Author Q&A with Carey Anderson

Carey Anderson. Author of Last Words. Available on Amazon!

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image2PEN’Ashe Magazine: How long have you been a published author?

Carey Anderson: I’ve been a self published author for three years.
The Wallace Family Affairs Saga launched in early 2013. This series is about a couple of large and influential families located in the San Francisco Bay Area. You meet the family in Tracy’s Complications. In this story you quickly learn that there’s more to the Wallace’s than meets the eye. It’s not until Sometimes Love Isn’t Enough that you take a closer look at the Wallace and Latour’s.
Each volume in the Wallace Family Saga focuses on a specific member.
All but one of the stories are told on the same timeline, which provides further details and more insight into the big picture. At Last goes back into time to provide more insight into who The Wallace’s are. I always say if you had to choose only one story to read, I’d suggest At Last. This book is the most romantic of all of the stories.

PM: Describe your writing process.

CA: Once I have an idea for a story, I mentally brainstorm. I keep a mental outline that may completely change as my characters tell their story. Often I feel like an observer recording the scene as it plays out. Often times character names and details change before I feel the story is complete. During my writing process I share my book one chapter at a time with my Beta Readers. I rely on their reactions to know whether I’ve hit my mark.

PM: How many books have you published?

CA: I currently have thirteen books published. Nine of them belong to my main series The Wallace Family Affairs. The remaining four books belong to the spinoff series Beyond The Wallace’s. My Wallace Family Affairs saga consist of full length novels. Each story can be read as a standalone if desired. The Beyond The Wallace’s series consist of side stories to the main stories and they’re shorter versions of the main stories.

PM: Are you a full-time Author? If not, what struggles keep you from doing your craft full-time?

CA: No, currently I have not generated the revenue to pursue my writing career full time. Hopefully once I acquire a traditional publishing contract I will be able to quit my day job and pursue writing full time.

PM: How do you market your work?

CA: Currently I rely heavily on Social Media to market my work. I’ve reached out to a few bookstores, and I plan to do more of that in the near future.

PM: What can we expect from you in 2016?

CA: This summer I plan to release the first part of the final series to the Wallace Family Affairs Saga. Present is the Season One collaborative volume of the Together We Are Strong series, and it picks up where The Wallace Family Affairs ends. The Wallace Family Saga ends with lots of marriage proposals and life course changes. Present begins with a quick Rollcall of all the characters that you grew to love previously. The second and final Season What Comes next will come out next year.
Also, late 2016, I plan to publish a standalone book. Tentatively titled “Inherited Guilt”, this story is about four characters who do their best to navigate life through the perceptions they inherited from their parents. Matters of the heart are never easy to navigate through and my characters fumble their way through life.

PM: What advice do you have for up and coming authors?

CA: Always remember that growth and criticism are a part of the literary field. Everyone will not appreciate your artistic expression, however as long as you’re true to your voice you will succeed. As you learn you will continue to grow, and the growth will reflect in your work.

PM: Thank you so much for allowing PEN’Ashe to feature you. Good Luck with your career!

CA: Thank you for this opportunity.

image1About the Author:

Carey Anderson was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area in California. At a very young age she learned that she had a natural gift for storytelling. Carey would entertain her family and friends with stories about anything going on in her life or theirs.

During a time when everyone begins to ask their selves “who am I” this question was answered for Carey. Her teacher, who brought out all things creative within her, read her story aloud to the class. “Mrs. Dyes assigned a homework assignment to write a story about where Butterflies got their colors. I turned in my tale of how Martin Luther Butterfly helped all the world, and most importantly butterflies, receive their much-needed colors to make the world a wonderful place. At first I was so embarrassed, because I thought everyone would laugh at me and make fun of my story. When I realized they were laughing with me at my colorful story I couldn’t put my pen down. I’d write short stories, poetry, journal entries, etc.” Carey started writing stories as an outlet for the things going on in her life. Once she was in high school she began receiving extra credit from her English teacher for writing stories during her free time after school and on the weekends. Her English teacher suggested that she look into writing children’s books, which she may do one day. However, writer’s block affected Carey for quite a few years. She would attempt to start stories, but she would never finish them.

During a really turbulent time in Carey’s life she began writing what is now known as The Wallace Family Affairs Volume One Tracy’s Complications, on her iPhone just as a little doodle. “I was going through some pretty rough things. My only escape from that reality was to look at my situation and imagine it differently. That’s why Volume One starts off like a journal. I didn’t know it was going to be a story when Tracy started telling her story. Through the encouragement of my oldest and dearest friends my escape took me to a whole world of it’s own.” Carey wanted to share her stories immediately with the world so she decided to go down the path of self-publishing.

Quickly after finishing Volume I, Carey began Volume II the story of her life. “I put so many of my family members in that story it’s ridiculous!” Carey comes from a large family of cousins, and siblings so having such a large family on Amber or Malcolm’s side is not strange or unusual for her. “The Latour’s and the Wallace’s in a lot of ways are like both of my parent’s families, with lots of sprinkles of imagination. Neither side is directly represented in one family, but they’re all in there.” Again using only her iPhone, Carey crafted this master piece losing lots of sleep because Amber or Malcolm would wake her up to tell her more about their story.

Thus far Carey’s stories have been relatable and entertaining. They have been received well by the public and she looks forward to continuing to entertain you. “I get excited whenever someone reads one of my stories. I wanna know what they think about the characters? Are they entertained? Would they like to continue? So on and so forth. Everyone knows when they tell me they’re reading I ask them where they are, and what has happened so far. I love interacting with my readers and discussing my characters as if they’re real people. One of my biggest debates is the visual reference to what my characters actually look like. I see my character one-way, and my Rough Riders will see them another sometimes. The other debate happens once you’ve finished Volume Two Part 1 & Part 2, are you #TeamMalcolm or are you #TeamDwayne? I love to see this debate play out amongst my readers. I try to stay as neutral as possible, because I have love and affection for the two of them.” Make sure you drop Carey a line and let her know whether you’re #TeamMalcolm or #TeamDwayne, she loves to hear her reader’s answers to this question. If you haven’t done so already, check out Carey’s stories on Amazon. You can either search “Wallace Family Affairs” or simply click on http://www.amazon.com/author/careyanderson

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