As Halloween approaches I'm participating in Loving the Book's Monster Mash Countdown, a collection of intriguing, mysterious, and scary reads. And a raffle! Watch this space!
Stutter Creek (book one) is a romance, brilliantly hidden within a suspense-filled tale of a psychotic serial killer with a chip on his shoulder. It is also a classic tale of young love lost, and a life of regrettable what-ifs.
About the Author
Ann has done everything from answering 911 Emergency calls to teaching elementary school. She lives in Texas with her husband, Dude, a rescue cat named Oscar, and a part-time box turtle named Piggy.
When she’s not writing, Ann is reading. Her to-be-read list has grown so large it has taken on a life of its own. She calls it Herman.
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Q&A with the Author
When did you start writing, and was there a specific event or person who influenced you to become an author?
I began writing short stories in my teens. I kept them in a spiral notebook under my bed. I couldn't keep my sister out of my diary so I felt I had to hide everything!
Are you currently working on a project, and if so, can you tell us anything about it?
I am currently finishing up a romantic suspense and a YA novel. Both are contemporary and both have elements of suspense and romance.
What is your favorite writing snack?
My favorite writing snack is anything chocolate with diet vanilla Coke. They balance each other out, right? Calorie-wise, I mean...
If you could have dinner with any of your characters, which ones would you choose? Why? What food would you serve?
If I could have dinner with any of my characters I think it would be with Big John in Stutter Creek or Reece in The Remains in the Pond because they are both hunks ... wait, so is Quinn in All For Love. Shoot. Any of those. And we'd have jalapeño poppers and margaritas. Yum!
Do you ever get Writers Block and how do you work through it?
Writer's block? Nah. If I get stuck on a story, I just close it and go to another story. I always have several going at once. Always. And pretty soon the sticky story will work itself out. If it doesn't, it wasn't a good story.
Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
I do learn something with each book. I usually learn something about myself and what I would or would not do in a given situation. Sometimes it's hard to make my characters do things that go against my normal beliefs!
How do you relax, or what do you enjoy doing when you are not writing?
To relax I love to walk our local walking trails around town as well as going to our local drive-in movie and catching up on live music at the auditorium. Going to see Bob Dylan soon. Just saw Melissa Etheridge last week. So good!
What is your largest unfulfilled dream, and what are you doing to reach it?
My largest unfulfilled dream is to see every historical tourist spot in the United States. I'm working on it ... slowly.
What do you fear most?
My greatest fear is becoming incapacitated and becoming a burden to my family.
What was your favorite Halloween Costume?
My favorite Halloween costume? The first year we my hubs and I were married, my mom (a very talented seamstress) helped me create a witch's costume for myself and a sexy vampire costume for my new husband. They were so good, we won a contest at the local dance hall. And may I just add, this was about twenty years before Bella and Edward. LOL
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