10 Things You’re Too Scared To Ask – Derrolyn Anderson

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I thought it was fitting to have a romance book spotlighted on Lizzy’s Dark Fiction today.  Thank you, Derrolyn Anderson, so much for being part of the author interviews.  She’s elected to giveaway 1 ebook copy of The Athena Effect (INT) and some cool SWAG (US/Canada only) with her interview.  If you live in the US or Canada, you may enter into both giveaways.  Winners have 48 hours to respond by email or another will be chosen.

If you’re an author and interested in answering questions most reviewers are too scared to ask, then email me at lizzylessard (at) gmail (dot) com.  If I think your answers are the best of the batch, then I’ll pay for a giveaway of your book.  Even if you don’t win, if you’re willing to host a giveaway, I will post your answers.  But you have to be CREATIVE.  The questions change every month!  Remember, there is NO GENRE RESTRICTION.


10 Things You’re Too Scared To Ask Derrolyn Anderson


1) Name a topic that you refuse to write about.

Vampires. I can imagine a lot of weird shit, but I just don’t want to go there – Can’t get past the whole bodily fluids thing.

2) What is the hardest scene you have ever written.

Sex scenes are tough. I don’t write erotica (not yet, at any rate) and I’m all about the “fade to black” sex scene. Not because I don’t imagine my characters getting down to it, but because the language and imagery often used is so loaded. The ick factor can get really high, and one person’s sexy might make another person throw up in their mouth a little bit. For example, I cringe to read about anything moist, glistening, swollen, throbbing or spurting. Sounds like an infection. Her “nub”, his “manhood”, all that mewling, laving, spurting, seed spilling, thrusting and pumping… It’s tricky, because the more clinical terms are almost always way too sterile. Hats off to anyone who can write sexy sex without making me laugh out loud.

3) You threaten someone obnoxious in real life:  “I’m going to write you into my book and kill you off.”  Describe how you would kill off this person.

I’ve actually put some thought into this before. For example, if someone ever messed with one of my children, they’d better watch out.

Going with the premise that revenge is a dish best served cold, I would do it quick and dirty. For example: “Knock knock.”, “Who’s there?”, “Shotgun blast to the face, that’s who.” Of course the groundwork would all be laid out ahead of time: wig and sunglasses, anonymously rented car, iron-clad alibi… Please don’t check my browser history.

4) What book are you ashamed to have read?

Nothing REALLYbut when I was a girl I read a lot of old-school bodice rippers, and now that I have daughters I find the overriding theme of rape fantasy to be a little disturbing. I mean, they all seemed to send the message that “good” girls must be forced to enjoy sex, and they make rape seem like it’s (wink wink) okay if the guy is hot. I do realize that there’s a place for fantasy, and I myself am not in the business of writing after-school specials, but still… Eww.

5) Reveal  your “secret” author crush.

Laini Taylor. Besides her beautiful writing, I wish I had the balls to dye my hair pink.

6) Imagine your main character dies on page one.  Everything else stays the same.  Who will be the new star of your book?  What is it about now?

In the Athena Effect, if Cali died, Cal would have to take over the whole story, and that would probably shift the focus to his relationship with his brother. Two words: bikers and strippers.

7) If you could revive one person in history and make them your zombie slave, who would it be?

That last thing in the world I’d want is a rotting, undead slave sucking around, but if I had the power to resurrect someone… Whoa!

I hate unrealized potential, so it would be hard to choose between Selena, Jimi Hendricks, Heath Ledger, Aaliyah, Mozart, Brandon Lee, Jeff Buckley… Hell, the list just goes on and on…

8) Your muse becomes a real person.  What do they look like?  Describe their personality.

Reading my daughter’s YA fiction was what got me started writing in the first place, so my three lovely girls are my real-life muses. I may be biased, but by anyone else’s measure they are beautiful, kind, sweet, and incredibly intelligent.

9) Name one culturally “taboo” thing you wish would be accepted.

I’m just as brainwashed as the next person, but wouldn’t it be great if female body hair was considered attractive? No more plucking, waxing and shaving! Imagine the poolside liberationWinking smile.

10) What fictional villain do you wish won?  How would you have ended their story instead?

I’ve always found Frankenstein’s monster to be a sad, misunderstood creature. I would have had him get his bride and go off for a little happily ever after Franken-nookie. Guess I’m just a sappy fool for love after all.

bookdescriptiontheathenaeffectThe Athena Effect by Derrolyn Anderson

Genre:  Romance

Publisher:  Self Published

Links:  Goodreads  |  Amazon  |  Barnes & Noble  | Smashwords

Released August 20th, 2012 on ebook only

Country girl Cali has been kept a secret her entire life, raised in isolation by two very troubled people. Despite her parent’s disturbing fits, Cal is perfectly content, living at one with the nature that surrounds her, and finding adventure inside the pages of her beloved books. When an awful tragedy tears her away from her remote cabin in the woods, nothing she’s ever read has prepared her for a world that she knows very little about.

Girls and motorcycles are what bad-boy Cal’s life is all about. Brought up in a raucous party house by his biker brother, he’s free to do as he pleases, going through the motions on his final days of high school. Aimless, Cal stopped thinking about his future a long time ago.

Attacked by a gang of thugs while running an errand for his brother, Cal is in serious trouble until a fierce girl appears out of nowhere to intervene. She chases off three grown men, sparing Cal a brutal beating before disappearing into the night like a spirit. He can’t stop thinking about his mysterious rescuer, and when she turns out to be the weird new girl at school who goes out of her way to avoid him, he can’t contain his curiosity.

He’s never met anyone like her before, and the more he learns about the unusual girl who shares his nickname, the more he wants to know. Cal can’t help falling for Cal, but can he keep her from falling victim to a dangerous enemy from her parent’s tragic past?

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The Athena Effect Necklace[3]

OPENED TO US/CANADA:   Derrolyn Anderson is a beader as well as a writer, and she has made some jewelry inspired by my main character Caledonia’s ability to see auras – colorful emotions made visible. 
The necklace is approximately 18’’ with a toggle closure, the necklace is a rainbow of gemstone chips, including : Citrine, Peridot, Green Adventurine, Malachite, Amazonite, Magnesite, Turquoise, Lapis, Howlite, Amethyst, Coral, Jasper. and Amber.
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(Image and info borrowed from Goodreads)

Derrolyn Anderson is a visual artist and writer of fiction. The creator of the four part “Marina’s Tales” series and the YA romance, “The Athena Effect”, she’s currently hard at work on her next book, “The Mackenzie Legacy”.



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  1. If you could revive one person in history and make them your zombie slave, who would it be?

  2. I like question 5. Reveal your “secret” author crush. :D

    • My hair would be fire-engine red if I had the balls to do it. My honey is colorblind so I don’t think he will mind. ;)

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