Saturday, December 17, 2016

Release Blog Tour ~ Retribution Ridge by Anna Willett

Retribution Ridge

a dark, gripping and intense suspense thriller


Anna Willett

Release Blog Tour ~ December 5 – 19

A small hiking group in the wilderness – with bloody revenge for company

Milly has barely spoken to her sister Judith in years. They hardly exchanged a word at their mother’s funeral. They could not be further apart.

So when Milly gets an invitation to go on a hiking trip, she hopes it will be an opportunity for reconciliation. Inviting her school-friend Harper along with her for support, the small party head off together into the bush.

What awaits Milly is far from just a bracing hike in the wilderness, but an unexpected encounter with the past. The form it takes is revenge. But who is enacting it against Milly, and why?

Intense, gripping, and full of suspense.

Whilst the action in this book comes thick and fast, it is the relationship between the sisters and their mutual friend, Harper, that introduces the true darkness into the story.
If you enjoy nail-biting suspense fiction with great twists, RETRIBUTION RIDGE is for you.

This book is set in the rugged landscape below Perth in South Western Australia, an area the author has explored in depth. You may also enjoy her first thriller, BACKWOODS RIPPER.

The tension here is drama and the action is unrelenting and chilling. The threads of the story are woven together like a fine fabric and the twists are clever. ~D.M. Dickson

Full of twists and turns with plenty of surprises, I found myself holding my breath quite a few times to see what would happen next. I absolutely, thoroughly enjoyed this story and really can't wait to see what the author brings us next! ~Maria Silverdagger

Other Books by Anna:

BACKWOODS RIPPER: a gripping action suspense thriller

“If you like Stephen King’s Misery, you’ll love this book.”

A country drive quickly turns into a nightmare for newly-weds Paige and Hal Loche

When you are in the bush, pregnant, and your husband is hurt what do you do? Will you trust just about anyone?

When their car gets a flat tire in the Australian outback, it should be a simple job for capable Hal to fix. His wife pregnant, he sets to it. But an accident befalls him, leaving him immobilized. Paige is now their only hope of getting out of the bush.

“How the cruelty of a stranger changes a couple’s life for ever.”

When Paige chances upon a stranger, it seems her prayers are answered. But the stranger doesn’t want to help. She wants something else, and it’s not Paige’s husband. Hal is expendable, piece by piece it seems, but her baby isn’t.

What will Paige do to protect her unborn child, and at what price?

If you enjoy gripping suspenseful thriller fiction, BACKWOODS RIPPER is for you. Also look out for Anna Willett's second book, RETRIBUTION RIDGE, out now on Kindle.

Anna Willett is the author of Backwoods Ripper and just released, Retribution Ridge. Raised in Western Australia, Anna developed a love for fiction at an early age and began writing short stories in high school. Drawn to dark tales, Anna enjoys writing thrillers with strong female characters. When she’s not writing, Anna enjoys reading, travelling and spending time with her husband and children.

Author Interview Questions

1.      Describe a typical writing day. Are you a morning, afternoon, or night-owl writer?

Mornings aren’t my thing, I’m definitely more of a night-owl. I usually start writing in the afternoon, but I often write quite late into the night.

2.      Can you tell us about your current work-in-progress?

I’m working on a couple things at the moment, both thrillers. One is about two women who meet and after a seemingly unimportant encounter, one of them is abducted by a serial killer operating in Perth and the South-west. The two women’s lives become connected in a deadly way.
I’m hoping to get something out in the first part of next year.

3.      What inspires you when you’re writing?

Inspiration comes for many things; an old photograph, an unusual setting even a look on someone’s face can set of a chain of ideas that lead to something interesting.
I’m inspired by reader’s reactions to my work. When people talk to me about the characters and situations I’ve created, it makes me want to keep writing.

4.      What’s your favorite item on your writing desk?

Well, it’s not on my desk, but I almost always have one of my dogs in the room with me when I’m writing. The only other things I need are my notebook, pen and a cup of tea.

5.      What’s your favorite genre and why?


I’ve always been drawn to darker stories both in books and films. So it feels natural for me to write stories that examine the darker side of human nature and behaviour.
Writing thrillers gives me the opportunity to write about characters that who are battling the more sinister aspects of human behaviour sometimes the battle is going on inside a character as well as around them. I write stories that I’d be interested in reading – as a reader I want to be caught up in the drama. Experience thinking and behaviour that’s alien to me.  I want stories that thrill and disturb me so that’s what I try to write.

With thrillers, I don’t always have to have a happy ending. But I do try to make it hopeful.

6.      Any advice you have for a blossoming author?

Start writing. If you’ve got an idea that you think will make a great book, start. Get the story down on paper and worry about formatting, research and all the how to questions when the story’s finished.
Once you’ve done that you can start polishing your work, but don’t think of sending it out to publishers until it’s perfect.  That means editing and re-writing multiple times.

              While you’re doing that, join writing forums read writer’s blogs. There are some great books  
         on how to write everything from action scenes to internal dialogue.  And read. I can’t stress that 
  enough. If you can’t force yourself to read a wide range of genres at least read a wide range of authors. It’s fun and it will help you become a better writer.

When your first novel is final finished. Put it away and start the second one. It will be much better than the first because you’ve taken what you leaned writing the first one and used it to make the second and third even better. Then think about sending out queries.

7. What is your writing process like?

I’m not a plotter, I don’t write a full outline before I begin writing. I know the setting and what I want to happen and who the characters are. From there, I let the characters lead me because as they develop, so does the story.

Once I’m a few chapters in, I’ll make some notes about what I want to happen in each of the subsequent chapters.  It’s Usually just one or two lines but it helps me keep up the momentum and drives the story forward.

I leave most of the research and fill in the blanks when the novel’s finished otherwise I become too side tracked. If for example I want to write about a certain type of car, I’ll just highlight the word car and leave the rest for later. When I first started writing seriously, I’d stop and go online trying to find information. Sometimes an hour would go by. I realised that the details can wait, getting the story out is the most important thing for me.

7.      Are you a plotter or a pantser? Why? (see question 6).

8.      When you’re not writing, how do you spend your time?

I’m always reading something, it’s part of my daily routine; something I can’t live without. I’m a huge film buff, I love everything from the 1930s to contemporary stuff.
I’m fortunate enough to live in a part of the world that averages three hundred sunny days per year so I love going for walks in the bush with my husband and dogs.

9.      What or who inspired you to become a writer?

I don’t know if there’s one thing that sparked the impetus to write. I’ve always loved a good story which I suppose is something my mother gave me. She (my mother) was a voracious reader and she’d tell me about the book she was reading in a way that brought the story alive. I’d always ask her if I could read it when she was finished and so by the age of thirteen, I’d read adult fiction.  From the books my mother introduced me to, a love of the written word developed.

10.  How long have you been writing?

On and off since childhood, but I became serous about writing six years ago.

11.  Are you Self-published or Traditional Published? Why did you choose this type of publishing?

I’m traditionally published by a UK based company. I decided to try the traditional route and see what happened, fortunately I found a publisher willing to take a chance on me. If it hadn’t happened that way, I was considering self-publishing. I haven’t ruled anything out in the future. There are so many possibilities for writers now, we have the freedom to make more decisions about our careers.

13.  Anything else you’d like to share with your readers?

Just for fun:

14. Do you have any pets?

I have two German Shepherds, both girls.

15. Who’s your favorite musician/band?

Probably Sia.

16. What’s your favorite vacation spot?

Travelling around Australia and the occasional cruise. I recently visited Komodo Island and saw the dragons – very strange experience.

17. Do you like coffee or tea?

I’m a tea drinker. I average about six cups per day.

18. Did you go to college? If so, what was your major?

I attended Notre Dame University (Australia) and studied Education.

19. Are you a full-time writer or do you also work in another field? If so, what field?

I’m transitioning to full-time writing. Next year I will be only working outside of writing for one day a week. I’m very excited to have more time to devote to writing.

20. Favorite Season? Fall/Winter/Spring/Summer?

Australian summers can be so hot, sometimes it’s too much for too long. I prefer spring and autumn. We get a month or so of perfect weather in each of those seasons; sunny, but not too hot.

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