Author Interview & Book Giveaway: The Light and Fallen by Anna White

Welcome to Author Anna White

I grew up in the Deep South in a deeply religious family. We didn’t have a t.v., get the newspaper, play video games, or watch movies. What we did do, all the time, was read and tell stories. Most of my early memories with my parents and grandparents involve reading together or being read to: grown up books with my parents, Sunday School stories with my grandmother, a book called It’s a Bear about mauled hikers with my grandfather. Words swirled through our house like water. 
I’ve discovered that’s something you just can’t get over. That kind of immersion leaves a mark. I continue to live in the South with my husband and children, and I continue to turn to words. My first novel, The Light and Fallen, was partly inspired by my childhood. Growing up angels felt very near to me. I believed they were real and active emissaries, and that a chance encounter could bring me into their contact. I am currently working on Divide the Darkness, the next book in the Chronicles of the Nephilim series. 

Interview:

What is one book everyone should read?
I think all writers should definitely read On Writing by Stephen King. That book was very helpful to me and gave me permission to simplify things. I was also very inspired by the way that King started writing again after his accident. Kind of takes the “but the Bachelor is on” excuse and dumps it in the trash!

What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast?
I love an egg over easy on a slab of sourdough bread. Delicious.

Pet Peeves?
Pens that don’t work, empty cartons in the fridge, cats in clothing, mean people

Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book.
It has sexy, tortured immortals in it.

Any other books in the works? Goals for future projects?
The Light and Fallen is the first book in the Chronicles of the Nephilim series. I have three more books planned for this series, and I’m outlining a few new ideas.

If you could jump in to a book, and live in that world.. which would it be?
I would definitely jump into Hogwarts. I couldn’t pass up the ability to apparate. Also there is probably a spell that would make my laundry fold itself. That would make me very happy.

What was your favorite book when you were a child/teen?
My dad owned a set of early edition Wizard of Oz books, I think there were over 30, and I loved those. They’re actually in my living room right now-he gave them to me when I got my graduate degree.

What’s one piece of advice you would give aspiring authors?
To plan things out in detail before you start writing. I used the snowflake method, which is pretty time consuming, but when I started writing I felt like I really knew my characters and where they were going.

How did you know you should become an author?
I am a distractable hobby hopper. When I got the idea for the Chronicles of the Nephilim series I figured I would get bored with it, but I never did. Instead I kept thinking about it. When I was dreaming about the characters two years later I realized I had to write the story or I might never get them out of my head.

Give us a glimpse into a typical day in your day starting when you wake up till you lie down again.
I wake up early, around 5:20, and empty the dishwasher and start some laundry, then make my first cup of tea and have quiet time. After that it’s a race to get breakfast on the table and everyone dressed and out the door. I go off to my day job, then come home and do dinner, bed, bath, story with the kids. Finally, once they are in bed, I get to write. I aim for two and a half hours a day, but honestly that hardly ever happens. I write as much as I can before I crash or my husband demands a little of my attention.

What’s your favorite season/weather?
I love the fall. It’s like a new beginning and all the best holidays are just around the corner. I wait for the first cool day when I can curl up in front of my fireplace.

What is your guilty pleasure?
Eating chocolate chip cookies while I watch The Biggest Loser.

Favorite places to travel?
My husband and I love to travel to National Parks. My favorite places to camp are the Redwoods and in Utah, two wildly beautiful places.

Favorite quote from a movie?
“You’re everything I never knew I always wanted.” from Fools Rush In

What is something people would be surprised to know about you?
I’m in training for the Disney Princess half marathon. I’m using the word training very loosely here, but still.

The Light and the Fallen

Lucian isn’t sure what to expect when he steps over the banister separating Heaven from Earth. He opens his eyes in a new body, one with no wings, no knowledge of the future, and no special powers. All he remembers is his mission: to find a mysterious key. When he meets a human girl that he can’t ignore he is forced, for the first time in eternity, to choose between duty and the pull of his heart. The future hangs on his decision, but he’s fallen into a world where nothing is just what it seems. 



Giveaway Details 
3 ebook copies of The Light and Fallen
Ends 5/20/12

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