Today I’m hosting an author interview with Anne M. Strick, the author of contemporary romance novel The Rebel Princess.
1. When did you know you wanted to become an author?
I never actually “knew”. I’ve just always written – from High School on: a column in the high school paper, my first short story in Seventeen Magazine, my first book, “Injustice For All” and then pres kits through my years in the film business.
2. What inspired you to write The Rebel Princess?
“The Rebel Princess” grew out of my over-twenty years in films, on locations all over the world; and specifically, my year of working on “Conan he Destroyer” and “Dune”, both at the same time in Mexico. I wanted to show how movies are really made – gritty, grinding, tunnel-vision labor , behind-the-scenes intrigue, explosive dramas, larger-than-life characters, steamy parties , and relationships that last a night or a llifetime.
3. What was the greatest challenge to writing The Rebel Princess for you?
Seat-of-pants-to-seat-of-chair – as usual. Though truly it flowed pretty easily – I was full of the experiences I’d had. And it was fun to re-live them, in writing.
I’ve also written two books, currently published in Italy, with a co-writer. And my first book, “Injustice For All” – which is a scholarly, intensely researched critique of our adversary trial system. That one was the hardest – and took longest (six years) to do. Of my current books – “Intimate Strangers” took longest, and presented the greatest challenge. One entire chapter is a Brief to the United Sates Supreme Court – and I‘d never written, let alone read one, before. According to the judge whom I asked to check it out – it’s an admirable job.
It varies. From six years for “Injustice For All”, to a year and a half for ‘All The Doors to Hollywood and How to Open them.” And everything in between.
6. How do you find time in your daily life to write?
My “daily life” is writing. Writing is, for me, a job like any other. I write every day, five days a week, and often on weekends too.
7. Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?
Write! Keep writing. Read. Keep reading –read all sorts of books and essays. You’ll learn without knowing you’re learning. And your writing will get better and better with constant practice. Mine has. (And a few good writing classes can help, too).
8. If you could start all over again, is there anything you would’ve done differently while writing The Rebel Princess?
9. Why did you decide to go for indie publishing, as opposed to traditional publishing?
I’ve been traditionally published – “Injustice For All was published by Putnam, Penguin and Barricade. But the publishing world is so tedious these days –it takes forever to find a publisher, and little is done for the book when it’s taken – and you have no control over things like font and cover – that I decided to try the indie route. To date, I’m pleased with the choice.
10. Are you currently working on something new? If so, can you tell us more about it?
Yes – I’m working on our third book with my co-writer, Veronica De Laurentiis. Our first book was her memoir, ‘I Claimed My Life”. Our second was a self-help book, based on the memoir, “Claim Your Life With Veronica’s Eight Keys”. Our current book is titled “The Rest of The Story”. And it offers a revised take on the material of the first.
About The Rebel Princess
An insider’s first-ever behind-the-scenes scoop on how movies are REALLY made: gritty, grinding, tunnel-vision labor, back-stage intrigue, explosive dramas, parties, and relationships that last a night or a lifetime.
Larger-than-life characters who live life with fervor, while contending with their own inner demons and one another, all in the pressure cooker of a location shoot in the exotic world of Mexico. This romp of a story follows the making of a movie from pre-production through wrap. A hotly passionate love story and a murder elevate the stakes.
Anne M.Strick has spent over twenty years in the movie industry. She has worked for Universal, Warners, Paramount and EMI, as a Unit Publicist, Project Coordinator and National Publicity Director, and with such Hollywood legends as Jack Nicholson, James Earl Jones, Sean Penn, Arnold Schwarzenegger, David Lynch, Sting and Dino De Laurentiis, among many others. She has published theater reviews, articles in Parents Magazine , Frontier and The Nation, and six books: two novels, two self-help books, one memoir (a best-seller in Italy); and a non-fiction, scholarly critique of our adversary trial system. (”remarkable”) . Born in Philadelphia, and educated at Bennington College and UCLA, she lives in Los Angeles.