Today I am so pleased to welcome Annabeth Albert to Joyfully Jay. Annabeth has come to talk to us about her latest release, Arctic Wild (Frozen Hearts #2). She has also brought along a great tour wide giveaway. Please join me in giving Annabeth a big welcome!
Hi! I’m so delighted to be here on one of my favorite blogs celebrating the release of ARCTIC WILD, second in my Alaska set series, a May/December romance between a bush pilot and a silver fox corporate attorney who must survive a plane crash and its aftermath together. One of the things I loved most about writing this one was bringing in the secondary characters—the families of both heroes. And with that in mind as well as with graduation season upon us, I thought it would be fun to do an interview centered around younger me. And of course, I’m interested to hear about younger YOU as well!
- What did you want to be when you grew up?
I went through a long phase where I wanted to be a doctor—I loved science classes and things like medical school and biomedical engineering and genetics all called to me. I also loved the idea of being a brain researcher—we watched an amazing documentary when I was a tween about brain hemisphere research and that spurred my medical school aspirations as well. However, once I got to college, I ended up on more of a liberal arts track. I adore my life and career now, but sometimes I wonder who I’d be now if I would have stuck more with science!
- What was your dream job when you were younger?
As much as science called to me, I always wanted to write. My dream job was to be the next Judy Blume or Ann M. Martin, and I always fantasized about seeing my name on book covers in libraries and bookstores. I imagined days full of pecking away at a typewriter, spinning stories, and it seemed almost magical to me.
- If you could choose celebrity parents, who would you choose?
I’m a child of late 80s TV—I wanted parents like those on the TGIF Friday nights line up or some of my other favorite shows. Full House, Growing Pains, Family Matters, the Cosby Show, Boy Meets World. Now as an adult, I cringe at this line up as I can see how problematic a lot of the shows were, not to mention how several stars went on to reveal themselves as awful people, to the extent that I can’t rewatch certain shows. And looking back, I think it was less the parents on the TV shows and more the friend groups that I truly coveted—as a loner and someone who was bullied, having a core group of BFFs just really appealed to me.
- When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
I can’t remember ever not wanting to write! I told myself stories in my head every night to fall asleep and just thought that everyone had long-running stories in their head just waiting to be put to paper. The first time I really got the pleasure of writing was in middle school when I wrote a spoof of the Indian in the Cupboard starring a girl and her Barbies. I loved everything about writing and illustrating the short story and sharing it with others was my first taste of really enjoying writing for an audience. When I was in my early twenties, I realized that my love of reading romance translated to a burning desire to write romance, and I started my first novel, a romantic comedy that will forever live under my bed. It took me a lot of tries before I wrote something truly worthy of publication, but that desire to write was always there early on.
- Do you like to create books for adults?
I love this question because early on, I always thought I’d write YA as that was my first love as a reader and many of my early story ideas were YA in nature. But as an adult, I was a die-hard romance fan of all sub-genres, and I found myself drawn to more mature themes and stories. I’ve greatly enjoyed writing college aged characters in some of my books (and plan to again!!) but I also love writing more mature stories like ARCTIC WILD with older characters with life experience. I’ll also be honest and say that I love both writing and reading love scenes—being able to show character growth in that area of their lives is really fulfilling to me on a deeper level than just the fun of writing steamy.
Now it’s your turn! Tell us about younger you! What did you want to be? What did you like to read? How have things changed for you as an adult? Thanks so very much for having me today! This was fun!
When a plane crashes in the Alaskan wilderness, the best place to land is in the arms of a younger man…
Hotshot attorney Reuben Graham has finally agreed to take a vacation, when his plane suddenly plunges into the Alaskan wilderness.
Just his luck.
But his frustrations have only begun as he finds himself stranded with the injured, and superhot, pilot, a man who’s endearingly sociable—and much too young for Reuben to be wanting him this badly.
As the sole provider for his sisters and ailing father, Tobias Kooly is devastated to learn his injuries will prevent him from working or even making it back home. So when Reuben insists on giving him a place to recover, not even Toby’s pride can make him refuse. He’s never been tempted by a silver fox before, but something about Reuben is impossible to resist.
Recuperating in Reuben’s care is the last thing Toby expected, yet the closer they become, the more incredibly right it feels, prompting workaholic Reuben to question the life he’s been living. But when the pressure Toby’s under starts closing in, both men will have to decide if there’s room in their hearts for a love they never saw coming.
Annabeth Albert grew up sneaking romance novels under the bed covers. Now, she devours all subgenres of romance out in the open—no flashlights required! When she’s not adding to her keeper shelf, she’s a multi-published Pacific Northwest romance writer.
Emotionally complex, sexy, and funny stories are her favorites both to read and to write. Annabeth loves finding happy endings for a variety of pairings and is a passionate gay rights supporter. In between searching out dark heroes to redeem, she works a rewarding day job and wrangles two children.
Connect with Annabeth Albert:
- Website: http://annabethalbert.com/
- Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6477494.Annabeth_Albert
- Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Annabeth-Albert/e/B00LYFFAZK
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/AnnabethAlbert
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/annabethalbert
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/annabeth_albert/
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