Author Spotlight: Annika Martin


I love fun, sexy books, taking pictures of my cats, 90’s grunge music, saving animals, long baths and See’s chocolate suckers. I also enjoy hanging out in Minneapolis coffee shops with my awesome writer husband. I’ve worked a surprisingly large number of waitressing jobs, and have also worked in a plastics factory and the advertising trenches. My garden is total bee-friendly madness. I also write as RITA-Award-winning Carolyn Crane.

Random Questions:

  • If you could tell your 18-year-old self one thing, what would it be? Relax and don’t worry about what other people think.
  • What is your favorite restaurant? There’s a cuban place down the street with amazing coconut shrimp, and they have fruity prosecco drinks. Yay!
  • Where is your favorite or dream vacation spot? I’m a beachy vacation girl (Maybe because I live in Minnesota?? So anywhere with sand and sun. I love swimming in the ocean!
  • What do you eat and drink while writing? I drink coffee and eat little healthy snacks…unless it’s night, and then I might bet sucking on Sees chocolate suckers.
  • Where were you born? In Wisconsin
  • Are you a very organized person? Not naturally, but I’m trying to change my ways.
  • What is your favorite TV show? The Americans
  • What’s your favorite way to waste time? Twitter 

This or That:

  • Vodka or Rum? Vodka
  • Summer or Winter? Winter
  • Toilet paper: Over or Under? Under (so the cats don’t unroll the whole roll!)
  • Christmas or Halloween? Halloween
  • Cookie or Cake? Cookie
  • Beach or Mountains? Beach!!!!
  • Phone Call or Text? Text
  • iOS or Android? LOL iOS
  • Football or Basketball? Neither
  • Bath or Shower? Bath
  • Sneakers or Sandals? Sneakers
  • Day or night? Day
  • Fire or ice? Fire

Book Related Questions: **SPOILERS AHEAD**

  • You are a kind of new author to me. I have only read your Criminals and Captive Series. I will ask specific questions about that series and then I will ask general questions about some of your other books. OKAY!!
  • Prisoner was such a good book. Where did you come up with the idea for this book? Hey, thank you so much! Skye and I imagined writing about a hero would be a true “Junkyard dog”—that was our vision. Going kind of to the edge with a wounded, dangerous hero.
  • Grayson, you want to hate him but it’s so hard to. How difficult was it to write his character as a dark prisoner but someone you could still fall in love with? I can only speak for myself, not Skye, but I think what made it easier was that he was real to us. Even though he does very wrong things, he has a real past and real feelings and his own code of honor that maybe doesn’t match with society’s, but he follows it. I think the more deeply a reader understands a character, the harder it is to have a simple emotion about them, whether that is hate or love.
  • There was a very dark scene in this book…….that some would call non-consensual. Did you ever think about removing this part from the book? We wanted to be true to how this character would act.
  • Moving on to Hostage…Brooke was 16 the first time her and Stone crossed paths. Why not have them cross path when she was older? The story takes place over a span of time, so that both characters have time to grow. They don’t have a physical relationship until later, but we liked putting somebody rough like him with a vulnerable heroine who would bring out his protective instincts early on.
  • Stone, my heart hurt for him. At times I hated him and at times I loved him. Why was he so obsessed over Brooke? He sees goodness and beauty in her, and she also represents a childhood he never had. He wants her, but he also wants to prtect her from himself in a way.
  • This book has been called: Raw. Abrasive. Haunting. Innocent. A beautifully damaged kind of dark that sucks you in and won’t let go. What challenges did you face co-writing these books with Skye Warren? I love writing with Skye! I feel like our styles blend well, and she is so smart and fun and easy-going. I think the only challenge is that we each have such busy careers that it is hard to match up our schedules to write more books faster.
  • Your other books:
  • The Dark Mafia Prince series….what makes these books different than other Mafia books? That is such a hard question to answer because it seems like a normal mafia book to me! I guess it just has an Annika Martin spin to it…darkness with a tiny bit of humor?
  • Most Eligible Bastard…..where did the idea for this book come from? Back in the 1990s, there was this hotel hieress, Leona Helmsley, who left her fortune to her dog. I guess it always stuck in my head!
  • Taken Hostage by Hot Bank Robbers series….what can readers expect from this series? Well, I’m not going to give any spoilers away but another book will come sooner or later.

Random Ending Questions:

  • Is it hard to write duel POV? It can be a bit harder because you have to find the voice of the character, and it’s harder to keep secrets from the reader. LOL!
  • Who are your one-click authors? I have so many! I really love Rachel Grant, Toni Anderson, Molly O’Keefe, Meredith Duran.
  • Do you write full-time or part-time? Full time.
  • If you had to write yourself as a villain in one of your books, what type of villain would you be? LOL. Maybe a wacky one!!
  • Do you feel authors should put trigger warnings in their books? I feel like the best trigger warnings are reading the reviews.
  • What can you tell your readers about for upcoming books? I’m working on another romantic comedy right now – it will feature Mia from The Billionaire’s Wake-up-call girl!

Last Question:

  • What would you like to say to your readers? A huge thank you!! My readers mean the world to me. They really do!

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