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ATW: Tell us a little about yourself.
Anna: I’m a small town gal, who’s always loved a good romance, be it a book, a movie, or a soap. I’m from Southern Indiana, but have lived in Ohio, Oklahoma, and Texas. I always seem to find my way back home to Indiana, which is where I live now, with my husband. We have two children and three grandchildren. When I’m not at my day job with a local mental health center, you’ll most likely find me writing, reading, or traveling.
ATW: When did you begin writing?
Anna: I began writing in grade school, around second grade, if I remember correctly. I wrote short stories and poems throughout high school. I never pursued my dream of becoming published until many years later. I had thought about it often and had started my first novel, but something always seemed to get in the way. One day, my husband asked if I was ever going to finish it, and from that day forward, it’s become my priority.
ATW: Can you tell us about your most recent publication?
Anna: My first release, CROSSROAD TO LOVE, comes out on January 16, 2013. It’s the first in my FAB FIVE series, and is an introductory to the characters. Katy, Lizzie, Marianne, Angie, and Chloe are five strong, but loving women. Each has had her own personal dramas to contend with and each has loved deeply. Each book will feature a star-crossed couple, who are overcoming obstacles to obtain their “happily ever after,” but all the characters will pop in from time to time, and there are subplots along the way.
ATW: How did you get the idea for the book?
Anna: Four of the Fab Five women have been friends since childhood, remaining close through the years. I have my own group of friends, much like them, but there are nine of us. We became friends in the first grade, and now, in our fifties, we’re still close and get together a few times a year. We’ve taken trips together, as well, like the girls in Crossroad to Love. I think it’s amazing we’ve stayed close and that’s what sparked the idea.
ATW: What was the most challenging aspect of writing your novel?
Anna: With this one, I’d have to say, finishing it and perfecting it. This was the first one I wrote, and the only one, so far, that was ever rejected, before being offered a contract. I rewrote it and when I did, I submitted it to Lazy Day Publishing. Evidently, the rewrite helped, because my dream of turning this book into a series, is becoming a reality, thanks to Staci Taylor and the Lazy Day crew.
ATW: Which authors have inspired your writing?
Anna: I like so many…Debbie Macomber, Nora Roberts, Danielle Steel, and Fern Michaels are just a few of the authors who have inspired me. Kathleen Woodiwiss was another favorite.
ATW: What projects are you currently working on?
Anna: Right now, I’m just completing the fourth book in the series. I also have three books that are not
part of the series, which are being released by Rebel Ink Press. UNLIKELY LOVERS will be out on February 3, 2013, followed a few months later by SUNNY’S LOVE and REMEMBER OUR PROMISE. I did NaNoWriMo for the first time in 2012 and REMEMBER OUR PROMISE, was the novel I wrote during those thirty days.
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CROSSROAD TO LOVE will be available on the publisher’s websites, as well as, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, All Romance.
Here’s an excerpt from CROSSROAD TO LOVE
“Now, what did you want to talk to me about, my sweet?” he asked as he plopped down beside her. “Maybe we don’t need to talk, after all. You look very fetching sitting on my sofa.” He pulled her to him and kissed her, a long, lingering kiss that begged to be taken further.
She gave herself to the kiss, returning his passion with her own. Oh, Ryan…All lucid thoughts were gone as she lost herself in Ryan’s kisses. He laid her back on the couch, tracing her face with his finger. He looked into her eyes, kissed her again and sat up, pulling her up beside him. “Sorry, I couldn’t resist. I promised you I would behave, and I will.”
“It’s ok, Ryan. I didn’t exactly fight you, now did I?” Katy laughed. I only wish we could have finished what we began on this couch. This is all so confusing. One minute I think we are not meant to be lovers and then he kisses me and I wonder if maybe we are. I have to tell him now before we go to a place we may not be supposed to go.
“No, I guess you didn’t. That was some kiss. But you said you wanted to talk, so I am ready to listen now.”
She took a deep breath before beginning.
“Ryan, in the past week, we have become close, am I right?” she began nervously chewing her lip as she watched his face.
“We have. You came into my sorry life like a Texas tornado. You really turned me around, little lady.”
Katy giggled at the thought of being compared to a tornado. “I hope that’s a good thing.”
“Oh, you bet it is. If we intend to pursue this thing, though, and see where it leads us, we are going to have to discuss the distance factor, you know.”
She looked into his eyes and began to speak again. “But we need to talk about something else first.”
He smiled down at her.
“Have it all figured out, don’t you?” He touched her cheek softly and leaned over to kiss her.
She responded to his kiss again, not wanting it to end. But end it must, so she pulled away and tried to speak again.
“Ryan, there is something else I have to tell you. This is very serious and I have been debating how to tell you ever since we had dinner the other night. Do you remember our conversation about Marnie and the accident?”
He sighed as he said, “Yes, I do, but why do we have to ruin tonight by bringing her up? I thought the other night was the end of that subject.”
“I had hoped that it would be the end of that subject, but something you said that night absolutely stunned me. I was so shocked that I didn't know what to say, at the time, but I have given it a lot of thought, and you have to know.”
“What in the world are you trying to tell me, Katy?” Ryan asked, a puzzled look on his face.
She took a deep breath and finally spoke the words that she did not want to say. The words that would end her newfound relationship with the first man she had met in ten years that was worth getting to know.