Thursday, May 4, 2023


I want to thank Anise Storm for taking the time for this interview!


Anise Storm is a USA Today Bestselling author of Contemporary and Dark Romance. Possessing a life-long love of writing since childhood, she started by dabbling in poetry and other short stories.

A Southern transplant, Anise is married with children. She has a love of football, shoes, and tall, dark heroes. When not spending time with family or traveling, she can be found either curled up with a good book or writing.

When and how did you know you wanted to be a writer? 

I have wanted to be a writer since I’d learned how to read.

Did you have any influencing writers growing up? 

I loved Francine Pascal, Judy Blume, Beverly Cleary, etc

Are any of your characters based on people in real life? 

No, but they might have mannerisms or characteristics of different people.

Where do you draw your book inspirations from? 

Both music and photographs inspire a lot of my scenes, if not books themselves.

Do you use a basic outline when starting a new story or do you let the characters lead the way? 

I have a beginning and end, but outside of a random assortment of scenes, I pretty much let the characters write their own stories.

When you are picturing the characters in your book, do you have a cheater photo for inspiration? 

I am someone visual, so all of my characters are visually inspired by real life people.

Many people read as a form of escape and relaxation. What is your favorite way to sit back and relax? 

I love to curl up on the couch and read.

Who are your favorite current authors to read? 

Laurelin Paige, Maya Banks, Lora Leigh, Cherise Sinclair, etc

What are your favorite books by others? 

I love the Crossfire series from Sylvia Day

Do the locations in the stories have any meaning to you? 

Yes, and I try to make mine diverse over my portfolio.

Do you write in single or multiple POV? 

Multiple POV

What do you find to be your best research tool? 


Do you write under a pen name? Also, do you write under more than one name?

Yes, and just this one.

What genre do you write and why is this your preference? 

I write both dark and contemporary romance. 

With CR, the story is more about the actual romance, whereas DR allows me to push the limits but still end up with a HEA.

Tell me something about yourself outside of writing. Jobs, accomplishments, family, quirky trait...what led to you being you? 

I am obsessed with American football and high heels. I’m very much a tomboy so the shoe thing is still a mystery LOL.

If you are a duo writing team, how do you share the writing process? 

I have co-written a few books with a great friend of mine, Taylor L Ray, and she writes the female POVs and I write the male POVs.

What advice would you give to an aspiring writer? 

Never give up on your dreams.

How do you deal and process negative book reviews? 

I usually look for constructive criticism and try to apply to that future writing, unless there is nothing constructive to be found. 

At that point, I shrug it off because everyone isn’t going to like every book they read.

What is the most difficult part of your writing process? 

The imposter syndrome. It creates more writer’s block than anything else.

What do you need in your writer’s space to keep you focused? 


What is your naughty indulgence as you are writing? 

I don’t really have one.

If you could spend a day with another popular author, whom would you choose? And why? 

Laurelin Paige because she is my writing idol and it would be the coolest to talk about my #1 book boyfriend with her.

What is your schedule like when you are writing? Do you have a favorite writing snack or drink? 

I usually drink lemonade and eat M&M peanuts. 

I work a full time day job, so I mainly write in the evenings and weekends.

Do you listen to music when you write – what kind of music is your favorite? 

All the time. It depends on the book but usually hard rock is my favorite.

Have pets ever gotten in the way of your writing? 

I have cats who bother me constantly.

What is your kryptonite as a writer? What totally puts you off your game?

Imposter Syndrome

Have you ever killed off a character that your readers loved? 

Not yet


How do you celebrate after typing THE END? 

I pull up another Word document and start the next book.

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