Before we get into specifics about her book, KISSES AND CHAINS, I’ve got some questions for Ann.
What can you share with the readers about yourself?
I started writing when I was in school. My first push to writing stories came with Star Wars. I loved the story, but there were only three movies. So I created more…
What drew you to being a writer, other than loving Star Wars?
My teachers at school encouraged me to write more than the usual interpretations of classic works or essays as homework. Although my stories back then were truly not brilliant, I had a teacher who offered to proofread them. He told me much about writing, styles, and character creation. I owe him a lot.
Do you have a muse?
Oh, yes! My muse works with me on every novel, from the first idea to the last scenes. She is the one who checks for logical breaks or brings in funny moments. And she never shies away from any subject.
Your muse sounds very helpful. Do you do anything special to get in the mood to write?
I love to write in the morning when no one else is around. It’s easier during winter time when it’s dark and cold. Then a nice place at the PC with the view through the window is great. In summer, I want to be outdoors, even in the morning. That’s the time of year when I need a push to write at all.
I, too, have a difficult time writing when my draw is to be outside in nice weather. How do you come up with a story line?
An idea hits me and I play it around in my mind. If it’s worth a thought more, I speak with my muse about it. Sometimes a story develops, sometimes we drop the idea because the story line is too thin.
What are you currently working on for your next book?
In my current work, I’ve come to a scene where I need a really good turn in the story, a solution that must be surprising and elegant. Since such an idea has not yet shown up, the work rests. So I’m spending time proofreading the last finished work that has yet to be contracted.
I understand about getting temporarily stuck on a project. It helps to work on something else until you figure out the answer you needed.
What was the most challenging book that you’ve written?
I wrote a historical romance with five different story lines to follow. I needed a complete overview where the characters stayed and how much time they needed to ride from one town to the other. I worked with maps and read a lot about traveling on horseback. In the end, all the people had to meet in one place and, yes, that was a challenge!
I’ve written historical novels, too, and understand how difficult it can be getting certain elements in the story to work. Definitely challenging.
How did you come up with the title of your latest book?
KISSES AND CHAINS was very fitting because the main character lives through the ordeal of being a prisoner to become the heroine’s lover. They escape together, but that’s only the beginning of their problems.
What was your favorite scene in KISSES AND CHAINS?
My first idea was the escape of the main character, Shian, from his pursuer. I had the scene in my mind and I wrote it down one evening. It came out just the way I wanted and this was a great feeling!
I understand how wonderful a feeling it is too basically get lucky writing a particular scene.
Do you have a favorite character in KISSES AND CHAINS, and why?
It didn’t happen for the first time that a side character developed into a leading character. I’m not sure that I directed this development. The assistant of the local owner of all the workers, Draneiki, is at first very dedicated to his employer, but changes to a man with a different view on the events taking place around him. He becomes a critic, but still cannot deny who he is–not a hero, that’s for sure, but a man to be liked and respected.
Ann, thanks for sharing some thoughts about writing KISSES AND CHAINS with us. Now we can get into the specifics of the book.
KISSES AND CHAINS
By Ann Raina
Release date: 03/01/2015
Publisher: eXtasy Books
BUY LINK: Extasy Books
On the run, Shian takes a spaceship to Radavé, not knowing that his life will be turned upside down. Culma Verde, a headhunter, is on his heels and known to never give up. Can his new love Keila help Shian out?
Shian wanted to embrace her, but the chains did not allow it. He cursed without words. The restrictions reminded him every minute that he was nothing but a piece of Delion’s valuable collection.
Keila sighed. “So I sit here on the estate of my father, wait for the right man, and until that happens, I have not much to do.” She put away the glass and caressed Shian’s face. She smiled through sadness. “I should not bring this upon you. I’ve been bored and frustrated for a long time. You’ve brought some light back to my life. So you’d better forget what I said.”
“I guess I understand you better than you think. You sit in a cage, too, and don’t know how to escape. It’s just that you don’t wear the chains in the open.”
Keila kissed him tenderly, playing her tongue in his mouth. When he went along, she slipped from the couch to get closer and the kiss got wilder.
“I want you,” she whispered. “I wanted you from the first day. I haven’t felt so alive for a long time.”
“But I’m not allowed to—”
“I know, but I want you. Please, Shian, please.”
Shian had never been asked more nicely, but still her father’s threat rang in his ears. He should not try and get closer to any woman, especially not the most valuable firstborn daughter. Get your hands off her! That’s madness!
When he didn’t respond, Keila drew back.
“It’s not that I don’t want you,” he confessed quietly, looking down at the chains holding him. “But I’m not out for castration if your father finds us.”
“You are right.” She licked her lips and a mischievous smile played around the corners of her mouth. She was blushing and looked very lovely. “I have to make better preparations.”
She put a finger on his lips. “I will find a way.”
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Ann Raina lives and works in Germany. Besides writing, riding is one of her favorite hobbies. She loves to be outdoors and enjoy the woods in her region. She’s also a gardener and a baker if time allows. With eXtasy Books, she has published eight novels so far, and a new erotic romance is a work in progress.