April 26, 2009

Annie Solomon Q & A, One Deadly Sin Blog Tour and Giveaway

WINNERS: Janet in Idaho, Renee in Washington, Rachael in Missouri, Kim in Illinois and Linda in Texas

I am happy to welcome Annie Solomon to Reading With Monie. Please be sure to visit the blogs listed below for more info on Annie and One Deadly Sin plus a chance you win your own copy.


Revenge. Edie Swann has hungered for it since she fled her hometown as a little girl. Now she's returned, ready for payback. Armed with a list of names, she leaves each one a chilling sign that they have blood on their hands. Her father's blood. What happens next turns her own blood cold: one by one, the men she's targeted start dying.

Sheriff Holt Drennen knows Edie is hiding something. She has a haunted look in her eyes and a defiant spirit, yet he can't believe she's a murderer. As the body count rises and all evidence points to Edie, Holt is torn between the town he's sworn to protect and the woman he's come to desire. But nothing is what it seems. Long buried secrets begin to surface, and a killer won't be satisfied until the sins of the past are paid in full--this time with Edie's blood.



1. Do you base any of your characters on people you know?

Sometimes. In fact, the character of Hally Butene in One Deadly Sin is based on someone I know and admire. I think everything a writer produces is based on who or what they know. An author’s personal experience informs all her work, even if indirectly. It’s what gives each writer their “voice.”

2. What actress would you choose to play Edie in the movie version of One Deadly Sin?

Great question. I haven’t thought about casting my books in a while. Let’s see…Edie is a bit of a wild woman. She’s a Harley-riding, tattoo-sporting bartender with no permanent address. Definitely not a princess type. It’s got to be someone dark-haired, someone who could be tough yet vulnerable. The only movie actor I can come up with is Angelina Jolie because she’s certainly proven herself as a bad girl on screen. But everyone probably casts her in their movies, so let’s think a little farther afield. Lena Headey of the Sarah Connor Chronicles would be great. Or, how about Evangeline Lilly from Lost? She’s a little young, though. But she can sure turn on the vulnerability. And, of course, I have to include my personal fave, Claudia Black from Farscape and Stargate, SG-1, although she’s my top pick for the heroine of my RITA-winning book, Blackout.

3. Do you schedule your writing time daily or do you just write when the ideas come?

You can’t wait for the ideas to come, you have to write every day. It’s like a muscle that needs to be exercised. Like an athlete, you have to practice. Its much harder to get started and keep going if you stop. So every day is best. I work in the mornings.

4. How did you choose romantic suspense as the genre you write in?

I didn’t exactly “choose” it. I love wounded heroes and I wrote a story about one. I created a past crime and a lot of baggage for my hero. I didn’t know I was writing romantic suspense, but it became my first book, Like a Knife.

5. What's the biggest obstacle you face when writing and how do you overcome it?

I’d have to say I’m the biggest obstacle, or rather the nasty voice in my head that tells me how stupid this story is and I’ll never finish and even if I do no one will like it. I don’t really overcome it, but I do try to keep going inspite of that voice and perserverence usually wins out. Funny, a few weeks ago I blogged about this on my blog, Annie’s World . The entry is called The Evil Troll Inside My Head.

6. Do you have someone you share your work with as you go along or do you wait to the end to reveal it?

I’m a big sharer. My husband and I take long walks and we talk about plot, character, and story ideas. I also have great writing pals who are always up for brainstorming or whining, whatever the case may be…

7. Who are your favorite authors and what are you reading now?

I get asked this question a lot and I have to admit it’s one I don’t enjoy answering. Not because of the repitition, because it’s something I’d want to know of other authors, but because I don’t read much anymore. So all I can do is tell you who I DID read when I was reading. Those names include people everyone likes: Anne Stuart, Diana Gabaldon, Laura Kinsale, and older authors like Anya Seton and Mary Stewart.

8. Do you have any special writing quirks?

Hmm. If I don’t know what a writing quirk is does that mean I don’t have one?

9. Has your family read all your books and what do they think?

Yes, they have read all my books, and I’m proud to say they are all enthusiastic supporters! My daughter’s favorite is Dead Ringer. She loves Angelina the smart-mouthed, bad girl heroine. My brother and sister-in-law and their kids like Blind Curve the best. Martha, the plain-jane heroine gets to them the most. My husband is also a fan of that book. He thinks it’s hot.

10. What character from your books would you say is your favorite and why?

Come on, now, that’s like asking which of my kids I like the best! The ones I’m writing about at the moment are always my favorite. No, I take that back. The ones I just finished writing about are my favorites. They’re over and done, whole and complete. The ones I’m writing about are always a pain in the ass, if you want to know the truth, what with that evil troll talking to me, and the characters talking to me, and my better half talking to me. It can get very confusing in there.

11. What books do you have in the pipeline?

Glutton for punishment that I am, I’m working on another romantic suspense. This one is about a man on the run and living underground. His real identity is so lethal that discovering it could not only put his own life at risk, it could put everyone he loves in jeorpardy, too. My working title is Two Lethal Lies, but that could easily change if the publisher doesn’t like it.

If anyone is interested in reading more about me or my books, my website is http://www.anniesolomon.com/. You’ll find excerpts, my blog, and some nifty behind-the-scenes stuff, to which I’ll be adding once One Deadly Sin hits the bookstores.

Thanks for participating in the One Deadly Sin book tour. Happy reading everyone!

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kalea_kane said...

Dropping by on the blog tour. Wonderful interview! Really great questions and of course answers.

Have a great week!

Annie Solomon said...

Hi! Want to thank you for participating in the blog tour and featuring my book. I enjoyed answering the questions, too. I love how colorful your site it.

Mishel (P.S. I Love Books) said...

Great interview!!

I twittered the giveaway. I hope it brings you more entries.

Kammie said...

Great interview and review! I'm a big fan of romantic suspense stories.