Mercy: Can you share a little bit about yourself?
Anna: Sure, my name is Anna Gomez. I used to write under my pen name, Christine Brae. I am a
mother, a wife and a career woman. During my free time, I write books.
Mercy: What started your interest in becoming an author?
Anna: I’ve always loved to write even when I was younger – poems mostly, letters, journals. When I lost
my mother in 2010, I realized how different our relationship was. Writing our story became
therapeutic for me. With the encouragement of some authors that I met and befriended, I self-
published my first book with the intent of going on with my life and my career. Little did I know that
that book would bring me a following and a need to write a 2 nd book. And the rest is history.
Mercy: What do you like to do when you're not writing?
Anna: I travel extensively for work and love to take my family on trips with me. When I have time (which is kind of a rarity these days) I read books voraciously. I am also a runner and believe it or not, love to dance around my house all day long.
Mercy: What is your favorite under-appreciated novel?
Anna: Oh gosh. I know a lot of Indie Authors who write such amazing books. To choose one would be
like choosing one of my children. I have friends who have written books that influenced my writing
career – most of them are under appreciated only because it’s been really tough to break into this
industry and be considered successful.
Mercy: What advice would you give an aspiring author?
Anna: I have always said – write for the right reasons. Write because you have words to say and stories
to tell. That alone will make this journey so worthwhile. If you’re writing to get rich or famous,
you’ve chosen the wrong career. And then, once you’ve taken free rein and written what you
want, OWN them. Own your words.
Mercy: How many books have you written, which one is your favorite?
Anna: Ah, just like picking one of my children again. I think the last three of my books have been really
special to me. I wrote them at varying points in my life where I felt hardship and despair. If you
really want to get to know me, read my books. Those are true experiences, true feelings and true
emotions. Having said that, I think if I had to choose, I would choose In This Life. It’s a beautiful
story and it’s won awards and has garnered attention. And of course, our upcoming book,
Moments Like This is now in a tie with In this Life. I think we have a brilliant idea for a series and
we’ve really come up with a concept no one else has done yet.
Mercy: Can you share a little about your upcoming book?
Anna: Kristoffer Polaha and I have co-written Moments Like this, the first book in our From Kona with
Love Series. Moments is about finding love when you don’t expect it and being brave enough to
jump in and take a chance. It is more than a love story – it’s speaks to the universality of love and
marriage and friendship by highlighting different cultures. We are more than halfway done with
Book 2 in the series. Up to now, I am floored by the combination of our voices and am thrilled by
the outcome of this collaboration. Although our journey has been easy and pleasurable, Kristoffer
and I really worked hard on this book. We hope it takes readers on a really good break, makes
them happy and hopeful for better days to come.
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