Good morning, everyone! Grab a cup of coffee and join me as we get “the scoop” on author Anne K. Albert and her road to publication. Anne and I met on one of our online writing loops and I’m delighted to introduce her to all of you. It’s such fun to chat with another writer and see how they make the magic happen! (And it lets non-writers peek behind the curtain, too!)
Connie: Anne, it’s a joy to have you here! To start off, what can readers expect when they read your book(s)?
Anne: My stories chill the spine, warm the heart and soothe the soul – all with a delightful touch of humor.
Connie: When did the dream of writing books take root in your heart? How, when, where did it happen? And what did you do with that dream?
Anne: I’m one of those late bloomers people always talk about. It never occurred to me that “real” people could be writers until I was of a “certain” age. 🙂 Fortunately, I discovered Romance Writers of America. Via their monthly magazine, chapter meetings and online groups, I found myself in the midst with real authors. I listened, studied, and watched what they did, as well as how they worked their magic with words.
Connie: How long did you write before you were published? Did you ever consider giving up?
Anne: Twenty years after I placed fingertips to keyboard to write a story I got “the call”. So, yes. It was a long haul. A very long haul! I received at least thirty agent rejections and ten or more editor rejections, and for almost a year (in 2009) I did give up. It was frustrating to read positive things about my work, yet not have anyone willing to take me on. A little while later a close friend encouraged me to re-submit. Thankfully I took her advice…I sold six months later.
Connie: What’s your favorite part of the writing process?
Anne: I love the final revision stage, which is rather surprising because when I first began writing I had zero idea on how to revise. However, as the manuscripts piled up, so did my ability to look at them from a reader’s point of view. Making sure I’ve tied up all the loose ends is especially gratifying.
Connie: What’s your least favorite part of the writing process?
Anne: Getting started on a new story is always the hardest part for me. It’s not necessarily my least favorite, it’s just frustrating – especially when I’m so anxious to get on with the story! I will often write up to 20 first scenes of the same story before I can continue. Sometimes these scenes are variations on a theme, a slight change of location, or whatever, but it’s important for me to get a “feel” for the story before I proceed. The process is two steps forward and one back at this point, but I’ve learned it’s important to get it just right because that’s how I write.
Connie: What inspires you? What ideas, routines or practices get you excited about getting to the keyboard & diving in?
Anne: I love being in control! There’s nothing better than to create a story where the bad guys get what’s coming to them, where good trumps bad, where the hero and heroine get a happily-ever-after, and all the loose ends are tied up with a great big pretty ribbon.
I’ve also come to realize I write because I’m my very first reader. Unlike many writers who plot the story out beforehand, I have no idea where the story is going. I write to find out what’s going to happen next in the story, and often experience it at the same time as the hero or heroine. That’s fun!
Connie: Tell us about your current release. What about it gets you most excited?
Anne: I actually have two books out at the moment. They were released within six weeks of each other last fall.
DEFENDING GLORY is the first book of the Piedmont Island Trilogy series. I’m very proud of this “sweet” romantic suspense because it tells the story of a woman who believes unconditionally in the Lord, and a man who is convinced there is no master plan, no purpose in life, and most certainly no merciful God in Heaven. Needless to say, he changes his mind by the end of the book!
FRANK, INCENSE AND MURIEL is the first book of the Muriel Reeves Mysteries. It takes place the week before Christmas when the hustle and bustle of the season is enough to frazzle anyone’s nerves. But add a kidnapper, femme fatale, embezzler, and Muriel’s zany but loveable family to the mix, and you’ve got a fun, entertaining story.
Connie: Where can readers contact you?
Anne: They can visit my website: http://www.AnneKAlbert.com
I also write three blogs:
Connie: Anne, you’ve offered to give a pdf copy of Defending Glory to one lucky reader whom I’ll pick at random later in the week. How to they enter this contest?
Anne: All that’s required is to leave a comment below based on one of these questions:
(1) If you have an e-reader, what one feature do you like best about it?
(2) If you do not have an e-reader, are you considering purchasing one? Why?
Thank you so much for featuring me today on your blog, Connie. It’s been a blast!
Connie: Thanks, Anne! I’ve enjoyed every minute. Readers, if you enjoyed the interview, I hope you’ll leave a comment and get a chance to win a .pdf copy of Defending Glory!