Annie Woods, the author of The Angelheart Saga, Book 3: Beyond Forever, released her book in March 2020. We wanted to catch up with the new author and see how life had been treating her since she was published
Books have always been a big part of my life; I can still remember the feeling when I learned to read and this whole new wonderful world opened up to me. But even though I’ve dreamed about being a writer since I can remember, I never dared to follow my dream until The Angelheart Saga. Before that I never truly believed that I could be a writer, so even though stories have been popping up, I never did any serious attempts to write a whole book. I wish so much that I could go back in time and tell the younger me to believe in myself and pursue my dream to write much sooner, not to wait this long to do it!
My first job was as a tourist guide.
The story of First Came Forever came to me about four-five years ago on a vacation in California. Driving along Highway 1 I got an image of Erica and how she moved to the US for love and then the plot and the other characters crystalized themselves almost instantly. I immediately felt that this story was so strong that I couldn’t let it go but had to try and write it down. The title First Came Forever came quite quickly too and I soon realized that I wanted to do this as a kind of backward love story, starting with the fairytale love instead of getting Prince Charming as the end game, but showing how difficult even such a strong love can be when reality hits.
I started writing the outline for the book already on the plane back to Sweden and instantly fell in love with all the characters and wanted to know what would happen to them, so when I returned home I just kept going and couldn’t stop until I’d written the first book. I also soon realized that it needed to be a series to deal with all the things I came up with for the protagonists, so before I’d even finished the first book, I’d made the outline for two other books as well…
Not much different from today, actually. I still have another full-time job besides being an author, so this means that I don’t have much of a writing schedule… It’s more that I just have to try and write whenever I can between work and being with my family.
Well, of course there’s been ups and downs in my life, but luckily, I’ve been spared from anything deeply traumatic. As an author I’ve struggled with writer’s block and, for the second and third book in the series, with anxiety, being afraid to disappoint my readers. When it felt too overwhelming, I’ve allowed myself to take a break from writing and have tried to get some new inspiration from reading books and watching movies. And I also use running as a way to clear my head and get new inspiration.
My life hasn’t changed in any dramatic way, but a wonderful thing that is new in my life now are the contacts with the readers and other authors. I feel so blessed for all the positive responses I have received. It’s such an amazing thing to share your story with others; the thought that there are people out there reading my work and falling in love with and caring about the characters I’ve created is just overwhelming! The book community is so supportive and engaged and I’ve met so many wonderful people and gotten so much encouragement since the release of my books. I really love the interactions with the readers and book bloggers, and how they reach out with positive feedback, suggestions for the story, fanart and so much more.
To be honest, my days are just the typical working mother chaos… trying to find some kind of work-life-balance but failing miserably…
It’s definitely when I held the copy of my first book in my hands for the very first time. The feeling was so overwhelming, I can’t even try to put it into words.
Very professional and supportive. There are so many things around a book publication that you have no clue about as a writer and I’m so grateful for all the support I’ve received from Pegasus in every step of the process, from designing the cover to the marketing and everything in between. I have now published three books with Pegasus, and it’s been a most enjoyable and smooth experience. If I decide to write another book, I will definitely choose to publish it with Pegasus again.
I had offers from a couple of publishing companies, but Pegasus just seemed nicer and more supportive and like they really cared about me and my book. After having published three books with them, I can say for sure that my gut feeling was correct and I am very grateful for Pegasus and all the hard work they have done.
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