[Manga Maniac Cafe] Good morning, Anna! Describe yourself in five words or less.
[Anna Abner] A flirty, funny romance author.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about Elixir?
[Anna Abner] I would love to! The red plague has devastated the human race, turning billions of people into zombies with red eyes and an insatiable hunger for human flesh. The virus sweeps through the population so quickly a possible cure is left to rot. Seventeen-year-old Maya Solomon may be the only survivor who knows where it is. But to reach the lab in Raleigh, North Carolina she will have to outrun the infected boy tracking her every step and cross into a city swarming with monsters.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] How did you come up with the concept and the characters for the story?
[Anna Abner] I was inspired by all the fun and scary stories I have been watching and reading lately, like the novels Warm Bodies and Hunger Games, and TV shows like American Horror Story and Teen Wolf.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What did you enjoy most about writing this book?
[Anna Abner] Ben was my favorite part. He changes so much throughout the story, and his actions are so touching, I just adore him.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What gave you the most trouble with this story?
[Anna Abner] Good question! The toughest part was grounding the characters and the story in reality, which can be tricky when writing about zombies and the end of the human race.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] If you had a theme song, what would it be?
[Anna Abner] Definitely Echo by Jason Walker. I listened to that song a lot while writing Elixir and, to me, it expresses Ben’s point of view beautifully. Plus it’s a great song.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What’s one thing you won’t leave home without?
[Anna Abner] Lip gloss. I have to have at least three kinds of gloss or lipstick or lip balm in my purse at all times.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Name three things on your desk right now.
[Anna Abner] An energy drink, colored pens, and a half-built Lego set.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] If you could trade places with anyone for just one day, who would you be?
[Anna Abner] Wow, that’s a tough one. I have always been obsessed with history and archeology so I’m going to say I would be a famous archeologist digging up some fabulous ancient ruin in Egypt or South America.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What are some books that you enjoyed recently?
[Anna Abner] I just finished reading Divergent by Veronica Roth. And I’m in the middle of City of Bones by Cassandra Clare. Both are really good. I’m looking forward to seeing the film adaptation of Divergent.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What do you like to do when you aren’t writing?
[Manga Maniac Cafe] How can readers connect with you?
[Anna Abner] Facebook (Link: http://www.facebook.com/annaabnerauthor)
Website (Link: http://www.annaabner.com)
Tumblr (Link: http://annaabner.tumblr.com/)
Twitter (Link: @AnnaAbner)
Thank you so much for the chance to stop by and chat!
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Thank you!
About the book:
Elixir: Red Plague Trilogy Book One
Genre: YA Paranormal
Publisher: Mild Red Books
Number of pages: 200
Word Count: 50,000
Cover Artist: Sweet & Spicy Designs
The red plague has devastated the human race, turning billions of people into zombies with red eyes and an insatiable hunger for human flesh. The virus sweeps through the population so quickly a possible cure is left to rot. Seventeen-year-old Maya Solomon may be the only survivor who knows where it is. But to reach the lab in Raleigh, North Carolina she will have to outrun the infected boy tracking her every step and cross into a city swarming with monsters.
A buzzing circular saw woke me five minutes before my alarm was supposed to go off. Instant, achy terror consumed me. I scrambled out of bed in my PJs and crouched at the end of the hall, peeking around the corner into the living room beyond the foyer.
“Dad?” I hissed.
He stood, hands on hips, in front of our big screen TV staring at local news.
I sagged against the wall in relief. For a moment I’d thought… But no. We weren’t being attacked by red-eyed plague victims.
Dad hadn’t heard me, but around and between his arms I watched the agitated news anchor struggle through her report.
“If you are in a heavily infected area,” the hollow-eyed brunette read off the teleprompter, “you are instructed to shelter in place. Do not attempt to travel. Roads and highways are impassable, particularly in Raleigh and Charlotte. The safest thing for you to do is stay where you are. Lock your doors and windows and wait for further instruction.”
A tiny hiccup of fright escaped my throat, and Dad whipped his head around. His normally slicked back blonde hair was dry and messy as if he hadn’t bothered to comb it at all.
“Maya,” he exclaimed, pasting on a friendly smile. But under the positive facade I could tell he was just as terrified as I was. The world was falling to pieces and we both knew it.
About the Author:
One of my first memories is dangling over the arm of our living room sofa telling myself a post-apocalyptic survival tale in which my mother and I were the last two people on earth. It was so fun, I never stopped telling stories. In high school, I faked being ill so I could stay home to work on a novel about a nanny who falls in love with her boss’ bad boy nephew.
As an adult I earned a college degree, got married, and had a child, but I never stopped writing. It only got more fun. I wrote through my lunch breaks at work. I wrote on the treadmill at the gym. Eventually, I had dozens of short stories, novellas, and full-length novels piling up on thumb drives and in plastic tubs.
Now, I’m ready to share my stories with you, starting with The Dark Caster Series and the Red Plague Trilogy. I hope you love reading them as much as I loved writing them!
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