Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
My name is Ann Lister and I’m an MM author best known for The Rock Gods Series and the Guarding The Gods Series. My niche is Rock Star romance, heavy on the erotic side. The Rock Gods series currently has 8 books and Book 9 is releasing sometime in the Summer of 2018. The Guarding The Gods series has 4 books in print, with Book 5 releasing in late Fall of 2018. I also have another rock star themed series called Band Of Brothers which has two book in print and a third story is planned for the future. In addition to the series I have, I have 4 MF titles in print as well.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
My newest release, Model Student is a short story and it’s Book One in a new series I’m working on called the Illicit Heat Series. This will be a collection of short, erotic, stand-alone stories. I will have Book Two ready for release sometime in August. These will all be fast-paced stories under 10,000 words, and there will be six or more titles to the series.
The inspiration for this whole series came about because many years ago I got my start in the book business by writing short, erotic stories and selling them to various magazines. I love writing these quick stories! They’re so much fun and it’s bringing me back to my roots, too!
The stories I have planned for this series, (so far) are as follows:
Book One: Model Student
Book Two: Climbing The Longhorn
Book Three: The Billionaire’s Toy
Book Four: Bending For Him
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I wouldn’t say unusual. Then again, what do you consider unusual? LOL.
My work day begins with a few hours of social media/promotion, and email correspondence. The afternoon I typically dedicate to writing, with the occasional author event at night, and I usually do this 7 days a week. Once in a while I will take a day off, but when I do, I am very eager to get back to my WIP’s.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
Years ago, I developed my love for reading romance but quickly discovered the stories available weren’t erotic enough for my liking. I read Sandra Brown, Jackie Collins and loved how they too the intimacy a little further in their stories, but I wanted even more. Back then I was reading mainly MF stories. I found Shayla Black, and Jaci Burton and loved their writing style but I still couldn’t find the right combination of erotic elements blended with the story line and that’s what drove me to write my own stories. When I started writing, it was MF novels. It was during this time I finally discovered my first MM romance which was Damon Suede’s book, Hot Head. I was instantly in love with the genre and I devoured so many MM books by countless authors after that. The sexy dynamic between two men was the perfect blend for me with storytelling and I was hooked from that point on. Right around that time, I had a story line hit me like like a bolt of lightning. It was so beautifully visual to me inside my head, I had the first draft of the story written in a matter of a couple of weeks. This story, Fall For Me not only displayed my love for the MM genre but it launched my first series, The Rock Gods which soon gave me Bestselling Author status. So many MM books have followed that first story, and I’m still in love with the genre!
What are you working on now?
I am currently working on Book 9 in The Rock Gods series. It’s titled Reinventing Us and it is another story involving my menage triad, Alex, Chase, and Danni. Big events happen in this particular story, with all the guys from Black Ice and Ivory Tower involved, and I am very excited to share this with the readers sometime in late Summer 2018!
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
My PA uses Facebook, Twitter, and so many social media sites, some I’ve never even heard of. Thankfully, she’s very knowledgeable about it because with her doing that, it allows me more time to write.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Write something every day, even if it is just one sentence and try to take away something positive even from the bad reviews – which will come. Your writing will evolve over time as you establish your “voice”, so be open to the suggestions other authors and readers offer to you. Be humble and engage with your readers.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Develop a thick skin, never give up, and know that this is a journey and a job – a job you can love with a passion, but a job nonetheless.
What are you reading now?
I am currently reading a few books. Trick Play, Book Two by Eden Finley. I loved Book One i this series which is why I am very excited to be starting Book Two. I am also reading Queer by Seth King and a couple of others, too.
What’s next for you as a writer?
I have several short stories planned for the Illicit Heat collection, Book 9 in The Rock Gods will soon be ready, Book 5 in Guarding The Gods, and I hope to get Book 3 in Band of Brothers started soon, too.
If you were going to be stranded on a desert island and allowed to take 3 or 4 books with you what books would you bring?
That’s a difficult question. I’d have to see what was releasing at the time I was going to be stranded. LOL