Who am I?

Well, that's a question that a bazillion people have asked about themselves over the countless millennia since the critters that eventually evolved into humankind first decided that indoor plumbing might not be a bad thing after all.

As for me, as near as I can figure it after 50+ years of intense cogitation, I'm a writer.

I've always been a writer, from the days when I was scribbling on scraps of paper, to the vast number of spiral notebooks I filled with thoughts and stories, to my time spent typing away on the Royal typewriter my Mom got me from a secondhand store, and then onward to computers and the like.

I've never not been writing, I suppose.

I started writing professionally because in the course of trying to find reading material I wanted to actually read, I discovered that what I wanted wasn't at all out there.

I've always enjoyed vampire-themed fiction, and that most likely began with my discovery of the old ABC soap opera, DARK SHADOWS.

The saga of Barnabas Collins (a vampire character brought in to lift sagging ratings) caught me up, even as a first grader. I couldn't get enough of Barnabas, Willie Loomis, Quentin, that bratty kid David, Victoria Winters, Maggie Evans, and their companions in drawn-out misery. I would race home from school every day to see what fresh hell awaited them all, and I loved every tiny bit of it, too.

When I went looking for vampire-related material to read in the early 2010's, all I found were so-called vampire romances, where the vampire, however ancient, hated what s/he was, and desperately wanted to escape their (to them) hellish existence. When I came across vampires that didn't even drink blood, that was it for me. I'd had enough and decided it was time to try my hand at writing my own.

Upon publication, I discovered that my fan base seemed to be more than the "normal" fans of the vampire genre. Instead of most of them being female, it appeared that at least an equal number of men were buying and enjoying them as well. I decided that I had been right in assuming that I couldn't be the only one looking for something new and different, and it was a great feeling.

Along the way, I created a new vampire character with a situation I'd never before seen addressed in the mythos, and I included that character in the second book of the series, FIACH FOLA. There will be subsequent short stories told by that character, but that will probably be in a year or two, as of this writing, as I've got some other bits on the burner, and I still have to finish the final book in the Sumaire Web series, DROCH FOLA.

I'm currently working on a series for young adults and up called The Tales of the Dragonguard. You can see the cover image for the first story in the series on the main page of this site. It was published in mid-2017, and I am working on the sequel, SARA'S FIRE, with a third and fourth entry planned.

What else about me? Hmm...

I'm the Mom of a wonderful adult daughter who tolerates my silliness and can sometimes be cadged into offering suggestions for character names or situations, although I try not to push that too terribly much.

I spend as much time as possible with my family, as I feel that family is important. You might see some of that opinion in my writing.

And I have a very odd sense of humor. My motto is "Better a smart ass than a stupid ass", and I've lived by that. Life's far too short to take it any more seriously than it absolutely necessary.

Best,

Anna Rose

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