Monday, June 22, 2015

Author Interview with C.J. Anaya

Author Bio:

C. J. Anaya began writing short stories for family and friends when she was thirteen years old. This soon morphed into an extensive project every year during Christmas as a way to create a fun and inexpensive Christmas gift.

Her passion for reading and writing led her to following her own dreams of becoming a published author. She was born in Utah and raised everywhere else. She even lived a few years in Brazil, enjoying the people, the culture and learning the beautiful language of Portuguese; a language she is still fluent in to this day. As a result of her exposure to varying peoples and cultures, her interests became varied as well.

As a mother of four children she is now a singer and a songwriter, a baker and a cake decorator, a dancer and a choreographer, a girl with a degree in Criminal Justice and a first time published author of YA paranormal romance and fantasy. She is also married to the most deliciously, handsome looking Latino. As always, she has plenty to write about.

The Healer
A girl, a prophecy and two warring gods equals destiny!

Seventeen-year-old Hope Fairmont longs for a normal teenage life, but with a gift like hers, normal equals healing illnesses and injuries instantly. Keeping a secret like that isn’t easy, but a small town is the perfect place for her to heal those who can’t heal themselves, and an even better place for her father, James Fairmont, to hide his daughter from the rest of the world.

Life takes an unexpected turn when two handsome strangers move into town and begin unearthing other secrets concerning Hope's future and past, revealing to Hope that her gift for healing may be the fulfillment of an ancient, Japanese prophecy gone wrong.

Staying away from these mysterious newcomers would be the smart thing to do, but Victor's gentle, easy manner, and Tie's mixed signals and strange mood swings draw her hopelessly closer to revealing the secret she and her father have been so desperate to hide.

Hope's life is complicated further with visions of a previous life and the arrival of an unknown enemy sent to assassinate her before she learns what she is truly capable of.

With the support of her father, the fiery loyalty of her best friend Angie, and the child-like love of Kirby, a ten-year-old patient, Hope must fight against the forces of a relentless demon god while unwinding the tangled pieces of her past, proving to herself and those she loves that destiny isn’t determined by some cosmic reading of the stars, but by the individual choices one makes.

Read the first chapter here.

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1.) Is being a writer a gift or a curse?

I'm thinking a little of both. I enjoy exploring the possibilities of "what if". Getting the idea of some interesting story line and then asking myself the right questions to give that story substance is such a fun journey of discovery. My characters tend to surprise and delight me. On the other hand, when I do get those ideas in my head I can rarely think of anything else until I've plotted and outlined to my satisfaction. Then I'm always fleshing out scenes in my head, and I have a truly difficult time focusing on housework or remembering activities and commitments. I essentially turn into the absent minded professor. It's not pretty. When that happens, Joe takes the kids to visit his side of the family for the weekend so I can actually get some writing done. Blocking out time to write with four kids under the age of seven just doesn't happen without a little help from hubby.

2.) Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

Plot is sometimes a tricky thing for me because I have an outline, but I rarely follow it. Other ideas come into play and sometimes I can go off on some writing tangent and then realize that things have taken an ugly turn. I derail myself quite a bit, and that can be good or bad depending upon where the story ends up..

3.) How did you come up with the title?

A good friend of mine came up with it, actually. I was planning on something horrifically long winded like, "The girl who could instantly heal with white light" or something equally ridiculous. LOL She gave me a simple title and it embodies the entire series.

4.) If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?

There are plenty of things I would change and scenes I would add. Now that I know exactly the who's and why's of the series there are definitely things I could do in the first to add more foreshadowing and character development. I also think that I have come a long way as an author since I wrote the first book. It was my debut novel, after all. Learning more about fundamental writing techniques has opened my eyes to some things I could fix structurally, but I will have to wait to do that until I have the rights back from my publishers.

5.) What has been the best compliment?

Despite the flaws that I can now see in my first book, I still have people contacting me and begging for the third and fourth installments in the series. So I must be doing something right to entertain the masses. It's wonderful when people do the "Team Tie" "Team Victor" thing. Makes me feel as if I have truly arrived in the love triangle department. Ha!


  1. I think every writer wants to go back and fix things in their first book.
    That was a really long title you had planned!

  2. Sounds like something my niece might like. (And me, too.) Good that the husband is there to help with the kiddos. That makes all the difference.


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