Today I’m conducting a session with…Anni Fife!

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Me: Tell me about an experience that had a profound impact on your life.

Anni: Throughout my thirties, my husband and I struggled to have a child. I had numerous IVF treatments, and even tried with a surrogate. After a miscarriage, and many failed attempts, I had to close a door on this painful journey. It changed me in ways I’m still learning about. The stories I write are filled with characters that have suffered. My infertility has given me a sense of what it means to be deprived of the one thing you want more than anything else in life. A heartbreaking lesson, but one I believe makes me a better storyteller.

Me: That’s so rough, but I love the way you’ve channeled it into your writing.
What personality trait of yours helps you most as an author?

Anni: Most likely the analytical part of myself. This trait can be fairly dominant and sometimes hinders my ability to just let go, but it also greatly improves my perception of people, their motivations and what shapes their inner conflict. It’s also a great trait to have if you are a plotter, which I am. I plan every scene in my books before I start the real writing. This doesn’t mean things always go swimmingly, because sometimes my characters refuse to behave like I’ve planned. They might stop talking before the scene is finished. Or they don’t talk at all. I’ve learned not to freak out, but rather to get a kick out of it. And being such a planner, I make efficient use of cut & paste, and plop the misbehaving piece of dialogue or section of scene, elsewhere. The spooky thing is, the change is invariably for the better!


Me: Lol… Sometimes I think our characters know better than we–their authors–do.
What personality trait of yours hinders you most as an author?

Anni: Sometimes I can become too focused on my writing, to the point I don’t spend enough time with my friends or just with myself. This can hinder my creativity, because the creative element of my writing flows better when I’m relaxed, spending long hours on the beach, and making time to laugh and gab with my friends. So focus is good, but too much can be bad.


Me: Balance in all things, right.
What was your high point as a writer—a time when you were happiest, on cloud nine, flying high? What happened?

Anni: The best surprise for me was when I sent my first draft of Luke’s Redemption to my editor friend, Sarah. As this was my debut novel, she had agreed to read it and give her honest opinion. She had also warned me that my first draft would most likely be rubbish. The best news was when she called me and shouted down the phone: ‘This is great! Just bloody great!’ It was Sarah who convinced me to send my book to publishers. ‘You won’t have a problem getting a contract,’ she said. And she was right.


Me: That’s awesome!
What was your low point as a writer—a time when you questioned your path, a time when you felt really crappy about your writing? What happened? How did you get over it?

Anni: I haven’t gotten there yet. I recently finished my second novel, Gray’s Promise, and it’s gone off to the publisher. Now I’m excited to get started on my third one. I sometimes get cold feet about the slow rate of sales. This is a very competitive business and the publicity is all up to the author, which can be very challenging. But I’m not ready to give up yet…if ever. And the great reception and five star reviews I’ve received for Luke’s Redemption, keeps my spirits up.


Me: One of the things I didn’t expect about being published was how much I’d obsess over sales and reviews. 
What do you collect? Why? What personal meaning does this item have for you?

Anni: When I sat down to write my novel, I had never tried to write a book or even a short story. The last time I wrote a creative essay I’d been a schoolgirl. As a TV Producer, I’d written a ton of creative proposals, but it wasn’t the same as writing fiction. What did I do? Where did I start? These daunting questions didn’t even begin to describe the sheer panic that turned my brain to mush. For days I trawled through countless blogs and websites. There was too much to read, so much I didn’t know. I began to hyperventilate. What had I done?! In a cold sweat, I’d shut my laptop and hit the beach. After walking in a daze for over an hour, I found a perfect pansy shell. It was just lying there in front of my feet, like a gift from the sea. Slowly, my breathing had returned to normal, and faith had magically warmed my heart. It was obvious. The place to start, of course, was at THE BEGINNING.

I’ve been collecting pansy shells ever since. Just when I doubt my creativity, or am torn on how to handle a particular story plot, the pansy shells seem to show me the way. I have over a hundred of them now, and still counting.


Me: What a wonderful story! And your pansy shell is beautiful!

What’s your life motto? Why does that motto speak to you?

Anni: Do what you love, and the money will follow. This is something I always used to advise my friends, but I never followed the mantra myself. Not until I made the life-changing decision to pack up my city life and relocate to the beach to become an author. This was the first time I ever consciously followed the beat of my own heart. I’ve had no regrets with this decision, but sometimes it’s scary when the business plan doesn’t always make sense. Then I remind myself that I’m finally doing what I love, putting my faith in myself. And I have to believe there are readers a plenty who’ll find my books and become fans.

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Me: I love your mantra! And I love your courage to move to the beach! 
What’s your writer’s mantra? Why does that mantra speak to you?

Anni: Get up every day and write! I think this speaks for itself. LOL!


Me: Tell us about your erotic romantic suspense, Luke’s Redemption.


Chased by her criminal kingpin father, Katya Dalca runs to New Orleans and straight into the arms of Luke Hunter. Sucked into the carnal world of the French Quarter, she succumbs to Luke’s potent sexuality. He not only steals her breath, he steals her heart, and the only leverage she has against her father. She’s left with no choice but to pick up the pieces and rebuild her life alone.

Undercover DEA agent Luke Hunter thought his newest assignment—recover a stolen flash drive to gain the trust of the Russian mob—was like any other. But his target brings him to his knees, and after one taste of her intoxicating beauty, he’s in too deep. Doing his job means walking away, leaving his heart behind with nothing but a promise to reunite. It’s a promise he can’t keep.

When Katya’s past reaches out and her world unravels, her only hope is the one man she is most vulnerable to—Luke.


Me: Share with us a favorite paragraph or two from your newest release, Luke’s Redemption. 


This excerpt comes deep into the book, after Luke and Katya have found each other again. They have made love and are relaxing in each other’s arms. Katya asks Luke about the tattoo of violets he has inked on his inner arm. I love this scene because it goes to the heart of Luke. It shows that although he ruthlessly betrayed Katya, his heart was always true. Equally, it gives Katya a reason to hope that her faith in Luke is not misplaced.


I rolled to face him, resting my head on a pillow. My fingers drifted to his bicep. Stroked. His muscle rippled and the flowers moved, like they were alive.

“What did you mean, violets like my eyes?”

Luke breathed deeply and tucked my hair behind my ear. “No matter what you thought, baby, it was never wham, bam, thank you ma’am.” He cupped my cheek and his thumb gently brushed my lips. “At least not for me, it wasn’t.”

My stomach knotted at the intensity in his eyes and I looked away, staring at his tattoo. “What does it mean?”

“It means I never forgot you, Katya. Never. The violets are for your eyes, the black stems for your long fucking lashes. And baby, it’s inked on my left arm, so that it rests right up against my heart.”

Oh my God. Luke had the memory of me tattooed against his heart!

My pulse raced and I couldn’t breathe. Luke’s arm circled my waist and he pulled me to him, folding me against his length.

“I don’t know what to do with this?” I whispered, my voice hoarse.

“You don’t have to do anything with it, babe. It wasn’t for you, it was for me.”

He was wrong.

Another tiny fissure deep inside me cracked.

Luke never forgot me.

I snuggled against him, his heartbeat a reassuring anchor beneath my hand.

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39 comments to “Author on the Couch: Anni Fife”

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  1. Winona Cross - May 25, 2017 Reply

    What an interesting interview. I enjoyed it, and I learned something. To just write–try to give up excuse making, self doubt, and negative self talk. Anni Fide may quickly find a new fan. And, Annie has me as a forever fan.

  2. Winton Cross - May 25, 2017 Reply

    What an interesting interview. I enjoyed it, and I learned something. To just write–try to give up excuse making, self doubt, and negative self talk. Anni Fide may quickly find a new fan. And, Annie has me as a forever fan.

  3. Charlotte - April 27, 2017 Reply

    Great interview Anni. Love the scene you chose.

  4. bn100 - April 27, 2017 Reply

    When’s the second book coming out?

    • Anni Fife - April 28, 2017 Reply

      Thanks Charlotte and BN100. My new book is with the publisher now, so will hopefully release later this year. xx

  5. Sabrina A. Fish - April 25, 2017 Reply

    Oh, I love your personal story, Anni. You’re such an inspiration!! And that scene?! *heart melts* This book is definitely going on my to-read list!!

    • Anni Fife - April 26, 2017 Reply

      Yay Sabrina, would love your feedback when you finish it. Thanks for your warm comments. xx

  6. Linda Moffitt - April 25, 2017 Reply

    Thanks so much Anni for sharing with us. Great interview and Thanks for the chance to win.

    • Linda Moffitt - April 25, 2017 Reply

      Abbie I wanted to let you know both Visit on Facebook l;inks go to Anni’s Page but I visit you almost every day already 🙂

    • Anni Fife - April 26, 2017 Reply

      Good luck, Linda, and thanks for visiting. xx

  7. Christina Burrus - April 25, 2017 Reply

    Beautiful pansy shell. I can’t wait to read your book it sounds really good!!!

    • Anni Fife - April 26, 2017 Reply

      Yay, thanks Christina. Please let me know what you think once you’ve read it. xx

  8. Amity Grays - April 25, 2017 Reply

    What a great excerpt, and I really enjoyed getting to know a little about you as the author. Love your vision.

    • Anni Fife - April 26, 2017 Reply

      Glad you liked it, Amity, and thanks for visiting. xx

  9. Kara O'Neal (@KaraONealAuthor) - April 25, 2017 Reply

    What a wonderful interview. Thank you for sharing so much of yourself. I think the journey you’ve been through must have been difficult, and I admire your outlook.

    • Anni Fife - April 26, 2017 Reply

      Thanks for your warm words, Kara. xx

  10. Penny Burwell Ewing - April 25, 2017 Reply

    What a great review, Anni. I love that you’re a planner. It makes the writing easier if you have your road map in hand to guide you. Congrats on the book.

    • Anni Fife - April 25, 2017 Reply

      Hi Penny. Thanks so much for visiting. xx

  11. abbieroads - April 25, 2017 Reply

    Hi Anni!

    I’ve been in “real” sessions all day with my clients and just now had a chance to jump on here to say Thanks for being an Author on my Couch! I love your interview! You have a lot of wisdom to share!

    • Anni Fife - April 25, 2017 Reply

      Thanks, Abbie. I love your books and your blog. Thanks again for hosting me! xx

  12. Claire Marti - April 25, 2017 Reply

    Thanks for sharing your journey Anni. Enjoyed reading this interview.

  13. Tena Stetler - April 25, 2017 Reply

    Enjoyed your interview, what a brave thing to share such a painful experience. Such emotions carry over into our writing, don’t they. Your excerpt tender showing a side of your hero that was vulnerable. Well done. Best of luck with Luke’s Redemption.

    • Anni Fife - April 25, 2017 Reply

      Thanks, Tena. Your ongoing support is hugely appreciated. xx

  14. Glenys O'Connell - April 25, 2017 Reply

    Wow! I admire you for sharing what must have been a painful time for you, and your courage in using it to add depth to your writing. And that excerpt = wow again! (this is my second attempt to comment – the first one didn’t take 🙁 )

  15. Glenys O'Connell - April 25, 2017 Reply

    Wow – great advice, and I admire your willingness to open up about something that must have been very painful. And that excerpt – captivating!

    • Anni Fife - April 25, 2017 Reply

      Hi Glenys. Thanks so much for your support, and love that you are wowed by the excerpt. It really is one of my favorites! xx

  16. Diane Burton - April 25, 2017 Reply

    Terrific interview, ladies. Anni, I’m so sorry for your loss and am amazed at how you’ve channeled it into your writing. That was a powerful scene you shared. Best wishes on your debut release.

    • Anni Fife - April 25, 2017 Reply

      Thank you, Diane. I’ve learned to share the pain over the years, somehow it succeeds in making me feel less alone about it. xx

  17. Alicia Dean - April 25, 2017 Reply

    Excellent review. I love that you turned heartache into something satisfying and beautiful. As you know, I LOVE this book! Congrats and best wishes!

    • Anni Fife - April 25, 2017 Reply

      Thanks so much, Alicia. Your support is fantastic. xx

  18. CB Clark - April 25, 2017 Reply

    Very interesting interview, Anni. You’ve certainly used your struggles in life to enrich your writing. Good luck with your book.

    • Anni Fife - April 25, 2017 Reply

      Thanks CB. Life is most definitely a journey, mostly good but sometimes painful. We rarely have control over the pain, all we can do is learn to live with it. xx

  19. Jennifer Wilck - April 25, 2017 Reply

    I love your mantra, and I fully believe in it too. Congratulations on your book and it’s nice to meet you. 🙂

    • Anni Fife - April 25, 2017 Reply

      Thanks Jennifer, your support is really appreciated. xx

  20. Pamela S Thibodeaux - April 25, 2017 Reply

    Great Interview, Anni!
    Good luck and God’s blessings
    PS: Please do not include me in your drawing….I don’t read erotic – I only wanted to show my support 🙂 THANKS

    • Anni Fife - April 25, 2017 Reply

      Hi Pamela. Your support is always so generous, thank you!!

  21. Anni Fife - April 25, 2017 Reply

    Hi Abby. I’m so excited to be on your blog today, I love Author on the Couch. Thanks for inviting me and a HUGE welcome to all your readers. Please don’t hesitate to ask questions and I’ll do my best to give you straight answers. Happy reading, Anni xx

    • Anni Fife - April 25, 2017 Reply

      Oops….it’s Abbie!!!! So sorry. xoxo

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