In “Meet the Author” Series, I have a very special author, who has written several English novels. Originally from beautiful part of Europe, Croatia and living there peacefully.
Welcome to my “Meet the Author” series Anna. Thanks Anna for being here on my blog.
I m including Anna’s Bio and links to her books in the end. Come on, lets meet Anna and know more about her which is not included in Bio 😉
- You being a Croatian & staying there and writing English Novels, what made you to write in English
I actually started writing in Croatian when I was younger and I have three written books to show it! But over time I realized that getting a publisher in Croatia will be next to impossible and the cost of self-publishing is high. Not that self-publishing my books is English is cheap, but the audience is broader if you write in English. I also like a challenge, so I said, why not? The worst that can happen is that I write a book that sucks and I decide against publishing it.
- Can you express all your thoughts the same way in English (foreign language) as you can in Croatian?
I think at this point I’m as close to bilingual as I’ll ever be. I started learning English when I was young, only five years old, so I have over twenty years of experience. Still, there are days when I can’t find the right words, and that’s fine. There are also days when I can’t remember how to say something in Croatian.
- Have you ever visited or studied in US universities? Your stories revolve around US universities, how is it different from Croatian University?
No, I’ve never been to the United States as of now. Hopefully one day. My stories are based on my research, plus I have a few beta readers who’re from the US, and my own experience as a college student here in Croatia – which I do believe is different. That’s part of the reason why I create my own “worlds”. Both Greyford High and Blairwood University are fictional towns in America. I think it gives me more space to be creative and do things my own way, without worrying too much about getting something wrong in the book.
- How long does it generally take you to write a book? What’s your next book you intend to write?
It really varies from book to book. I wrote Lines in a month or so, Lost & Found and Until probably each took around a year. I’d say 5-7 months is medium.
I have quite a few projects on my hands right now, and I can’t tell you about all of them, but I’m currently finishing TSB which is a novella in Greyford High series and as soon as that’s done I’ll be writing Nixon’s story so that I hopefully publish it in winter 2020/21.
- What are your suggestions for upcoming writers, can they make a living out of it.
Write stories you love and feel passionate about. Learn your craft and take your time. Wait to write a few books before even attempting to publish so that you’re less stressed once the time comes to press that button. Get a kickass cover and make sure your story is well edited.
As for making a living, I think people should write because of the love for writing and not be afraid to define their own success. Can people become a big name overnight? Sure. How often does it happen? Ehh, not that often. I don’t think it makes you less of a writer and a good writer at that.
- What does literary success look like to you?
Having people come to me and tell me that my books made them feel and they could connect with my characters. It’s the best feeling in the world.
- When you were young, did you see writing as a career?
Not always, but I wanted to write ever since I became an avid reader which was around the age of twelve.
- What is your work schedule, while you are writing? How do you jiggle with your family time vs writing time Vs job (I.e. if you do any other job apart from writing)?
Well, since quarantine I have to admit my schedule has been all over the place. I work in the mornings in an office as an administrative assistant. If I get to the office early (I do on most days) I get at least 30-40 minutes of writing time which is amazing. Then when I get home I have lunch, do things around the house and then spend another hour or two writing. I also try to exercise in the evenings.
- How important is marketing a book in the present condition when every day we see new titles coming up? Any tips to Share
Marketing is the key. If you don’t share and promote the book, how are people supposed to know about it? I tried hiring PRs in the past, but personally they don’t work for me since I like to have all the control in my own hands. So I’m usually the one who contacts the bloggers to join the promo tour and prepares all the packages for them to share. I also do different kinds of ads and promotions all year round.
- Would you always want to write about Romance genre? If not, what other genres are you looking to get into?
I love romance and I’m a secret romantic (although most people in real life would beg to differ) so there will always be some kind of romance in my books. That being said, I’d really love to write a fantasy romance. I started reading by reading fantasy and I still love it. I even have an idea for a story, but I just don’t see myself as ready to start writing it.
- What books defined your childhood or got you into reading?
Authors like J.K. Rowling, Meg Cabot, R.L. Stine, and many others. Plus, once I read everything that in children department, I transferred to adult department in my library reading Nora Roberts, Sandra Brown and Susan Elizabeth Phillips!
- Your Favorite author.
There are just so many! Some of them definitely are Cambria Hebert, Rebecca Yarros, Sarina Bowne, Julia Quinn, Jay McLean, Tillie Cole…
- If not, a writer I would be
I have a degree in Spanish and education so I’d probably be working with children.
- I aspire to become
A full time author.
- What as our hardest scene to write and most difficult thing about writing characters from opposite sex?
The hardest scene depends from book to book. As for male point of view, I always worry that the conversation between my main male character and his friends doesn’t sound natural.
- Writing book for me is — an ever-changing experience.
- I cannot leave without
My handbag with all the things inside? I have a tendency to carry a lot of things with me.
- If you could go back and change anything in the novels which you have already written, what would that be.
I would do a full re-write of my debut series. Just recently I changed the covers and did some additional editing, but I just don’t have time to do a full re-write. I’m also a firm believer that you have to know when you should let something go. Those books might not be my best work, but they’re a start and they tell a story of how I became the writer I am today.
- Where is your next travel adventure to? What do you want to see the most, which country or Place. Your favorite place in the world.
I don’t know! *crying face* I was supposed to go to Scotland this June, however, with COVID happening, it’s just not realistic for me to travel right now. It’s really disappointing since I love traveling, but I don’t want to risk my own health. Hopefully by this time next year, I’ll have my next trip planned! My top five places that I haven’t been to: Ireland, Scotland, Japan, New York City, Mexico. Out of the places I’ve been to I love Madrid and London!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Anna B. Doe is a young adult and new adult contemporary romance author. She writes real-life romance that is equal parts sweet and sexy. She’s a coffee and chocolate addict. Like her characters, she loves those two things dark, sweet and with little extra spice.
When she’s not working for a living or writing her newest book you can find her reading books or binge-watching TV shows. Originally from Croatia, she is always planning her next trip because wanderlust is in her blood.
She is currently working on various projects. Some more secret than others.
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