Ladies Living in Bookland managed to get hold of Annabel Fanning (writer of SHE) for an exclusive interview! Read on to find out a little bit more about Annabel...
Tell us a little bit about yourself and how you got into writing?
I’m Annabel Fanning and I’m 26. I was born in Scotland and now live in Perth, Australia. I grew up LOVING stories and especially those involving romance, HEA, and falling head over heels in love with someone. Throughout my teens I was an avid singer/songwriter (I still write songs today, but for other artists) I was living in LA when I was 19, and had just decided to take a break from the music industry when an idea came to me for a series of novels. I wrote the idea down (it was a metaphysical/inspiration piece for YA) and since writing those first words, I haven’t looked back.
SHE is set in Paris and we know you live in Australia....have you ever been? (Purely for research purposes!?)
I went to Paris back in ’09 with my sister (who flew in from Glasgow where she lives). It was only for 2 and a half days and I had no intention of basing a story in Paris at the time. However when I started reading SHE I looked back over the (many) photos I’d taken in Paris and I found they helped me capture the essence of the city, especially Montmartre. I’m looking forward to my next visit.
If you go on to write another book (which I sincerely hope!), would you select a new romantic place to set it? If so, where?
One of the reasons I had Logan build a hotel in Tokyo is because I want to use that same hotel in another story, and have the whole novel based in that one location. Whether I ever get around to writing this story I don’t know, but as least the foundation is set if I do decide to write it. So, Tokyo.
Do you see yourself a lot in Gemima or do you base your characters on anyone you know?
Gemima’s internal monologues and quirky outbursts are very similar to me! I think my sense of humour is all over this book.
Do you have muses for your characters or just have a vision for them in your mind?
I don’t base characters on anyone I know. I think (having written over 7 full length novels by now) that I write female characters that inspire me. Gemima is very confident and sure and a fully functioning adult (lol) which is great for me to write about as I’m entering that phase of my life as well.
We know SHE has a part 2 coming soon....can you tell impatient readers a bit more about it and when it might be coming?!
SHE part 2 is FULL of humour, excitement, birthday surprises and (of course) sex! It picks up where part 1 left off. You’ll read all about their weekend away, Gemima meeting Logan’s family (oh, how will her American Mouth cope!) and the passion/closeness/intensity between them definitely heats up! So if you thought SHE part 1 was hot…you ain’t read nothing yet!
Looking to the future, do you have any plans for another standalone (or series!) after the second part of SHE?
Yes, LOTS! Haha! I’ve written a series of four novels based on the Robin Hood legend which I might look into releasing. Also, as mentioned, there’s that Tokyo based story. Ah…there are so many stories I’d LOVE to tell! I feel very blessed and fortunate to be able to write and I can imagine indulging in these other worlds for many years to come.
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