Monday, 15 July 2019

Meet A Writer Monday Presents...

...Anya Stassiy

1. Tell me about your book, Eyes of Amber, and where you got your inspiration for it?

My book, Eyes of Amber was inspired by my own experiences in medicine. I have encountered many patients and heard many stories, some sad, some funny, so this was in a way an outlet to share some of them. I also was interested in WWII, my grandparents lived through it, the stories of struggle and survival despite the horrible atrocities always affected me.

2. Did you learn anything from writing this book? If so what was it?

It is a tough job. Your mind is always working on what a character would say or do or how you need to describe a certain scene. And then you have to put all that you have imagined into words that make sense and will move the story forward. And all of it takes time, sometimes months and in some cases years.

3. What is the most influential book you’ve read in the last year?

Subliminal. How your unconscious mind rules your behaviour by Leonard Mlodinow. Interesting read, reminds us how the mind is a fascinating organ and that we don’t always control the way we form opinions and we cannot rely on our memory.

4. Have you ever been pulled over by a cop?

I have, for speeding, twice a few years apart. I was issued a ticket during the first encounter and after the second I was issued a warning.

5. What is the longest you’ve gone without writing?

A year and a half. I got busy with raising two little kids and then having a third. Life was busy.

6. Mountains or the beach?

Beach. You can lay there and relax, you can take a walk or you can go for a swim.

7. You’ve just been kidnapped and the people from the last TV Show/Movie you watched have to save you. Who is it?

Tom Hardy from Mad Max. Hot, strong and righteous. I know he will save me

8. What was your most defining moment in life?

Having my children. Nothing can prepare you and you cannot imagine it until it happens to you.

9. If you could bring one musician back from the dead, who would it be and why?

Freddie Mercury-amazing talent gone too soon.

10. What genre do you write in and what draws you into this genre?

My debut novel is a romance and I just started working on a new manuscript that is a romance as well. I would love to write an urban fantasy, but I think romance will be very prevalent in it. I consider myself a romantic. I believe in happy endings and happily ever after.

11. Are your characters based off real people or did they all come entirely from your imagination?

Most of my characters are a compilation of real life experiences and real people.

12. Do you have a day job in addition to being a writer? If so, what do you do during the day?

I am a dermatology Physician Assistant. I do biopsies, remove skin cancers, inject Botox and fillers and treat various skin conditions.

When fate gives you what you were not looking for, will you accept its gift?

Dr. Mila Roth is about to begin her training as an ER physician. She will encounter funny, sad, and memorable cases, witnessing the meaning of love through the eyes of the sick and their loved ones.

She doesn't believe in romance and soulmates yet, but that may soon change when she meets Leo, a handsome stranger with captivating warm eyes. She cannot explain her attraction to him, no other man was able to activate her love gene before. Will she decide to follow her heart this time or will Leo's occupation and secret push her away? As new feelings overwhelm her, she finds solace in the letters of her departed grandmother.

The correspondence from the past has a message for Mila's present. Will she connect the dots?


About Anya

Anya Stassiy was born in Kazakhstan. She is the oldest of two siblings. Anya graduated from New York Institute of Technology with B.S. in Physician Assistant studies in 2007. She practices medical and esthetic dermatology in Brooklyn, NY. Eyes of Amber is her debut novel, but she has several articles published in medical journals. Anya lives in NJ with her husband and three children.

Wednesday, 10 July 2019

Dusty Pages Review: Career of Evil

When a mysterious package is delivered to Robin Ellacott, she is horrified to discover that it contains a woman's severed leg.
Her boss, private detective Cormoran Strike, is less surprised but no less alarmed. There are four people from his past who he thinks could be responsible - and Strike knows that any one of them is capable of sustained and unspeakable brutality.
With the police focusing on the one suspect Strike is increasingly sure is not the perpetrator, he and Robin take matters into their own hands, and delve into the dark and twisted worlds of the other three men. But as more horrendous acts occur, time is running out for the two of them...

By far the best yet to come out of this series, Career of Evil is dark in all the right places and a mystery to the last. Each chapter is proceeded with a lyric from a Blue Oyster Cult song which was something I'd not seen done in a book before but from the amount of credits having to be rattled off at the end of the book, it doesn't sound like it was an easy thing to do and helped a great deal that you were J K Rowling.

There isn't a doubt that by the time this third book came out that the secret was out of the bag but honestly I don't care. Whether you've read Harry Potter or not Cormoran Strike is an entirely different genre, character and story but written with the same passion and attention to detail that I loved from before. I can't imagine how it must feel to those who read all three books back when they originally came out and had to wait until now for a fourth installment (which is next on my audio playlist) and I am hoping that there will be more to follow.

Listening to them is a little like taking a step back in time as its set in 2010/2011 and it highlights parts of the news at the time and I'm thinking, yes I remember that, I remember where I was and it makes it feel all the more relevant even though the story you are following is fictional. In Career of Evil we get to meet an interesting character in the form of Shanker, and get to see a little more into Cormoran's past. Robin also reveals a secret - which I did already know because I've seen the TV series and although that was a while ago, certain aspects of it stuck in my memory.

Its a really enjoyable read

I give it

Friday, 5 July 2019

Crazy about Cushions

I wrote a blog post last week about my upcycling and making of cushions covers. I've been hard at work again and the ones that are for sale are available from The Little Shop of Sonnet - my facebook selling pages, along with some jewellery that I've made and signed copies of my books.

However, there are several I have made that are not for sale - I made them for personal use to bring a little colour to my Garden Room but I am also incredibly proud of them and want to share them with the world. So here they are...

Cushion 1 Front
 Cushion 1 Back

Cushion 2 Front
 Cushion 2 Back