Tricia: Welcome back, Anna. Can you tell us a little about yourself?
Anna: I’m a small town gal, who’s always loved a good romance, be it a book, a movie, or a soap. I’m from Southern Indiana, but have lived in Ohio, Oklahoma, and Texas. I always seem to find my way back home to Indiana, which is where I live now, with my husband. We have two children and three grandchildren. When I’m not at my day job with a local mental health center, you’ll most likely find me writing, reading, or traveling.
Tricia: When did you begin writing?
Anna: I began writing in grade school, around second grade, if I remember correctly. I wrote short stories and poems throughout high school. I never pursued my dream of becoming published until many years later. I had thought about it often and had started my first novel, but something always seemed to get in the way. One day, my husband asked if I was ever going to finish it, and from that day forward, it’s become my priority.
Tricia: Can you tell us about your most recent publication?
Anna: Unlikely Lovers is the love story between Army Major Jessica Walsh and local factory worker, Cody Jones. The two meet soon after Jessica has ended things with her cheating ex-boyfriend, a “suitable” beau. Cody is not the type of guy you’d expect Jessica to be with. He’s sweet and sexy, but just a down-to-earth regular guy, who drives a pickup truck and listens to country music. Jessica is an Army officer on her way to the top. When she decides to have a rebound fling with him, just for fun, she never imagines that she’ll fall in love with him. She doesn’t tell him who she really is and when he finally finds out, the fireworks begin. These two do everything they can to stay away from each other…you guessed it…they can’t. There’s a lot of scheming going on, a lot of heartache, and a lot of love.
Tricia: How did you get the idea for the book?
Anna: The idea was pitched about five years ago. Since I have a niece, who is an Army officer and her husband was a blue collar worker when they met, I thought it might be fun to write the story. The story is in no way a true depiction of my niece’s life, however. It’s strictly fiction.
Tricia: What was the most challenging aspect of writing your novel?
Anna: Deciding whether to make it erotica or romance, and since I don’t normally write erotica, I chose romance, in the end. I actually started out with it as erotica and rewrote it.
Tricia: Which authors have inspired your writing?
Anna: I like so many…Debbie Macomber, Nora Roberts, Danielle Steel, and Fern Michaels are just a few of the authors who have inspired me. Kathleen Woodiwiss was another favorite.
Tricia: If your book was ever made into a movie, which actors and actresses would you cast?
Anna: Kim Williams as Jessica. (She’s married to Brad Paisley and since Jessica and Cody attend a Brad concert…maybe he could perform in the movie…just sayin) Seriously, she’d be great for the part. As for Cody…Jeremy Davidson from Army Wives. Both of them are in their early 40’s and Jessica and Cody are actually in their thirties, but I think it could work. She’s got the long, brown hair, and he has the wavy, brown hair. Both are wonderful actors.
Tricia: How do you handle unfavorable reviews?
Anna: I ignore them. It hurts, of course, but you have to accept the good with the bad.
Tricia: What songs/artists are on the playlist for your book?
Anna: Lady Antebellem, Brad Paisley, and John Adam Murph
Tricia: What advice would you offer to new or aspiring authors?
Anna: Don’t give up!
Tricia: What projects are you currently working on?
Anna: I recently signed a contract with LazyDay Publishing for the fourth book in my series, and am working on the fifth. Rebel Ink Press will be releasing SUNNY’S LOVE on April 3 and REMEMBER OUR PROMISE this summer. These books, like Unlikely Lovers, are not a part of my series.
To learn more about Anna Kristell, please visit the following links:
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Unlikely Lovers is now available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, All Romance, and through the publisher’s site.
“And I’m Cody,” the sexy man with the brown wavy hair said, flashing a smile that sent shivers up and down Jessica’s spine. He extended his right hand.
She took it saying, “I’m Jessica and this is Missy, nice to meet you both.” The simple touch of his hand was enough to make her want to get closer to him, much closer. Her hand felt as though it had been scorched as she pulled it away.
“Thanks for the beer. You two ready to get beat by a couple of girls?” Missy looked at Andy, laughing.
“Bring it on,” he answered with a wink.
They bowled two games, girls winning one, and guys winning the other.
“How about a rematch to break the tie and the losers take the other team out for pizza afterward?” Cody challenged.
“You’re on. Right, Missy?” Jessica looked at her friend.
“Right, let’s show ‘em what we can do, girlfriend.”
To prove her point, Missy threw three strikes in a row.
“I think we’re in trouble, man.” Andy chuckled as he looked at Cody.
“We’ll see about that!” Cody threw the next strike as the four of them burst into uncontrollable laughter.
The girls won by two pins, much to their delight.
“We’ll let you off the hook and go Dutch since you came so close,” Jessica said as she changed out of the ugly shoes and back into her boots.
“Sounds like a deal,” Cody answered with a smile that set her pulse racing again. And then she knew. His eyes. There was something about them.
They decided where to meet and as Missy drove to the pizza parlor, Jessica turned to her and said, “Thanks for talking me into coming out tonight. I haven’t had this much fun in ages.”
“I haven’t either. But let’s not tell them too much about ourselves. Okay?”
“I agree.” The girls knew from experience some men were intimidated by a female officer.
“Aren’t they hunks, both of them?”
“Oh, yeah, especially Cody,” Jessica said dreamily.
“I prefer the blonde look, myself.” Missy giggled as she pulled into the parking lot.
“That’s good, since I have my eye on Cody.” The mere thought of sharing a bed with the wavy haired man was almost more than Jessica could bear.
When they got out of Missy’s car, the two men were already there waiting for them in the parking lot.
“After you.” Cody opened the door of the restaurant for Jessica, following behind her.
After they’d all decided on a supreme deluxe pizza complete with anchovies and ordered a pitcher of beer and soft drinks for the two drivers, they began to talk.
“Why haven’t we seen you two ladies around before?” Cody inquired as he looked at Jessica with that same sexy smile that had first drawn her to him.
“We’ve not been bowling for a while.” She returned the smile shyly.
“We keep pretty busy with work,” Missy added, looking at Andy.
“I hear that. We’ve been putting in all kinds of overtime at the plant,” Andy replied.
“So you both work at Goodyear?” Jessica asked.
“Yeah, like most folks around here that aren’t lucky enough to get out of town.”
“What do you girls do?” Cody asked.
“Uh, we both work on post,” Missy answered vaguely as she took a sip of the Coke that had just arrived.
“Ah, another place a lot of folks around here work,” Andy observed.
Jessica was incredibly intrigued by Cody. He had the most gorgeous brown eyes she had ever seen, like huge drops of chocolate candy…almost identical to the man in her dream. She began to imagine his hard working hands roaming her body, rocking her world, taking her to the ends of the earth and back…Jessica, get a grip, she told herself as she found herself staring into those beautiful eyes again.
The other three continued with light banter as they enjoyed the pizza while Jessica tried to concentrate on what they were all saying. It wasn’t easy with the brown eyed man sitting next to her. And long before she was ready, the evening was coming to an end.
Andy and Missy had exchanged cell phone numbers already as Cody asked Jessica for hers. She gave it to him and watched as he put it in his phone. She did the same with his.
“I’ll call you soon. Count on it, Jessie,” Cody said as he waved goodbye.
“That’d be great. I’ll talk to you soon.” She flashed him her sexiest smile.
Once they were on the road, Missy said, “Wow, Jess, that Andy is one sexy hunk of man. I’d love to see him again.”
“And I could get real cozy with Cody, if you know what I mean,” Jessica remarked thoughtfully. What would be the harm in a brief fling with a sexy local factory worker?
Missy glanced at her friend. “Jess, that doesn’t exactly sound like something you’d do. Are you really considering it?”
“Maybe, we’ll just have to see now, won’t we? All I can say is Cody Jones is one hell of a sexy man.”
After Missy had dropped her off at home, she prepared for bed with a smile as she remembered what he’d said. I wonder if he really will call. She was just settling in between the cool sheets when her cell rang. She answered sleepily, “Hello.”
“Hey, Jessie, it’s Cody, calling to say goodnight.”
“Hi. When you said you’d call soon, you weren’t kidding.” She giggled and continued, “I’m glad to hear from you so soon.”
He chuckled. “I had a great time tonight, just had to call and tell you. I’m looking forward to seeing you again soon.”
“I had fun, too. We’ll definitely get together soon. Call me.”
“You can count on that, baby. Sweet dreams.”
She soon fell asleep, dreaming that a handsome, wavy haired man with huge, velvety chocolate brown eyes was sharing her bed. He kissed her lips then moved down her body, nuzzled her neck, stopping to whisper love words in her ear as he’d done in her dream the night before. She awoke, alone again, more determined than ever to make this particular dream become a reality, and the sooner the better.