Anna del C. Dye
author, Once Upon Two Kingdoms
Early on in her life, Anna, showed an affinity for sewing and took classes that rewarded her with the opportunities of doing costuming for the cast of four musicals, two live play and a movie, which she enjoyed immensely. She is in charge of the costumes for the Elf Court in Utah’s own Fantasy Con. She is fluent in both English and Spanish.
Most writers are readers. What are some of the books you have on your nightstand and/or on your "must read" list?
I read many genres so I love YA fantasy, High fantasy, crime, Sci-Fi, clean romance, some spiritual and non-fictions book. I also do reviews for an online review company, which helps me to find free reading material.
Say your publisher has offered to fly you anywhere in the world to do research on an upcoming book, where would you most likely want to go?
Germany, to finish visiting castles and ruins. We travelled there last year and saw but a small fraction of the many castles along the Rheine.
What is your favorite genre to write and to read?
Medieval romance or High Fantasy
What is one silly fact about you?
When I color my hair red, I get in a lot of trouble. My personality changes to “don’t mess with me world.” It’s pretty fun when my hubby and family goes…”Uh, Oh!” when they see my red hair.
Why do you choose to write clean/sweet romance? Do you write steamy romance as well?
I only write clean romance be it in my high fantasy series or any romance series. I write sweet/clean romance because I know the difference within romance and sex. There are a lot of authors who do not. Romance takes longer to develop and sex is just there. I respect authors who write clean/sweet romance because that means they take the time and effort that a real romance requires.
How much of your personality and life experiences are in your writing?
A lot of it. Usually an author writes best that which he/she knows best. I love green living, although I am not a fanatic. Because of that, it was easy to write about Elves and their love of nature. Herbs and medicine and the use of no wood cooking came also naturally to me. In my YA romances I have things like surgery, being paralyzed, etc. All of what I have a little experience with.
I am a sassy type of girl and I have plenty of that in the heroines and main characters. Then again usually my heroes share my hubby’s personality.
How many books have you written, and how many of those have been published?
I have written 14 books. The seven in my Elf series are published. My pre-teen children book name Emerine’s Nightmare is published electronically only. Now my first book “Once Upon Two Kingdoms” in my Royal Romance Series has just been published.
Please share about your book “Once Upon Two Kingdoms”
Freedom to Choose is Paramount for any human to ignored
An arrangement made when Elizabeth was just a babe ties her to someone she has never met, never spoken to, never loved. Now she desires freedom—a way to choose her own path—her own husband. The moment Elizabeth meets Patrick she knows he is her soul mate. But when you are bound to a crown how is any choice your own?
What are your hero and heroine of the story like?
They are ahead of their time. They wish they didn’t have the obligations of a crown in a world where their status defines the very freedom of their people. They are unselfish and don’t impose upon the freedom of others to make their dreams come true. Because of that they get their reward at the end.
Do you have a favorite character you have written so far?
Many. In my Royal Romance Series there are some awesome main characters in each book and they all have a unique personality. Each one of those characters is worthy of being my favorite. In Once Upon Two Kingdoms Patrick takes the prize. He is gallant, impulsive and torn between the woman he loves and his duty as the prince of his kingdom.