Monday, January 30, 2012

Author Interview and Howl Giveaway

I had the pleasure to interview Annalise Grey the author of Howl. It was so much fun interviewing her and she was nice enough to do a giveaway of 5 ebooks of Howl also. Howl was an awesome book and a must read for wolf lovers.
See my review here

Above is a picture of Annalise and here is a little bio on her:Pennsylvania native, dreamer, explorer. I write because I like talking to the voices in my head. They are (usually) good company. I love to travel (when I have the $ for it). My family is everything to me.

Here's our interview. I loved doing this interview as I loved this book and can't wait for the second book.

What made you want to become an author?
My parents are both writers - historical non-fiction - and I've been writing poetry and short stories since I was a kid. About two years ago I started Howl as a short story. It was to be a birthday present for my oldest sister but before I knew what happened it became more like a novella and then morphed into what I have today. That experience is really what re-ignited my writing.

I loved the character of Sophie. Was she inspired by anyone?
She wasn't inspired by any one person per se. When I was writing her I kept going back to who I was at 19. I thought I knew so much, I could take care of my own, I wanted my freedom. But I was so young and naive in many ways. I made stupid decisions, messed up, and had to learn from my mistakes. I love that Sophie does that, too. She isn't perfect and she is very sheltered in a way. But as her story goes on she grows and has to learn to accept her self and actions.

What was the hardest part of this story for you to write?
The hardest part for me was the rewrites/edits. The initial draft was much easier because I just wanted to get the story laid out. But the editing and rewriting was so hard because I knew where I wanted it to go but to get it polished meant reading as if I were brand new to the story. It is hard to look at your own work as a new reader would. That was difficult!

What are you reading right now?
I'm about to start The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society for a book group I belong to on Goodreads. I just finished The Matchmaker's Mark by Regan Black which I loved.

What are your favorite genres to read?
Young Adult Paranormal Romance, Fantasy, some Science Fiction, Historical.... I have too many favorites!

What made you want to write in this genre?
This is probably the one I read the most and the one I feel the most comfortable writing. I wish I were more tech-creative because I'd love to write Science Fiction but I'm just not able to. :(

Ok you know my next question but I loved this book so much and the character of Sophie when will we get book 2?
You made my whole week with this question!!! I'm working on two books right now - a sequel to Howl and another YA Paranormal book - while also going to grad school. I'm hoping to have both books finished by the end of summer. As long as my school work isn't too time-intensive, I should be good to go.

I hope you loved this interview and don't forget to enter the giveway to get a copy of Howl a must read. Seriously you will love this book. Thanks again to Annalise for stopping by for me to interview her.

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Icequeen said...

Who designed the cover of Howl?

Annalise said...

Hello Icequeen!

I found the photo on It is called "Waiting Stars" by ElenaVizerskaya. I spent forever looking for a picture that fit my story and when I found this one, I flipped! I fell in love right away!


Eileen said...

Great interview! This sounds like an awesome book! I'm stopping by from Hollow Readers and I also have a tour stop with an interview and giveaway! Check it out at Have a nice day!

Frishawn Rasheed said...

Stopping by from Hollow Tours. Great site and wonderful reviews.
Stop by my site and check some things out.
I have a giveaway that starts tomorrow!

Tt said...

What made you want to write a book about werewolf?

Awesome interview Shieka!

Shy said...

Thanks for all the ladies stopping by. This book was really awesome and I love that it is getting Annalise more attention. Tell all your friends about it.

Annalise said...

Hey Tt,

My husband and I were checking out the Allegheny National Forest online one night (we were bored!) and as we were talking about it, I said to him "Man if I were a werewolf I'd live there" because it covers a huge portion of our state (PA) and is protected land. Within a few days this idea for a werewolf story popped into my head and I started writing it down. But I never thought it would be a book.

Sissy (my sister who I wrote it for) and I are big fans of vampire books like Twilight and The Southern Vampire Series. So as I was fleshing out the story I figured I'd write it for her as a birthday gift since probably nobody else would ever want to read it.

And then it just grew and grew and grew. Now Sissy has a book dedicated to her and I have no idea how to top this gift next birthday. :P

druidgirl said...

Great interview, sounds like a great read. You gotta love those werewolves

Pen to Paper said...

What are your favourite supernatural creatures?

Dani @ Pen to Paper

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