Annette Mori

I’ve been doing interviews of authors for four years, starting in 2013 when I released my first book in the Friends Series, Sunset Island. Last year, I got to a point where I felt I needed a change and I took a break. 

Recently, I had the opportunity to be a guest author on Jackie Keswick’s blog. I enjoyed having the opportunity to write a little something and expose some new readers to my books. Then it hit me…this is a great idea. So I ‘borrowed it’ and decided to see if some of my author friends would like to write something for me to share  with my readers. 

On Saturday evening, around 5:00 pm, I sent Annette a PM on FB and asked her if she’d be interested in writing something for my new endeavor. Wow! By the next afternoon, she had pulled together and sent me the following article. I envy people who can whip off an interesting bit of writing in a downtown minute. Thank you Annette for the following piece and for all your stories. 

Treat yourself to the taste of Annette's writing below. Hopefully, you’ll find her stories something you’ll enjoy as much as I do and will add her to your to be read list.

                    AJ Adaire

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Putting the Quirk into Lesbian Romash

by Annette Mori

 

Somewhere along the line, I developed a reputation. This wasn’t something I set out to do. Nope, careful planning did not play a role in my style of writing. I suppose that was an obvious outcome for a pantster (an author who writes by the seat of their pants). Yet, I’ve certainly taken that to new heights on the scale of odd. I make up words, like romash—combining romance with something else. I am an unrepentant rule breaker.

 

Coloring outside the lines is something I do. I couldn’t leave it at that though, I had to, with my OCD tendencies, take it one step further. I began to methodically erase those lines. Border patrol was never my thing.

 

I didn’t start out that way, or at least I didn’t believe I did. Yet, even my debut novel was something a bit out of the ordinary. I didn’t realize at the time that it wasn’t a nice traditional contemporary romance following every rule. I tossed a few unusual items into the salad and learned a valuable lesson. Contemporary romance sells, everything else is a crapshoot.

 

Now, after twelve novels and thirteen shorts, the most common adjective used to describe my style is quirk or quirky. I don’t mind the quirk description. I also don’t mind when people say they never know what to expect from me or that I write unusual stories that others might not have the brass ta-tas to write. Some of my books have meant more to me than others. Go figure those are the ones with the greatest oddity, quirk, and lack of convention or whatever you want to call it. I have a great deal of passion for persons with disabilities or special talents and have chosen to wrap my stories around characters that aren’t typical.

 

Along with the quirk are elements that come from my life and my experiences. There is more than a little bit of me, my family, and my experiences in each book. Every book an author writes is one of their babies, but I freely admit to my favorites. I know…bad mamma. I’ll even let you know which ones those are and why.

 

In order of when they were published. These are my favorites and why:

 

Out of This World: Challenging the notion of beauty and exploring all the different kinds of love.

 

Locked Inside: Well, duh, it was a Goldie winner and I’d like to think this book made people think a bit more about the challenges for persons with disabilities.

 

Captivated: OCD is something I live with and my mother had to a greater degree than I. The challenges were very real for her and at times painful to see play out for her.

 

Unconventional Lovers: This one is probably my favorite. More than any other book, I erased all the lines and hopefully opened a few minds.

 

The Dream Catcher: A way to look at bipolar disorder as a gift. Even the name gives a hint of how most people view this challenging condition. A disorder, something that is terribly wrong with you. This book is my most recent book and was a lot of fun to write. Here is the blurb to give a bit more information.

 

The Dream Catcher

Genre: F/F Romash (Contemporary Romance and Urban Fantasy)

 

Blurb

What if all your dreams—the good ones and the nightmares—came to life in the real world? Heaven is a Dream Weaver, and that is her reality. When she wakes up, she never knows what will greet her or her best friend and roommate, Syl. It could be a sexy stripper or a monster from another dimension. 
When Syl suggests a Dream Catcher to help her control the dreams, Heaven is wary until she meets the alluring Maya. Heaven knows the government-run Dream Center hasn’t given up on harnessing her powerful abilities for their own nefarious purposes. She also knows that Maya could be her only hope. Maya introduces Heaven to her sister, Leah, and Heaven soon learns that Leah has her own agenda related to the Dream Center, and she’ll do anything to see it through. 
Between the government, the powerful Dream Catching sisters, and her own nightmares, time is running out for Heaven. She wonders who she can trust. Are her growing feelings for Maya real, or just another dream? Can this lovely Dream Catcher protect her or is Heaven truly on her own?

 

Make no mistake about it, I write about topics that are deeply important to me. Topics I am passionate about. Serious topics. I’ve always tried to wrap them into fun and entertaining stories, complete with a fair amount of humor. I do hope that hasn’t taken away from the underlying messages.

 

I’ve often joked that my books are an acquired taste. I suspect I will continue to be that writer on the fringes...an outsider looking in. Sometimes I want to sit by that toasty fire with the others instead of freezing my tits off outside. Other times, I rather like the cool, crisp air with the beautiful snowflakes landing on the tip of my nose.

 

I often think of one of my favorite non-lesfic authors, Tom Robbins. He was quirk personified and a very popular author. Who wouldn’t find great humor in a person with an overly large thumb using that genetic gift to her advantage? Maybe I will become the lesbian Tom Robbins of this generation. Now wouldn’t that be something? Of course, that will depend on readers giving my books a shot!

 

About Annette Mori

 

Annette is an award-winning author, published by Affinity Rainbow Publications, who lives in the beautiful Pacific Northwest with her wife and their five furry kids. With twelve published novels and one Goldie Award for her fourth novel, Locked Inside, she finally feels like a real author. Annette is as much a reader as a writer and is always looking for the next lesfic novel to cue up. She came up with the One Fan at a Time tagline, because it rolled off the tongue much better than One Reader at a Time. After pondering who she was at her core, it was all about connecting to each reader on a personal level. Annette would be the first to admit she doesn't do well with the masses. If someone picks up her book and it touches them, she believes she has achieved what she wants with her writing by reaching each reader. It is who she is at her core.

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