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Anna E. Collins is a Seattle-area author who writes stories about the lives and loves of women. Once upon a time she was a teacher, and she has a master’s degree in educational psychology. Love at First Spite is her first novel.

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What’s the strangest thing you searched for on the internet for your novel?

It’s probably a toss-up between zoning law fence regulations and videos of how to tuft wool into figures.

What book (or author) made you fall in love with the romance genre?

Some might argue it’s not a true romance, but I fell in love with romantic stories when I read Colleen McCullough’s The Thorn Birds as a young teen. The forbidden love, the pining, the drama—so delicious! More recently, it was Sally Thorne’s The Hating Game that inspired me to branch away from women’s fiction and write my own stories in the romance genre. It’s such a masterfully done romcom!

What is your favourite trope? Why?

I’m a sucker for a great enemies-to-lovers story like The Hating Game. I love the tension, the will-they-won’t-they, the redemption, the chemistry build-up, and, of course, the pay-off! For romcoms especially, I also love stories with fake relationships. Having to keep secrets is such a perfect set-up for shenanigans. Oh, and forbidden love. Something about the whole us-against-the-world thing adds great intensity to the romance. You said I could pick three, right?

It’s the morning after, and a lover is making your main character the perfect breakfast in bed. What is it?

Dani is by no means a food snob, but she’s particular about her tea, so she’d definitely want something like a Rooibos latte. Add to that a yogurt cup and something carby, like a donut, and she’ll be happy.

What book are you reading currently? 

I’m about to start People We Meet On Vacation by Emily Henry. She’s such a talented writer, so I can’t wait to dive in!

The rapid fire question – would you rather get stuck in a snowstorm and have to hunker down in a remote cottage with a drop-dead gorgeous stranger, or work together with a local hunky handyman to save a beautiful run-down inn from being demolished?

Remote cottage in a snowstorm all the way. I’ve done too much remodeling at home for handywork to ever to be a fantasy! 

Read our review of Love At First Spite here.

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