QUESTIONS about the GROVER BEACH TEAM series:
Should I read the Grover Beach Team series in a certain order?
Yes, you should, but you don’t have to. Most books can also be read as stand-alones, but it’s more fun if you get to know all the characters in the right order.
What is the right order?
- Play With Me
- Ryan Hunter
- T Is For…
- Dating Trouble
- The Trouble with Dating Sue
- Taming Chloe Summers (but this is a spin-off, NA)
Will you write more books in the Grover Beach Team series?
I don’t know, but it’s definitely possible.
Who else is going to get his or her own book in the series?
After Chloe’s book I’m taking a time-out from the series. I’ve got so many other stories in my mind, I want to write them all down first. Maybe, after that, I’ll return to the series once more and write a book for Brinna & Jace or even Nick Frederickson. Time will tell…
Will you write more books about characters that already got their stories told?
No. Each story is complete and finished. I don’t want to give those lovely couples extra trouble just to prolong the books.
Why did you split T IS FOR… into two books?
Because the GBT series was originally meant to be one of short novels. Tony’s book was the longest in the entire series, and therefore really stood out. I made it fit in. It was a mistake. I’m sorry. T IS FOR… now contains KISS WITH CHERRY FLAVOR again.
Why is KISS WITH CHERRY FLAVOR no longer available?
Because I combined books 3 and 4. You can read the entire story in T IS FOR…
QUESTIONS about the NEVERLAND series:
Will you write another book in that series?
Mmmmmaybe. If I do, it will be about Peter Pan and Jack Smee finding their HEAs, but I’m not planning these books just yet. First I want to write a couple other books. Then we’ll see…
Is book two a standalone? Can I read just one book of the series?
Book one and two are one looong story. No, you can’t start with book two, but if you didn’t like book one, you can stop right there.
Do you read your fan mail?
Yes, I do. I get hundreds of emails each month and every couple of weeks I make room in my schedule to read them. But I’m at a point, where they are just too many to reply to all of them. The content of most emails is pretty much the same. Some lovely gushing over my male leads and some questions. Most questions I already answered at this site, and the gushing…I love it! But you know what would be sooo much more helpful than telling me this in a private message? If you could pack this in a review and post it on Amazon. That’s what really helps an author.
If you could date one character from your books, who would it be?
Justin Andrews. I don’t know what excatly, but there’s something about him that makes me dream of him at nights.
Who of your heroes or heroines is like you the most?
All my female characters have a lot of myself in them. I’m like a mix of them all. Or they are a mix of me, who can tell? LOL
What is the best thing a reader can say to you?
“Wow, I love your characters. They feel totally real to me. I’m looking forward to your next book!”
What is the worst thing a reader can say to you?
“Please, can you write another book in Liza or Ryan’s POV? Can you continue their story, maybe when they are in college?”
You wouldn’t believe how often I get this request, and I have to tell them all, “Sorry, but no.” Their story has been told twice, and it’s time to move on. I want to write books that I feel like writing and not something that other people want to dictate to me. I hope people will understand that one day and trust me that I can write other nice books too. Ryan Hunter doesn’t have to be in all of them…
Why did you change your pen name from Piper Shelly to Anna Katmore?
This is a very personal thing. When I started publishing my books, I had to rush a decision about my name. Some people helped me choose one that was right for the YA genre. Piper Shelly seemed to have it all. But I never liked it. I started to feel really uncomfortable every time I read my name somewhere, especially on my own book covers. My first and middle name is Anna Katharina. That’s why I picked Anna Katmore. I should have picked that name from the beginning. Unfortunately it took me a while to realize it’s no use to hide behind a name that I can’t identify myself with…
That’s cool. I like your motivation in this.
That is not a question…but thanks. 🙂
I have a really cool idea for a book. Can I send it to you and you write the story?
Nope, sorry. First of all, it’s illegal to copy anyone else’s ideas, and then I have so many ideas for more books I want to write in the future that I wouldn’t even have the time to write any other books.
Did you know that there are thousands of book piracy sites hacking your books?
Yes. It’s something I monitor and also something that makes me sick. People who download books from there are losing my respect. I don’t deem them real fans, because real fans think about the hard work and time an author puts into his books. Did you know that writing a novel takes far over 2000 hours? It’s time I don’t spend with my family or friends, time I don’t go out and do whatever I’d love to do but put into writing so that you (readers out there) get the next book within a few months. Is $3.99 really such a high price to pay for 2000 hours of work? For something that will take you to a different world and keep you entertained for days? Consider, for a cup of coffee you drink in about 5 minutes you happily pay $4 at Starbucks. Would you ever walk in there and steal a drink? I don’t thinks so. So why do people steal books?
You write in both languages English and German. Did you ever consider translating books for other authors?
No. I just don’t have time for it. I’m already struggling to write all the stories in my mind with a limited time of 24 hours a day… LOL. And I’m no longer translating my own books either. I found a very skilled translator who’s taking over that job. She already translated DATING TROUBLE, and I’m absolutely delighted about the result. Of course, I’m a perfectionist and I edited the edition until it sounded enough like “me”, I was really happy with her work.
Who does your book covers?
Laura Miller did the ones for Neverland and Pan’s Revenge. I met her at a romance novel conference in Las Vegas and she’s a facebook buddy of mine. Her covers are fantastic and she’s easy to work with. My brother created the cover for Play With Me, and I did the rest.
Do you always write your books in English and German?
Yes. But I’m always writing them in English first.
When did you realize you wanted to be a writer?
I swear I was born with a pen in my hand. In school, I loved to write essays and short stories, and it was always an epic moment, when the teacher chose mine to read it to the class. For graduation, my English teacher made us read 10 books on a special topic we could choose freely. Mine was vampires, and I found L. J. Smith’s Night World Series in a British Book Shop. I devoured them all, read every single book she wrote. And when there was none left, I decided to start writing my own vampire story. At the beginning, it was only for my personal pleasure, but the farther I got, the more I wanted other people to read and enjoy what I wrote. It was in my mid-twenties, that I decided to make writing my profession. Passion to business, you know.
When did you write your first book?
I started writing when I was 13, after reading two books by Stephen King. But it didn’t really work back then. At the age of 18, I really put my mind on writing again. But it took another 12 years until I published my first book. Everything before that was just my learning phase.
What inspires you?
Many things inspire me. Music. Nice weather. Especially the sun. Also a good book or film.
I want to become a writer. What do I have to do?
The simple answer is: Make the choice to be a writer, and then write.
But if you want to be a good writer, you need some support which you will find in writer groups. Join a critique group and profit from the help they are willing to provide. Do workshops on the craft. Analyze the books you love. See how a good author structured it, how he handled the POV, find out what it’s particularly that pulled you into the story. And read, read, read…
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Do you fall in love easily?
Yes, with all my book characters!
Who is your favorite author?
Frankly, I don’t have one. I love reading books that are extremely well written and where the style alone is enough to capture me for days. Mostly, I read YA romance, but not from one particular author. I try a lot of things.
Can you give us a list of books you really enjoyed?
In no particular order:
- Divergent – Veronica Roth
- Harry Potter – J.K.Rowling
- The Avery Shaw Project – Kelly Oram
- Rule – Jay Crownover
- Fifty Shades of Grey – EL James
- Stealing Third – Marta Brown
- Twilight – Stephenie Meyer
- Secret Vampire – Lisa Jane Smith
- Go Fetch! – Shelly Laurenston
- Hush, Hush – Becca Fitzpatrick
- American Girl on Saturn – Nikki Godwin
What is your favorite movie?
I have a soft spot for Disney. Alice in Wonderland is my all time favorite. Then there are: The Neverending Story. Jason Bourne. Star Wars. Sherlock Holmes. Lord of the Rings, and pretty much anything by Stephen Spielberg.
You said you loved Disney. What Disney-character would you like to be and why?
That’s a good one, LOL. I’d like to be Wendy Darling, because then I could go meet Hook.
Do you bring your own experiences into your books?
God, yes. I think every writer uses parts of his or her life for inspiration. But you would never notice when and where.
What was one epic moment in your life?
The moment I realized the boy I was totally crazy about was totally crazy about me, too.
What is the one question you always hope someone would ask, but no one did yet?
“Hey, Warner Bros. is on the phone. Are you free to take the call?” ^^
If your question hasn’t been answered with one of the above, take the chance to send me your question in an e-mail. I’ll be happy to answer and post it here.