Author Revealed

About Anna Hays

Q. What is your birthdate?

A. 2/26

Q. Previous occupations

A. Film producer, journalist, short order cook... script reader

Q. Favorite job

A. Writing books (of course!)

Q. High school and/or college

A. I went to Nyack High School, Oberlin College and then earned half of a graduate degree from Columbia University

Q. Name of your favorite composer or music artist?

A. Frederick Chopin and Stevie Wonder

Q. Favorite movie

A. The Wizard of Oz

Q. Favorite television show

A. SpongeBob never gets old

Revealing Questions

Q. How would you describe your life in only 8 words?

A. Trying to uncover life's mysteries with a smile

Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. Less is Always More

Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?

A. Surrounded by loved ones without a care in the world. Just living in the moment, food in the 'fridge, sun in the sky, with a view of a fresh water lake or maybe it's an ocean.

Q. What’s your greatest fear?

A. Being invisible

Q. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?

A. On the coast of northern Spain

Q. Which living person do you most admire?

A. My mother

Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?

A. Um

Q. If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?

A. Fixing my own car (I live in LA)

Q. What is your greatest achievement?

A. There are two - Benjamin & Will

Q. What’s your greatest flaw?

A. Thinking too much

Q. What’s your best quality?

A. I'm an optimist

Q. What trait is most noticeable about you?

A. My curiosity

Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?

A. Scout Finch

Q. Who is your favorite fictional villain?

A. The Grinch

Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?

A. Litterbugs, Pretenders

Q. What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?

A. Dreaming

Q. What’s your fantasy profession?

A. International Spy

Q. What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?

A. Honesty, Integrity, Humor

Q. If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?

A. Fresh black cherries

Q. What are your 5 favorite songs?

A. Somewhere Over The Rainbow, For Once In My Life, Imagine, Blowin' in the Wind, Try a Little Tenderness

On Books and Writing

Q. Who are your favorite authors?

A. Charles Dickens, Thomas Hardy, Jane Austen, Dr. Suess, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Carson McCullers, Edith Wharton, Harper Lee

Q. What are your 5 favorite books of all time?

A. Great Expectations To Kill A Mockingbird The Member of the Wedding The Great Gatsby Goodnight Moon

Q. Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?

A. Trust the process and yourself.

Q. What comment do you hear most often from your readers?

A. Is this book based on your real life?

Q. How did you come to write Portia's Ultra Mysterious Double Life?

A. I was working as a creative director in interactive media and coming up with a lot of ideas about how to tell stories using emerging technology and new narrative tools. As a fun exercise, I first worked on the Portia idea as an interactive series for the Web, but that never ended up going anywhere. That was a little over ten years ago. But I couldn't shake Portia from my brain. I started to grow very attached to her as a character and as a way for me to explore my voice. I wanted to take the story further, so I spun the story into a book. The first draft of the book consisted of several mystery cases about people in Portia's world, including one about her missing father. Almost immediately, I had interest from the television world and spent a little more than three years developing it as a series. But regimes changed and so did marketing teams, and Portia went into "turnaround" and never made it onto the air. I put the project aside and continued in my work as a concept designer and writer for theme park attractions, toys, animation and interactive media experiences. A few years later, I met literary agent Dan Lazar online and I told him about Portia. He asked to look at the first five pages, and I immediately emailed them to him. That same afternoon he asked for the first fifty pages! Then I took off for Telluride, Colorado where my husband was part of a film festival. I remember that I was up on a beautiful lush green mountaintop staying at ski condo with a magnificent view. We had just connected our computers and there was an email waiting for me from Dan telling me he loved the book! I was 10,000 feet above sea level, but it felt much higher!



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