In the Spotlight | Isabella Louise Anderson

About Isabella Louise Anderson

Isabella grew up with a book in her hand, and to this day nothing has changed. She focuses her time on featuring other writers on her blog, Chick Lit Goddess, along with organizing Goddess Book Tours, and is a member of the Romance Writers of America.

She lives in Dallas with her husband, enjoys spicy Mexican food, margaritas, gin on the rocks (with a splash of lime). She loves spending time with family and friends and cheering on the Texas Rangers. Not only is Isabella an author, she’s also a Scentsy consultant and hoarder.

Isabella is the author of The Right Design and Cards From Khloe’s Flower Shop. Her short story, “Meet Me Under the Mistletoe,” was featured in Simon & Fig’s Christmas anthology, Merry & Bright. She’s currently working on another book.

About Isabella as an author

What inspired you to write your first book?

Having heard about NaNoWriMo, I wanted to participate and win, but I didn’t have any ideas. At that time, I just sat and started a sentence. Not quite sure where it was headed, I wrote at least 1,667 words a day. On day thirty, I was completely surprised that I wrote a “beach book” (I’m not a beach person). “The Right Design” will always be my first baby.

What genre do you consider your book(s)?

Contemporary Romance!

Do you have a specific writing style?

I don’t think I do, but a lot of people say my books are “sweet.”

Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?

Growing up, I always had a book in hand, and would even write stories about soap opera characters. Writing is something I’ve always done but didn’t start taking it seriously until January of 2010.

What is your favorite scene that you’ve written?

I loved writing Connie’s character in “Cards From Khloe’s Flower Shop,” and here’s my favorite scene I wrote:

Finally it was Connie’s turn to speak. “What are you trying to do to me? Why are you telling him this? It’s none of your damn business!”

“Sweet, innocent Connie, the one who stole what was going to be my sole account right from under my nose. You knew I was after that multi-million dollar hospital’s business, and how dare you take it away from me,” Nicola challenged. “Also, as a professional, one should know never to leave their computer unlocked when they’re away from their desk.”

With her mouth agape, it all made sense to Connie now. Not that Nicola had ever been nice to her, but after her boss handed over a large account to Connie, there was a definite change in Nicola’s behavior and words toward her. “You bitch!” Connie, said, more than ready to fight her right on her fake, perfectly-shaped nose. She took one step forward and was about to tackle her, but Walt put his arm around her waist, stopping her. “Leave! Now!” Connie screamed at Nicola, pointing at the doors that led to their office.

Nicola put her hand to her lips, and with sarcasm, said, “Well, I hope I haven’t said too much, Walt. You look like a nice guy, and I couldn’t stand the thought of you being hurt.” She gave him a wink, pulled out her card from her red silk bra, exposing it under her black blazer, and handed it to him. “Call me some time.” Then, like the snake she was, Nicola slithered back to her cubicle.

“Walt…please, you have to give me a chance to explain,” Connie said, taking a step toward him, the moment Nicola was out of the lobby.

Without looking at her, Walt pressed the button to the elevator and raised his hand to stop her. “Just tell me one thing. Is everything she said true?” he asked.

Do you have any advice for other writers?

Buy a writing calendar and each day you write, mark down the total words written. By doing this, you will learn to challenge yourself to write more than you did the previous day.

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

Thank you for reading my books! Your support means so much to me!

How do you beat writer’s block?

The phrase “just write,” isn’t that easy, though, I’ve learned that it can be. Since I’ve started using the Pomodoro Technique, my writing sessions have become a lot easier. I encourage everyone to give it a try.

Are any of your characters are based on you?

I’ve not written a character based on myself, but Connie Albright from “Card From Khloe’s Flower Shop” comes very close.

About Isabella’s current WIP

How did you come up with the title?

I’m working on a novella right now, but don’t have a title yet. I’m hoping to by the time I’ve finished with my second draft.

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

In this novella, the message that I’d like to send is that why Hollywood can be spiteful at times, there are people in it who are genuine.

How much of the book is based on real life events?

Believe it or not, nothing! This story is completely fiction.

About Isabella as a reader

What books have most influenced your life most?

There are so many! From “Rogue” by Danielle Steel, the “Fudge” series by Judy Blume, to “Write Naked” by Jennifer Probst, these are the book what made me not only want to write but to help in the process, too.

What book are you reading now?

I’m reading “Ugly Beautiful Girl” by Tracy Krimmer and an ARC of “The Boyfriend Swap” by Meredith Schorr. Both are quite different from each other but very, very good!

Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?

They’re not new, but new to me. I’m a huge fan of Jennifer Probst and Becky Monson.

Because Karan is random

Which question are you most sick of answering in interviews?

“Where do you get your ideas from?” As an author, my job is to write, so as a positive person, I believe that there are ideas and inspiration all around us.

Is there anything else you would like to share?

Thank you for having me!

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