About Anita Louise:
Anita’s husband comes from a large and loving family of nine children, and they were the inspiration for the Adler Family Series. She’s always been an avid reader of love stories, and her passion for romance found another outlet when she discovered how much fun it was to write about her own smart and sexy heroes and heroines.
She is also an ardent and devoted student of personal development. Weaving the life changing principles that guided her to the love of her life and to a happy marriage is an important aspect of all of her books.
Anita was born in Louisiana, but grew up and still lives in Michigan with her husband and Maggie (a well-loved and spoiled kitty, who thinks she owns the place). Feeding the birds outside is fun for everyone in the family – including Maggie.
What inspires you to write?
I’ve always been a reader, and romance novels have been my book of choice for most of my life. I am inspired by my family and friends, as well as both established and new authors.
Having a positive impact on my reader’s lives is a big reason I chose to start writing. With that in mind, I like to have an underlying theme to my novels. So far, I’ve touched on nudity, spousal abuse, special needs children, and date rape. In my next book, we’ll be exploring the near-death experience.
Tell us about your writing process.
I think all good writers were first avid readers. Not only do I write every day, I also read every day. Since I am writing a series about a large family, I draw on the personalities of the siblings and parents to bring the people in my books to life. The career of the main characters and their background helps me to put myself in their shoes—to think like they think, to feel like they feel. When my emotions are touched by reading what I’ve written, I know I’ve done a good job.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Absolutely! The people in my books become my friends. Of course there are also those who show up that aren’t the kinds of people I would choose to keep in my life. (Every book has to have at least one “bad” guy or gal – right?) It’s always interesting when I think the plot is going to go a certain way, but someone in the story decides not to stick to the script!
What advice would you give other writers?
I think all good writers were first avid readers. Whatever genre you choose, it should be one about which you’re passionate. Write at least a little every day. Find a good editor and make sure your book is as mistake free as possible before publishing. In today’s world, you have to learn how to market and promote your work. If you love to write and are writing about something you love, there are people out there who will want to read it. Have faith and keep on writing!
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I decided to self-publish because I personally know someone who did very well and even made the New York Times Bestseller list as a self-published author. (Her Last Letter by Nancy C. Johnson) In addition, I’ve become aware of several authors who had publishers and dropped them. In my opinion, the days of having an agent and/or a publisher who takes care of everything for a new author to make them successful are all but gone. More and more of the responsibility for marketing is being left to the author.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I truly believe that self-publishing and promoting is the wave of the future in the book industry. The sales of eBooks are far outnumbering those of physical books. It is my opinion that audiobook sales will continue to increase. Those long, slow drives to and from work while stuck in traffic are made much easier by listening to a good book!
What do you use?: Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer
What genres do you write?: Romance, Contemporary romance, Erotic romance (Romantica), Inspirational romance
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print
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