Before finding her true passion of writing, Anita Cox’s life could possibly be said to have been quiet and ever-changing. After several different attempts at employment and dreaming, that’s all changed.
Some of the roles Cox has played in her life have been only in her mind. Others have been trial-and-error processes of moving on. She’s been an astronaut, Spider (Wo)man, princess, Aqua (Wo)man, marine biologist, business person, legal secretary, car salesperson, and even the wife of “Lucifer.”
“I wanted to be a marine biologist – you know, because dolphins,” the remarried mother of four children–two step–said. “Then, in high school I sucked at biology and nearly failed chemistry. I went to college to get my degree in Travel and Hospitality Management. I continued my education in business through Indiana Wesleyan because I still had no idea what the f*ck I wanted to do.”
That’s until she started writing.
Deep-down, it appears that Cox always knew she wanted to be an author. She’s spent her entire youth and young adult life as a creative person. After acting out various roles, see above, she took to putting the roles into word; now that’s creative.
“When I started writing, I found my passion; I found me,” Cox said. “That is what I want to do when I grow up.”
Currently, she writes mystery, suspense, paranormal fiction, and crime fiction. Under her pen name, Anita Cox, she writes erotica. Cox created the name so she could publish erotica and not confuse her fans. Whatever genre she is writing, rest assured that the dedicated author always gives 100% for her readers.
“When I write, I pour my blood, sweat, tears, time, and money into the novels,” the Indiana native said about her personal writing process. “I’ve received bad reviews before; it makes me feel like I failed a fan. But, then I get on with it. Granny used to say, ‘You can be the tastiest, juiciest green apple in the world. Not everyone likes green apples, though.’”
That’s some very useful knowledge passed on by her nana; did she know her grandbaby was going to be an author?
Today, making Grandma proud, undoubtedly, Cox has learned a more appropriate way to deal with a negative review–“cuss and move on.”
Meanwhile, the woman who’s won blogger awards for her writing skills still says that a reader’s individual compliment is the biggest thrill for a writer.
Flattery from her readers is immeasurable, according to Cox. No matter how much of a struggle writing seems at times, it is something that she has no plans of stopping, ever.
“This is me; this is who I am,” she said with enthusiasm. “I will always write. I’ve had to take other jobs when royalties were down, but I’ll do this until I’m too senile to do it any longer.”
Additionally, Cox wanted to pass some advice onto the newer, struggling authors. After all, she was there, too. In her eyes, there is no other profession where fellow employees are so supportive.
“If you don’t have thick skin, don’t publish; it’s a dog-eat-dog world. On the other hand, if you’re strong and determined, the writing community is the most helpful and supportive you’ll ever encounter. Ask authors to join; the water’s warm, and the vodka’s cold,” the heavy-metal lover, i.e., Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden, and Soundgarden, offered before announcing—surprisingly–a favorite artist.
“J. K. Rowling.–Sh*t your pants, didn’t you?– Why? Because whether or not you’re into down-on-your-luck, pre-pubescent, teenage-wizard angst, Rowling embodies our dreams: for our books to go viral, for us to go from rags to riches (like her) . . . and to get the recognition that a hard working author deserves.”
The erotica enthusiast who spends 2-9 hours per-day writing, “depending if the husband and kids leave me the hell alone,” summed up our interview with a hilarious comment I’d be lacking if I didn’t share. When asked if she won ten-million dollars, what would she buy, only one word was needed.
Cox’s creative words and humor are conveyed in her first erotica series, Dirty White Candy; the first book was released almost three weeks ago. Information about the series and other facts and sales concerning the writer from a portion of Indiana that “can’t be found with GPS,” can be found with the following links:
“Candy, the main character, really takes charge of her sexuality,” Cox expressed about her first erotica release. “She also learns the importance of communicating with your partner; that’s what I want. If you want your nips tweaked or a butt plug, just say so. Take control of your sex life and the joy you feel from it. Don’t be afraid to live out loud. The time for women to fear their sexuality is long gone; erotica has become more mainstream. They can strap on that leather bustier and wear it with pride.”
Finally, how does she want to be remembered when she closes the keyboard a final time?
“That b*tch went out with a bang.”