Divided Control by Anna Edwards
A Control Series Novel, Book 2
Divided Control by international author, Anna Edwards
The Control Series, Book 2: James and Amy's HEA
Six months after her split from James, Amy has changed the club beyond all recognition and it is now a dance school. She has achieved something for herself at last but is she living or is she fooling herself that she shouldn't have used her safe word.
James has recovered from the physical injuries of that night but has he learnt his lesson about the irrepressible need to control. He may have done it for the right reasons, but Amy is not an ordinary girl, she won't lay down and be his submissive 24/7.
Divided Control is the sequel to Surrendered Control; it takes you on the next part of Amy and James' journey. Though a holiday to Las Vegas and a visit to a BDSM club, a trip to Yorkshire for a wedding and a figure James' had hoped to keep away from his family returning; Divided Control will take you on a wild journey and test your emotions to the maximum.
Are you ready to step into the world of Control?
Divided Control, The Control Series, Book 2
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Interview with Anna Edwards
I had an amzing interview with Anna Edwards. I loved the Control Series. I wanted to get to know the author who wrote an amzing series that I just could not get enough of. Anna Edwrads is a amzing author. You totally need to read her control series. Check out the interview I had with Anna
Thank you so much Anna Edwards for taking the time to answer my questions and I truly appreciate getting to know more about you.
Q: Hi, Anna Edwards, tell us more about yourself and your writing?
A:I am a thirty-something author from close to London. I was an Accountant from the age of twenty-one. I still am on occasions, but most of my life is now spent intermingling writing whilst looking after my husband, two children and two cats (probably in the reverse order to the one listed!). When I have some spare time, I can also be found writing poetry, baking cakes (and eating them), or behind a camera snapping like a mad paparazzi. I’m a very shy person and I lack confidence. After having my children in 2009 and 2011, I left my accountancy practice and set up working from home. This meant that a lot of the time I was spending time alone or just with my children. I tried to attend mother and baby groups, but I just found it too hard to socialize. My husband and I then travelled to India with the children for eighteen months and again I spent a lot of time alone. When I returned home, the children went to school, and I found I had so much time on my hands. This was at the time that the Musketeers started on BBC TV. My sister is involved with the Supernatural fandom, and I saw the fun that she had with it and the good friends that she had made, so I went on Twitter and started following people. I initially got speaking to a lovely person called Angela (one of my really good friends now), she welcomed me into the fandom and introduced me to others. Gradually our little group grew, and I got involved in some fundraising events, then the role-play (#TeamDeTernay). I meet up with a group of girls every six months, and we spend the weekend together having a good laugh. On Saturday nights we all get together via Viber, watch and commentate on Strictly Come Dancing together. I know that they are there if I need them to vent stress. Even though I can’t physically go for a coffee with them when I want to, I know that they have my back if it is needed. We are a multicultural and multi-nationality group. We learn so much about each other, and it makes us tolerant of other ways of life. Though in different fields, writing has become a way of life for all of us.
Q: Surrendered Control was your debut book. What were your experiences like when writing your first book?
A: I wasn’t sure about writing the book at first. It seemed like such a mammoth task because it was different to anything I have ever done. I had previously written unpublished historical fiction novels and poetry, which is also a love of mine albeit dark in its nature, but this was going to be my first attempt at a contemporary genre. From the first chapter I fell in love with it. I was able to loose myself in the writing and escape into James and Amy’s world. Travel is an important part of The Control Series. Each book will have elements of places that I have visited. That's an essential part of my writing because I believe that it brings realism to my books and indeed the characters. I could research and write about places they could visit but to me, you, the reader, wouldn't get the same sense of the location. Places have different sounds, sights, smells and tastes that you can only get from being there. India is loud, cars hooting horns; the air is spicy in fragrance (and sometimes stale with the lack of the use of deodorant), the colours are bright reds, greens, blues and purples mixed with golds and silver. The food is pungent with the use of different vegetables and spices. Las Vegas is again loud but not just with the sounds of cars but roulette and slot machines. The air is infused with smoke, alcohol and expensive perfume. The tastes are of rich, indulgent foods in large portions (especially for a Brit). The sights are bright and often flashing. By having those sensations in my head when I write I can imagine the characters better in the places that they are. I can see Amy grabbing James' hand and dragging him out of The Wynn towards the Bellagio to see the fountain display. I can see it because I have done it, much to my husband's annoyance because he wanted to play blackjack. I think it allows me to get a more defined and well-rounded character on the page.
Q: What made you want to start writing and what influenced you to write?
A: I started writing about three years ago. It was after becoming a big fan of the TV show, The Musketeers. I met some friends via the online fandom and initially we started writing fan fiction. This developed into a role-play group for which I was the developer of most of the storylines. Eventually, I started dreaming up ideas for modern day stories based on my love of reading erotic romances. It was around this time that I met, online, an American called Charity Hendry. She has worked in the romance publishing world for many years now. She beta read some of my stories and gave me the confidence to look into publishing them. We have since become great friends, and she does all my artwork. Charity has been a very big influence on me achieving my books. She has guided me along the way and shouted at me when needed for being stupid.
Q: Who are your writing influences and why?
A: At school I studied English Literature and the classics. I still go back to Pride and Prejudice or The Mill on the Floss when I need grounding but my tastes have changed. I love historical romance fiction, contemporary erotic fiction and historical mystery books. A bit eclectic but I am very much a person that if I like something, I like it. If I don’t then I don’t. I like to read Philippa Gregory, Colin Samson and Ken Follett on my historical/mystery side. On the erotic fiction side, Cherise Sinclair’s Masters of Shadowlands series, Olivia Cunning’s Sinner and Sophie Oakes Bliss series are among my favourites. I have never really been one for novels set in the future but I do love Kit Roche’s Beyond Series. Why are these my writing influences? I think because their books capture me. I love a book that goes straight into the intrigue, gives you a little breather and then floors you will drama till the end.
Q: What are your achievements in life?
A: I guess my main achievement in life is my husband and two children. I am very family orientated and gave up my career as an Accountant to be a mum and wife to them. I will never regret doing that because it eventually led to the writing.
In my life as a writer, well getting the first book out was a massive achievement. I have also had several poems published.
Q: Surrendered Control and Divided Control has mystery and suspense elements. Did you find it hard or easy to write scenes with elements like that?
A: I actually find the suspense and drama comes easily to me. It is sometimes the more erotic elements that I stumble over. I have a mind that whirls with ideas for getting my characters into trouble and making their relationships stronger as they fight to overcome the odds. I also like adding little hints throughout my books just to fool the readers or give them a hint of what could come next.
Q: Would you ever want Surrendered and Divided Control to be made in to a movie? Who would you cast as James and Amy?
A: I would love them to be made into a movie, just so I can go back to all the places that I have travelled. *Looks innocent* and of course having to help a sexy actor do his thing when filming would be just an awful experience. As for the actors. I don’t know, I could reel off a long list of sexy actors but I think I would like for it to be an unknown. Someone that isn’t known for something else and can really take the part on without being seen as say ‘batman’ pretending to be James North.
Q: What are you currently working on? Or is it a secret?
A: I am currently working on three different stories. The final instalment of James and Amy’s story. There is one person in James’ story left still to face. This will be a short story combined with another for Marie, James’ secretary. All is not what we perceive with her. I am also writing a story for Matthew and Sonia. It is a dark romance, full of twists and turns. The more and more I write of it I fall helplessly in love with Matthew.
Q: What do you think a good mystery and suspense should have?
A: It has to have the subtle hooks and the not so subtle hooks that draws you into it. I like to think that I had that with the first few chapters of Surrendered Control. You had Amy saying she was an erotic dancer, James running away so suddenly after sex and the liaison between the two of them being so different to what Amy has ever experienced before.
Q: What advise can you give for someone who wants to start writing?
Q: How has writing impacted your life?
A: It has totally changed my life. In October 2015 I was diagnosed with depression. The catalyst for the depression symptoms were related to a bad experience with a friend on Twitter who turned against me. It shattered my confidence and gave me incredible anxiety. This was mixed with the fact that my son was diagnosed with autism and was struggling in his first year at school; his teacher did not fully understand his needs. All in all, everything just got on top of me. I sat at home worrying about the slightest thing. I couldn’t take the children out myself; I just panicked and felt like I was going to pass out. The writing was a godsend at this time because it gave me something to immerse my mind. Whether it be many of the dark poems that I wrote on my @harmoniccascade twitter poetry account at the time or the novel that I started writing. It gave me a breath of fresh air from the thoughts that were in my head. Also showing people my writing and having positive feedback began to improve my confidence. Combining that with Cognitive Behavioural Therapy that I attended, I just felt I was able to cope more. I wouldn’t say that I’m cured. I was asked recently if I wanted to reduce my antidepressants and the thought had me breaking out in sweat, but I can manage it now. If I get in a dark place, I write and that allows me to focus my mind. I love it and wake up so excited for where the day will take me
Q: In the next five years, what do you want to achieve in terms of life and writing?
A: In terms of life, I want to help my children achieve the best start in life that they can. With my son’s autism this isn’t always going to be as easy as it sounds. We have done alright so far though. I also want to support my husband as much as I can because he is always there when I need him.
In terms of writing, I want to just continue writing and selling books. I would love to have a New York Times bestseller so will keep my fingers crossed. I also enjoy history, especially the Tudor era so I would love to write an erotic fiction novel set around then as well. I am pretty sure there must have been a bit of BDSM going on in the Court of Henry VIII. And we all definitely know that that time was filled with suspense and mystery.
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About Anna Edwards
In 2015 I was diagnosed with depression and anxiety. It was also around this time that I became one of the founding members of a dramatic/erotic/dark roleplaying group on Twitter. It was wildly popular with both English and American followers. The writing helped me to overcome my depression by giving me an outlet to channel my thoughts into and not sit around worrying all day about things that would never happen. I took over responsibility for management of the group and responsibility for development of our storylines. As well as playing at least ten different characters in the group ranging from an innocent virgin, blood thirsty assassin and even a male lover. The success of the role-play spurred me on to writing novels.
I have a love of travelling and like to bring this to my stories to give them the air of reality. Surrendered Control, my first novel released in November 2016, combines two of my favourite travel destinations. India is where I lived for eighteen months with my husband and two children. My young son was only six months old when we travelled there. It was a fabulous time for us all and they learnt so much about the differing cultures, as well as, much to my husband’s chagrin, spending lots of money in the silk shops. The Control series will feature lots of international travel.
I have always been an avid reader. Mainly murder mystery in the past but with Beautiful Bastard I discovered a whole new set of novels and I haven’t looked back since. I like my hero’s hot and hunky with a dirty mouth. My heroines demur but with spunk. And my books in a kickarse series.
You can reach Anna Edwards here:
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