Today, we’re visiting with Piper Anderson. She’s here to talk to us about her new release, Dead Inside…
Nobody ever says, “I want to be a vampire when I grow up.”
Within every society and species there is a hierarchy. The supernatural is no different. Like all civilizations, the fall of the ruling class begot chaos.
As sentinel of the highest echelon, Talon Cantemir holds one thing dear…family. When the Courtiers threaten his parents’ existence, it’s time their centuries long assumed rule over the small Italian compound—home of the last concentration of supernatural—ended. A White-witch prophecy leads Talon to Arizona to play champion to the true ruler’s mortal heir. But there are complications. The willful beauty is unaware of her origins and destiny and a hybrid rogue is wooing the supernaturals salvation, their would-be-queen. Amelia.
Life is tragic for Amelia Keeler. People she loves die. In hopes of saving her remaining loved ones, she’s grown cold, distant. Dead inside. Until unholy cravings coupled with a magnetic attraction to two strangers challenge her idea of reality. Their instant rivalry and frightening tales of blood, extinction, and magic place her in the middle of a war she wants no part of.
Yet, Amelia can’t stay away. The terrifying feelings the men who aren’t men at all elicit, endanger their lives and the lives of her friends. Her death has the power to save or condemn them all. But does Amelia possess the strength to lead a secret nation and choose between two loves which plan to kill her?
Tricia: Can you tell us a little about yourself?
Piper: I’m horrible at talking about myself. Where to being…? Hmm…my life had a very difficult start. At a young age I’d already seen the good, bad and fugly sides of people and life. That’s part of the reason why I studied Social Work. I wanted to work with people and figure out what makes them tick. I wanted to help people, more specifically, kids who’d had rough starts similar to mine. Being a child that had seen too much, I searched for answers to why bad things happened. I didn’t find answers, but I did find books. In books the worst things could happen, yet in the end, beauty could come from the ashes. That was when I decided I wanted to be a writer. I’ll never forget reading Anne of Green Gables, The Boxcar Children, and The Diary of Anne Frank. I seemed to be drawn to stories where the main character was damaged somehow. As I got older, I found fantasy and was hooked. The amount of fantasy and paranormal stories I’ve read is ridiculous. Today, I’m a thirty-two year old single mom who not only works with abused and neglected youth in a group home setting, but I also write. My characters aren’t happy, shining, perfect people, they are flawed and my stories are dark. I specialize in writing dark urban fantasy, paranormal romance, and paranormal/psychological thrillers. It’s my hope that I can eventually write full-time.
Tricia: When did you begin writing?
Piper: I began writing as soon as I learned to read. I had a rough childhood and reading and writing were my escape. I ended up publishing my first book, a children’s book, in fifth grade after a teacher with connections in the publishing world read a book I created and illustrated for fun.
Tricia: Can you tell us about your most recent release?
Piper: My recent release, Dead Inside, is the first novel in a six novel dark urban fantasy/dark paranormal romance series by the same name.
Tricia: How did you get the idea for the book?
Piper: It’s a long, funny story but I’ll shorten it by saying, I got the idea from a common disorder that many pregnant women are struck with, pica. Pica is characterized by having an appetite for things that are not food and non-nutritive. I wasn’t pregnant at the time I wrote it, but I’d had many extreme experiences with pica. Since some of these cravings for non-food items are due to a lack of something your body is missing, I wondered if the craving could be for something like blood. That planted the seed which blossomed into Dead Inside.
Tricia: Of all your characters, which one is your favorite? Why?
Piper: Honestly, I don’t know. This question is kind of like asking a parent which one of their children is their favorite. My favorite character is whichever character I’m writing at the time. I know that sounds very PC, but it’s true. In the moment I’m writing a particular character they come to life for me and I’m just as excited as any reader when finding out new things about them. However, I will say my crazier villains have a special place in my heart. They are super fun to write.
Tricia: What was the most challenging aspect of writing your book?
Piper: There really wasn’t anything challenging about writing this book. Once the idea came to me I flew through it. If forced to admit one challenge, I’d say it was during editing. I’m a perfectionist. No matter how many times I went over the completed story I never felt it was ready. So, I kept editing and editing and editing. Finally, I had to force myself to take a deep breath and stop, put my baby out there into the world.
Tricia: What is your primary goal as an author?
Piper: My primary goal is to write engaging, entertaining stories people want to read. I also want to spread racial awareness. I’ve found there isn’t a ton of racial diversity in a lot of books, so I make any story I write true to life. Day to day I encounter many people from several different walks of life and skin colors. I include that in my stories without it being the main issue, or THE issue, for that matter. It’s my hope that readers are able to relate to my stories and characters as if they were real. I want people to become so enmeshed in my stories, and the flow of them, that they can’t tell where the seam between reality and fiction crosses. And I wouldn’t mind becoming a bestseller so I could do this writing gig full-time either.
Tricia: What projects are you currently working on?
Piper: Right now I have several projects in the works. I just finished my one and only contemporary romance and it’s in revisions as we speak. I’m working on Dead Inside 2: Death Becomes Her. Lastly, I have two paranormal thrillers nearly done. I guess you could say I’m a very busy lady.
Tricia: What advice would you offer to new or aspiring authors?
Piper: Never give up and never get discouraged. Where there’s a will there’s away. In this day and age there are many ways to be published, don’t let anything get you down. There will be rejection, it’s the nature of the business, not everyone will like what you write. However, if you’re serious, nothing should be able to keep you down for long.
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