Debut Author, Anna Kittrell!!

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I am super excited today to present my Oklahoma RWA sister, and fellow author of the Scrimshaw Doll series books, Anna Kittrell. Her debut book, Skinbound released from The Wild Rose Press on October 17th.

Anna Kittrell has written stories for as long as she can remember. She still has most of her tattered creations—leftovers she was unable to sell on the playground for a dime—written in childish handwriting on notebook paper, bound with too many staples. Her love of storytelling has grown throughout the years, and she is thrilled her tales are now worth more than ten cents.

Growing up in small town Oklahoma, Anna spent many a summer day on the lakeshores she often writes about. Today, she works as a middle school secretary in her beloved hometown, where she resides with her high school sweetheart-turned-husband, Tim, and their two practically grown children, Evan and Brandilyn. She still loves visiting those muddy red lakeshores of her childhood, when she’s not too busy writing about them instead.

Now I’m going to turn it over to Anna, and let her tell us about herself by answering a few trick questions.

Do you prefer redeemable villains, or like them nasty through and through?

Normally, my villains don’t have many redeemable qualities. But I do believe redeemable villains are much more threatening. Volatile, fly-off-the-handle people—sometimes nice, sometimes not—terrify me. You never know what you are going to get. Plus, when they decide to be nice, it’s hard to conk them over the head or kill them off, if need be.

And we do want to be able to rough up our villains, lol.  What faults do you prefer your heroes to have?

I like my hero to have a fierce, unspoken belief in happily ever after that makes him vulnerable and causes him to risk all. Some men might view this as a fault.

Maybe so, but how many men read romance?? So we can write our heroes that way. How do you pick the names of your characters?

My ears are always open for new names. Sometimes I hear one, it lodges in my heart, and I know right away it will become the name of my next heroine or hero. A couple of weeks ago, in Wal-Mart, I overheard a woman speaking of her newborn grandbaby. As I listened, I was thinking, I am sooo going to snatch that baby’s name…

In Skinbound, my hero’s name is Cabin Creighton. One day my friend was talking about a boy she knew named ‘Cabin,’ and I fell in love with it, only to find out later the boy’s name was really Kavan—not Cabin. I’d misheard her. LOL. I like the uniqueness of the name Cabin; it is a strong name. I like it even more now that I know I made it up! As for the twins, Darcy and Scarlett, I chose names similar in alliteration, but different in mood. To me, the name Darcy says, smart and pretty. The name Scarlett says, dangerous and beautiful.

Names can be tricky, but is finding the right title easy or hard?

I love making up titles as much as I love choosing character names. The title, Skinbound, has a double meaning. It describes Darcy and Scarlett, forever bound by identical features, but also defines an important plot point in the story. In order to understand the full meaning behind the title, the book must be read—if I told you, I’d spoil the ending. J

We don’t want any spoilers. Who would you like to see cast as the hero and heroine in a movie made about your latest release?

Hmmm…I can see Ryan Gosling as thoughtful, tormented Dr. Cabin Creighton. Reese Witherspoon can easily slip into the dual role of kindhearted schoolteacher, Darcy Vaughan, and her shrewd, evil twin, Scarlett.

Now for some fun stuff. Mountain home or beach house?

Mountain home. My husband has family in Montana, the scenery takes my breath away. Creating stories while surrounded by beauty of that magnitude sounds heavenly. Then again, I’m not particularly fond of cold weather…good thing my husband is in the climate control business.

Gloomy day or sunshine to get your muse going?

Gloomy. The house feels quieter, not as many people come knocking. Also, when it’s raining I don’t worry that I should be mowing the lawn or mopping the floors, instead of clacking away on the keyboard.

Coffee or tea?

Coffee. With creamer. Sometimes I shake in a little cinnamon-sugar to remind me of my great-grandma.

Cat or dog?

Small dog. A twelve year-old Chihuahua/Pomeranian/Rat Terrier mix named Bruce. Happy to be anywhere I’m at…even under my desk on the cold wood floor. He’s curled up beside me on the sofa now. Later he’ll bring me his ball and fetch until he drops, exhausted.

Beach vacation or sightseeing?

Beach vacation. Sightseeing seems like work.

Jeans, t-shirt, and sneakers, or pencil skirt, silk blouse, and killer heels?

I’m a dress up girl: styled hair, lipstick and eyelashes. I wear fitted skirts and high-heels to work each day and to church on Sundays. What might surprise you is where I get my extensive wardrobe. Thrift stores and resale shops. I am such a fan! People say I should keep it secret, but I’m proud of my bargains, and can’t keep them to myself. If someone compliments my top, I’ll eagerly answer, “Thanks! I paid a dollar for it at Goodwill.”

Carrie Underwood or Lady Gaga?

Neither! I’m an eighties rocker, through and through. I love the music of John Mellencamp, Night Ranger, 38 Special, Loverboy, Eddie Money and Cinderella, to name a few, and have seen them all in concert.

I’m a thrift store addict myself. Love the bargains. Now let’s hear a little bit about Anna’s book.

Blurb:

An ancient scrimshaw doll—does its gypsy magic protect or destroy?

As a child, Darcy Vaughan cowered beneath the malice of her twin sister, Scarlett. Now, Scarlett is back and Darcy hopes to establish the sisterly bond she’s always longed for. Instead, Scarlett tries to destroy Darcy’s life—and her new relationship with the town doctor.

Dr. Cabin Creighton returned to his hometown near Lake Chickasha, Oklahoma to take over his father’s practice. One look at Darcy, and Cabin wants nothing more than to love her forever. But a guilty heart and memories of his deceased wife are holding him back.

When someone from Scarlett’s past reappears, bad things start to happen. Darcy and Cabin struggle to keep their love alive, but as danger draws closer, Darcy finds herself once more at her sister’s mercy, with nothing but the yellowed bones of an ancient doll to protect her.

Excerpt:

“Really? This is how you treat your sister? Your twin?” Scarlett pushed past Darcy, into the living room.

“What—”

“You promised to check on me. I had a coughing spasm and very well could have died in that house all by myself.” She shook a cigarette from her pack, looked around the room, then slid it back in.

“May I intervene?” Cabin asked, his piercing gaze aimed at Scarlett. “You’re perfectly fine. I would have sent you to the hospital if I’d thought otherwise. As for the coughing spasm…you can blame those cigarettes for that.”

“Thank you, Dr. Drew. I’ll check into Celebrity Rehab right away.” She cackled, her breath reeking of alcohol. She turned to Darcy, snatching the doll from her hand. “Where did you get this?” she demanded. “How many crap-filled dumpsters did you have to dive into before you found the ridiculous thing? They should’ve buried these dried up bones right along with that crotchety old bat’s.” She pumped the doll’s legs in a suggestive motion and laughed, holding it from reach as Darcy grabbed for it.

Cabin circled Scarlett’s wrists with one hand, twisting the doll free with the other, and handed it to Darcy.

“My, you are a strong one.” Scarlett batted her lashes over bloodshot eyes. “I can certainly see why my sister…my twin sister…has such a bad case of Cabin fever.” She turned on her stilettoed heel and staggered through the doorway, onto the porch. “I hope you can remedy that, doctor.” She laughed as Cabin shut the door.

Here is the buy link:

The Wild Rose Press

Amazon

Barnes & Noble

Where you can find Anna:

Twitter link:

https://twitter.com/KittrellAnna

Twitter user name: @KittrellAnna

Facebook link:

http://www.facebook.com/mskittyanna

mskittyanna@facebook.com

Facebook author page:

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Anna-Kittrell/308789205843840?ref=ts&fref=ts

Website:

http://www.annakittrell.com

 

Anna is so excited about her release that she’s giving away a free pdf download of Skinbound to one lucky commenter. So comment away, and get your hands on a copy of this wonderful book.

 

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23 Responses to Debut Author, Anna Kittrell!!

  1. R.T. Wolfe says:

    Great post, Anna. Love your cover!
    -R.T. Wolfe
    http://www.rtwolfe.com

  2. Nice interview Colleen, I like your questions!! Darcy and Scarlett sound fabubulous too. Congratulations Anna and good luck with it all.

    • I love Callie’s questions too! They were so fun to answer–very thought provoking too. Thank you, Cait, for stopping by :) Good luck in the drawing, maybe you’ll get to read all about Darcy and Scarlett for free!

  3. Calisa Rhose says:

    Your answers crack me up Anna! :) But I love mountain settings too. Congrats and great interview lady. Loved seeing you Saturday. I hope your and Tim’s anniversary was enjoyable.

    • :) Calisa! I enjoyed the meeting so much. I always look forward to seeing your newest hairstyle–you have GREAT hair! Tim and I had a great anniversary weekend. Thank you for stopping by.

  4. Laura Hobbs says:

    Anna you are so fun!! Loved you’re book, looking forward to reading more! Also, I loved you’re choice in the name Cabin, what a strong name! You and you’re Goodwill comment, too funny but you always look like a million dollars! Great interview!

    • Laura! One of my favorite people in the whole world…and the best hairdresser ever to hold a pair of scissors. Thank you so much for your sweet comments and support. You already knew I do all my shopping at thrift shops–it’s true what they say–good hairdressers know all of your juciest secrets :)

  5. Terrific interview ladies!

    Anna, congrats on your debut….wonderful excerpt and cover!

  6. Callie says:

    Hey Anna, Looks like you’ve been having fun. Thanks to all the ladies who stopped by. We appreciate the support.

  7. Elizabeth says:

    Thanks for the chance to read the interview and a portion of the book!

    Glad I stopped by!

  8. Great title and creepy premise! I’ve always had my suspicions about my sister…

    • Well, to be honest, Ally, a couple of things in my book were done to me by my sister… Don’t tell her! I didn’t give her a link to Callie’s blog :) I’m hoping she won’t remember that far into our childhood when she reads the book!

  9. Ceri Hebert says:

    80′s music is the BEST (though I do listen to both Carrie Underwood and Lady GaGa). I love the sound of this story and your hero’s name. Very unique! Great interview, ladies!

  10. Callie says:

    Lol, Ally. Doesn’t her story sound interesting, Ceri? Thanks for coming by, ladies.

  11. Jess says:

    Sorry I’m chiming in late. Loved the interview and I look forward to reading the book. I was really taken by the hero’s name. I collect them too! I wondered if you’d named your daughter after author Brandylin Collins. :)
    Thanks again for critiquing me. You’re a sweetheart and I hope Skinbound sells a bazillion copies!

    • Jess, you are the sweetest. I can’t wait to see your scrimshaw story in print–it is fantastic :)
      My husband and I thought we’d made up our daughter’s name. He liked the name Brandi, and I thought it needed something more, so we put “lyn” on the end. Of course, it’s kind of like when you buy a new car you’ve rarely seen before…suddenly you see them everywhere. It is cool about Brandilyn Collins, though. I believe she writes YA Christian, and that’s where my heart is <3 Another funny thing about that, our son (age 5 at the time) picked out our daughter's middle name, "Crystal." After she was born, he told us he'd said, "Twister," NOT "Crystal!" LOL.
      Thank you so much for visiting Callie's blog. Good luck in the drawing!

  12. Anna – Great interview! I love your play on words with “Cabin fever”… I hope you have many great sales.

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