her favorite, Ane has worn many different ones: hairdresser, legislative
affairs director (that’s a fancy name for a lobbyist), drama director,
playwright, humor columnist, and novelist. Her lifetime experience provides a
plethora of fodder for her Southern-fried fiction (try saying that three times
fast). She firmly believes coffee and chocolate are two of the four major food
groups. President of the award-winning literary site, Novel Rocket, Ane resides
in Suwanee, GA, with her artist husband, her chef son, and two very large dogs. You can find Ane on her
Southern-fried Fiction website, Google+, Facebook, Goodreads, Twitter, and Pinterest.
marriage and in general. The town of Chapel Springs is in need of reviving to
being back the tourists. Little did best friends Claire and Patsy realize their
marriages are in as much need of reviving as the town.
for Chapel Spring Revival. I knew I wanted the village instead of a person. As we talked, I mentioned my husband is an artist, and Eddie said he could do the artwork for the cover if I wanted. Did I ever!
To be entered in a drawing for a giclee reproduction (print on canvas, ready for framing) of the original artwork for her cover (only 3 giclee have been made) go to here.
wandering path. You’ve been around since Noah got off the ark. Tell us what
writing novels in 2003. After about four years, I was going to committee, but
every time something weird happened. Well, besides the fist few rejections.
Then I went to pub board, but the acquiring editor retired and her hard drive
was wiped clean. The hard drive on which my novel was waiting.
agent retired to go into publishing. They were publishing works that authors
had received back their rights. I hadn’t published the first time yet, so that
was out for me. When I signed with Sandra Bishop, I
warned her to be very careful.
intimidated. She worked hard and finally, after close to a twelve-year journey, my debut
book released yesterday.
the way you write?
these were real “light-bulb moments” in my writing career.
wonderfully funny Ron Benrey’s Magic
Paragraph was the first. It has served a proven tool in my writing. With
permission granted from Janet Benrey, here is the Magic Paragraph (and
I highly recommend anyone get his book, The Idiot’s Guide to Writing
Signal which head to enter
Twang an appropriate sense, emotion or
Show appropriate action
Repeat if necessary
Motivation, & Conflict. If you don’t have it in your personal
library, get it. Use the link here, because if you go to Amazon, it will cost
you four times what it will on her site. What I got fro her book is motivation
is the foundation for plotting. If you know the WHY the character does what she
does, your reader will follow her through anything.
about themselves. This deepens motivation. If we know that, we can know the
core motivation. This totally changed the way I saw my characters and plotting.
Author Amy Wallace and I sat in a Starbucks when she taught me about the lies.
characters have some of their creator’s traits. Claire is like me in that she
moves before she thinks. I’m forever getting hurt or into a mess because of it.
Another trait of hers I wish I had is she speaks without a filter. I sometimes
wish I had said what was in my mind, but I’m too inhibited. Quit laughing. I
them to know? Okay,
president of a start-up community theater, Players Guild@Sugar Hill. We just
presented out first production this past weekend.
England’s former Prime Minister Maggie Thatcher’s seat in the House of Commons
months when I was about four, I shared a car with my daddy and the German
scientist Wernher von Braun every morning.
Chapel Springs Revival is done. It’s called Chapel Springs Survival—can they survive
the revival? It was a blast to write since it was written in retaliation. Our
son got himself a modern day mail order bride and didn’t tell us until nearly
two years after her met her. I told him for keeping his mother in the dark, the
story would go in a book. After all, it’s not nice to fool Mother. It’s not
gurney, a mop, and a guardian angel.
small town of Chapel Springs, Georgia, knows best friends Claire and Patsy.
It’s impossible not to, what with Claire’s zany antics and Patsy’s
self-appointed mission to keep her friend out of trouble. And trouble abounds.
Chapel Springs has grown dilapidated and the tourist trade has slackened. With
their livelihoods threatened, they join forces to revitalize the town. No one
could have guessed the real issue needing restoration is personal.
marriages in as much disarray as the town, Claire and Patsy embark on a mission
of mishaps and miscommunication, determined to restore warmth to Chapel Springs
—and their lives. That is if they can convince their husbands and the town
council, led by two curmudgeons who would prefer to see Chapel Springs left in
the fifties and closed to traffic.