**AUTHOR PEEK** Interview with Ann Everett
Before we get started talking about your writing, tell us a little about yourself, where you’re from, what you do for a living (if you’re not a fulltime writer) what hobbies you have, etc. Whatever you’d like to share.
Thanks so much for having me. I grew up in the small town of Brownsboro, Texas, which is where my books take place. When I was a child, I thought the world stopped at the city limits and couldn’t imagine anyone wanting to live anywhere else. At the time, it only had a population of about 400. Today, it’s still small with only slightly over a thousand.
I suppose I should say I’m retired and a full time writer, however, I help with my four local grandchildren every day and that leaves me little time to write.
As for hobbies, I love crafting, gardening, painting, cleaning…yeah you read right, cleaning! Anything I can get immediate results and satisfaction from, I like. Even ironing.
1. How did you get started writing?
As I mentioned before, I help care for my grandchildren. I’ve been doing it for the last eleven years and some days I didn’t have any interaction with adults. So, to help keep my sanity, I started writing. I’d always piddled with cutesy poems for birthdays and such, but I found writing stories let my imagination run wild, and at the same time, gave me some relief from SpongeBob!
2. What genre(s) do you write in and why?
I like to say I write humor, but there’s really not a category for that unless it’s a book of jokes, so I call my genre humorous, romance mystery. My stories have a light-hearted mystery with some steamy romance written with humor. However, I’m currently working on a romantic comedy with a tad of drama mixed in.
3. What is your favorite part of writing?
Developing the humor. I like to write funny situations as well as quirky, funny characters.
4. What is your least favorite part of writing?
Believe it or not, it’s the time right before it goes to print. I get totally stressed out thinking I may have missed placed a comma, or failed to correct a misspelled word. The thought of it going to print for eternity scares the pants off me.
5. Where do you get the ideas for your stories?
Beats me. I generally come up with a title first, then build the story around it. With Laid Out and Candle Lit, which means…dead in a coffin with candles around, I thought it’d be funny to find a dead, unburied body in the cemetery. I know, I’m strange. For You’re Busting My Nuptials, well, the title says it all doesn’t it? A wedding gone wrong.
6. What is your typical day like?
I get up about 5:30 am, check emails and answer those I can. Around 7 am, I head over to my son’s house to get breakfast for his four children and get them off to school. After they leave, it’s laundry, make beds, laundry, return about a dozen pairs of shoes to the proper place, more laundry, and general housework. I return home early afternoon and start the same routine. Well, not the shoe-return, but the rest of it.
By the time I get to sit down and write, (which doesn’t happen every day) it’s early evening.
7. What is most difficult for you to write? Characters, conflict or emotions? Why?
Heck, it’s all hard. If I rated them, I’d say conflict is the hardest, especially scenes with action like blowing up things and car chases. As a female and not geared for such things, I’m always afraid I won’t show them true to form. That’s why I have men reviewers to help keep me on the mark. Since characters come fairly easy for me, emotions would be in second place. I listen to music to help me get in the mood to write certain scenes, but they’re still difficult.
8. Tell us about your next book & when is it being published?
Nuptials is the second book in a trilogy, however, the third and final installment won’t be out until 2014. Sweet Thangs Bakery is a prominent scene location in my books and their owners, Pattiecake and Sugarpie, are currently working on a cookbook which will be the next thing published. After that, possibly the romance I mentioned before, and then the final book in the Tizzy/Ridge Trilogy.
Links to Ann Everett’s website, blog, books, etc.
BE SURE TO COME BACK to read more about Ann and her September 15th release, YOU’RE BUSTING MY NUPTIALS, on Wednesday’s Karen’s Killer Book Bench!