Anna Zabo on Just Business ~ Interview

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Title: Just Business

Author: Anna Zabo

Publisher: Penguin

Genre: BDSM, Contemporary, M/M Romance


A steamy new novel about having all the control—and losing it…

Justin White may not look like an up and coming corporate superstar, but his new boss knows he has the smarts, grit, and determination to succeed. Now he just has to convince his company’s CFO, Eli Ovadia. Unfortunately, Justin can’t seem to keep his cool around the domineering Eli—and soon he finds himself taking their heat from the boardroom into the bedroom….

Still haunted by a tragic accident that left him with a wounded leg and broken heart, Eli has a need to be in control. But his desire for Justin makes him want to lose that control—and push them both far beyond their limits. But will his need to dominate Justin drive him away—or will Eli find a way to be the man he needs for both of them?

Recent Release Spotlight with Anna Zabo

Eli and Justin’s romance is not without its dark moments, was it easy to write or did you struggle with the characters and the events?

Some of the events came easier than others. The scene with the car in the snow was there from the beginning, but I had a very hard time with the black moment between Justin and Eli, mostly because I really didn’t want either of them to go through it. I approached it from both sides, writing the lead up and the aftermath first, then finally writing the black moment.

Tell us more about Justin and Eli. Both men have suffered, Eli more so I think, did you plan the story first or did the characters evolve and take their own path?

Eli walked into the novel pretty well formed, though there were details about his past—mainly the actions of his parents—that weren’t clear until I started outlining the novel. Justin’s background was a bit more tentative and I spent a lot of time figuring out why he was reacting as he was.

I planned a good chunk of the story before I wrote it, but I’m also a discovery writer, so my outline morphed quite a bit before I finished the book. So there was a bit of both—I knew some things about both Eli and Justin, but much more was uncovered in the process of writing them, when they took on their voices and the weight of their past.

In terms of suffering, Eli’s probably had the worst of it, but he also has had the most help in recovering from his past. Justin never dealt with his trauma, so he’s a lot more raw. Eli’s aware of why he’s reacting to things and can compensate. Justin doesn’t have that self-awareness though most of the novel.

Is there a chance we will see Sam, Michael, Eli and Justin again?

I hope so! Stay tuned for more details, but I do have other books planned! I also have some short pieces I’ll be releasing on my own. I’ve been working on vignettes of Michael and Eli’s friendship, as well as a wrap-up to some of the loose ends after Takeover.

Where did you get your inspiration for the characters in your books?

Everywhere? Myself, family, friends, co-workers. I take bits and pieces and mix ‘em up. Visually, I look at photos of actors and…well, guys in suits. (There’s a Tumblr for EVERYTHING.)

Sometimes characters just form. As I said, Eli pretty much walked into the book as himself. Cane and all. And he was very very demanding about being written.

What other books have you written?

Takeover was the first book in this series of office romances.

I have a contemporary friends-to-lovers short story, CTRL Me, in the anthology Rules to Live By.

And I’ve also written Close Quarter, an m/m erotic paranormal romance, and it’s companion short story, Slow Waltz.

What books do you read when you need to unwind?

Sometimes I read romance, usually books by friends. Other times, I delve back into fantasy. I’m currently working my way through Michelle West’s Sunsword series.

Rapid Fire Time

  • Ketchup or Mustard? Ketchup. Also, there is no other ketchup than Heinz. (It’s a Pittsburgh thing.)
  • Rolling Stones or The Beatles? Beatles.
  • hot air balloon or blimp? Ooooh. Can I say Zeppelin? There’s just something about long, giant, rigid…airships.
  • Landlubber or Sea Dog? Both. I love being out on the water, but happy to come back to land.
  • Santa Claus or Easter Bunny? Eli says “Neither.” And I generally don’t argue with him.
  • Fire or Ice? Fire. I’d rather be warm than cold.
  • soda or pop? I grew up with soda, but I live in a pop town (And yes, Eli calls it pop. Justin calls it soda.)
  • Classical or Electronic? Classical. I love a good live symphony performance.
  • Flowers or Candy? Flowers! Live plants are better.

What are you working on? What is next?

I’m nearly finished with revisions of a fantasy novel tentatively titled Duty to the Crown about a journeyman woodworker with the ability to find anyone, anywhere. He’s conscripted to find the king’s cousin, and in the process gets swept up into court politics, the sins of the past, and the king’s lust.

After that, hopefully, I’ll be writing more about Sam Anderson’s company! I also have plans to write some pretty nifty things, both darker and lighter in nature.

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