About Anita Clenney
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Anita Clenney grew up an avid reader, devouring Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys books before moving on to mysteries and romance. After working as a secretary, a Realtor, teacher’s assistant, booking agent for Aztec Fire Dancers, and a brief stint in a pickle factory (picture Lucy and Ethel–lasted half a day)…she realized she’d missed the fork in the road that led to her destiny. Now she spends her days writing mysteries and paranormal romantic suspense about powerful relics, secret warriors, ancient evil and destined love. Anita lives in suburban Virginia, outside Washington DC, with her husband and two kids. You can learn more about her writing at www.anitaclenney.com. Also find her on Facebook and Twitter.
Have you read Anita Clenneys ‘Highland Warrior Series’? If not, then you should if you enjoy fast paced action, modern day Highlanders, sizzling romance, good vs evil with a little magic thrown in. Maybe lost relics and mystery is more your style. Then give Anita Clenneys ‘Relic Seeker Series’ a try.
No. I had no idea until several years ago, but I should have since I’ve been a daydreamer all my life. When did you start writing?
February 6, 2006.What made you decide you wanted to write a book?
I love reading and had been on a reading rampage when it hit me that I wanted to write a book; the perfect book for me. Little did I know how difficult it really is to write a novel, but I was already hooked by the time I discovered that fact.
The story was inspired by a gripping dream about my young son and myself seeking help at a castle after our car broke down. The handsome owner and his companion invited us in to wait for help. They offered us lunch, and as we ate, I saw a look of pure evil pass between them and knew we weren’t guests, we were prisoners. Of course I woke up as I was plotting a terrifying escape. It took days to shake that dream, but it fueled the idea of evil hiding behind a handsome face. I had already been playing around with an idea about a warrior who was buried but not dead, so I combined the ideas, threw in some hot highlanders and evil demons and Awaken was born.When writing a series do you have a detailed overarching outline for the series plot or just let each book happen as it comes?
A little of both. I know in part where the series is going, and I have lots of notes, but with each book new possibilities come into play as the story emerges. Some of my best ideas come at the last moment.
What is your favorite part of the writing process?
Plotting, definitely. I love letting my imagination go and creating the characters and plot twists and turns.
Do you have a writing schedule?
No. Like everything else I do, that’s spontaneous. I need to change that.
What’s the best thing about writing?
Seeing my books on the shelf and hearing from readers how much they enjoy the stories. It’s humbling and amazing.
What’s the worst thing about writing?
Promoting. I don’t like pushing my books. Also it takes so much time from my family and my own reading time.
How much time is spent researching in comparison to actually writing?
My first step is just letting my imagination go and playing “what if”? Then I’ll research as I need it. Maybe a place or object, perhaps a myth. I don’t spend as much time researching as writing. Partly because I’m somewhat familiar with my material, and with paranormal I can create my own rules. But there are those times when I’m researching and I get distracted by something fascinating and when I look up two hours have passed.
How do you keep your characters separate when you write more than one series?
Each character is really their own person, kind of like your friends have their own personality. What does prove to be a problem is appearance. Eye color, hair length. I started out intending to use character sheets, which keep track of all those details, but I didn’t keep up so if I have a question now I consult the previous manuscript. I’m always checking it for small series details. I have been known to accidentally switch a name. I do a final search for my hero and heroine’s names before I submit a manuscript.
Have you ever been to Scotland?
No, but I would love to go. I’m fascinated by castles and old ruins.
What kind of books do you like to read?
I love romance, mystery, suspense, thrillers and humor. I usually have a little of each in my own stories.
Who are some of your favorite authors?
Harlan Coben, Diana Gabaldon, Janet Evanovich, and Elizabeth Peters, just to name a few.
What are your favorite things to do?
Read, bargain hunt (which means collecting things I love – jewelry, candlesticks, decor), decorate, snuggle and watch TV with hubby, watch my son play baseball, watch my daughter ride horses. And of course cuddle with Lily and Luna, my cute boxer doggies.
Any advice for someone who wants to write a novel?
Read, read, read. You need to know what kind of stories you are drawn too. Chances are, you will want to write what you love to read, and it’s helpful to see what makes a story work well (or not so well) in your eyes. Take some classes to learn the craft, and then write a story that you would want to read.
Faelan- A Highland Warrior Brief (A Novella, Book .5, Review here)
Secret warriors, Ancient evil, Destined love.
Highlander Faelan Connor was the most powerful secret warrior the clan had known, until a demon locked him in a time vault where Faelan slept for 150 years while waiting to save the world and meet his destined mate. Travel back to the 19th century and experience Faelan’s legendary journey as we discover how the Mighty Faelan gained his fame and if it’s possible that he met his mate before she was born. –Purchase on Amazon * Barnes & Noble
Awaken the Highland Warrior (Book 1)
They were driven apart by a timeless secret…
Cody MacBain let the woman of his destiny slip away. A member of an ancient clan of Scottish warriors, he grew up beside Shay Logan as her secret protector, but his heart compelled him to become more. Until Shay’s true identity was revealed, and the fated pair’s chance was gone…
But danger will drive them back into each others arms…
Shay fell for the boy next door, suspecting nothing of the ancient secrets he guarded. After a stinging betrayal, she’s determined to banish the memories of her first love forever. But the past can’t let go, and the boy she once loved has returned to her a warrior determined to protect her from the unspeakable evil fate has planned… -Purchase on Amazon * Barnes & Noble
Jamie – Shadow of a Highland Warrior (A Novella)
A hot highland warrior, a feisty FBI agent, two nosy old ladies, and a mysterious cat that may not actually be a cat get caught up in a deadly but hilarious assassination attempt on the President. -See on Goodreads
Angus – A Highland Warrior Brief (A Novella, Book 2.5)
Highland warrior Angus Connor lives in a world filled with danger and mystery, but the secret he’s just discovered could destroy the woman he loves and stretch the boundaries of time. –Purchase on Amazon * Barnes & Noble
Heart of a Highland Warrior (Book 3, Review here)
A bloodthirsty evil stalks the Connor Clan…
Brave, beautiful, and haunted by her past, demon hunter Anna MacKinley will do anything to help the Connors. Under divine orders, the headstrong warrior travels the world, slaying demons and vampires. When she stumbles upon a hidden stone fortress while searching for her clan’s lost Book of Battles, dark forces swiftly imprison her—and she discovers her cell mate is a gorgeous Scottish warrior who has no memories, but looks strikingly familiar.
And only a secret from the past can win the day…and her heart.
The warriors of the centuries-old Connor Clan search for their missing time-vault and the powerful relic within. What they find is a grave…and a kilt-clad body they fear is the long-lost Tavis Connor. But there may yet be more to the Highland warrior’s fate than a pile of bones. Desperate to save his brother and his clan’s Book of Battles from a demon hell-bent on destruction, Tavis begins a 150-year quest that will end in modern-day New York. But when he wakes, he discovers he’s the one in need of help. His only hope of rescue is a bonny lass who claims to be a warrior. A warrior waging war on demons…and his heart.
Relic Seekers Series
Guardians of Stone (Book 1)
A feisty heroine with a sixth sense, and two sexy heroes, a mercenary and a dark, reclusive billionaire are on a hunt for four powerful relics that could change their lives…and the course of history. -Purchase on Amazon * Barnes & Noble
Fountain of Secrets (Book 2)
A relics expert with a nose for mystery is on a quest to find four powerful relics protected by an ancient brotherhood. Relics expert Kendall Morgan is a human bloodhound, with a sexy billionaire boss and a bad ass bodyguard who would kill to protect her…and to win her heart.
Kendall Morgan puts her sixth sense back to work in the second book of the Relic Seekers series, divining the history and location of ancient relics. Her boss, the gorgeous billionaire Nathan Larraby, sends her to Italy to safeguard a priceless treasure belonging to the Protettori, an ancient order of monks who guard four powerful relics that Nathan believes may be the cure for his dark curse. He also sends brooding mercenary Jake Stone to watch Kendall’s back—although her back isn’t all Jake has his eye on. -Purchase on Amazon * Barnes & Noble
The Lost Chalice (Book 3)
(This book will be available on February 10, 2014. You can pre-order on Amazon now.)
Adrenaline-fueled adventure and epic romance mix seamlessly in the third installment of Relic Seekers series.
Relic hunter and archaeology expert Kendall Morgan has a lot on her mind. After finding the Fountain of Youth—and discovering that Nathan, her handsome billionaire boss, might actually be her long-lost childhood love—she could really use some time to think. Except a two-thousand-year-old Protettori guardian has just teleported into her bathroom, desperate for help.
The Reaper, an ancient and sinister being consumed with finding the world’s most powerful relics, is after the Holy Grail. Now Kendall must use her sixth sense to find it first. With both Nathan and her brooding bodyguard, Jake, by her side, Kendall sets out to find the lost chalice in a dangerous quest that will test her abilities, her heart, and everything she thought she knew.
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