Today I have the honor of bringing to you USA Today and New York Times best selling author Anita Clenney. Anita writes Paranormal Romance and Romantic Suspense stories. She has worked in a pickle factory (picture Lucy and Ethel, hair nets and all–lasted half a day), a preschool, booked shows for Aztec Fire Dancers, been a Secretary, Executive Assistant, and a Realtor. When she found Mr. Right, the two multiplied into a family of four. She lives with her family in Virginia, not far from Washington, DC, where they are slaves to a white Boxer named Lily, who thinks the family lives and breathes to buy new stuff for her to chew up. Please help me welcome Anita toThat’s What I’m Talking About. And find out how you can win her latest release at the end of this interview.
Anita: Thanks so much for having me here. I love connecting with readers about books.
Twimom: Embrace the Highland Warrior is the second book in your Highland Warrior series. How much and what kind of research did you do for your books?
Anita: The first book, Awaken the Highland Warrior, required the most research since it was the foundation for the series. I love Google and found most of what I needed there. The trouble is, I get distracted when I’m researching. I’ll find myself following links and forgetting why I was there in the first place.
Twimom: Your stories also bring in demons to the mix. What are your inspirations for the series? – other than men in kilts, which is a given!
Anita: Ha, I’m trying to get my husband to wear a kilt. 🙂 I’ve always been intrigued by mysterious, unexplained things, and also by the magic of the male/female attraction. This series brings both elements together.
Twimom: The third book in the series, Unleash the Highland Warrior, is due out next spring. Can you tell us a bit more about that story and the future of your series?
Anita: Unleash will have an element of time travel, like Awaken did, and it will be a poignant, intense ride. Without giving too much away, something happens in book three that I’ve never written before. These highland warriors feel as if they’re part of my family. I would love to tell all their stories.
Twimom: Do you have any other series and/or books in the works that you would like to tell us about?
Anita: I’m plotting out another paranormal series. No warriors or demons in this one.
Twimom: I always like to ask authors about their reading habits… What types of books do you enjoy reading? What was your favorite read during so far in 2011?
Anita: Since I love both romance and mysteries, I love to read a combination of both. Diana Gabaldon is one of my favorite authors. I finished the last book in her Outlander series, AN ECHO IN THE BONE in 2011. Loved it and I’m dying for the next in the series. Hurry Diana!
Twimom: What upcoming 2011/2012 releases are you most excited to read?
Anita: I can’t remember what Diana’s release date is, but I hope it’s by 2012.
Twimom: Anita, once again thank you so much for taking the time to tell my readers a little bit about yourself and your writing. It was wonderful chatting with you.
Anita: Thanks for having me. It was a blast.
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GIVEAWAY: I have two (2) copies (two winners) of Embrace the Highland Warrior to giveaway here at That’s What I’m Talking About. Thank you to Sourcebooks (www.sourcebooks.com) for sponsoring the giveaway of Anita’s newest release. To enter, please leave a comment and your email at the end of the REVIEW of Embrace the Highland Warrior or this interview with Anita Clenney. One entry per person. Winners are restricted to US and Canada mailing addresses, only. Contest open from November 1, 2011 until Friday November 4, 2011 at 9:00 PM EDT. Two (2) winners will be selected from the comment entries using random.org. As always, you do not need to be a google friends connect follower, but it is appreciated.