1. What is your name/pen name? Anna Kopp
2. What do you write? Genre? Children’s and YA fantasy.
3. Tell us about yourself? I am a writer from Ohio, though I was born and raised in Russia. As a child, reading and writing for me was basically like breathing. My parents’ idea of “grounding” me was kicking me outside to play. That passion hasn’t waned even after having to learn a new language. I’m a US Army veteran, a wife and business partner to a software developer, and a mom to two rambunctious boys. I love reading, writing, and playing World of Warcraft. I’m a geek at heart and have a self-published Minecraft children’s book series.
4. What prompted you to pitch your book in #Pit2Pub? I saw it as a good opportunity to get my manuscript out there after seeing several success stories of pitches finding agents and publishers.
5. Tell about your #Pit2Pub experience. This was my first pitch experience, so I had no idea what to expect. Once it got going, I was excited to see my pitches being liked and went on to research the publishers who did. I’m so happy with how it turned out, I would definitely participate in another.
6. Which publisher did you sign with? Blue Moon Publishers
7. Tell us about your upcoming book. The book is called Rise of the Chosen, a YA dystopian fantasy. It is the first installment of the Lifeblood series. In Sam’s world there are two rules. Rule #1: Nobody dies. Protect the living at all costs. Rule #2: Everybody dies. At least once.
Newly appointed Watch Guard Samantha Shields has a legacy to uphold. Her father died a hero defending their city and now she wants to follow in his footsteps. Except for the dying part, of course. Unfortunately, fate has other plans as she discovers deep dark secrets that make her choose between her loyalties and the lives of everyone in her city. Both rules are in play as Sam is forced to make hard decisions that could cost her everything – including the person she cares about most.
8. When is your book scheduled to be released? October 4, 2016.
9. What is at the top of your bucket list? NY Times bestseller would be nice. Or I’d be happy with meeting Juliet Marillier. Her writing is incredible and I draw a lot of my inspiration from her work.
10. Parting words for other authors? Don’t give up! Writing is a field filled with rejection, not because of bad writing but because of so much competition. If your dream is to be published then just don’t give up. You will find your place.
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