INTERVIEW and giveaway: Anita Whiting

Long and Short Reviews welcomes Anita Whiting, whose latest book The Killing Hour was released by Champagne Publishing in February. Leave a comment on this interview for a chance to win a copy of The Killing Hour.

The Killing Hour takes place in Hollywood, California, and the area surrounding it. Anita’s never visited there, so she had to do a lot more research for this book than she normally would have. She also, for the first time, made her character a widow trying to deal with the loss of her husband and infant son. Anita is a full-time obstetrical nurse and was able to draw from her experiences there.

“I was able, I hope, to give the readers a glimpse of the agony that type of loss brings, even years later. I wanted Fiona to be vulnerable, tough and afraid to give her love again,” she told me. “It made a unique foil for Simon’s stubborn determination to continue fostering the feud between himself and his father in Ireland and what awaited him as far as his magical inheritance. Add Simon’s growing gifts and his ability to sense that murder is taking place at the local hospital to that mix and I was able to launch the rest of the story from there.”

When Anita was young, she lived in a small community named Solon, about a half hour outside of Cleveland, and every Saturday, her mother would take Anita and her sister to the library for the day while she did her shopping.

“I was in heaven. To me, that place was magical. The smell of the books, the hushed atmosphere, everything!” she said. “I lost myself in so many places, so many exciting adventures. It seemed natural, after awhile, for me to want to create my own worlds, my own characters.”

When Anita grew up, Solon was a sleepy little place with one gas station, two bars and a few dive type restaurants.

“It is now the place to move to and has grown tremendously in the past thirty or forty years,” she told me. “My fondest memories are walking in the woods behind our house as a teenager with my dogs and simply dreaming. It was a wonderful place to grow up. Everyone knew everyone, the schools were small and intimate and it was the type of place where if you did something wrong at school you were punished at home before the teacher even called!”

When Anita was in the sixth grade, Sister Paula Marie, her teacher at the parochial school she attended, seemed to see something in her essays and assigned stories and encouraged her to explore her talents. She began writing poems, short stories, and even did some competing.

“What, in your opinion, are the most important elements of good writing?” I asked.

“In my humble opinion, I believe the characters have to be realistic, come to life for the reader. I write paranormal suspense so I try to make their gifts or abilities believable and yet add spice to whatever mystery or suspense I’m building toward. The hero and heroine, when they are together, not only have to have the sexual chemistry but they have to be individuals with their own strengths and weaknesses just as in real life. When I can see how she fears getting hurt or he stubbornly fights against his father’s wishes, the story stops being just that and becomes one of those worlds I spoke of earlier.”
Anita will usually start with a scenario while she’s cleaning house or driving. Most of the time, the plot comes first because she writes suspense, so she envisions a series of events that culminate in a murder or murders. Then, she builds where she wants the story to take place. After that, she fashions her characters, their careers, and their personalities.

“Many times, the people in my story grow as the story grows—not only physically, but emotionally as well,” she said.

“What is your most embarrassing moment?”

“We were at the Epicon Conference in San Antonio, Texas, my husband and I. I had just returned from a seminar to find my partner, who is very gregarious, talking to an elderly woman. Just as I walked up, she handed him a pen fashioned as a red chili pepper. My husband smiled and asked her if her passion was gardening. She shook her head and patted him on the cheek. ‘No way, love. My passion is writing red hot love stories with lots of sex.’ His mouth dropped and he simply stared. “You’re joking, right?” he asked. “Why would I be joking?” she said, looking somewhat affronted. I took his arm and excused ourselves but I don’t think he’s ever recovered from seeing a very maternal gray haired woman dressed like his grandmother writing erotica. He talks about it to this day!

Anita hasn’t written a series yet, because they scare her.

“I’m not an organized kind of writer. I simply conceive the plot and go with it,” she explained. “In a series you have to remember characters, their quirks and characteristic’s and carry on with the plot that was started. It is my goal to make that my next challenge. As far as what it would be about, I think I would take a page from the JD Robb series and pair two people together along with their co-workers and friends. Since I write mystery/suspense I’m thinking it would involve murders etc… To be honest, The Killing Hour was set up with that in mind. Fiona and Simon, she a detective and he with the supernatural talent, would make a formidable combination.”

About the Author:4_18 anitawhiting.jpg.w180h180 My name is Anita Whiting. I live in Northeastern Ohio about an hour outside of Cleveland with my husband and three grown children who never seem to find a home that suites them as well as ours! I write romantic suspense usually with some paranormal elements primarily because I love reading that genre. My first book, Irish Magic, was published in 2004 and republished last year. My second, The Stanton Curse, is available through Double Dragon Publishing as is Irish Magic. My third, Letters from the Heart, won an Eppie for Best Romantic Suspense in 2006. My fourth and fifth books, A Killer’s Agenda and The Killing Hour are available through Samhain Publishing. My newest, The Killing Hour, was released February of this year by Champagne Publishing.

clock showing almost midnight She was an ex-cop desperately trying to deal with the tragic loss of her husband and infant son. He was a successful screen star sought after by starlets and fans. They had absolutely nothing in common. Or did they?

People were being murdered at Cedars Sinai Hospital. Systematically and quietly, a bolus of air injected directly into their jugular veins at the stroke of midnight. None were labeled a homicide and all appeared to be random.

Simon Martin knew otherwise. The Irish born actor could feel the power, the magic, growing inside of him. It was a destiny he had fled from at the age of eighteen, angry and stubbornly determined. Now his sleep and even his hours awake are haunted by what he saw, sensed.

Fiona Caruso resents his interference in her life, has no respect for his lifestyle. Yet, before either of them knew it, they were tossed into a vortex of lies, deceit, embezzlement and murder.

It didn’t take long to discover that fate had brought them together. The answers were there. To discover them each would have to bare their soul to the other. Would they succeed or would the murderer make them the next victims?

At the killing hour…


  1. intriguing book
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  2. donna harris says:

    Good review! What I read about “The Killing Hour” it sound like it would be really good. I like how you put the characters together, Solon and Fiona. I would love to win a copy so I can read the whole book! Thanks!
    Donna Harris

    • donna harris says:

      I forgot to say I like the paperback form because I don’t have any electronic devices. That’s if you give printed paperbacks.
      Donna Harris

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