Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Anya Bast, The Lady and The Author
Hi all! In case you don’t know me, I’ll introduce myself. I’m the author of over twenty eight works of fiction, mostly all spicy (or erotic) paranormal romance. I write for Ellora’s Cave, Harlequin Spice, Berkley Sensation & Heat and Samhain. Most recently I’ve contracted a dark fantasy short story with Morrigan Books.
Only two of the works of fiction I’ve written have been non-paranormal contemporary romance. I like to write contemporary, however I feel the pull of fantasy a bit more and I always have. In school I was the kid in the back of the class doodling unicorns in the margins of my notebook. I am, by my innate nature, quiet and very introspective. I have always created worlds and characters in my head and writing fantasy/paranormal provides me with an outlet to share them with others. It’s my goal to give my readers a trip to a faraway and distant place for a little while. Little mini vacations to Otherworlds.
I am the mother to one gorgeous little girl who is the absolute light of my life. I’m a wife. I’m an animal lover. All the animals in the neighborhood have us marked on their map as SUCKER. We have eight cats, one dog and two rabbits, all but a couple of them rescues. It’s a good thing we live in the country.
After they meet me, most people can’t believe I write what I write. I come off as very nice and sweet (well, I think I actually AM nice and sweet. LOL) and some of my fiction can be quite hot. My poetry professor in college would repeatedly say, after he read my poems, that I had a rich inner life. I would say that’s true. Readers often say of my Elemental Witches series that there’s nothing else on the market like it. It’s original and different. I reply that it’s my bizarre brain that makes it so. ;)
The Chosen Sin is no exception to original and different. Essentially the book is about a crackdown on a vampire cult in space. That’s the external story. The internal story, the romance, is between Daria and Alejandro. Daria was duped and used by the villain of the tale in a highly damaging way. As a result she lives only to take him down. Emotionally, she’s built high walls up around herself to prevent it from happening again.
When she finally has a shot to take down the villain, it comes with a pretty hefty price tag. She’ll have to become a Chosen (a vampire) to do it. The man who turns her and gets her into the villain’s compound is Alejandro Martinez, a Chosen with whom she has a heated past. Alejandro is the only man she’s met who has the ability to break down all those walls she’s built up and she doesn’t want that.
But Alejandro has different ideas.
Ultimately the book is about the light and darkness that exists in all of us and the lengths we might go to obtain revenge. It’s about intimacy and finding love even when you’re terrified of being hurt. Because who isn’t afraid of that? Who hasn’t closed down and turned away in the face of risking yourself on an intimate level? I don’t think many people can say they’ve never done it.
Wow, I’ve prattled on for a whole two pages!
If you do pick up The Chosen Sin, I would love to know what you think of it. Drop me an email sometime. Anyabast (at) gmail.com
Soon it will be Halloween! Samhain for some. We dress up, attend Halloween parties and take our daughter trick-or-treating. Samhain is a time to think about those in our life who have passed on. So I also light candles and spare a few thoughts for those who I’ve lost in my life.
How are you planning to celebrate Halloween? Make sure and leave an email addy with your comment and at the end of the day I will pick one lucky winner to receive a copy of "The Chosen Sin".