Interview: Thicker Than Blood by Anne Marie Citro #Giveaway

1)     Would you tell us a little bit about yourself?
My name is Anne Marie Citro. I write real life spicy romance. I live in Canada and have worked with special needs teenagers for most of my adult life. I didn’t work with the poster children for their disabilities. The kids I worked with are the ones that everyone says “If I were like them I rather be dead.” Well guess what? They’re incredible people with so much to teach the world. Their honest, raw, funny and trust people who have earned it. They changed my life and taught me I could do anything. So, I started writing hoping you would fall in love with the glimpses of these kids.

2)     Do you have anything you would like to say to your readers?
The title might lead you to believe the book is paranormal but it is not. It is about the evil inside of us. A sibling that put her jealousy above her blood and the people that deal with the aftermath.

3)     What was the inspiration for this novel?
My inspiration came from a watching a family being torn apart because of jealousy. How one person’s actions can affect so many lives forever. Watching parents who are unable to choose sides being torn apart by their children. How one family who appears to have it all can lose it in the blink of an eye. There are no winners or losers in these case there are only survivors.

4)     What was your inspiration for this novel, or the series in general?
            I have been writing a series of books about a group of women that work in a   facility for teenagers with special needs. They have real live problems but   dedicate their lives to the most misunderstood people in the world. The group of   friends become family of their hearts. Each is a standalone book but the         characters appear in each book. It is about love, loss, surviving and living the life we are dealt with.

5)     Which came first for you, the characters or the plot?       
            The plot came first. It was something that played on my mind for years. The     characters took it much further than I ever expected. It always amazes me how    characters tend to take control of the writer’s mind and change the plot constantly.

6)     Are you working on anything at the moment?
            I am currently in the final stages of editing my fourth book and cover design.    I’m also currently ninety percent done writing my fifth book and have the outline   and research for book six. After that series is done I am moving one to the next   series. I have begun the primaries for my next series. My mind is never a quite             peaceful place.

7)     Who or what influenced your writing once you began?
            Plain and simply the characters themselves. The characters become so real it scares me. I can remember the first time a character took over. I sat down with    my notes and the direction of the chapter. Unbeknownst to me when I reread the        chapter the character had changed my direction. One chapter I wrote one way           then the way the character thought it should be and to my absolute dismay the             character was totally right and he pissed me right off.

8)     Where can we purchase your novel?
            My books can be purchased through all major distributors online. Visit my       website at and you will find the buy links. While you are          there visit the destinations through pictures of my own travels of places the     characters visit in the books. If you have never been to these destinations it is fun to see descriptions come to life. While watching listen to the playlist.

9)     What is the hardest part of writing in your opinion?
            The hardest part about writing is not getting the words on the page. It is about            getting the word out about my book. I believe strongly in what I write and so do    a million other authors but we are all just a grain of sand on beach. I don’t have           a big marketing budget or the knowhow. My hopes are to be discovered one day so I can share my passion with readers that like to fall in love.

10)  What is the easiest part of writing in your opinion?
             Falling in love with the characters that control my mind and thoughts for months.                     Living vicariously through them and just escaping and getting to be someone             
           else for a while. Trying to keep them in line is another matter altogether. LOL

Contemporary Romance
Date Published: May 1, 2017

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Every paramedic’s worst nightmare is to arrive at the scene of a horrific accident and find out that the victim is someone they love. Or, in Caden Ross’s case, the woman he used to love. It took two years to finally get over Dakota and move on with his life, or so Caden believed, until he has to face the thought of a world without her. Nothing could have prepared the handsome, headstrong off-duty paramedic for the emotional upheaval of keeping the woman he once thought would be his forever alive.

Dakota Martineau appeared to have the world in the palm of her hand. She is beautiful, kind, has an adoring family, including her best friend and identical twin sister. She has a passion for incorporating her love of life, family, and her cultural background into her dream job with special needs kids. Then, in a life-altering crash, she discovers just how fragile life is. Thankful to be surrounded by an incredible group of friends who will help heal, not just her body, but also her soul, she knows she should be happy she is alive and on the mend, but Dakota is still tormented by the loss of her one true love.

How can you feel safe with the one person who hurt you the most? What road will Caden and Dakota take when they discover fate wreaked havoc on everything they thought was true?

About the Author

Anne Marie Citro grew born and raised in the greater Toronto area of Ontario, Canada. She grew up in a large, loving family. Anne Marie is married to a very patient man. He is the love of her life. They have four very cool sons, and the girls they brought into their family that have become daughters of her heart. She has been blessed enough to finally have a beautiful granddaughter after four sons. She has her own personal gaggle of girlfriends, who enrich her life on a daily basis and make her laugh. Caesar Friday is her favourite day of the week. Caesars with the girls and date night with her hubby. She works with special-needs teenagers, that have taught her how to appreciate life and see it through gentler eyes. Anne Marie was encouraged by her husband to follow her lifelong dream to write. She loves the characters that take over imagination and haunts her dreams. She loves the arts and she has tried her hand at painting, wood sculpting, chainsaw carving, wood burning, metal and wire sculptures. Yes, her husband is a very patient man! Anne Marie is an avid reader and enjoys about three books per week. But nothing makes her happier then riding on the back of her husband's Harley and throwing her arms out and feeling the wind race by. Anne Marie and her husband take a few weeks every year to travel to spectacular destination around the world. Anne Marie is excited and can't wait to see what the next chapter holds for her life.

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