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About Ana

New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author, Ana E Ross writes steamy, sophisticated, multicultural romance novels, featuring charming powerful, larger-than-life heroes, and strong, independent, ambitious heroines, who fight and love with equal passion.

Just as in real life, Ana's characters are flawed and vulnerable, especially her heroes, even if they don't believe that they are when their journeys begin. She takes her readers on emotional roller-coaster rides, filled with family and professional drama, glamour, passion, secrets, and surprising twists that keep them coming back for more.

Ana's published works include several short stories, five books in her bestselling series, Billionaire Brides of Granite Falls, and three books in the spinoff series, Beyond Granite Falls. She is currently working on Seduced by Passion the first book in her third series, Billionaire Island Brides, set on Akilina, a fictitious island in the South Caribbean.

In Ana's books, Happily Ever After is the only acceptable climax.

A true believer in all things romance, Ana joined Romance Writers of America (RWA) in 1993, and was one of the founding members of New Hampshire RWA, where she served as treasurer for four separate terms. She was also one of the initial founders of the Fall in Love with New England Conference, and has been a regular participant on several panelists with other authors in her genre.

Her Journey...

At age twenty, Ana left her native Caribbean island of Nevis and moved to the United States. After years of teaching Literature and Writing in middle and high schools, and Freshman College, she resigned from the classroom to follow her dream of writing romance.

Ana loves traveling, tennis, yoga, meditation, everything Italian, and spending valuable time with her gorgeous daughter.

Tell me more...

Want to get even more familiar with Ana? Check out the FAQ section below.

Have questions for Ana? Post them on Goodreads in her Ask the Author section.

A Little History About Nevis

Alexander Hamilton Birthplace Nevis

Apart from its natural beauty and tranquility, Nevis, dubbed "Queen of the Caribbees" during the Colonial era-is also known as the Birthplace of American Statesman. Alexander Hamilton. Hamilton was born in 1757 in a humble house located in the capital, Charlestown. He spent his childhood playing in his yard with his brother, James, until their mother moved them to St. Croix. Hamilton was a child prodigy, whose exceptional writing skills were realized in an essay he wrote about a hurricane that destroyed Christiansted in the summer of 1772.

It is reported that the community leaders were so impressed with his writing that they rallied together and raised funds to send him to the American Colonies. In 1773, Hamilton entered King’s College in New Jersey, now known as Columbia University. His image can be found on the American $10 bill.

The HISTORY OF NEVIS is also tied to Vice Admiral Horatio Lord Nelson, an officer in the British Royal Navy during the Napoleonic Wars. Nelson is best known for his inspiring leadership and exceptional understanding of strategic and unprecedented war tactics. Before his death in the notable Battle of Trafalgar in 1805, Nelson had already acquired many naval victories for England.

Nevisians know Lord Nelson as the British Lord who married a native-Frances “Fanny” Nisbet, a young widow and daughter of a Nevisian plantation owner. Nelson and Nisbet exchanged vows on the island at Montpelier Estate on March 11, 1787. The marriage was recorded at the Fig Tree Church in St. John’s Parish on Nevis where the certificate has been on display ever since.

To find out more about her history, click Nevis.

Praise for Ana E Ross

Romance Between the Covers

"I'm beginning to think that Ana E. Ross is an evil genius. Why? There's no other explanation as to why I'm so hooked on the Billionaire Bride's of Granite Falls series (well, I guess it could have something to do with her writing skills..."

NetGalley Reviewer

"Ana E Ross knows how to write a story that does what it’s supposed to do—make you lose yourself between the pages."

I am officially in love with Ms. Ross' books...

Reviewer

If there is anyone out there living under a rock and not hip to Ana E Ross, you better get your life and get her books. I promise, you will not be disappointed. I have never had a bad read of hers yet, and that's saying a lot. All I can say is BRAVO Ms. Ross, BRAVO!!

Reviewer

Ana E Ross is a master storyteller!

Happy Reader

Ana writes her books so well, the readers always end up falling for each of the Men.

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Faq

When did you first discover your love of writing?

I discovered my love of writing at a very early age, probably because I began reading at age 3, thanks to my aunt, Nellie, whose only gifts to me at Christmas and birthdays were books. Lots and lots of books. Consequently, my writing career started at age 10, when I began writing, directing, and producing plays for the Youth and Sunday School programs at my church on the island of Nevis in the West Indies. I also wrote Christian songs that my brothers, (who are all musicians) and I used to sing in church.

In high school, I experimented with love poems that were the crave among my classmates, and later on with my co-workers when I entered the workplace. Their praises, and the fact that my late sister, Delores, who used to send me Jive, Black Romance, and True Story magazines from St. Maarten, prompted me to leave Sunday School plays in the dust, and try my hand at romance.

It's an eclectic range of genres, I know. But I feel that I was born to be a writer, but more specifically, a romance novel author.

Where do you get your story ideas?

I’m a character driven writer and I see people interacting in my head before I know the plot. A story may come to me in a dream or it might be triggered when I see someone doing or saying something out of the ordinary, or something quite simple. My inspiration for Erik, the hero in The Doctor’s Secret Bride came about at a funeral. I saw this sad man standing beside his wife’s coffin; he was holding a little girl’s hand, and I thought, “You poor, poor man, what happened to you?” My, then, precocious 5-year old daughter inspired Precious’ character. Michelle just fell from the sky, like an angel.  As it turned out, she was an angel for both Erik and Precious. I use the same idea process for each book I write.

Is there a particular book that made you want to become an author?

Well, I’ve been reading romances since I was a teenager—Mills & Boones, Harlequin/Silhouette, Regencies, and Historical Romance novels. I devoured them, sometimes four in a week. There was several points when I’d read all the romances in the library, and had to wait for new shipments—very frustrating periods for me. My love for romance began when I was a teeanager and my sister used to send me Black Love, True Stories, Jive, and other such magazines from St. Marteen, where she lived at the time.

However, I think my passion to write romances kick-started after I read Brenda Jackson’s “Tonight and Forever.” Finally, there were romance novels featuring Brown-skinned heroes and heroines. Inspired by Ms. Jackson and her beautiful love stories, I began writing my first romance novel, "A Mother for Precious" in 1996. I changed the title in 2011 to "The Doctor’s Secret Bride', when I decided to self-publish and make it the first book in the Billionaire Brides of Granite Falls series. 

What's your favorite book?

I have two favorite books: “Far From The Madding Crowd” by Thomas Hardy, and “Middle March” by George Elliot. I love the intricacies of the heroines’ characters in those two books. I read both books in high school for literature class, but of course I have read many others that have become favorites. "The Color Purple" by Alice Walker is one of them.

what was your favorite book as a child?

I didn’t have one particular favorite book as a child, but instead I read and loved the collection of stories from Hans Christian Anderson, The Bobsie Twins, and Nancy Drew to name a few.

DO YOU BELIEVE IN WRITERS' BLOCK?

YES! I have writer’s block big time, many times during my writing process. It’s the most frustrating experience for writers to go through. At those times, I’ve learned to just walk away from the manuscript for a couple days until my brain recharges.

any guilty pleasures?

Oh yes! Curried and buffalo chicken wings, rum and raisin ice cream, and lots and lots of wine. I try not to keep them in the house too often

What made you decide to self-publish?

After trying to be traditionally published for two decades, and being rejected time and time again, I finally decided that enough was enough. I had to make my own dream come true. I was inspired by Ruth Cardello’s success as an indie author. Ruth and I met in 2010 at another romance author’s summer garden party and we were both trying to sell to Harlequin at the time. She went indie the next year and made the NYT Bestsellers List within a few months. I attended RWA Nationals in 2011 where several authors talked about their rejections, which let them to self-publish. Since Ruth and I wrote similar books, I thought I’d try my own hand at indie publishing. I went home, re-wrote The Doctor’s Secret Bride, and published it in June 2012. I’m so happy for all those wonderful rejections from New York, and I haven’t regretted my decision to self-publish, not for a minute.

any self-publishing tricks of the trade you'd like to share?

I would say, make a writing schedule, carve out a specific time during the day or night to write, and stick with it. Tune out the rest of the world and don’t feel guilty about it, or else writing will remain a hobby and never materialize into a business.

What type of romance characters do you like? (Besides your own)

I like the alpha males in Harlequin Presents books. Some readers think them cruel, but I consider them strong, ambitious men, who know what they want, and who are not above threatening and blackmailing the heroines into pleasing situations for both of them. But I know if the heroines called their bluff, they’d back down—at least, that’s what mine do; then it would be a different kind of story.  I love feisty heroines who challenge the heroes—make them scratch their heads in wonder.  In the end, she always gets her man and brings him to his knees, one way or the other.

do you have any advice for new authors?

Listen to your heart, and don’t ever let anyone tell you that you can’t make it. I’ve heard that the difference between an unpublished and published author is perseverance. Never give up on your dreams, and surround yourselves with people who support you and who can help you realize your dreams. Walk away from the naysayers. Michelle from The Doctor's Secret Bride was a dreamer who never gave up, even when all hope seemed lost. She fought for what she wanted and landed a handsome, sexy billionaire in the process.

what is the best advice you've ever received?

"You have to tell the truth!" Sound words from Jamaica Kincaid when I came face-to-face with her and asked her about some of the events she wrote in her books.


Here is one of Jamaica Kincaid's truths: “An ugly thing, that is what you are when you become a tourist ... a piece of rubbish pausing here and there to gaze at this and taste that, and it will never occur to you that the people who inhabit the place in which you have just paused cannot stand you, that behind their closed doors they laugh at your strangeness …” Jamaica Kincaid in “A Small Place


The Truth for me is listening to my characters and letting them write their stories, even if I sometimes disagree with them. I have found that the story-writing process goes a lot faster and easier if I write their truths. This advise resonates with me as I write Seduced by Passion because the heroine, Xiomara, is from African and Kalinago descent. The Kalinagos are one of the indigenous tribes who occupied the Caribbean Islands when Columbus and his gang invaded their space and all but annihilated them. I have created an indigenous group, modeled from the Kalinago, who live on the fictitious island of Akilina. They were able to keep the colonists at bay, and in doing so, preserved their culture and ways of life. And boy, do they have some TRUTHS to tell!

how long does it take you to finish a book?

I’ve written a book in three months, but I think if I want a book to be great, I need about five to six months to fully develop the characters, and the strong emotions a lot of readers say they love in my stories.

Do you reward yourself when you type, "The End", or put a release a book?

Most definitely! I take myself, and my daughter out to a nice dinner. I often indulge in a nice bottle of wine and some chocolate, too.

Will you ever write Jason and Precious' story?

Yes, I plan to write a young adult series and the first story will be Precious and Jason's journey to love while in college. I think that's fitting since Precious and Jason were the first principle children we met in the series. They're all grown up now and ready to talk. And they have a lot of opiniions, far removed from their parents'. I can't wait to write their story.

ARE THERE MORE BOOKS COMING FOR THE BILLIONAIRE BRIDES OF GRANITE FALLS?

Actually, I have been toying with that idea. It would be nice to introduce some new blood to Granite Falls and have them occasionally bump into the Fabulous Four. Don't you think?

When did you first discover your love of writing?

I would have to say that I discovered my love for writing at a very early age. When I was around nine, I began writing script/plays for the Youth and Sunday School programs at my church on the island of Nevis in the West Indies. Then later on, I wrote Christian songs that my brothers and I used to sing in church, and love poems that I shared with my closest high school classmates, and then with my co-workers once I entered the workforce—a strange combination, I know. I feel that I was born to be a writer.

Where do you get your story ideas?

I’m a character driven writer and I see people interacting in my head before I know the plot. A story may come to me in a dream or it might be triggered when I see someone doing or saying something out of the ordinary, or something quite simple. My inspiration for Erik, the hero in The Doctor’s Secret Bride came about at a funeral. I saw this sad man standing beside his wife’s coffin; he was holding a little girl’s hand, and I thought, “You poor, poor man, what happened to you?” My, then, precocious 5-year old daughter inspired Precious’ character. Michelle just fell from the sky, like an angel.  As it turned out, she was an angel for both Erik and Precious. I use the same idea process for each book I write.

Is there a particular book that made you want to become an author?

Well, I’ve been reading romances since I was a teenager—Mills & Boones, Harlequin/Silhouette, Regencies, and Historical Romance novels. I devoured them, sometimes four in a week. There was several points when I’d read all the romances in the library, and had to wait for new shipments—very frustrating periods for me. My love for romance began when I was a teeanager and my sister used to send me Black Love, True Stories, Jive, and other such magazines from St. Marteen, where she lived at the time.

However, I think my passion to write romances kick-started after I read Brenda Jackson’s “Tonight and Forever.” Finally, there were romance novels featuring Brown-skinned heroes and heroines. Inspired by Ms. Jackson and her beautiful love stories, I began writing my first romance novel, "A Mother for Precious" in 1996. I changed the title in 2011 to "The Doctor’s Secret Bride', when I decided to self-publish and make it the first book in the Billionaire Brides of Granite Falls series. 

What's your favorite book?

I have two favorite books: “Far From The Madding Crowd” by Thomas Hardy, and “Middle March” by George Elliot. I love the intricacies of the heroines’ characters in those two books. I read both books in high school for literature class, but of course I have read many others that have become favorites. "The Color Purple" by Alice Walker is one of them.

what was your favorite book as a child?

I didn’t have one particular favorite book as a child, but instead I read and loved the collection of stories from Hans Christian Anderson, The Bobsie Twins, and Nancy Drew to name a few.

DO YOU BELIEVE IN WRITERS' BLOCK?

YES! I have writer’s block big time, many times during my writing process. It’s the most frustrating experience for writers to go through. At those times, I’ve learned to just walk away from the manuscript for a couple days until my brain recharges.

any guilty pleasures?

Oh yes! Curried and buffalo chicken wings, rum and raisin ice cream, and lots and lots of wine. I try not to keep them in the house too often

What made you decide to self-publish?

After trying to be traditionally published for two decades, and being rejected time and time again, I finally decided that enough was enough. I had to make my own dream come true. I was inspired by Ruth Cardello’s success as an indie author. Ruth and I met in 2010 at another romance author’s summer garden party and we were both trying to sell to Harlequin at the time. She went indie the next year and made the NYT Bestsellers List within a few months. I attended RWA Nationals in 2011 where several authors talked about their rejections, which let them to self-publish. Since Ruth and I wrote similar books, I thought I’d try my own hand at indie publishing. I went home, re-wrote The Doctor’s Secret Bride, and published it in June 2012. I’m so happy for all those wonderful rejections from New York, and I haven’t regretted my decision to self-publish, not for a minute.

any self-publishing tricks of the trade you'd like to share?

If anyone needs a bag of tricks, it’s me. LOL. I would say, make a writing schedule, carve out a specific time during the day or night to write, and stick with it. Tune out the rest of the world and don’t feel guilty about it, or else writing will remain a hobby and never materialize into a business. I’m trying to follow my own suggestions as I write this.

What type of romance characters do you like? (Besides your own)

I like the alpha males in Harlequin Presents books. Some readers think them cruel, but I consider them strong, ambitious men, who know what they want, and who are not above threatening and blackmailing the heroines into pleasing situations for both of them. But I know if the heroines called their bluff, they’d back down—at least, that’s what mine do; then it would be a different kind of story.  I love feisty heroines who challenge the heroes—make them scratch their heads in wonder.  In the end, she always gets her man and brings him to his knees, one way or the other.

do you have any advice for new authors?

Listen to your heart, and don’t ever let anyone tell you that you can’t make it. I’ve heard that the difference between an unpublished and published author is perseverance. Never give up on your dreams, and surround yourselves with people who support you and who can help you realize your dreams. Walk away from the naysayers. Michelle from The Doctor's Secret Bride was a dreamer who never gave up, even when all hope seemed lost. She fought for what she wanted and landed a handsome, sexy billionaire in the process.

what is the best advice you've ever received?

"You have to tell the truth!" Sound words from Jamaica Kincaid when I came face-to-face with her and asked her about some of the events she wrote in her books.


Here is one of Jamaica Kincaid's truths: “An ugly thing, that is what you are when you become a tourist ... a piece of rubbish pausing here and there to gaze at this and taste that, and it will never occur to you that the people who inhabit the place in which you have just paused cannot stand you, that behind their closed doors they laugh at your strangeness …” Jamaica Kincaid in “A Small Place


The Truth for me is listening to my characters and letting them write their stories, even if I sometimes disagree with them. I have found that the story-writing process goes a lot faster and easier if I write their truths. This advise resonates with me as I write Seduced by Passion because the heroine, Xiomara, is from African and Kalinago descent. The Kalinagos are one of the indigenous tribes who occupied the Caribbean Islands when Columbus and his gang invaded their space and all but annihilated them. I have created an indigenous group, modeled from the Kalinago, who live on the fictitious island of Akilina. They were able to keep the colonists at bay, and in doing so, preserved their culture and ways of life. And boy, do they have some TRUTHS to tell!

how long does it take you to finish a book?

I’ve written a book in three months, but I think if I want a book to be great, I need about five to six months to fully develop the characters, and the strong emotions a lot of readers say they love in my stories.

Do you reward yourself when you type, "The End", or put a release a book?

Most definitely! I take myself, and my daughter out to a nice dinner. I often indulge in a nice bottle of wine and some chocolate, too.

Will you ever write Jason and Precious' story?

Yes, I plan to write a young adult series and the first story will be Precious and Jason's journey to love while in college. I think that's fitting since Precious and Jason were the first principle children we met in the series. They're all grown up now and ready to talk. And they have a lot of opiniions, far removed from their parents'. I can't wait to write their story.

ARE THERE MORE BOOKS COMING FOR THE BILLIONAIRE BRIDES OF GRANITE FALLS?

Actually, I have been toying with that idea. It would be nice to introduce some new blood to Granite Falls and have them occasionally bump into the Fabulous Four. Don't you think?

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