Our guest today is Peiri Ann, author of the new adult paranormal romance, Burdened. A love for reading transpired into an admiration for writing at a young age for Peiri Ann. Starting off in writing poetry and short stories she indulged in the possibilities of creating new worlds and lives to live within them opening a window of unanticipated possibilities. In high school a pin and notebook never left her grasps and in college the pin was replaced by a keyboard and the notebook replaced by a computer screen. She holds a Bachelors degree in Psychology and certified in business management.
When Peiri Ann is not writing, reading, doing homework, or working in the downtown of Chicago she enjoys spending time with her little girl, watching action flicks, and spooning peanut butter from the jar as a midnight snack.
Thank you for this interview, Peiri. Can you tell us a little about yourself and how long you’ve been writing?
Hello, thanks for having me!
I am a twenty-three mom of a five year old little girl. She’s my life and my miniature twin. I love romance and am a true sucker for love in books, movies, and everyone else’s life but my own. Then on my other side I like stories (movies, books and such) that do not always have great endings when we hope they will. I like Box Office Mojo and Nutter Butters (Best Cookie Ever).
I have been writing since I was in grade school. I believe I was twelve when I started making up stories writing them down and they took my entire 70 page notebook (front and back). I have always, though, been a writer of poetry and song lyrics. It is amazing to me still, how words and statements can hold so much feeling and emotion.
Can you tell us briefly what your book is about?
Yes, Burdened is a paranormal romance for new adults, it contains strong language and scenes for matured audiences. It is constrained but sexy and fuels ones romantic thrill at the same time possessing you with action, drama, and suspense. It is the first in a series of four called A Burdened Novel.
Burdened is from the perspective of Tracey, who is an eighteen in her senior year of high school. She meets Nathan Newcomb who she can’t help but be attracted to due to his peculiarly attractive appearance but then again she is taken aback by him and his refutation for her. With good reason – seeing as, Nathan lives a life your average girl would not choose to get involved in – better yet – run away from.
But of course, they talk and he tells her he’s into her and that they are meant to be together but he is unfortunately a burdened Sephlem. He guarantees that with him she will not have a happy life. But Tracey chooses to be with him anyway, thinking it can’t be as bad as he lets off.
After choosing him, however, things within his life start to unravel and the dangers Nathan promised her would come from choosing him, starts to present themselves… but not from the ones they expect.
Also, Burdened does not only give one seducing romance. But two, with the second being an upheaval, when you get a taste of when you are forced into the life of being with a burdened Sephlem like Glen (Tracey’s friend) and Scott (Nathan’s cousin).
When the first person said opposites attract, Glen and Scott were exactly who he or she was referring to. They too were mean to be together but Scott doesn’t give Glen the same choice as Nathan provided Tracey. And we see the difference of being offered the choice of a life with a burdened Sephlem and not.
Why did you choose your particular genre?
I chose this genre because I love romance with a kick. Things paranormal and urban fantasy allows for you to really give use to your imagination, brings creatures and events you dreamed up or imagined to life. Having the opportunity to bring new worlds to life and briefly (for a few chapters) escape this one. Then there is the extra of making humans do supernatural things we can’t.
What was your greatest challenge writing this book?
My greatest challenge in writing Burdened was making sure the people of families shared similar features but I didn’t describe them all as looking the same. Setting apart the characters.
After I finished writing the book and read it a million times I was able to visually see my characters and it made it simple to add in small features or take some out. So that my girls don’t look like guys and my guys don’t look like girls.
Are you published by a traditional house, small press or are you self-published?
I am self-published.
Was it the right choice for you?
Self-publishing is right for me because it gives you more leisure with your work, like how much you want to sell it for and where. I like not having any restrictions in the things I do in life.
How are you promoting your book thus far?
Social Media! (Facebook, twitter, google, etc.)
How is that going for you?
Promoting with social media sites is going quiet well. Better than I expected and I hope it increases.
Can you tell us one thing you have done that actually resulted in one or more sales?
One thing that I have done is linking up with bloggers to help with exposure.
Thank you Bloggers!!
Do you have another job besides writing?
I do, I am in banking operations. I do a lot of writing there – of my books.
If you could give one book promotion tip to new authors, what would that be?
Start early; it helps increase exposure prior to your big release date.
What’s next for you?
I just finished my first book of a new series. And that’s next!
Thank you for this interview, Peiri. Can you tell us where we can find you on the web?
Yes, you can tweet me @peiriann, like me @peirann, visit my blog www.peiriannslifesloves.blogspot.com or my webpage www.peiriann.com.
Burdened is available at Amazon.