6 Questions with Anya Bast

The first Anya book I read was Blood of the Raven. Now she’s moved on to the Elemental Witches. I’m still with her, so why haven’t you picked up this fabulous author?

1. On a scale of one to ten, rank your current level of insanity–where ten is belongs-in-lunatic-asylum insane–and tell us why.

At the moment it’s probably about a 9. Normally it’s about a 7, but having two releases out so close together (Whisper of the Blade and Witch Fire) is giving me angina. Not to mention my deadline for Witch Blood that’s rapidly approaching. Oh, and I’m a new mom…ahhhh!

Did I mention there are characters in my subconscious trying to claw their way out? Yup. Right now it’s a solid nine.

In general, I think writers are a little insane to begin with. *g* We sort of have to be to do what we do, you know?

2. Congrats on your new baby! Now, how many points did Baby S add to your score on the insanity scale? *ggg*

Oh, she’s good for at least one and a half points. I would accept more Baby S insanity, though. She’s the love of my life and has permission to make me crazy. *g* My husband has that permission too, but only because I make him insane in return. Hey, it’s a two-way street.

But, yes, having to promote, write, meet deadlines, ect and ect while learning to be a mom for the first time in my life has been a wee bit crazy-making. Worth it, though. I wouldn’t trade a moment or one ounce of new insanity. I really didn’t know my heart could hold this much love.

3. I do adore a good menage. Why do you think women fantasize being in a menage?

Oh, easy…to have all that lovely male attention just focused on YOU. Four hands, two sets of lips, two tongues…ahem. You get the picture. Anyway, men fantasize about being with two women all the time. Turnabout is fair play.

I think too that there’s an element of getting your emotional needs met through more than one individual. Sometimes one man has qualities you love, but lacks others you need. In the fantasy world of fiction, the main character can find another man who possesses those qualities the first one lacks and love him too. Kind of like having your cake and eating it.

The cool thing about reading erotic romance, in my opinion, is that the reader can completely lose herself to the fantasy of it. Especially if it’s a paranormal story, the reader is absolved completely from the restrictions and regulations society tends to place on women and their sexuality. They can indulge their most elicit fantasies through the POV of the heroine in a fantasy world where anything is possible.

4. Do you think there’s a tendency in romance to write menages that don’t have sexual contact between the two men?

I think there are lots of both kinds. I usually write the kind without M/M contact, though I have two (Whisper of the Blade and Twilight in And Lady Makes Three) that have it. But I’m selfish on behalf of heroine for the most part. I want all her to get all that lovely male attention.

Plus, dealing with the three-way romance of the hero, heroine and hero is quite enough, thank you. Add in another layer of emotional depth between the hero and hero and whoa, baby, that’s a lot to get in there.

Not that it can’t be done. Not that it can’t be fun to write and a nice challenge to boot. It’s just that I don’t always want that extra element in there. I have enough to deal with already.

But I do see a lot of ménage a trois romances with m/m contact coming out, so I know they’re being written!

5. What can you share about the anthology that you, together with three other authors, sold to Harlequin Spice?

It’s called What Happens in Vegas…. The other authors are Lauren Dane, Kit Tunstall and Jodi Lynn Copeland. All the stories are contemporary romance and take place in Las Vegas (duh). And all the stories are connected in that each of our characters have something to do with same casino. Lastly, all the stories are highly erotic. It’s scheduled for release in March 2008.

My story, The Deal, is about a blackjack dealer who makes a series of erotic bets with a female friend of his, a friend to whom he’s been attracted sexually for a long time. It was a blast to write and I really enjoyed working with the other authors in the anthology. I think highly of all of them. Hopefully we’ll be working on a sequel together!

6. Vamps, faeries, and now witches. You’ve done it all, and quite a few wonderful fantasy romances too. Are we ever going to see a plain, old contemporary from you?

Well, I do write plain old contemporaries sometimes…er, kinda. Edge of Sweetness lacks a paranormal element and is a contemporary. It’s also a pretty hot BDSM story, so I don’t know if that counts.

And The Deal, in the above mentioned Harlequin Spice anthology is also a non-paranormal contemporary story. However, again, very hot.

So I guess I can write plain old contemporary, but it has to be erotic.

I dunno, I like writing paranormal best, I guess. I love the worldbuilding you get to do with those. Maybe I have a Goddess complex. I love the escape from the ordinary they provide and the way I can let my imagination run away with me when I write them.

I still need to write a shifter romance! Haven’t done that yet, but for the free stories I write for my newsletter subscribers.

Anya Bast blogs, is a Maverick Author and a member of After Midnight Fantasies. Her current releases are Whisper of the Blade (from Ellora’s Cave) and Witch Fire, which is just out.

Witch Blood, the sequel to Witch Fire, has a tentative release date of March 2008.

Anya, in her utter fabulousness, has agreed to giveaway a signed copy of Witch Fire. Comment in this post or on the Witch Fire review to be entered. Everyone is eligible, even if you have won something here before, and it will be open for three days.

Thanks Anya!


21 Responses to “6 Questions with Anya Bast”

  1. 1 callmeabookworm
    June 20, 2007 at 1:14 am

    Beautiful! This sure sounds like a fantastic book, one which I badly want to read. So count me in!

  2. 2 Amy S.
    June 20, 2007 at 1:29 am

    Great interview! I love Anya’s books. They are so good. I have Witch Fire on my wishlist.

  3. 3 aliciaeflores1
    June 20, 2007 at 3:24 am

    Anya! I love your interview 🙂 and your books 😉 I can’t wait for the March 2008 release… those are some great authors who’ve taken part.

  4. 4 Crystal B.
    June 20, 2007 at 1:30 pm

    Great interview. Witch Fire sounds great. I really want to read this book.

  5. June 20, 2007 at 2:03 pm

    *sigh* I got mine last week–and got my CP to pick one up also. Great interview! 😀

  6. June 20, 2007 at 3:34 pm

    Michelle Miles–who is Amie’s CP–said she was really enjoying it.
    My review is coming up. Honest. WordPress ate it, and now I’m rereading it (hey, can’t review it without doing that right? 😉 ) so I can write it again.

  7. June 20, 2007 at 4:59 pm

    This sounds great. I am off to check out more info on the released and to be released books.
    I adore paranormal romance.
    The upcoming Vegas release is too cool, being from Nevada it simply holds a special place in my heart.

  8. 8 Cherie J
    June 20, 2007 at 9:50 pm

    Great interview! Congrats on your baby Anya! I just had a baby girl 8 months ago on October 10, just two days after my birthday (that’s a birthday gift that can’t be beat). Anyway, I know how much work they are, no matter how precious they may be. I am in awe that you can get all that writing done with a baby to care for. I agree with your opinion on menages. Women fantasize about all that attention and having all their needs met.

  9. June 21, 2007 at 12:35 pm

    ahhhh! a lovely little trip into the mind of one of my favorite authors! it makes me a happy camper when i can delve into the mind of writters i enjoy, it just makes me want to say ‘screw the budget’ and go and buy all of her books that i don’t already own!

  10. June 21, 2007 at 12:49 pm

    Anya’s one of my fav authors so this is already on my TBB (hoping it would be released at Fictionwise). Reading your review makes me want it even more now so I’m not sure if I can hold out.

  11. June 21, 2007 at 1:30 pm

    I love the sound of Witch Fire. 🙂 It sounds like a book that would grab my attention from the beggining. 🙂

  12. 12 Daun Ann Korty
    June 21, 2007 at 2:38 pm

    Great interview Anya. Can’t wait to read Witch Fire. Have a great day going insane.

  13. June 21, 2007 at 3:07 pm

    It’s a great book!

  14. 14 Earlene
    June 21, 2007 at 3:44 pm

    Hi Anya,
    Just love the questions. I think we all have an insanity level of some kind in this day and age.
    LOL. I know mine is probably a 6 or 7.

  15. 15 Stephanie
    June 21, 2007 at 5:31 pm

    Witch Fire looks like another winner for Ms. Anya! Terrific Interview!!

  16. 16 Sue A.
    June 21, 2007 at 7:16 pm

    That was a great interview! And Witch Fire has a beautiful cover!

  17. 17 Teresa W.
    June 21, 2007 at 7:36 pm

    Enjoyed the interview today and count me in for the draw!

  18. June 22, 2007 at 11:22 pm

    Heh – i was gonna sneak in a post for Dorky Barb because she so totally needs to read this, but she’s already commented. This is my all time favorite Anya book and you can ask her – i’m totally stalker fangirl where she’s concerned, loving everything she’s written. But she carried this story up another level and made it one of those tales that hangs with you for months after you’ve turned the last page.

  19. June 22, 2007 at 11:23 pm

    dang it! i think the blog ate my post!
    Recap in brief – book awesome – read it.

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