Monday, October 08, 2012

Retreat Guest Blogger Annie Seaton

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Annie Seaton lives on the beautiful east coast of Australia, where she loves sitting in her writing chair, gazing at the ocean and writing stories. She has always been fascinated by all things historical and has found her niche writing contemporary romance and steampunk, where strong heroines and brooding heroes fight together to make their alternative world a better place.


Life events can occasionally take us down a very different path to that we planned for our lives. Sometimes good...sometimes not so good.  

As an author, one of the joys of writing is knowing that you can make a difference to someone’s day when they immerse themselves in your story and live the romance of your characters.


I have always been an avid reader, from the moment I could read. For many years, my family has heard...one day I will write my book. However, a very satisfying life as a wife, mother and with a full time career in education intruded on my dream and managed to fill up my days.

A couple of years ago I reassessed my priorities and decided to give up a career of many, many years. What on earth was I going to do with my day?

It was time to write that book!

...And now it is time to make you all envious. 

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I have discovered that writing comes very easily to me, and the stories that have been in my head for years are just jumping onto the page. I sit in my writing chair and gaze at the tranquil Pacific Ocean as the stories flow. On the very rare occasion that they are a bit reluctant to be told, I go for a walk on the beach and the muse comes back with a vengeance!

Water is my element and feeds my creative process and so far, each one of contemporary romances has boats and islands as the central focus.  My sequel to Holiday Affair is set on the Italian coast and I really think a visit may be necessary to walk on that beach! After all, I do have to give you, my dear readers, an accurate representation of the setting!


Dream on...Annie. One day...

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One of the greatest pleasures I get from writing is creating characters and taking them on their journey to happily ever after in a variety of settings. I have written steampunk romance (Winter of the Passion Flower) paranormal romance (Blind Lust ) and my debut best selling contemporary romance (Holiday Affair.

Different careers, exotic settings, alternative worlds... but the joy of romance writing for me is creating the happily ever after. I also love to write books in series and follow the lives and loves of characters who appear in more than one book. Watch out for Italian Affair and Outback Affair.

I hope you get as much pleasure reading my stories as I do writing them.




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72 comments:

Shaunna said...

The ocean and a beautiful beach? I'd never get anything done!

Neomie Lemke said...

I am haven't read "Holiday Affair" yet but I am sooooo looking forward to it. The plot is really enticing... is this one of the stories that was brewing for years before you started writing it? If so did it alter over the years? Interested in hearing about the creative process :)

Patty said...

Do you live by the ocean? Amazing! Sounds like you'll have a great writing space.

Shaunna said...

Gazing at the ocean and walking the beach? I'd never get anything done!

Nina Croft said...

Wow - I envy you your writing chair - it sounds fabulous!

Robin Bielman said...

Hi Annie! You are so lucky to get to gaze at the ocean while you write! Mind if I join you? ;)

Congrats again on all your wonderful success!

Annie Seaton said...

Neomie... Holiday Affair was THE romance I had in my head for years while I was in my career in education. If I was ever stressed at work or couldn't sleep, I would lie in h=bed and create settings and think out the plot. And no.. it always stayed fairly close to my original idea.
The only addition was Tom.. the brother. I hope you enjoy reading it!

Neomie Lemke said...

Thank Annie! I'll have to keep my eyes out for this Tom you speak of :)

Annie Seaton said...

Hi Patty and Shaunna
Yes I am very fortunate. Iive by the ocean and as I typ this I am listening to the waves break on the beach. It is amazing how the water feeds my creative process. If I ever have a writing block, a walk on the beach with Bob the Dog (you can see him on my blog http://annieseaton.blogspot.com) feeds the creativity. The scene in Winter of the Passion Flower when Indigo was hiding in the tree was totally written on the beach one day!

teleswordbites said...

Why did you start writing? Did you do any Creative Writing courses?

Annie Seaton said...

Come on over, Robin. And thank you... the last seven months has been an exhilarating ride!
And I appreciate my supporters and readers so much. That's why I am here at 2.30am talking to you!

Annie Seaton said...

Nina, my writing chair is wonderful.. I spend most of my day there! I am blessed with my new writing life!

Annie Seaton said...

I started writing because I have always had the 'need' to write. I loved writing stories in primary school and one of my earliest memories is my mother taking me to the library. I completed an English degree after school, but it was literature and not creative writing. I have done a couple of online courses through Savvy Authors.. but more for editing knowledge than craativewriting. I work as a freelance editing with many authors and like to keep my skills up to date.

brandi said...

I am looking forward to reading your newest. I find it interesting that you have time to edit other authors and still find time to write your own. How did you get into doing the freelance editing? I find many books that I have read have mistakes or errors that should have been caught.

Annie Seaton said...

Hi Brandi
You are so right. I now have a strict schedule for writing and editing as I found my writing was suffering. I write from 9 till 3 and then break for chores and dinner. After dinner from about 7-10pm, I edit! When I have a big job on, I will devote a whole day or two a week to an edit. I started editing for something to keep me occupied after I gave up my full time career last year. However that was before (!) I had my wonderful success with Holiday Affair. I agree with you whole heartedly. It is SO important that a book goes out error free. I have several self published clients and we work together to ensure that their books go out in a perfect form! I also edit for Lyrical Press under Ann-Marie Smith... so as you can see I am one busy lady!

Beth said...

is there a genre of writing that you haven't tried yet that you would like to?
BethR

Barbara DeLeo said...

Hi Annie and Lucy! (Lucy, you were a speaker at the very first Romance Writer's conference I went to in New Zealand and I was hooked on your every word {:o)

Like you Annie, water plays a big part in my creative process. I SO wish I lived by the beach, but have to make do with a tropical fish tank in my office instead.{:o/

"Holiday Affair" is almost at the top of my TBR pile. Can't wait. Huge congrats on all your success.

Rachel Lyndhurst said...

Oh Annie, how I envy you your writing chair and proximity to the ocean! I love your books, so evocative, please take me to Italy too!

Will you write us an Italian? Pretty pleeeease?
x

Valerie said...

What a wonderful and inspiring post. Good luck to you!

brandi said...

If someone wanted to get into editing, how would suggest that they go about it? I have been curious for awhile about it.

Annie Seaton said...

Hi Beth
I have a women's fiction literary novel in my head. All plotted and ready to write... which is a big thing for me as I am an absolute panster. I have decided to set aside some time next year to write it.
It is a very sad story about the resilience of the female spirit after tragedy strikes. It will be called From the Ashes. I just wish I had more time. I have 6 manuscripts on the go at the moment! Ranging from sexy to sweet to paranormal romance!

Victoria James said...

Hi Annie! There's something about the water and the creative process, isn't there? I wish we lived near the ocean, when we do get away it's to the lake-not the same. Congrats on your books-I still have HOLIDAY AFFAIR on my tbr, and can't wait to start it :-)

Annie Seaton said...

HI again Brandi
If you watch the epublishers websites for employment opportunities, you will often see vacancies for content and line editors. They send you a test piece to edit and then if you are successful, you go on probation for a while.I worked for four different e publishers last year before I went freelance. It is essential to do that to gain an understanding of house style (which does vary) and ebook formatting. I also subscribed to the Chicago Manual of Style online ($35US) as there are so many rules that you need to know to be a good editor. I am proud to say that for my clients who wanted to publish through traditional routes and not self publish, I have a one hundred percent record of getting them to contract after I have worked with them on their manuscripts. My self pub clients are all up in the top ranks of Amazon!

Annie Seaton said...

HI Barbara and Victoria...I hope you love Holiday Affair when you
read it. I know I loved writing it!

calstephanie said...

Ah, sounds like a great writer's chair location. Australia is my dream trip so I love hearing anything about it. :)

Raonaid Luckwell said...

Funny that you say water feds your inspiration. My friends laugh because I always start with "This idea came to me in the shower/bath/washing dishes". However I don't incorporate in the writing.

Annie Seaton said...

Tank you Valerie, it has been a dream come true and I would like to encourage all writers to follow their dream. There is a little bit more about my journey on Tea Cooper's blog. http://www.teacooperauthor.com/1/post/2012/07/annie-seaton-where-is-she-now.html
and of course you can follow my journey on my blog
http://annieseaton.blogspot.com

Robin Covington said...

Hey Annie!!!! I LOVED Holiday Affair and I'm so glad you decided to write that book.

Annie Seaton said...

Rachel... you are more than welcome to come to Italy with me too!
Thanks for the support... and yes Italian Affair is well under way.. as is Outback Affair... and Worth the Wait... and Magic in Music... and Surrender by the Sea... and A Passionate Proposition. I think I need to give up sleeping!

Annie Seaton said...

Hi calstephanie... my Australian novel Outback Affair is well under way.. watch out for it. It is et in the Outback and is about a resort where bush tucker is on the menu. Lots of Australianisms in it! Crocodiles, desert, tropical storms and the outback heat .. oh and of course...romance!

Desere said...

Annie your books are awesome ! Holiday Affair was breath taking and just simply gorgeous !

Annie Seaton said...

Raonaid.. you should! I could see a great scene.. in the shower or doing the dishes when the creative process strikes!

Annie Seaton said...

Thanks Robin and Desere, I am so glad you enjoyed it!

Annie Seaton said...

If you would like to keep up to date with my releases, send me an email annieseaton26@gmail.com and I will add you to my newsletter distribution list!

teleswordbites said...

How hard was it to get published?

Annie Seaton said...

Hi teleswordbites
I had a magical experience with getting published. I wrote my first novel last year in response to a competition with Carina Press in response to a call for steampunk novellas. I didn't place in the competition so I decided to sub the manuscript to some e publishers . It was my first foray into submitting. Within FIVE days, I had three contracts offered and two others who said they were considering it! Holiday Affair was subbed to the wonderful Entangled publishing five months and coincidentally both Winter of the Passion Flower and Holiday Affair were both released on the same day. My first two books came out together with two different publishers!

Annie Seaton said...

It has been wonderful chatting with you all... but it is now 3.30am here in Australia and I will head for bed. If there are any more comments and questions.. I will answer them in the morning. Lucy.. thanks for hosting me. We had great fun and good luck with the rest of the tour!

Shelly said...

HI Annie -- your books look really good -- and your covers are awesome!! Do you get any say-so in what they look like?

calstephanie said...

Will definately keep an eye out for Outback Affair! :)

Calisa Rhose said...

Great post Annie! I would love to visit OZ someday.

Donna said...

I grew up on the beach I miss it terribly. I'm so jealous.

Moran V said...

I have Holiday Affair on my wish list and I hope I'll be able to read it soon.

mary f said...

The view there must be stunning. No wonder you're inspired to write!

Debby said...

I want to visit Australia so bad but I need lots of time and money.
debby236 at gmail dot com

Joanne said...

If I could look at the ocean all day, I'd never get anything done.

Tammie - Night Owl Reviews said...

Congrats on taking the steps to become an entrepreneur and author. Those first steps can be challenging and emotional. Congrats again on your success.

Chris R said...

Sounds like you are in a good place in your life. Congrats!

Alyn said...

I am an avid reader too. I've been told I should just write my own book but I always say no. Unlike you, writing does not come easily to me. I am quite sure strolls along the beach won't help me in the same way it does for you.

robertsonreads said...

Hi Annie,
I've not read any of your publicatins, but I plan to check out Holiday Affair. Thank you for being a guest at ORR. Your time is appreciated. This also gives me an opportunity to check out writers that I would not have otherwise.
Ginger

Carol L. said...

Hello Annie,
I love stories set in Italy. One of my favorite places next to Scotland and Ireland.
I have Holiday Affair on my TRL as of now.
Carol L

debraaparmley said...

Watching the ocean while writing sounds like bliss! Sea and sand feed my soul.

So lovely getting to know a little about you and your books.

Sweet dreams!

Linda Henderson said...

I'd love to be able to look at the beach. I like the cover of your book and I'll definitely be looking for it.

Jen B. said...

It's funny, I hate the beach but I love it as a setting in a story. There is something magical about the beach as a background.

Lisa Kessler said...

Fun blog post!!! :)

Keep writing those stories!!!

Lisa :)

Annie Seaton said...

Hi Carol L...My almost completed Summer of the Moon Flower is set on a Scottish island with a hunk Scottish laird!

Annie Seaton said...

Thanks Lisa.. I have been writing all morning. Italian Affair is coming along nicely. Almost done!

Annie Seaton said...

Hi Shelly
Yes... every publisher has a cover art form where you put your ideas and 'wish'list down. Each of my covers have been exactly what I imagined... and better! I have been very lucky to get fabulous covers for all three books as you can see from the pictures next to my blog post.

Annie Seaton said...

Hi Alyn'
Just pick up a pen or sit at the computer and write down what is in your head. It can be edited after you get your draft down!

Annie Seaton said...

Thanks Tammie and Chris.
I love being an author!

Annie Seaton said...

Ginger, Debra, Linda and Jen B.
Thanks for stopping by.
remember if you would like my newsletter... send me an email at annieseaton26@gmail.com

Z said...

I am envious of the stories just popping into your head. My daughter would love to go back to Australia. I used to live on the Pacific side of the states growing up then for the last 14 I lived on the Atlantic side and now I live inland. I would love to be able to sit and look out at the ocean. I really like the cover for your book Winter of the Passion Flower. The man kinda reminded me of a young Brandon Fraser.
Z

SiNn said...

im always late to every party lol u are a new to me author so i have added you to my i gotta check out soon list ur books sound awesome ty for stopping in

Annie Seaton said...

Hi SiNn and Z
Never too late to party.
I hope you like my books when you get a chance to read them!

And yes...living in Australia is wonderful!

June M. said...

Writing while gazing at the ocean and taking walks on the beach sounds great. I probably would not be able to stay off the beach long enough to write (even if I did have the talent, lol).

Annie Seaton said...

Hi June M
I take my laptop (sit on the grassy verge) or a pen and paper to the beach. I wrote a whole chapter of Winter of the Passion Flower in longhand sitting on the sand!

flchen1 said...

Great to "meet" you, Annie--I'm looking forward to picking up some of your stories to enjoy when I've some time to relax!

Annie Seaton said...

Make sure you find that time to relax!

Jenn J McLeod said...

I have the great pleasure of seeing Annie regularly for catch ups. One very talented lady. She's a water girl. I'm a country girl and Bob the smiling dog is absolutely adorable Annie let me borrow him so i could put him in my book!

Suzanne Brandyn said...

I wasn't going to read Holiday Affair due to being too busy with my own writing. Curiousity go the better of me and I downloaded the free sample. Oh my. I could not stop from downloading the full. Lol A captivating read which I thoroughly enjoyed. If you love reading romance that takes you into beautiful settings with characters that seem so real then you will love Holiday Affair.

Annie Seaton said...

Thank you Jenn J and Suz...my own personal fan club! Love your work too!

joder said...

I love exotic locales as a setting. They add to a story's sensuality.

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Annie Seaton said...

I love writing exotic settings... all of my works in progress are in exotic locales. Italy, the outback, Vienna, Scotland, and the the Californian coast!