Please welcome L.A. Witt to The Blogger Girls! For readers who haven’t read Anchor Point, tell them a little about it. Can Going Overboard be read as a standalone or would you recommend readers start at the beginning of the series?
Anchor Point is an 8-book series set in a fictional Oregon town – Anchor Point – which is home to NAS Adams, a naval air station. The stories are loosely tied together by the setting and by characters who appear in multiple books, but each book can absolutely be read as a standalone.
Tell us a little about the characters, what are they like? How do they differ from the other characters in Anchor Point?
Chris and Dalton are in their mid-30s, a couple of Navy coxswains who are trying like hell to hold onto their careers. They both need to get promoted this year, or else they’re done. They’re also best friends, and though Dalton is out and proud, Chris is closeted, even from Dalton (well, for now).
Most of the other couples in Anchor Point have either been May-December or 40+. These guys are a little younger (well, older than Brent and Sean, the Mays of their respective May-December relationships), and they’ve got an established friendship. Their relationship is a little smoother sailing too; the story’s conflict largely revolves around their careers and an attempt cover up an accident that nearly killed Dalton, and their relationship being used against them. So it’s a bit less angsty in that respect than the other books (though not completely angst-free, don’t worry!).
What’s your favorite scene of the series so far?
Oh man. One scene? I’m a sucker for Black Moments and reconciliation scenes anyway, so for this series, (and without giving any spoilers) I’d have to say the Black Moment in Chief’s Mess and the reconciliation scene in Once Burned. Also the hot wing challenge in Rank & File. Just because. And the first kiss in Going Overboard. And….SEE?? I can’t pick ONE!!
You’re writing in quite a few series right now, is it hard keeping them all separate or do you find yourself mixing characters/storylines sometimes?
Not really. My characters/worlds stay pretty separate in my head. To me it’s kind of like following multiple TV shows—I can keep all the characters/plots etc., from Lucifer and Chicago PD from blurring together. Same goes for my own characters and stories. It does make my dreams a little weird, though…
How do you decide what book to write next?
Whatever is on a deadline takes priority, but if there’s a plot bunny refusing to be ignored, it’ll get bumped to the top of the list too, which means I’m usually working on at least two books simultaneously.
And add to that, what else do you have coming out soon and what are you currently working on?
The next two Anchor Point books are coming soon – Once Burned in April and Wash Out in May. After that, my Cruising trilogy – Adrift, Ashore, and Afloat – will be out this summer. That one is kind of a fluffy contemporary trilogy about two dudes who meet on vacation. There are also some co-writes in the works, but no dates for those yet. Stay tuned!
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