Interview with Aneesa Price
author of Ghosts & Lovers:
Questions: R. Murry
Can you tell me a little about yourself?
I live, read and write romance. I have my own ‘happily ever after’ (although we worked for it) with my husband and two princesses. We currently reside in Johannesburg, South Africa, the largest metropolitan area on the African continent.
I first worked as an intern psychologist and after a stint as a therapist I left psychology for the corporate world. There I climbed up the ladder to become a Senior Change Consultant, which is what I now do as my ‘day job’.
My journey as an indie writer was born of extreme dissonance and needing to be more creative in my work. I played around with the idea of opening up a patisserie but thank goodness, one day I sat down and just wrote. It was love at first sight.
Do you remember the first story you wrote?
I only wrote once before and this was in Junior High. It was a fantasy, which is about all I can remember. Then in the next year, I moved schools as racial segregation was coming to an end in South Africa and I was so busy adjusting that I didn’t quite pick up the pen again – instead I baked and read – A LOT.
I believe the time wasn’t right for me to begin writing in earnest then. I needed to experience and overcome the many challenges that life threw at me. This past, as well as the privilege I had as a therapist of encountering the pasts of others, deeply colors my writing.
Were you inspired by someone or something?
My life inspires me as does my loves… they inspire me in all that I do. I often don’t know exactly what plants an idea seed but I do know that I put who I am into my writing. Not in the autobiographical sense but things I value, things I’ve felt, seen, heard or observed in others.
The odd thing is that since I’ve begun writing, my subconscious is quieter, more content. I used to have many vivid and sometimes nightmarish dreams but when I write, I sleep the restful sleep of darkness.
What do you like about writing a story?
It just feels right. I could go for endless hours without moving an inch when I press my laptop keys. It doesn’t feel like work, it isn’t hard to do and it seems as natural as loving my children. I accept it as a part of who I am and who I’ve belatedly discovered that I need to be.
Can you tell us about your books?
I wanted to create ways of making my work more accessible, so I combined the two novels and one novella that I wrote this year into The Romance Collection: 3 in 1 Christmas 2012 Special Edition. Not the most exciting title but I reckon that the holidays are exciting enough and I so wanted a Christmas themed book cover, which it has.
This book contains Coffin Girls, Finding Promise and Ghosts & Lovers: First Confession. I’ve also added 4 bonus recipes from my pantry so to speak referred to in the book as Love Romance, Love Food.
My books are written for adults who believe in happy endings and who want a realistic journey where the road to that ending has inter- and intrapersonal challenges for the main characters to overcome.
What genre best fits for the book?
Ghosts & Lovers: First Confession is an experiment that I approached with trepidation and ended up loving. Here, I didn’t do any research until halfway through writing it. And it is a huge departure for me at least in that it is written in the first person, set in South Africa and is short. It is ultimately about love, marriage and desire with a paranormal twist.
Are you working on something new at the moment?
I’ve begun writing the second installment of the Coffin Girls series but I’m taking this one slowly by design – I need this one to surprise and delight too. I owe it to the Coffin Girls fans.
Do you have any tips for aspiring writers?
Do your research, write from the heart, write with your readers in mind and carry on writing until you finish the work.
Edit your work many, many times and if you can afford it (I seriously recommend this), hire an editor.
Read, have an open mind and heart and watch and listen. Our world is beautiful and strange and the reality of it often offers much to amuse, delight or make our eyes mist.
Where can people go to read your work?
I had my work available on all the major online retailers but I mostly sold books through amazon. I’m thus now experimenting and seeing if exclusive publication through amazon would be beneficial. I have to review this in February next year.
Here is my amazon author page link where my books are all listed:
Do you have anything to add?
I’m a writer, we always have a lot to say *grin*.
I welcome new connections with humble appreciation. Lovers of romance, fans of my books or other writers and reviewers are welcome to connect with me via the social networking sites.
Here are details:
Aneesa Price – Sugary, Spicy Reads (author and reviewer page on Facebook):
Aneesa Price’s Fabulous Fan Club (on Facebook):
When I host giveaway or release events, I always announce it on the Fan Club wall and Sugary, Spicy Reads. I also do ad hoc giveaways for Fan Club members only.
I would like to, if I may, end off by extending my sincere gratitude to the many fantastic friends and readers who support me by reading my work and who encourage me to continue on this writing journey. Thank you too to Mary-Nancy Cody Smith for the amazing editing job on Ghosts & Lovers: First Confession and for her support and belief in me. Thank you to Carrie Fort and Mary-Nancy for surprising me with the Fan Club and for administering it.