About Me


I live in the beautiful City of Roses (aka Portland, Oregon). By day, I’m a lawyer, but don’t hold that against me. My job is actually quite fun, except the occasional day when I have to wear a suit and hose. By night, I explore my childhood passion for writing. My first novel, Thirty Nights, is a story about love’s power to guide us even at our darkest moments… and to equalize us in ways laws cannot.

In my “free” time, I like to get lost in Powell’s Bookstore (especially the Russian literature and Jane Austen aisles). I’ve also been known to drool over shoes on any store window (especially Imelda’s), buy ridiculous colors of nail polish, and dance to everything from Beyoncé to Johnny Cash.

But above all, I love spending time with my family, who really believe I’m the world’s best writer, and with my friends, who should  ban me from talking about the book for at least two years after the release date.

I’d love to connect with you; find me on Twitter @AniKeating or Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/thirtynights and https://www.facebook.com/ani.surnois. Please join the blog here, too, so you can be the first to learn about books, projects, and other yummies.

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30 thoughts on “About Me

  1. jenni says:

    Hi ani, its the first time iv been on a blog not sure what im doing haha!. Iv love tmm, laughed and cried whilst reading it. I cant wait to read more when i figure this page out. Good luck in all that you do, Jenni x

    • asurnois says:

      Hi Jenni, thank you so much for giving the blog a shot. Just click on the tabs, and you will see. 30 Nights of Snow tab is the tab for the original TMM. Only the first 12 chapters are up but i am adding the other’s everyday. Aiden’s Nights is TMM, from Aiden’s POV. I only have 4 chapters there so far. 30 Nights Poems, are the poems I am writing for each chapter of 30 N. 90 Days of Hale on the home post is the prologue to the sequel. All of these are with their original names. Let me know if you have any questions. Thank you!!

  2. julee439 says:

    I have just started reading thirty nights of snow. Only could read to chapter 12 and my question is will you be posting more chapters later. I have just really enjoyed your story it is so touching and just plain out wonderful

    • asurnois says:

      Hey Julee – yes, absolutely, I will be continuing to post more chapters of 30 Nights, daily. I am just taking today and maybe tomorrow off so the new readers can enjoy the prologue. 🙂 Thank you!!

  3. Roslyn says:

    I follow you on FF, I am Sunshirae and must say I love your creativity with words, the character’s…just their emotional stir so deeply cutting it leaves me out of breath and feeling like my heart is going to burst, I have never felt such deep agony from reading. I greatly appreciate your talent, you keep me reading and coming back for more. Thank you for your time and your writing. Congratulations on your book again.

    • asurnois says:

      Thank you Roslyn!! I am so happy you found me here and are enjoying my story. 🙂 I will be posting TMM/30 Nights here every day, I am just giving the new followers a chance to read the prologue. Thanks again!!

      • Sunshirae says:

        Hi, hope all is well, I was wondering, are you going to write more in re:
        90 Days of Hale? I keep coming back to your site to see if there is anything new, I don’t want to miss anything new. I am patiently waiting but am on pins and needles. I keep holding my breath….still holding….yep… still holding…..I hear the birds chirping and they are making fun of me now…..yep….turning blue now…. I am just a fan!!!!

      • asurnois says:

        Hey Sunshirae, it’s great to hear from you. You’re so funny. Thank you so much!! Yes, I am definitely writing more 90 Days of Hale. It’s just goes a bit more slowly because I outlined first, and my real life job has been nuts lately. Plus all the efforts to get the first one published. But, yes, there will be more. Breathe, in… out, in…out. 🙂 xo, Ani

  4. Amanda says:

    Hi! I’m such a fan of this story – I’ve been cyber-stalking you since you started on FanFic so I’m familiar with your story. Just wondering what’s going on with the sequel? I did catch the first chapter ( published on this site); are you working on it *fingers crossed*?

    Thanks, and keep it up!

    • asurnois says:

      Hey Amanda, thanks for checking in. I am working on the sequel. It’s outlined. And now I will begin drafting. It will go a bit more slowly with real life but it’s happening for sure. THANK YOU so much for reading. 🙂

  5. Sunshirae says:

    Hi, it’s Sunshirae. Thank you for getting back to me. I will wait patiently….breathe in……breathe out…… for how long exactly. I am glad that you have done the outline. That means that your story is in progress. Yip yip yippee.

  6. Analeyna says:

    Totally random thought here, but I was just looking at your Pinterest board for this story. While I LOVE the idea of Elizabeth Taylor as the inspiration for Isa (esp her eyes), it’s actually hard to find a picture of Elizabeth Taylor without her eyes completely rimmed in kohl/ eyeliner. It’s hard to for me to image Isa looking anything like Liz Taylor because she isn’t the type of girl to wear so much makeup. Know what I mean? If there were a pic of a makeup-less Liz, I’d love to see it!

    • asurnois says:

      Hey there – I know, it’s hard to find many pics of her without kohl eyes. There is the black and white one at the bottom that is somewhat close. And also the ones with short hair… and of course the movies. I haven’t found many that look like my true Elisa but the ones that comes close are the ones with short hair.

    • asurnois says:

      Just found a couple kohl-less ones and put them up, but not many. Anyway, Isa does not use make-up and it’s really bad at it.

  7. Yina says:

    Hello Ani. I have notice you have not updated I about 3 weeks. I hope that you are ok. I know that you would not abandon your readers as I hope that this delay is just a simple delay and that you are physically well. I really like your books and I think you are a great writer so I hope you are well. This is not a plead for an update just asking you to leave a sign that your fine.

    • asurnois says:

      Yina – thank you so much for this kind note! How sweet of you to check in. You are right – i would never abandon you guys, you keep me sane. 🙂 No, hubby and I had a crisis with our landlord. We got a very short notice to have to move which turned our world upside down. Ended up negotiating more time but between that, searching for a new place, work, packing, and some other messes, I barely had time to eat. Hopefully the new chapter is worth the wait for you. THANK YOU so much for checking in. You’re sweet. xoxo

  8. Sunshirae says:

    Hi Mrs. Ani Surnois :D, above all, I hope you are feeling better and experiencing happy times. I hope that you have not lost your muse nor your passion for Aiden and Elisa. Please let us know how you are doing. We miss you, please respond…we are worried about you…worried that something really bad has happened. I hope that you have not given up. Please fight whatever it is…you will prevail, you’ll see. God Bless, my prayers are with you and your family.

  9. ana says:

    Dear Ani

    I really hope that you are doing okay. Please just let me and the rest of your fans that you are breathing and fine. Miss you my dear. Take care


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