Author: Anna Zabo
Book: Outside the Lines
Series: Bluewater Bay
Page/Word Count: 255 pages, 67K words
Categories: Ménage/Poly Romance, Contemporary Romance, MFM
Release Date: December 18, 2017
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Cover Artist: L. C. Chase
About Bluewater Bay:
Welcome to Bluewater Bay! This quiet little logging town on Washington state’s Olympic Peninsula has been stagnating for decades, on the verge of ghost town status. Until a television crew moves in to film Wolf’s Landing, a soon-to-be cult hit based on the wildly successful shifter novels penned by local author Hunter Easton.
Wolf’s Landing’s success spawns everything from merchandise to movie talks, and Bluewater Bay explodes into a mecca for fans and tourists alike. The locals still aren’t quite sure what to make of all this—the town is rejuvenated, but at what cost? And the Hollywood-based production crew is out of their element in this small, mossy seaside locale. Needless to say, sparks fly.
This collaborative story world is brought to you by eleven award-winning, best-selling LGBTQ romance authors: L.A. Witt, L.B. Gregg, Z.A. Maxfield, Heidi Belleau, Rachel Haimowitz, Anne Tenino, Amy Lane, SE Jakes, G.B. Gordon, Jaime Samms and Ally Blue. Each contemporary novel stands alone, but all are built around the town and the people of Bluewater Bay and the Wolf’s Landing media empire.
About Anna Zabo:
Anna Zabo writes contemporary and paranormal romance for all colors of the rainbow. They live and work in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, which isn’t nearly as boring as most people think.
Anna grew up in the wilds of suburban Philadelphia before returning to their ancestral homelands in Western Pennsylvania. As a child they were heartily disappointed to discover that they couldn’t grow up to be what they wanted (a boy, a cat, a dragon), so they settled on being themself whenever possible, which may be a combination of a boy, a cat, and a dragon. Or perhaps a girl, a knight, and a writer. Depends on whom you ask. They do have a penchant for colorful ties and may be hording a small collection of cufflinks.They can be easily plied with coffee.
Anna has an MFA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University, where they fell in with a roving band of romance writers and never looked back. They also have a BA in Creative Writing from Carnegie Mellon University.
Interview with Anna Zabo:
- As an author myself, I know inspiration is everywhere and can strike at the most inopportune moments (like in the shower, when you don’t have anything to write with!). So, what was the inspiration behind <book title here>? I really wanted to write a poly romance that wasn’t a triad, wasn’t m/m/m, and was more like the poly relationships I see in real life. Also, I do believe that fiction can change minds and imbue understanding, and I see so many comments about open relationships and poly relationships in the romance community that are downright hurtful to real people who love and have found their personal happy ever afters. I’d like to change that.
- What is your writing process? (i.e. plotter or panster, explain) I used to be a die-hard pantser, but ended up learning how to make plotting work for me…and now I love plotting! The first thing I do is figure out the basic premise for the story. In the case of Outside the Lines, I knew I wanted to write a poly romance and I knew two of the three people involved would own the comics store in the town. Then it was just a matter of figuring out who the third person was, what their job was, etc. Then I sat down and sketched out my MCs. Who they were, what they wanted, hopes and fears and how that related to the plot. Then I came up with a loose outline to get the shape of the story, and dove in. I do give myself some wiggle room, because I still do a lot of discovering of the characters while writing. But it so helps me to have a bead on who they are and a good idea of the shape of the story before I start writing it.
- What is the hardest part of that process for you? Digging deep for the conflict. I hate hurting my characters. But sometimes you gotta break their hearts.
- There’s a big leap a writer takes from putting words down on paper for the love of it and actually publishing those words for public scrutiny. What was that journey like for you? Not super-hard? I have two creative writing degrees, so I’ve spent a lot of my time writing things with the intent that other people will read them. I think the biggest shift was that once you publish something, you really can’t go back and change it. Not for a while anyway, especially if you publish through a publisher.
- What one piece of advice would you give an aspiring writing considering that leap for themselves? No book is going to be perfect and people will criticize your writing. It’s okay. Not every book is for every reader. Keep writing.
- What can readers expect from you next? Next up is Syncopation, an m/m rock star romance coming out in April with Carina Press. Ray Van Zeller, lead singer of Twisted Wishes is in a bind when he and his drummer have a public falling out. Worse, their talented replacement drummer is none other than Zavier Demos, Ray’s unobtainable high school crush.
5 Fun Quickies:
- Favorite curse word: It’s unoriginal, but “fuck.”
- You’re auditioning for American Idol, what’s your song?: “Perfect Stranger” by Erasure.
- Over or under (toilet paper, of course): Don’t actually care, as long as there’s toilet paper.
- Weapon of choice: Ballista
- Evil mastermind, easily convinced partner in crime, or innocent bystander: Evil mastermind who acts like an innocent bystander.
Where to find Anna Zabo:
To celebrate the release of Outside the Lines, one lucky winner will receive a $25 Riptide credit! Leave a comment with your contact info to enter the contest. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on December 23, 2017. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. entries. Thanks for following the tour, and don’t forget to leave your contact info!