Monday, February 22, 2016

Liar's Game by Anna Wolfe Interview & Giveaway

Liar's Game
The One Rises
Book Five
Anna Wolfe

Genre: Urban Fantasy, Paranormal

Date of Publication:  February 1st, 2016

ISBN: 9781311994134

Word Count: 75,900

Cover Artist: Kip Ayers

Book Description:

The Seer yanks his chain, and Silas could swear she does it for fun. Knowing that she manipulates everyone around her hasn't helped him at all over the last two centuries.

His little band of misfits has come apart. Edie is gone and refusing to speak to him. Mark is still trying to figure out how to control his ability and the Seer has ordered him to keep the boy in the dark. And Callie tempts him with a life he cannot have.

A seat on the powerful Witches Council has opened up and Silas is stuck in the middle of the machinations unfurling over which faction of the witches will gain the upper hand. Angry witches, lies, and murder are just the start.

Events in the Windy City will push Silas to the edge and reveal an unexpected enemy.

About the Author:

Anna Wolfe is a college professor by day and a novelist by night.  In fact, writing urban fantasy is the only reason she is still (mostly) sane post-dissertation.  When she isn't writing, teaching, or dicking around on the Internet, she is probably cooking with her husband or watching trashy television.  

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Where are you from?
Minneapolis, MN

Tell us your latest news?
          My husband and I recently purchased and renovated a home.  Renovating a house was quite an adventure.

When and why did you begin writing?
          If by writing, one means trying to create stories, then I started writing as a child and I did so because I couldn't help myself.  Most of my early "work" was a quick sketch of an idea or a scene that popped into my head or the description of a character.  I didn't write a cohesive fiction story until I started writing fan fiction seven or eight years ago.

When did you first consider yourself a writer?
          The first time I got an academic article published, though I still have days (weeks… months) where I question whether or not I can really write.

What inspired you to write your first book?
          First, general frustration that I could write fan fiction but couldn't come up with my own world and characters.  And two, profound dissertation-itis.  The deep desire to work on anything not my dissertation finally helped me crack open my own world.  

Do you have a specific writing style?
          Most everyone does.  J  I usually start by establishing where the story starts and ends.  Then I spend some time imagining and dreaming about the plot and write the scenes that pop into my head, in whatever order they arrive.  Then I do some work pinning down the plot development.  Then, I let myself wander and dream and write whatever comes to mind.  Then, I pin the plot down pretty firmly.  Towards the end, I have to make myself write the scenes that I wasn't naturally inspired to write.  These are the ones that usually take the longest.  I often re-read what I've written as I do this, looking for plot holes and making sure the text that exists makes sense with the books that came before it.  This sometimes helps me answer questions that then allow me to write the final scenes.  By the time I'm done, there are parts of the book that I've read dozens of times. 

How did you come up with the title?
          Painfully.  I got dinged with my first book for having a boring title.  It was a reasonable critique and I learned from my mistake.  Usually, I brainstorm a few names that sound interesting, read some quotes that are related to the main point of the plot, and brainstorm some more.  Then I search major websites to make sure I'm not picking a name that lots of other folks have also selected.

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
          Life is unfair.  Very few things in the world are black and white.  And sex is super fun and astonishingly varied.

How much of the book is realistic?
          Most of the parts that relate to how people build relationships are fairly realistic.  None of the parts involving demons, dimension hopping, and magic are realistic. 

Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
          It's hard to write about something you know nothing about.  So, the relationships I have with other people (both good and bad) and the traveling I have done and the things I have learned all shape the things that I write about.  Nothing in my fiction work is a direct lift-and-drop from real life; everything has been altered and filtered and rearranged. 

What books have most influenced your life most?
          Octavia Butler, the Xenogenesis Series.  In particular, the first book Dawn had a profound effect on me, though it took a while to bear fruit.  Ten years after I first read the book (around age 12), I wouldn't have put Dawn on a list of my top ten favorites.  But when I found out Butler died, I cried my eyes out for days.  Just thinking about it now makes me feel a little misty.  I've never had that reaction to an author's death before or since.  I spent quite a bit of time thinking about why and came to the conclusion that Octavia Butler taught me enduring lessons about human nature that deeply impacted how I perceive people and the world around me.  The lessons were so deeply embedded that I didn't even recognize them as something I learned, just something that I had always known.

If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
          To me, a mentor is someone that you know who actively fosters a relationship with you with the goal of helping you to become better.  I've never had a relationship like that with a fiction writer. 

What book are you reading now?
          I'm not currently reading a book.  Mostly, I'm trying to stay on top of my grading.

Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
          The authors I've read aren't particularly new.  I read a lot more in the summer than I do September through May.

What are your current projects?
I'm letting the plot for Book 6 burble up.

What would you like my readers to know?
          That I'm grateful to every person who reads my books, including the people who decide it's not their cup of tea.  There are so many books in the world that I appreciate anyone taking the time to give my work a chance to entertain them.

Tour giveaway

3 e-copies of Liar's Game

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