About Anissa Garcia
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What a journey it has been for me to get to where I am. Had someone told me that one day I would be an author, I wouldn’t have believed them. Reading was always a part of my life, as was writing. In middle school I began writing, short stories now known as ‘fan-fic.’ I took characters from my favorite television shows and added onto the story, coming up with my own idea of how their lives should be. I hid all my handwritten stories under my bed in a huge binder, never sharing them with anyone.
After college, I nabbed a job as a Community Relations Manager at Barnes & Noble. I was around books every day...a dream come true. While there, I continued writing my own stories by hand in my spare time, and found another outlet for storytelling--acting.
In 2006, I auditioned and earned a spot at the Los Angeles American Academy of Dramatic Arts and immersed myself in theatre. There I was able to channel my creative side for two years of intensive training. I quickly found out that my favorite part of drama school was writing lengthy character biographies. Instead of turning in the obligatory ten-page backstory of my character, I was turning in fifty, sometimes one-hundred page bios, getting lost in telling this character’s life story. Much to the vexation of my acting teachers having to read these long papers, it helped me gain understanding of not only the role I was playing, but why the character behaved the way she did. It helped unlock my potential, made me learn more about myself, and breaking down not only characters, but storylines.
While in Los Angeles, I maintained my job at Barnes & Noble. My love of books (and my employee discount) kept me from leaving. I then landed my job in casting. As much of a dream job as it seemed, I felt it wasn’t enough. I was hiring people to tell the stories I wanted to be a part of, the stories I wanted to tell, and it just wasn’t for me. I moved back to Texas, but I wasn’t quite sure what to do. I started writing again, this time for a local magazine, as well as short stories for myself. I took small jobs where I could, but I knew something was around the corner. Some amazing friends helped me find that path toward writing, and I’m forever grateful to them for encouraging me to go for it.
It’s been two years since I began writing “A Promise Kept.” I wrote it, got it critiqued, threw it out, re-wrote it, finished it and published it in June 2016. The biggest realization I had in the writing process was seeing how similar acting and writing were. They definitely go hand-in-hand. Both are forms of storytelling - both needing purpose and a motivation. I may no longer act out part of a story. Now, I create it. And that is an amazing feeling. I never thought I would be where I am, but life works in mysterious ways, and I’m grateful for my training. That training has helped immeasurably in my writing journey. I only hope to create more stories, more characters, more worlds, and want to do my best to get better at it with each next book I write. Most of all, I always hope to write about love. It does, indeed, make the world go round.
I hope you enjoy reading my stories as much as I love creating them.
About A Promise Kept
Evan is drawn to his new neighbor. Grace is the exact opposite of the women he normally encounters. Enticing, down-to- earth, and confident, she captivates him. She has no problems facing off with Evan, and he soon realizes Grace is much more than just a challenge. He wants to prove himself to her.
Grace can see the man beyond the actor, and with more than just her pride at stake, she needs to hold tight to her promise before Evan breaks through all her walls, exposing her heart.
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Josh McKenzie may come off as intimidating with his solid build and cold stare, but when trouble calls, Marla quickly learns there is more to the sexy tatted man with the British accent. And if she’s not careful, she can easily lose herself in his gentle touch and soft voice.
A feisty redhead with a mouth that won’t quit, Marla Sullivan knows how to push all of Josh’s buttons, making him want her in the worst way. His biggest hurdle is breaking through her stubborn walls and proving he’s here to stay.
When Marla’s faced with an unknown danger, Josh is forced to reveal his buried past. Promises made and surfaced truths may be the catalyst that brings them together...or pushes them further apart.
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