Please welcome Anne to our blog - who is also our Author of the Month! She talks inspiration and the most romantic thing anyone has ever done for her!
What’s your name and where do you come from?
My name is Anne Conley, and I grew up in Houston, but currently I live in a small town in East Texas.
Tell us a bit about your latest release.
My latest novel is Falling For Heaven, a paranormal romance. Heather is a classically trained dancer, who has resorted to exotic dancing as a means to an end. Uri is Uriel, the archangel of destiny, sent to earth to show people their destinies. He has been sent to Heather, but hasn't been told why. When the Boss finally explains that Heather is Uri's destiny, he's shocked at first. When he gets to know her, though, her realizes that she's a light in the darkness, and he sees exactly what it means to fall.
Where do you get your inspiration from?
I get inspired by lots of things. I have a romantically inclined nine-year old daughter, who is a remarkable sounding board. My husband also has given me some wonderful ideas. In fact, the idea to write a series of novels about the archangels was his, although I don't believe he meant for me to take them in the direction they're currently going…I also get inspiration from music that I listen to. I get lots of ideas while I'm driving around town, looking at people and things. Anytime I'm still, I'm thinking of stories, some are good, and some aren't.
What’s your biggest turn on?
I have a thing for powerful arms…Ropy, veiny forearms make me all warm and gooey. Especially when they are set off by a tight, black tee shirt.
If you couldn’t be an author, what would your ideal career be?
*sheepish* I've always wanted to be a circus clown. I even know how to make balloon animals.
Do you have a favourite character from your books? Why are they your favourite?
Dalton from Dream On is my favourite, today. He's strong, sexy, slightly irreverent, but still wants to do the right thing, like pleasing his women. Ask me again tomorrow, and it may be someone else. I'm fickle like that.
What’s the most romantic thing anyone has ever done for you?
I got a heart-shaped potato for Valentine's Day from a boyfriend in high school. Just kidding, that's not the most romantic, but it did happen. When I didn't show the right amount of excitement, he went to the store and bought me roses.
No, the most romantic thing that someone's done, was when my husband and I moved into our first house. Neither one of us had much money for decorating and landscaping and such, so when I said something about wanting flowers in the front flowerbed, my husband went out into the field behind our house and dug up all of the wildflowers in it, and replanted them in our flowerbed. So, when I came home from work, I was greeted by a colourful display of Black-Eyed Susans. They were beautiful. The next day, a neighbour stopped by, wondering why in the world we'd planted a bunch of weeds in our beds. I just smiled sweetly, and told her that my husband had planted them for me, weren't they lovely? It shut her up.What do you do to unwind and relax?
I play with my kids' Wii when they're not at home. Just Dance 4 is the best way to relax, take my mind of stressful things, and get my blood pumping. And it makes me feel awesome.
Is there any erotic scenarios you wouldn’t write about?
Only scenarios that I don't know much about, like the BDSM culture. I just don't know enough about that to feel comfortable writing about it. I would like to learn more, so maybe that will change in the future.
Is the stuff you write about from experience or mostly imagination?
Both. Most of my writing is based on experience, with a little of "what I wished had happened" thrown in. Real life is better than fiction, any day. Especially mine. I've had a range of experiences to draw upon, and I've always loved watching people. In college, I was the girl that sat in the corner with a beer and watched everybody. I still do that to some extent.
What do you do when you’re not writing?
I am a stay at home mom with two children. I also raise goats. My mother is seventy-six years old. When I'm not writing, I'm cleaning, cooking, tending goats, raising kids, working on my mom's honey-do list, or spending time with my husband. Not particularly in that order. I also manage to support a healthy facebook addiction.I am a writer, goat farmer, mom, wife, daughter, and complete flake (at times). I am disorganized, and my life is chaotic, but when I sit down to write, all of my experiences make sense. Life is a journey, and I can't sit and wait for it to come to me. I have been a teacher, a sales rep, a telemarketer, a customer service rep, slum-lord, and home repairman. I didn't do any of those things well. What I do well, is people. People are fun, and I enjoy meeting (and watching) as many as possible.
Uriel is one of God's Four Winds, the Archangel of Destiny. He has helped thousands of people throughout the ages find their destiny according to His will. This time however, what he doesn't realize, is that it's his own destiny he's supposed to fulfill. Heather is an exotic dancer, who's stage name is Heaven. It's not that that's what she's always wanted to do, it's just that it helps her pay the bills, and she's got a lot of bills, with taking care of her mother and her sister. When the mysterious Uriel comes into the club, she can tell he's different, just how different will rock her world...