Romance comes to the wrestling world

 Today’s guest author is L. Anne Carrington, whose first novel, The Cruiserweight, is about to be released.

Thanks for being with us today. First, would you tell us a bit about yourself? What area of the country do you live in, do you have a family, pets, etc.

I’m an American who resides in Southwestern Pennsylvania with three active and curious cats. I’m the youngest of six children, and my five older siblings are scattered in various parts of the United States. I wrote “The Wrestling Babe” internet column for seven years, am a former music reviewer for Indie Music Stop, and write other material which appears in both print and Web media.  One of my recent freelance articles, “An Overview of Causes of Hearing Loss and Deafness,” was licensed by Internet Broadcasting, the leading provider of Web sites, content and advertising revenue solutions to the largest and most successful media companies.

At present, one of my favorite projects is multitasking as weblog manager,
weekly columnist/entertainment reporter, and acting as one of the literary
agents on Authors On Show (, encouraging
unpublished authors. Since its May 2010 launch, the website been viewed in
more than 80 countries around the world, including publishers such as
Penguin Books and major literary agents.

Tell us about your most recent publication.

The Cruiserweight is my first novel. I began writing my book in July
2008 and completed on September 30, 2010. Yes, it took that long, between
writing, rewriting, editing, and more editing, until I was satisfied. It’s
a novel filled with wrestling, romance, life’s ups and downs of two main
characters, cruiserweight wrestler Brett Kerrigan, and wrestling journalist Karen Montgomery. Contrary to popular belief, one doesn’t have to be a wrestling fan to enjoy this book. The Cruiserweight is available as an ebook on Smashwords, Amazon, Amazon UK, and Barnes & Noble, and scheduled to be released in paperback this month.

What inspired you to write this story?

I noticed a lot of non-fiction on the market about wrestling, but never
recalled any related novels. I wanted to do something different from the
mainstream romance that would stand out and be remembered.

How would you best describe your books?

Fun, quirky, action-packed, and out of the ordinary.

What is your favorite genre to write? To read?

The funny thing is that though I enjoy writing fiction the best, most of
my reading is mostly on the non-fiction level, with biographies being a
personal favorite.

What would you write if you could do write anything you wanted to write?

I’d like to try doing a biography or other non-fiction work in the future.

 What do you most like about writing? Least like? When did you first know
you wanted to be an author?

I loved developing characters and doing the actual writing. Bringing
scenes that I visioned in my mind coming to life on paper (or electronic
readers, if you will). I least liked editing, but what real writer enjoys
that part of developing their art?

I’ve been published in different sorts of media since the age of 18, so
the idea of being an author came naturally to me. I’ve worked in other
industries, but never had the feeling of accomplishment and satisfaction
like I do with writing.

What do you love most about writing and what do you not like?

It’s challenging, fun, intense, and I get to use my creative forces. Some
people outside the writers’ forum may not think so, but writing is also a
job — and a job I love in spite of its ups and downs. What I don’t like
is the long process of publishing, but it’s best to be patient in that
department. After all, one can’t rush any kind of art!

How did you find a publisher? How did you receive the call?

Night Publishing found me. I posted The Cruiserweight’s first chapter on
their sister site, Night Reading, earlier this year. Night Reading not
only has a voting system from readers each month where they decided which
writer gets a deal with Night Publishing, but also Night Publishing’s
staff hand picks others to offer deals. I was contacted in August with an
offer, and now I’m about to realize my dream in paperback.

What’s your favorite thing about the book featured here today? Any special
memories you have in the creation of it?

It’s always exciting to be featured, and I’m grateful for everyone who has
featured The Cruiserweight on their websites, including yours. I think
the best memory of working on The Cruiserweight was completing a large
portion of the book during a winter storm in early 2010, with 24 inches of
snow. I think about the majority of the city was closed, so what else
could I do?

What are you writing now? What’s next for you—will you be making personal appearances anywhere our readers can find you?

I’m in the planning stages for a second novel which I’ll probably begin
writing after the new year. I’m also booking both a personal and virtual
tour for early 2010 and have a couple of dates already scheduled. Anyone
wishing to book a personal appearance may contact me directly at or Model and Talent International at

What would you like to tell readers?

My main website is I also have Facebook at, MySpace at,  a
blog, The Book Shelf, where I blog on book, author, and other
literary-related topics, as well as give a brief review on a chosen Book
of the Week each Monday, My official
Twitter is Come by any of these and say hello!
I love meeting and chatting with new people.

Thanks for interviewing me today. I wish you continued success with your

Thanks for being with us and good luck!

The Cruiserweight is available as an ebook on Smashwords, Amazon, Amazon UK, and Barnes & Noble, and scheduled to be released in paperback this month.

One Comment

  1. J.F.

    Great interview! I was directed to this site from

    I also bought The Cruiserweight ebook from and heard Ms. Carrington on Blog Talk Radio awhile ago. She seems like a fun, intelligent, and highly knowledgeable person. It’s not hard to see why she’s becoming such a success.

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