Annabelle Blume discusses inspiration, writing, and her latest release, Frozen Heart.
When did you start writing?
I started writing a few years ago. It was a natural progression from my obsessive level of reading.
What inspired Frozen Heart?
I saw an open call for submissions at a romance e-publisher for Scifi Romance and it sparked my imagination. I’ve always been a huge fan of dystopian plots, and I just had to get this story out of my head and on to paper. I also felt an intense need to give readers, especially women, a strong heroine. I wanted desperately to create a character that held on strong to her beliefs and didn’t crumble in the face of the prospect of love.
What authors inspire you?
My influences are all over the place. F. Scott Fitzgerald, Oscar Wilde, Ray Bradbury, and Anne Rice shaped my reading preferences when I was young. But the contemporary author I admire most is Tiffany Reisz. She’s really breaking ground with her books right now.
Do you write while playing music or does the background noise distract you?
I MUST have my earbuds in while I’m writing, or at least when I’m writing fiction. I usually write with the same song on repeat until I finish the scene, or even the chapter. The music on a constant loop helps me get lost in the moment I’m writing. I could be writing for 2 minutes or 2 hours, I can’t tell. It’s a partial sensory deprivation that helps me focus on the story.
Who was your favorite Frozen Heart character to write?
Tonk, one of Cressenda’s dogs. He’s such a huge part of the story, of Cressenda’s life, but I had to convey all of his power and emotion without dialog on his part. The ultimate “show don’t tell” exercise.
Did you use any real people as inspiration for your characters?
The characters in Frozen Heart are complete figments of my imagination. Incidentally, when I need to find famous people who resemble my characters, it’s very challenging.
What are your future projects?
I’m working on a contemporary romance with a dark edge to it, and not in the paranormal sense. I’m also heavily considering a sequel to Frozen Heart.
What is your favorite movie romance?
Scarlet O’Hara and Rhett Butler. What a powerful couple. Broken and imperfect, but perfect for each other.
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About Frozen Heart
Cressenda knows how to survive. With her sled dogs as her only companions, she’s spent the past ten years hiding in the snow covered wilderness from the oppressive regime of the Affinity. When a routine trip to civilization takes a turn for the worst, Cressenda is forced to take refuge with the enemy or lose her life to the frozen countryside.
But Beckett, a Guard of the Affinity, is more than a man in uniform. His desperate need to help Cressenda escape both the blizzard and the Affinity, makes her feelings for him all the more troubling. Will Beckett be true to his word and set Cressenda free? Will her heart let her leave after all they’ve shared?
An Excerpt from Frozen Heart
“You…you’re a…sympathizer.” It sounded dirty as the words passed between my lips. I wanted to snatch them back and swallow them down again. The sting of my insult was evident in the painful expression that settled on his face.
“It doesn’t matter what I am. You want to be free, don’t you? Then go.” His authoritative facade crumbled and the innocent hurt of a young boy dripped from his soul as he spoke. “You won’t get far enough if you don’t get out now.”
I placed my hand over his, unlatching his fingers one at a time from the tender inside of my bicep. My steps were measured and controlled as I backed away from the Guard. I neared the clear walkway of the Trade Path just as a shrill alarm sounded. Every transaction halted and everyone held their breath for a split second, merchants and traders alike. In the blink of an eye, the entire population of the Path turned to the entrance and moved hurriedly, as if they were trying to contain a generalized franticness.
“What is it? Where are they going?” I asked no one in particular.
“It’s a blizzard warning.”
I cursed. A blizzard. I’d never make it home now. Conditions would be impossible: no visibility, forty-foot snowdrifts, and gale-force winds. The boys and I would never survive. I stood, motionless, while bodies spun and twirled on the periphery of my consciousness. I was stuck in the Collective with nowhere to go and, worse, nowhere to hide.
“Come with me,” the masculine timbre commanded over my shoulder before lacing his fingers in mine. His gentle hold of my hand gave me comfort and lulled me into a hypnotic state. The Guard led me forward until I broke from my daze.
“Let me go!” I yanked my hand from his. “I have to get out of here. I have to beat the blizzard.”
Before I could break into a sprint, the Guard whirled me around. I teetered, stunned by the force. He moved in close and arched over me while he spoke. Not to intimidate but to cover me, protecting me from the eyes around us.
“You’ll never make it. Never. Come with me. You can wait out the storm at my cabin. When it’s over, you’ll be free to go.” His eyes searched my person for the answer to the question in his mind. Wherever it is you live.
I stared at him, doubtful and distrusting. I had only seconds to decide if this tall, hulking citizen of the Collective, official of the Affinity, could really, truly be a sympathizer.
About the Author
Annabelle is a Science Fiction and Urban Fantasy Romance author, that is, when she’s not checking homework or begrudgingly cooking dinner. Wife, mother, and creator of alternate worlds, Annabelle has a penchant for that which is outside the norm.
Her Sociology degree did nothing to progress her writing skills, but has given her the ability to construct worlds that exist only in her head and translate them passionately to the page. The time spent studying individuals, interpersonal relationships, and particularly, women, within the constraints of our society led to Annabelle’s unabashed ability to talk about sex as it fits into our modern lives.
She’s also the author/personality of The Bombshell Mommy at Vitacost.com, where she expounds her knowledge of being a vixen clad in sweatpants.
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