many hours agonizing over their story. Don’t head into this with the notion of making loads of money either. Become a writer because you love to tell a story. For me, if I’m able to get paid for my stories, I consider it a bonus. If you’re only in it for the money you think you’ll make, frustration and disappointment is waiting just around the corner. Honestly, we can’t base our expectations on the great authors or even the lucky authors around us. They either worked long and hard for what they’ve got today, or they happened to be in the right place and the right time.
- Is being an author your primary career?
Nope. Actually I am a project management professional. I’ve been doing project management for over twenty years, working on everything from administrative projects to IT, to construction, to decommissioning and waste management. I’ve established and maintained project systems and methodologies, and I generally play a role of either teaching or leading others in managing their project to reach a successful conclusion. You’d think I’d apply to same skills to my writing and my own home life, wouldn’t you? LOL!
- How do balance writing with all of life’s responsibilities? Which ones do you have to juggle?
All of it! Thankfully my family is very understanding. I still have kids at home, although they are old enough to pull together a grilled cheese for cereal for supper, lol. I’m out of my house from about 7 in the morning to 6:00 in the evening. Then I scramble to make sure everyone has something to eat, or at least a plan for something to eat, before I head to my office in the basement where I pretty much sequester myself until it’s time to go to bed. In the morning, while my husband is tapping his foot and warming up the car, I am rushing through my email and making sure any posts I had scheduled to release actually did. Weekends are for errands, cleaning (sometimes) and squeezing in more writing. It’s not easy, but I love every minute of it! J
- What advice regarding social media and marketing to you offer to new authors?
Oh wow. It’s a necessary evil. The biggest thing is that you need to find the balance (I’m still searching for it). It’s way too easy to get caught up in the marketing aspect of this business, because it can be fun. You’re meeting new people, and you’re making those all-important connections. You’re sharing information, participating in hops and giveaways, talking about your new story. The problem is that you sit down to simply read your email, send a couple of tweets and the next thing you know four hours have slipped by. You need to be strict about carving out time to market yourself and your books, and then force yourself to stop, switch gears, and write.
- What is the one thing about a book that will make you close the cover and not finish it?
When I lose that connection to the character and begin to not like them anymore. That usually happens if they begin to act (or not act) in a way that would typically be expected of a normal person of their age/persona. Although fiction is fantasy, I still like there to be an element of realism – otherwise how can you expect to connect? It’s sort of like the girl in the slasher movie who decides to head down into the dark basement on her own, with no light and no weapon and she knows there’s a pretty good chance she’s going be killed because all her friends have been killed. Yet she still decides to go down there and check out that strange scuffling noise she just heard.
- What do you see as your next project and when can we expect it?
I have a new novel that will be coming out through Etopia Press. It’s a contemporary erotic romance – a ménage story about a husband and wife exploring their fantasies and the husband’s best friend is helping to make that happen. I don’t have a release date yet.
- Describe yourself in three words.
Loyal, shy, passionate
Short summary of Worth the Risk
Even the hottest sex might not be enough to ease the pain of the past…
Molly Simpson arrives at a beautiful provincial park, ready to spend the May Two-Four holiday camping with friends. This weekend is the highlight of her year—or it was, until Tanner Daivies showed up. Her high school crush is all grown up, sexy as sin, and he’s demanding answers—answers Molly isn’t sure she can give him. She had her reasons for leaving him all those years ago, but now, sex with Tanner is scorching, and when they’re together, it’s clear they were never meant to be apart. But the past doesn’t want to stay buried, and Molly isn’t sure reliving it is worth the risk
A short excerpt:
Taking her hand, Tanner led her to a secluded spot at the north end of the beach, a private nook nestled in amongst the trees. The rest of their friends were back at the campsite, arguing over who won that last game of cards.
When they reached the perfect spot, he released his hold on her hand to lay out the blanket. With a flick of his wrists, he let it fly out before it settled in the grass. He unzipped the sleeping bag and laid it opened over the blanket. Kicking off his shoes, he crawled between the blankets of the makeshift bed and reached out to her. She laid her hand in his. With a playful tug, he hauled her down beside him and wrapped the sleeping bag snug around her.
Lying side by side, hands clasped under their heads, they gazed up at the star-studded sky. Water lapped at the shoreline, soothing her, lulling her into a sensuous, romantic state. The chirps of a few crickets and the occasional splash of a frog or fish jumping into the water were the only disruptions in their cozy little universe. The scent of Tanner tickled her nose. He never used cologne, just Irish Spring and him. She rolled her head to peer at him. He lay there, staring at her.
“This is perfect.” Her voice was a whisper.
Without a word, he rolled to his side and canted over her, brushing his lips across hers. His were soft, his touch tender. She couldn’t resist opening her mouth, allowing his tongue to slide inside and dance with hers.
He raised a hand to cup her face as he deepened the kiss. She reached up and twined her arms around his neck, pulling until his chest fell onto hers. His heart thudded against her. Wrapped together, she surrendered to him.
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Web Page/Blog: http://authorannelange.com/
Facebook Author Page: http://www.facebook.com/AuthorAnneLange
Amazon Author’s Page https://www.amazon.com/author/anne_lange
Tour dates in May, promoting Worth the Risk
May 6: Kisses, Caresses & Whispers in the Night
May 9: Kricket’s Chirps
May 11: Ramblings From This Chick
May 14: Coffee Beans & Love Scenes
May 17: It’s All About the Romance!
May 20: We Love Kink
May 21: Naughty Bits Book Reviews
May 22: Books Books and More Books
May 24: My Reading Obsession
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