Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Straight Chatting from the Library: Anna Willett

This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. Anna Willett will be awarding a $10 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour. Click on the tour banner to see the other stops on the tour.


What is the favorite book you remember as a child?

My favourite book as a child was The Faraway Tree by Enid Blyton. I remember reading it numerous times. In many ways it’s probably the book that inspired my love of stories that were a little bit strange.

Tell us about your current book in 10 words.

A thriller, heavy on the action and chills.

What are you reading right now?

I’m reading The Woods are Dark by Richard Laymon. The restored and uncut version as put together by Laymon’s daughter in 2008. His books are always dark and twisted, I love them!

Do you have any bad book habits?

I find it almost impossible to throw a book away so I end up with piles of old books. It seems wrong to dump a perfectly readable book. I usually end up donating books or trading them in at my local book exchange.

E-Reader or print? and why?

Both. Having the option of an e-reader or hard copy is perfect for an avid reader. I usually take my e-reader to appointments or when I’m traveling, it’s light weight and easy to carry. I do still love the feel of a book in my hands so I go between print and e-books depending on where I am and what’s available. E-books are cheaper and don’t take up space so that’s a big draw.

Favorite book you've read this year?

I really enjoyed The Wrong Side of Goodbye by Michael Connelly. I’m a big Harry Bosch fan. I’ve started a Pinterest board this year where I’m listing everything I read in 2017 so readers can follow my progress.

Favorite place to read?

I enjoy reading in bed, propped up on pillows with my dogs nearby. I’m working on a new book at the moment so when I’m done for the day, there’s nothing better than an hour or two spent reading.

Favorite genre?

Thrillers and horror are my favorites, but if the story’s good, I’ll read anything.

Re-reader or not?

I definitely re-read. If a book’s good - really good, I’ll come back and re-read it but there has to be at least five years gap between the first and second reading. After such a long gap, the details get blurry and then re-reading is more fun.

What would make you not finish a book?

If the story doesn’t grab me or the characters are one dimensional, I’ll stop reading. I try to give every book a chance, at least a chapter or two, but if it’s not doing it for me, that’s it. Time’s too precious to waste on something I’m not enjoying. Another deal breaker is sloppy grammar and carelessness. If it hasn’t been thoroughly edited, I’m out.


For Milly Birdsworth and Her sister Judith, a two day trip in an isolated area of the National Park seems like an ideal way to mend their tattered relationship. With Milly’s best friend Harper along for moral support and experienced hiker Lucas as their guide, it seems nothing can go wrong.

But when everyone has something to hide, it’s difficult to know who to trust. What starts out as an adventure to bring two sisters together quickly becomes a terrifying ordeal where old wounds are exposed and a deadly tragedy is brought to light. One thing is clear, someone is seeking retribution and won’t stop until the guilty are punished.


Milly reached for her hand under the sleeping bag. It felt icy. “Anything could be happening. We don’t know it was Harper screaming.” There was so much she wanted to say. So many things she needed to tell her, but now wasn’t the time.

“What’s that?” Judith jumped and squeezed her hand tight enough to cut off the circulation. “In the trees, I… I thought I heard something.”

Milly followed her sister’s gaze. Three metres beyond the fire lay only blackness. It was impossible to see anything, human or animal. Suddenly Milly wondered if the fire was a good idea. If there was someone out there, the light would make the two women clearly visible to anyone watching. They’d be easy targets. Targets for what? Her mind raced in a dozen half-formed directions, all of them ominous. She shuddered and leaned against her sister.

“I don’t hear anything,” Milly whispered. “Maybe it’s an animal. A kangaroo or something.”


Anna Willett is the author of Backwoods Ripper and 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 two children.


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  1. Thanks for hosting. It's great to have my book showcased on Straight from the Library.

  2. I have enjoyed the tour, the book sounds great.

    1. Hi, Rita. Glad you've enjoyed the tour. Hope you enjoy the book.

  3. Great post! I've enjoyed the tour for Retribution Ridge and I'm looking forward to checking it out. Thanks for sharing all of the excerpts and interviews along the way :)

    1. Hi, Victoria.
      Thanks for following the tour. Happy to hear you enjoyed the excerpts and interviews.

  4. I have really enjoyed following this tour and look forward to reading this book!

    1. Hi Ally,
      Thank you so much for following. I hope you enjoy the book.

  5. Congrats on the tour and thanks for the chance to win :)

  6. Hi Lisa,
    Thanks for following. Good luck with the giveaway.

  7. Thank you for hosting. It's been a pleasure to have my book on Straight from the Library.