Do you belong to a writing group or other professional organization? Do you feel belonging has benefited your writing?
I belong to Romance Writers of America and a Chapter within that organization called ‘Kiss of Death’. I felt a little odd joining at first because I was in the UK and I’m not American. And then I kind of figured out that although it started in the States, in reality, it is now a global organization. They helped me in many ways. I’ve attended two national conferences which have been incredible experiences both personally (meeting other writers, editors and agents) and professionally (meeting writers, editors, agents J and attending workshops). The Kiss of Death Chapter always organizes a conference pre-tour for its members, to Sheriff’s departments, the CIA, State Department, FBI, etc. This year they’re going to the US Coastguard in NYC. The programs they arrange are fantastic. Kiss of Death also run online writing courses designed for people who write mystery and romantic suspense--like me!
If you hadn’t become an author, what career path would you have chosen?
My career path was pretty set. I was a Fish Biologist/Research Scientist with two Post-doctoral Research Fellowships under my belt. I took a break to have babies and during that break I started writing. After that I was hooked :)
1. Where is your favorite place to travel? A favorite vacation spot? Have you ever used this place as a setting in one of your stories?
This is a tricky question in some ways. When I lived in Scotland I’d have said my favorite vacation spot was France or Australia, but now I’m in Canada I have to say my favorite vacation spot is back home in the UK—Shropshire and Scotland. When not making giant jaunts across the world, we make giant jaunts across Canada. So I guess my favorite new vacation spot would be Bamfield on Vancouver Island. Great remote beautiful part of the world. Peaceful and wild.
And yes, I’ve set stories there. Two in Scotland. One planned for Bamfield.
1. What book or author has influenced your writing the most?
It has to be the great Nora Roberts. Perhaps not her prose or her characters precisely, but I love the breadth of her storylines and the fact some often avoids the run-of-the -mill ‘serial killer out to get me’ trope. I’m also a big admirer of her work ethic and her productivity. I strive to be as professional as Nora.
2. If you could have dinner with 3 people (dead or alive), who would you choose?
3. Hmm, Nelson Mandela, Bruce Springsteen and Sandra Bullock. These people inspire me and I can imagine we’d share a few laughs.
Toni Anderson is a former marine biologist who conducted her Ph.D. at the Gatty Marine Laboratory in St. Andrews, Fife, Scotland. She was born and raised in the U.K., but now lives in the Canadian prairies with her husband and two children, living about as far from the ocean as possible. Her stories are set in the stunning locations where she’s been lucky enough to live and work—the blustery east coast of Scotland, the remote isolated mining communities of Northern Labrador, the rugged landscapes of the U.S. and the Red Center of Australia. She escapes the long brutal Canadian winters by writing Romantic Mystery and Suspense stories.
Toni’s first Romantic Suspense novel, HER SANCTUARY, was released in 2009 and she published two more in 2010, both set in Scotland (SEA OF SUSPICION & STORM WARNING).
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Running for her life, ex-FBI agent Elizabeth Ward escapes to Montana with a new identity. She craves peace and solitude, but instead finds handsome rancher Nat Sullivan.
Nat is trying to hold his ailing family together, while struggling to keep the ranch from bankruptcy. The last thing he needs is a beautiful stranger reminding him there is more to life than work.
But Elizabeth isn't what she seems. And when a murderer and rapist track her down to the remote ranch, they all find out about the power of revenge.
Revenge or Redemption...Which would you choose?
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