1.Why Romance? Did you choose this genre or were you ‘chosen’ by it?
I chose romance because it’s a genre I love to read. I was also inspired by my cousin who has been a bestselling romance author for many years.
2. Is there a romance author, living or dead, who inspires you particularly?
I don’t have a particular favourite, but I tend to focus on historical romance authors, particularly medieval, though I enjoy a good regency too.
3.Please, tell us about your last book and, if you can, about your future projects.
My latest release is the third book in a trilogy entitled The Montbryce Legacy.
If Love Dares Enough is the story of two brothers of the Montbryce family. Hugh de Montbryce, is haunted by a deep fear, rooted in his experiences at the Battle of Hastings, that violence arouses him. He avoids women, but is drawn into the life of a Saxon noblewoman, Lady Devona Melton, a victim of abuse at the hands of her Norman husband. Can Hugh overcome his demons and the political and religious implications of abducting the wife of a Norman nobleman? The rake of the family,Anthoine is faced with the dilemma of what to do with Lady Sybilla Sancerre, the pregnant widow of an enemy he killed in battle. He is supposed to send her for execution as the wife of a traitor, but finds himself driven to protect her and the deformed child she bears. William the Conqueror’s anger at both brothers could endanger all that the Montbryce family holds dear.
I don’t seem to be able to write a book with only one romantic interest. All my manuscripts have two!
Book One, Conquering Passion is about the older Montbryce brother, Rambaud (Ram) de Montbryce, and Book Two, A Man of Value, recounts the story of Ram’s illegitimate son, Caedmon FitzRambaud.
The problem is I can no longer call this a trilogy because Books Four and Five are already well underway! So it’s now a series. (Or an obsession!). Passion in the Blood will follow the next generation of the Montbryce family. Book Five may start a new series, entitled FitzRambaud Family, which will follow the children born “on the other side of the sheets”.
I am asking my readers for some help with the title of Book Four. Tentatively it’s Passion in the Blood, but I may change it if someone can suggest a better one. Details are in the News section of my website www.annamarkland.com. I will acknowledge any suggestion I choose in the book itself.
4. How was your writing journey? Was it difficult to find an agent and get published?
To be frank, I have made no effort to find an agent. I have embraced “indie” publishing, and I like the control it gives me over my work.
5.What’s your opinion about this Ebook revolution? Would you consider the indie route?
I doubt if I will do anything other than publish independently. As an indie I can upload revisions of my book at will. If one cover doesn’t seem to work, I can change it readily. I make my own decisions about my books, for example re pricing. These are just some of the advantages. If I want a print copy of my book, Createspace can accomplish that for me at a low cost and the book automatically appears on the Amazon website.
Nowadays many publishers expect their authors to use Social media a lot to promote their books. Many authors, on the other hand, would prefer to write only, without being distracted by digital trivialities: what are your thoughts?
As an indie author, I do spend a lot of time on social media. It can be time consuming, but as you point out, traditionally published authors have to spend time marketing themselves. I have made many good connections. The indie author network is very supportive and willing to share information. Considering I was a debut author at the end of December 2010, I am thrilled with the success of my books, and a lot of it can be attributed to what I’ve learned from other indie authors.
Info about the author:
Anna Markland is a Canadian “Indie” author with a keen interest in genealogy. She writes medieval romance about family honour, ancestry and roots. Her novels are intimate love stories full of passion and adventure. Following a successful career in teaching, Anna transformed her love of writing and history into engaging works of fiction. Prior to becoming a fiction author, she published numerous family histories. One of the things she enjoys most about writing historical romance is the in-depth research required to provide the reader with an authentic medieval experience. To buy her books, simply click on the covers below: