I’m hosting an interview with authro Anne M. Strick today. Anne is the author of contemporary romance novels Intimate Strangers and The Rebel Princess, and of non-fiction book All Doors to Hollywood and How To Open Them.
1) When did you know you wanted to become an author?
I never “decided” – it just began to happen. I’ve written almost all my life, beginning in high school. I published in magazines in my twenties, published my first book (INJUSTICE FOR ALL) some years later, worked in film for years where writing was part of my job as a publicist – and then took up writing full-time again a number of years ago.
2) What inspired you to write ‘Intimate Strangers’?
My horror at the contested adoption cases in the news – Baby Jessica, Baby Richard, so many others we never hear about. And specifically my horror at the way children are treated in our courts: essentially as their parents “property”, with no rights of their own – no right to have their best interests considered in those adult battles.
3) How long did it take you to write ‘Intimate Strangers’?
About three years.
4) Which character did you enjoy to write about the most? Which character did you find most difficult to write about?
All the characters were easy to write about – Georgie perhaps the easiest. And McCauley perhaps the hardest – because he was a man.
5) Do you prefer to plot everything beforehand, or just write as you go?
The only book I’ve ever been able to outline in advance was my first, INJUSTICE FOR ALL, which was a non-fiction argument, and therefore had to unfold logically. When I begin my novels, I have a general idea of where I’m going – but the plot itself unravels from each prior paragraph and chapter.
6) Why should everyone read this book?
I’d love to have “everyone” read this book! It’s not only unrelentingly suspenseful, heartbreaking, hotly sexy, funny and romantic – it’s a heartfelt plea for justice in our courts for the most helpless among us – our children. And I care passionately about that!
7) If you could sum up ‘Intimate Strangers’ in twenty words, what words would you use?
Intimate Strangers is the story of a contested adoption and the two women lawyers, with equally scarred histories, who join to save a small boy’s life.
8) What do you hope to accomplish with ‘Intimate Strangers’?
I’d like people to have a great, can’t-put-down roller-coaster read, and then to begin to think with concern about the status of children in our courts and in our society.
9) Are you working on another novel right now?
I’m working on our third book together, with my sometime co-writer, Veronica De Laurentiis. Our first was her memoir, I CLAIMED MY LIFE – a best-seller in Italy. Our second was a self-help book. And this third one is called THE REST OF THE STORY.
Title: Intimate Strangers
Author: Anne M. Strick
Genre: Contemporary Romance
This wonderful book is the first to focus on one aspect of man’s inhumanity to child that has crossed my path many times: that confusing world of adoptions. Anne M. Strick artfully sets up parallel adoption scenarios that immerse the readers in the very heart of the characters – birth parents, adoptive parents, and most importantly, the hearts of children themselves. With this book, she gives us the impetus to legally, practically and morally move to fulfill for our children the promise of the Pledge of Allegiance – “With Liberty and Justice for All!” Heart-catching, suspense, hot tears and hot sex.
Anne M.Strick has spent over twenty years in the movie industry. She has worked for Universal, Warners, Paramount and EMI, as a Unit Publicist, Project Coordinator and National Publicity Director, and with such Hollywood legends as Jack Nicholson, James Earl Jones, Sean Penn, Arnold Schwarzenegger, David Lynch, Sting and Dino De Laurentiis, among many others. She has published theater reviews, articles in Parents Magazine , Frontier and The Nation, and six books: two novels, two self-help books, one memoir (a best-seller in Italy); and a non-fiction, scholarly critique of our adversary trial system. (”remarkable”) . Born in Philadelphia, and educated at Bennington College and UCLA, she lives in Los Angeles.