Anne grew up in a very small town in South Carolina, where as a kid, she always loved to read books, make people laugh and write songs. After having success in her home state she decided to pursue dreams of becoming a writer and moved to Nashville, TN. When she’s not writing you can find her reading or searching for a husband. She loves spending time with her friends, nieces, nephews and her two fur babies. She enjoys making people laugh and loves hearing from her readers.
- What is the first book that made you cry?
Anne: As a kid I loved to read. My mom was an avid reader and instilled that into me and my sister. The most memorable book that changed my world was “Tiger Eyes” by the amazing Judy Blume. I was a pre-teen when I read it and it brought me to tears. As a matter of fact I still have my original copy.
Elizabeth: I think mine was THE PROMISE by Danielle Steel.
- How do you select the names of your characters?
I go through old family names and names I loved from tv characters. An author friend of mine gave me the best piece of advice when I began writing. She said make a spreadsheet of your character names. Major and minor. That way you have less chance of duplicating them.
- Do you use anything to get in the mood for writing, especially if it’s emotional?
Anne: I began my career as a songwriter. So, for me it’s music. I have a playlist for each book. When a song touches my soul for an emotional scene I am writing, I will play it over and over until it’s done.
Elizabeth: Sometimes when I’m stuck in a scene or want to increase the emotion I listen to music when writing. I’ve got to know if Anne has sold any of her songs???
- What is your writing Kryptonite?
Anne: Me. I am my own worst enemy. I used to write a line, hate it, erase it and try it again. But now I make myself just sit down and write. No editing or deleting. Just get the scene in my head on paper. Then the next day I will go back over it and make corrections.
Elizabeth: I force myself to write a scene, it’s usually dialogue first and then I go back and set the scene and dress it up with prose and details.
- What kind of research do you do, and how long do you spend researching before beginning a book?
I wrote a series called the “Burning Series”. The first book is about a firefighter and an arsonist. My nephew is with the local fire department, so I went straight to the source. It was my first suspense series and I wanted it to be accurate. It was one of my favorite series to write. The cover of “Burning Fury” featured my nephew’s actual helmet on it.
- What do you have in your writer’s space to help you stay focused?
I have always been a Star Wars fan. It was the first movie I saw as a kid and I have been obsessed ever since. My writing space is covered with my memorabilia.
- Describe yourself in three words.
- Name three of your favorite things.
Dogs (Aeryn, Snoop, Cottontail and Bella)
- Name three of your least favorite things.
You can find out more about Anne in the following locations so drop a follow!
THANKS FOR STOPPING BY THIS WEEK AND LEAVE US A QUESTION OR COMMENT! Happy reading and reviewing! XOXO E