Anastasia is my fellow Wild Rose Press author, and also writes time travel romance--my favorite subgenre of romance. Since we both had time travel novels released about the same time, we're hosting each other on our blogs--and another big thanks to her for hosting me featuring my time travel romance,
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For me, playing is the best -- playing
outdoors in nature or in my garden, experimenting in the kitchen, spending time
with those I love. I also enjoy disappearing into a good book, attempting
crafts, learning, writing, exploring, discovering. I especially like to mix it
up and have yet to perfect any of it; and I've come to realize that
perfection's not the point. It's all wonderfully fun. That's the point!
I prefer authentic and natural, be it food, lifestyle, people. I passionately enjoy both history and science, and certainly sociology to a degree, and I am most truly a romantic.
My husband and I have been married for over forty years. We reside near Houston, Texas, surrounded by loved ones. We have a blast with our little grandchildren.
I thank God for this wonderful life.
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About TREMORS THROUGH TIME
She's made mistakes and paid the price, but
Deidre Chisolm is no quitter. She'll never again be a fool for a man, not even
her gorgeous new neighbor with his haunted eyes and strange accent. She'll be
friendly, but nothing more.
Lachlann has to go back to fourteenth-century Scotland. He can't forsake his family, his son. But when a beautiful, kind, funny lady buys the house next door, he's never been so drawn to anyone in his life. Would she believe his story? After years of struggling through nightmares and flashbacks, headaches and illiteracy, dare he ask her to help him return?
Lachlann sauntered across Deidre’s driveway just as she was locking her front door. She turned toward him, smiling. He froze. She was wearing a saffron-colored leine, or tunic, underneath a blue, fitted surcoat. He should have known! She was a woman from his own time. His heart and head began to pound as he stared at her.
“Lachlann?” Deidre’s voice reached him, soft and hesitant. “Don’t you like my costume?”
Costume. Of course, it was a costume. He struggled to regain his voice as his heart rate calmed. “It’s great,” he managed, giving himself a mental shake. Fool!
“Thank you,” she replied, her voice still uncertain. She looked at him inquiringly. “I surprised you, didn’t I? I’m sorry. I should’ve warned you. I like to wear something fairly authentic in case I run into some of my students.”
“You do look authentic.” He managed a wink. “Bonnie as well.”
She blushed. “You’ve probably seen lots of costumes like this in Scotland.”
“Not so many, and none in Texas.”
It was a wonder to him that he was still standing. Her costume, as she called it, was perfect. She might have fallen through time like himself. It was an even greater wonder that he had not yet carried her off to bed. He’d never wanted anyone as he wanted her.
Now, dressed in such a familiar manner, she suddenly seemed more tangible than ever. She looked magnificent, the clothing emphasizing her generous breasts and hips, her deep red tresses flowing freely down her back.
His mouth went dry as he wondered how he might persuade her to dress like this more often.
Their eyes met. To hell with time.
He stepped toward her.
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A Personal Interview With Anastasia
Hi, Diana. Thanks so much for hosting me!
Let’s start with your inspirational journey to publishing.
Other than British historical romances, what genre(s) would you consider writing and why?
I love romance and have written contemporary as well as my latest time travel story, which is sort of half and half. I might enjoy writing a western romance or something set in the roaring twenties. Outside of romance, I’ve thought about women’s general fiction and nonfiction. In fact, I have manuscripts waiting to be revisited.
If you were going to write a non-fiction book, what would the title be? (this is my novelist’s version of the Barbara Walters’ special question of “If you were a tree what kind would you be?”)
Hmm. Maybe something like “Texas Eden”.
What books are you reading these days?
I have several books going right now, a wonderful and rather mind-boggling combination of audio books and ebooks, mostly romance and cozy mysteries.
Tell me your favorite, most zany “when I was doing research for this novel you wouldn’t believe what I did/what happened” story:
I do A LOT of research, but so far, nothing zany has happened. I wonder if that’s good or bad?
How long, on average, does it take you to write a 100,000 word novel? What is your typical writing schedule like when you’re on deadline for a novel?
All I can say is that it takes me a long time. Eeek! Writing time is hard for me to come by.
My only full-time job was when we were first married, over forty years ago, and my husband was still at university. I worked in a health food store. I had a few other part-time jobs in those very early years. But, for the most part, I’ve been home. By nature, I’m a nester, thoroughly domestic. I just love it. I’ve enjoyed being home (home being several different places), raising my family, gardening, taking classes on and off, blogging, and working on a novel now and again.
I’m not sure that I will ever write “full-time”, but I hope I will always write.
If you could be one of the characters from any of your books, who would it be and why?
I think Deidre from Tremors Through Time. She shares my passion for history,
gardening, and the simple life. Also, she’s tall and curvaceous, which I hope
to be one day (when I grow up).
If you could jump into any book, and live in that world, which would it be?
I’m good with the present! There’s good and bad in every age and conflict in every good book. But I suppose, if I really had to choose, the British Isles during the early medieval period or France or Italy during the High Renaissance would be interesting.
Do you have a specific snack that you have with you when you write?
I don’t, but I like to have a beverage beside me – coffee, tea, wine, gin tonic, sometimes a tall glass of lemonade or water.
I have lots of favorites, but two are iconic for me: Walden by Henry David
Thoreau and Quo Vadis by Henry Sienkiewicz.
If you could meet two authors, who would you pick and why?
Gibran Khalil Gibran – He is one of my all-time favorite writers and he led a dramatic and interesting life. He was outspoken enough to have to leave his homeland, Lebanon, for the U.S. – a move which saved his life. He was an artist, poet, and writer and was ahead of his time in his support of women’s rights.
And probably George Sand. She wrote when women were discouraged to do
so, wore men’s clothes when women were stuffing themselves into corsets and crinolines,
and pretty much did what she wanted, including having an affair with Chopin.
How cool was she?
Tell us a random fact about you that we never would have guessed.
I’m a lifelong swimmer – survival classes, master swimming, all sorts! I no longer swim miles at a time as I once could. Sadly, I just don’t give it the requisite time. But I still love it.
Anything else you’d like to share with readers that I haven’t asked?
Yes, there is something because I love my readers. It has surprised me that some don’t approve the ending of Tremors Through Time. I have to say that I, an HEA fanatic, count the ending as happy! Just know that things happen for a reason.:) The characters wrote the ending – they really did! And I’m blowing virtual kisses to my readers. Thank you! I love you!
And thank you, Diana, for hosting me today!
Connect with Anastasia
Hi, Diana! I enjoyed hosting you immensely and appreciate this fun post today! Thank you so much! Wishing you a wonderful holiday season ahead! :)ReplyDelete
Glad to have you as a guest! You have a wonderful holiday season too!Delete
Wishing you continued success with the book, Anastasia!ReplyDelete
Judy, thanks so much! :)Delete
Yes! Another fan of Gibran Khalil Gibran! All the best, Anastasia! You know I loved Tremors Through Time!ReplyDelete
Thanks for visiting, Mary. Now you have me intrigued about Gibran!Delete
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Oh, Mary, it makes me glad that we also have Gibran in common! I used to count his book "Tears and Laughter" as one of my all-time favorites. It still is a favorite, but I enjoy so many of his other works that it seemed wrong to name just one.Delete
It means a lot to me that you enjoyed Tremors Through Time. Thank you, my friend!
Fascinating interview, ladies. I haven't thought of Gibran for awhile, so I'm glad you mentioned him. Read him long ago and really enjoyed his work. Italy in the Renaissance? Talk about intriguing--and dangerous! I had the pleasure of researching the de Medici family for a seminar one time in school. What political maneuverings took place!! Looking forward to your next book, my friend. I can go back to Tremors Through Time only so many times :)ReplyDelete
Thanks for visiting, Barbara. Yes, Italy in those times sure was dangerous!Delete
Love learning more about you. Maybe your readers didn't disapprove your ending, maybe they're just anxious to see the next installment because it was so wonderful! Writing time is hard when there is so much living and loving to be done!ReplyDelete