A.B. Alvarez answers:

What is the story behind Kidnapping Anna?
Kidnapping Anna is the story of Anna Wodehouse and how she finds herself abandoned by the one person she thought could always count on in her life: her father. Even with proof that he had kidnapped her when she was 2 years old, she waits and waits for him to return until finally, her heart broken, she decides to find him herself…so she can kill him. That is enough spoilers. 🙂

When you are not writing, how do you spend your time?
I have a regular day job much like everyone else. I work in technical software sales when I am not busy writing stories of death and devastation, and love and redemption.

What was the first story you ever completed?
I like to think the first story I ever really finished was a book I wrote called Maggie’s Monster. It was about a creature who was taking children from a small Arizona town, and a 12 year old girl found in the surrounding desert who is somehow related to the abductions. That was in 2012.

Where did you grow up and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in the Bronx with my parents and my older brother and younger sister. My father worked in the local pharmacy and my mom would babysit. Between the two of them they made enough money to put the 3 of us through parochial school, eventually buy a condo in Parkchester, which they sold, and then purchased a home in Miami.

What do you feel when you finish reading a great story?
I feel so satisfied after reading a great story that I start reading another book immediately to maintain that high. There is nothing like reading a great story.

What do you feel when you finish writing a story?
I feel exhausted when I finish writing. Kidnapping Anna was an experience I will never have again as it is both my first published novels and my first trilogy, but what a ride. When I read parts of it I am just as amazed as anyone else. Where did that story come from? 🙂