Please Welcome the Awesome Anya Breton!
Anya’s got a new release – well, technically, she’s got like three, but today, she’s here to talk about Guarded Heart and also a little bit about her self because I ask nosy questions. (And I also use a lot of commas.)
But first, let’s find out a little about Guarded Heart and then the nosy questions!
o Do you have any collections?
§ I collect rubber chickens of all sizes. I have little baby, 1 inch long chickens and some larger ones that hang from my rear view mirror. Looking for my car? Just find the chickens!
o Are there any skills you’d like to learn?
§ I’d love to learn how to play stringed instruments like the cello or violin
o What’s your favorite word?
o What’s your least favorite word?
o What sound do you love?
§ Stringed instruments
o What sound do you hate?
o What’s your favorite curse word?
§ Christ on a cracker
o Dog or cat person?
o Buffy, Angel or Firefly?
o Morning or night person?
o Introvert or Extrovert?
o What do you like best about writing?
o Creating the characters and endings I want.
o What do you like least?
o Do you have a day job aside from writing?
o Unfortunately, yes. I do web stuff.
Book Related Questions
1. I’m always interested in the world building involved in paranormal stories. What can you tell us about Neptune’s Rangers?
a. When building my world, I decided I needed more roles in the magical community than just regular witches and their leaders (priests/priestesses). So I came up with Clerics, Rangers, and Cleaners (borrowing a few D&D terms :D).
Rangers are badass private security. They only appear when called on. They can root out the bad element, provide protection, and even punish those who broke the rules. I envisioned Rangers for each “school” of magic. However, Rangers might work with any flavor of witch.
2. Are there any characters in this book (or any other book) that you strongly identify with, and why?
a. I identify with Brook. I become more cynical every year 😉
3. Are there other books in this series either released or upcoming? Do/Will they deal with the other elements?
a. I have several books that take place in this same world as Guarded Heart. So in that, it’s kind of like a series. The other Ellora’s Cave books feature Air witches. My Sorceress urban fantasy series features the heads of all the covens. And Fire & Flame is a story about Fire witches.
4. What draws you to writing about magic users in general and these characters in particular?
a. It’s not so much the magic that I like writing about. It’s the society built around it. I’ve created several layers of prejudice, obligation, and even class distinction. I like being able to play with these themes outside of the society we actually live in.
5. Bonus question: I see you’re a nail polish junkie, and this fellow junkie wants to know what your favorite brands are.
a. I have so many bottles of polish by different brands (Julep, Essie, China Glaze, etc) but the ORLY bottles end up getting used more than any of the others. So I’d say they’re my favorite J For decent, super cheap polish, I’d go with Color Show by Maybelline. You can get those for $3 or less.