I don't want to brag or anything, but I've been friends with Anna for almost three years. Not only is she a talented writer, but she's an amazingly sweet, smart, caring, creative, and fun person to know. I pride myself on excellent discernment when it comes to fine human beings.
Anna is ambitious and determined too. She wrote and self-published this:
VIOLET STORM follows the story of a gifted athlete, struck down by lightning on the eve of her biggest championship victory. What comes next is the unraveling of a post-apolocalyptic world already on the verge of bedlam as they fight against a deadly disease known as vaincre. The only cure against vaincre is a procedure known as Modification--turning humans into artificial beings called Modi's. But the brilliant surgeon who developed this technology has gone rogue with his procedures and the Monarchy is desperate to shut him down. That's where Aeva comes in. Aeva is the surgeon's secret weapon against the Monarchy. After reconstructing her body to become a Modi unlike any he's ever created, Aeva is forced into a fight against all odds. She'll have to break loyalties, hurt family, and turn her back on newly awakened love. Thousands of lives hang in the balance in a battle that will set forth a new era. Join Aeva on her quest to see whether she's got what it takes to go up against the most powerful humans ever created.
Join Aeva on her quest to see whether she's got what it takes to go up against the most powerful humans ever created
Sounds awesome right? You should buy it at Amazon because it's only $4.99 and a must-read for summer for the "in crowd".
Anna will be famous someday, probably doing interviews on Oprah, but I swooped in to be the first at an exclusive interview with her. Oprah-Shmoprah. You can read this interview and see for yourself how fantastic she is and then feel smug that you "knew her when" too.
Anna's Tell-All (OK really, Tell-Some) Interview
What is your ideal writing setting—music, silence, coffee shop, pajamas….?
My ideal writing space is at home on my favorite desk, listening to music, with my legs propped up. At home, I have an endless supply of coffee, and a bed nearby for when I’m ready to collapse after a good, long writing session.
|Oh my gosh, look how neat she is! She has CLEAN desk space.|
Your current book and also your future planned YA series focus on wonderfully rich fantasy worlds. Where have you found inspiration?
I have found inspiration everywhere, from books to movies, and anime. My mind watches and reads and my imagination just runs wild with how these worlds might look like if I had the chance to create them. Now that I’ve grown as a writer, I’ve begun to understand more of the elements needed to fuse together a story full of intrigue set in a vibrant world.
Your current book, “Violet Storm” features a strong woman lead. Over the years, having known you, I find you to be one of those strong, beautiful women. How do you hope readers view Aeva?
Aww, thank you Julie! (Smiles widely.) Aeva is a reflection of me in my teens. Back then I was a jock, playing tennis and softball, winning MVP awards, and becoming team captain. I was a victim of bullying most of my early elementary years all the way through middle school, and finally in early high school. But it stopped once I became a focused athlete. I had a confidence that stemmed from physical strength and a feeling that I had something unique, and finally, I was stronger than the bullies. But what I deeply lacked, I wanted to give to Aeva: an unparalleled command of her sport. Unlike me, Aeva doesn’t choke when it counts, she exceeds on a level I could only have imagined as an athlete. I want readers to see themselves in Aeva, to root for her above and beyond sports, that although she’s one heck of an athlete, she’s paid a terrible price for it.
|This is Anna smiling widely. She just lights up, doesn't she? |
She doesn't know I lifted this picture from Facebook. Shhh... don't tell her.
I’ve known you for several years (three?) and know you have been on quite the personal journey. Without getting too revealing or intrusive, how much did the emotions you experienced and your own happy ending influence your story and characters?
Yes! And I can’t thank you enough for your continued faith, for your friendship, and encouragement all these years. Truly! I’d have to say that I’m thankful for the hardship these last few years. I finally began to ask myself who I was. And as I transitioned into my new life, I have found a wealth of human understanding. From anger, to resentment, to joy, and unconditional love. To lean on faith and to communicate beyond words to a God I’d only ever seen as an imaginary being, and to finally believe in him and in me. I feel like the characters I’m creating have so much more depth because I have a better understanding of their motives, their passions, and their psyche. I now have a wider range of characters and the philosophy I’ve learned from my experiences gives them an intellect I hadn’t known prior to the challenges in my life.
What is the part of writing that you most enjoy? What aspect is your Achilles heel?
I enjoy the creativity in it. I enjoy seeing a “film”—a scene playing out in my head where there was once nothing. Finishing each chapter makes me whoop with excitement! A feeling of I can’t believe I just came up with that! It’s so much harder now that I have to ask so many more questions of my characters and of the story: where it needs to go, where my characters need to be. Ahhh, the challenge is on a whole new level. My Achilles heel is when life gets tough: jobs, relationships, and health. Worries end up eating too much of my creativity and the problem solver in me, won’t let me rest until it’s fixed. I am at my writing best when the world around me is mostly free from complications. A happy life makes of me a happy, productive writer.
And just because it’s fun to get to know you a little more, what is your guilty pleasure (or at least one you’re willing to share)?
My guilty pleasure includes: chocolates, Disneyland, international traveling, bottles of wine, and did I mention chocolate?
|I lifted this sans permission, too. But proof positive she loves chocolate. Just look at that face!|
What is something on your bucket list?
My bucket list is long. But my biggest wish is to start my own family. Mr. Right finally found me, and I intend to have my happily ever after, complete with little Anna’s and mischievous monsters…Soon! Perhaps in two years. J There’s no greater pleasure I can imagine, than being a mother. I already feel like one to my fictional characters, but I can’t exactly hug and squeeze them, or blow raspberries on their tummies…
|Mr. Right (Yup, downloaded from Facebook...why start asking permission now?)|
Thanks, Anna, for letting folks get to know you and allowing me to take liberties with your Facebook photos!
Now, go buy her book.
About the author: Anna Soliveres has always been a storyteller but it wasn't until her early twenties when she began writing novel length works. The result was an enthusiasm to get better at the craft until her work could be shared with the world. Releasing in March 2014, Violet Storm is her debut novel. Anna is currently working on another young adult science fiction series, titled Snow Dolls, set to release in late 2014.
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