About Anna Santos:
Anna Santos is an up-and-coming New Adult author with an impressive number of followers who builds worlds of undeniable beauty, with witty and enchanting characters.
Anna always keeps her readers on their toes with her adrenaline-fueled adventures, suspense-filled cliffhangers, and steamy love scenes.
When she isn’t writing, Anna is considering plot twists for her next novel or delving into the world of her favorite authors.
What inspires you to write?
The stories just unfold in my head. I’m a daydreamer. I don’t look for inspiration, inspiration follows me, and sometimes it can be hard to function in the real world because I can only find some peace when I’m writing and I put to paper an idea that’s been fighting to get out and be written.
Tell us about your writing process.
I’m really organized, but everything happens inside my head. I have my chapters all in order and I know what will happen next. I scribble a lot on paper, then I type it on a computer, but sometimes everything I wrote previously changes and becomes something else. I have a lot of notebooks with chapters from several stories. I use them when I get the urge to write, so I write it down on paper so I don’t forget, and so I can type it to a computer when I have time.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
My characters have their own personalities and they normally chat a lot inside my head. When I write, they are the ones who decide where the story goes not me. I can have an idea of what I want, but all may change depending on how my characters evolve and take over my story.
I do not talk to myself out loud. But my mind is always filled with dialog, stories, and new ideas or the new chapters that I want to write, meaning my characters and I have a close relationship.
What advice would you give other writers?
Well, if you have a story to write then write it. Don’t worry about if people will like it or not, if you like it then write it. However, do not neglect the power of a professional editor and try to have beta-readers to tell you what they honestly think about what you write.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I joined a free writing website and I started to write in a foreigner language for the first time because I always wanted to be a writer and I needed to prove myself that I could do this. There aren’t many writing opportunities in my own country and there are a lot more people reading in English. Since then I wrote a lot of books in English and I had a lot of followers begging me to publish my stories. Because I wasn’t a native speaker/writer I didn’t feel comfortable about selling my stories without proper editing and I couldn’t afford to pay a professional editor. So I searched for a publishing house that had editors and wanted to sign a contract with me. I found Booktrope, I honestly didn’t have to look very far because they replied to me three weeks after I sent my query letter. Even if there were some ups and downs, I finally managed to release the first of my books and I’m currently waiting for a second one to come out and I couldn’t be happier about it because it’s been a wild ride, but it’s a dream come true!
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think that people are deciding what they want to read based on their preferences and not what the traditional publishing houses tell them they should, therefore a lot of self-published authors are having huge success. I also like the idea of a hybrid type of author as I am. Booktrope innovates and helps authors who have good online presence and good stories to publish with the quality of a real publishing house because they provide professional editors and cover designers, and also marketing managers. It’s also a lot easier to have a publishing house behind us, but there are a lot of authors who self-publish because they don’t want intermediaries between them and their readers. I love to talk to my readers and followers, my online presence and my Wattpad profile allows me to do that. I think readers want to connect with their favorite authors, they want to have more choice and they want to be able to read more and save money and eBooks allows them that. So eBooks are still the future, and Indie authors will continue to thrive.
What do you use?: Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?: Paranormal Romance, Young Adult, Romance, Fantasy
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print
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