Anne Marie Citro, Author Spotlight

Author Spotlight

In a city of millions, the probability of chance and all of its mathematical outcomes should never have brought Jake and Zara together.

Jake never forgot the beautiful, exotic eyes of his first love. They haunt his dreams and make him look twice at every woman he meets. Then, in a twist of fate, when he jumps to the rescue of the gorgeous jogger he has been admiring for weeks, one look into Zara’s eyes brings him back to her, even if it’s only all the sweet memories.

It has taken Zara years to finally be happy with who she is, working her dream job as a counselor to special needs teenagers and having fun with her crazy group of friends. However, she has never forgiven herself for that fateful night when she was a teenager. The night that changed the course of so many lives. The night she learned unconditional love isn’t always so unconditional. Now, years later, in the clutches of a devil dog’s jaw, Zara has only one regret. That he will never know the truth. 

She can’t change the sins of her past, but can her sexy hero lead her to a new future? Can she finally leave the past where it belongs-in the past? Or, will old secrets threaten her new, budding love?

Hello book lovers! Today is a day where I will be writing another author spotlight for a well-accomplished author whose work I have loved. As you know book lovers I love learning about authors and the inspiration behind their work, it fascinates me and adds to the depth of the book because the reader will be able to better understand it. That is how the author spotlights were created because I soon discovered that you lovely readers ALSO love learning about author’s, so I am excited to tell you a little bit more about author Anne Marie Citro whose book My Beloved Past charmed as well as moved me from beginning to end. I personally would recommend this book to all of those that love romance and moving stories that are entertaining as well as memorable but really the book can be read by anybody as it is flawlessly written and highly enjoyable. With today’s author spotlight for Anne Marie, a biography of the author and an interview between me and Anne Marie will be shared, and I hope that you book lovers enjoy reading it! To kick this off here is an author bio about the wonderful Anne Marie Citro!

Anne Marie Citro grew born and raised in the greater Toronto area of Ontario, Canada. She grew up in a large, loving family. Anne Marie is married to a very patient man. He is the love of her life. They have four very cool sons, and the girls they brought into their family that have become daughters of her heart. She has been blessed enough to finally have a beautiful granddaughter after four sons. She has her own personal gaggle of girlfriends, who enrich her life on a daily basis and make her laugh. Caesar Friday is her favorite day of the week. Caesars with the girls and date night with her hubby. She worked with special-needs teenagers, that taught her how to appreciate life and see it through gentler eyes. Anne Marie was encouraged by her husband to follow her lifelong dream to write. She loves the characters that take over imagination and haunts her dreams. She loves the arts and she has tried her hand at painting, wood sculpting, chainsaw carving, wood burning, metal and wire sculptures. Yes, her husband is a very patient man! Anne Marie is an avid reader and enjoys about three books per week. But nothing makes her happier than riding on the back of her husband’s Harley and throwing her arms out and feeling the wind race by. Anne Marie and her husband take a few weeks every year to travel to spectacular destination around the world. Anne Marie is excited and can’t wait to see what the next chapter holds for her life.

Now, how wonderful does Anne Marie sound?! Anne Marie is a truly exceptional writer and I hope that you lovely readers have a read of Anne Marie’s work because you will not regret it! Please see below an interview between me and Anne Marie, I hope that you enjoy Anne Marie’s answers to my questions, they are incredible and provide some great advice too!

Thank you for joining us at Red Headed Book Lover! Could you please tell us readers about your book and what inspired you to write your book?

I wrote this book because we are all human and in life we all make mistakes. A lot when we are young. My question is how long should my character Zara be punished for making a mistake. I also wanted to understand the fallout from every person affected because of Zara decisions. Forgiveness can’t be received until we forgive ourselves. Or on the flipside maybe we don’t want or need forgiveness so in that case we have to own our mistake.

I adore your reasons for writing your book and for exploring such a great topic in your literature. What would your advice be for aspiring writers?

Treat it like a business. Have business hours and stick to them. Have a five year plan. Very few businesses make money in the first five years so be patient. My husband told me when I quit the job I loved and started writing full time to have control of every aspect of my business. It’s not easy to learn as an independent author but don’t let anyone do anything you don’t know how to do for yourself. For example I had a university student teach me how to build a website and manage it. It was so out of my bounds of comfort but I’m so proud of my website today. It might not be conventional but it is all me.

Yes! With a business plan comes a goal and great motivation so I adore how you recommend this. In your opinion, what is the most important thing about a book? 

The most important thing for me is to have a complete story a beginning, a middle, and a conclusive ending. I am an avid reader about two/three books a week. But nothing makes me more angry then just getting into a story and finding out it is just the beginning and I have to buy three more to get the whole story. If I encounter an author like that I refuse to read them again even if they are a great story teller.

I agree! There is nothing worse than having to wait to read the next book to get the answers you desperately wish for. What is your writing process like Anne Marie?

My mind is a very hectic place. I even dream about my characters, no rest for the wicked. Lol. I usually walk every morning at 5:30 with my iPhone blaring music. This is the time that I organize my day. What I want to write and how it will look. That doesn’t mean that’s how it will turn out. I have written a whole chapter reread it and then one of my characters doesn’t like the direction so I rewrite it how they want it. After comparing the two I’m embarrassed to say that nine times out of ten they win. I have had one character throughout this series that has driven me to the brink of insanity. I love this series but I can’t tell you how happy I was to finally get Edward out of my head.

Writing is such a hard but rewarding process and I hope you continue to share those wonderful stories with us as I adore your work! What kind of research do you do, and how long do you spend researching before beginning a book?

I do a lot of research. Some of it I do before I start but a bulk of it is done during the process. I have to have quite a few sources to back up my research because my editor will challenge me on my facts and I have to be able to back them up. I’ve learned a lot. But nothing has ever been more important than the research I did about strokes. In one of my books the character has a stroke. Last Easter my mom had a massive stroke in my arms and I knew the signs instantly and what information I needed for the 911 call and stroke team when we arrived at the hospital. I will always be thankful for the information I learned. Ironically my mom read the proof copy of that book while she recovered in the hospital.

Thank you for sharing this with us and being so open. Do you have a set schedule for writing, or do you only write when you feel inspired?

I have an office at my husband’s business and I sit there from 8 am until 6 pm writing, researching or doing administrative work. If someone drops by or I have to step away from writing I make my hours up at night. I also work 5 but honestly more like 6 days a week. If it is really flowing I can work 12 to 14 hours no problem.

You are such a hard worker! I admire this. Do you read much and if so who are your favorite authors?

Like I said before I read two/three books a week. I have a million favorite authors. But my top are Diana Gabaldon, Tillie Cole, Kristen Ashley, T.M. Frazier, Sierra Simone, Jamie Begley, Katy Regnery. I could go on and on.

Kristen Ashley is a fantastic author! Lastly, when can we readers expect to read more wonderful books from you?  

My next release is book six and the final book of this series. It is called Consequences of Being JoJo. It is a story that is near and dear to my heart. It is about anorexia. My goddaughter is a survivor and she loaned me her diaries from when she was hospitalized. It is not my goddaughters story however without her diaries I would never have understood the struggles frustrations and fear my character would go through. It is a story I’m so proud of and the my goddaughter is the model on the cover. I took the picture and it is my all-time favorite cover because it screams I’m alive and loveable. A huge difference from a young girl who nearly died at just under eighty pounds.

My next series is about a subject I wonder about often. What happens to family members that are left behind after a mass shooting or terrorism. How do you survive? What happens to their trust levels? Can they trust themselves to love with the fear of loss and so much anger inside. The next series is called Savage’s Buck & Doe and it is about four brothers and how they survive their brother and father being murdered in a mass shooting and the women that teach them to love again.

Its official book lovers, I am obsessed with Anne Marie! If you have liked what you have read about Anne Marie and are interested in learning more about Anne Marie and reading Anne Marie’s work, then please do have a browse of the links below and be sure to have a read of the previews too! You will not regret it.

Goodbye for now book lovers,

My Beloved Past: Amazon U.S. – Amazon U.K. – Goodreads

Anne Marie Citro: Facebook – Twitter – Pinterest – Goodreads Author Page – Amazon C.A. – Kobo – Smashwords – iBooks – Barnes & Noble

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