Wednesday, February 09, 2011

Please welcome Anne Greene!

Leave your comments and email addresses for a chance to win her wonderfully exciting-sounding book!
How long have you known that you were a writer? Did you receive a clear “call?” Or have you just loved writing all your life?

I’ve always wanted to be a writer. But when my youngest left the nest for college, I took serious inventory of my life to see what I wanted to do besides sell real estate and run a photography studio. After serious prayer, I talked with a Psychologists friend who questioned me on what I loved to do. I never mentioned writing, but after hearing my many answers, he said writing looked like the best career choice for me. I was so surprised and delighted to receive this audible answer to my prayers.

What is the genre you write in?

I write historical, historical romance, suspense and romantic suspense. I write both historical and contemporary. And I love writing both. I’m usually working on at least three books at one time.

How do you spend your writing days?

Mornings I work out at the gym, do my errands, cook, and clean my house. Then I write from approximately 1:00 to either 5:00 or 6:00 pm if I have an appointment that night (singing – social, etc) or 9:00 pm to 10:00 pm if I have no appointments. Sometimes I don’t work that late, I relax and watch TV or play games. I’m an avid game player. But whenever possible I write six to eight hours a day, excluding Sunday.

Can you give us a general idea of how long it takes you to write a novel?

If I’m under deadline I can write an 85,000 word novel in six months or less.

You recently had a book published.

Yes, Masquerade Marriage, a Scottish historical romance. I’ve given you an excerpt and pictures. Readers can buy my book at http://amazon.com and http://whiterosepublishing.com/.

What is the spiritual message in your book?

God is in control. A person doesn’t always see God’s hand working in their lives unless they look back in wonder at what God has done. Discovering God’s will for one’s life is both vastly rewarding and extremely helpful.

Do you ever feel like giving up? Most people don’t understand the stress, the work, and the joy of being a writer. How tenuous becoming a writer is. Do you care to share how it feels, what discouraging/encouraging times you’ve gone through?

I’ve never given up writing. Something deep inside compels me to continue in spite of all the rejection a writer faces. I can’t not write. Whenever I was discouraged, God let me win a contest or hear an encouraging word from a critique partner or a friend.

Would you explain how you “chose” (or were chosen by) a publisher?

I placed in a contest and the publisher asked for the full manuscript and then sent a contract. Sounds simple, but it’s not. I finalled in many contests with all my manuscripts. A publisher really must love your voice and your book. A writer has to hit the right publisher and the right time with the right book. But as Christians, we know the timing is all God’s.

Now, that you’re published, can you sit back and relax from the success you’ve experienced?

Writing is my life. I’m always working on two or three books. Always trying to write better, plot better, listen to what my characters tell me better. I want to write the best book I can for God’s glory.

Do you mind telling us some of your likes and dislikes? Hobbies, interests? Where would you like to travel if you could?

I’ve been so fortunate. I love to travel and I’ve been to twenty-four different foreign countries plus every state in the US except Alaska. I’ve been in three communist countries. Several of my books are set in foreign countries. I also love to sail, paint pictures, take photographs, sing, horseback ride, and way too many other things to mention.

Would you give us your blog or webpage so everyone can check it out?
Do come and visit me.
Thanks for being on my blog, Anne!
Don't forget the comments and email addresses, readers!
Blessings.

36 comments:

Kathryn Page Camp said...

Anne, you make me tired just reading about your normal day. I wish I had your energy. Oh well.

Charity said...

I would love to be entered in this giveaway! I am a lover of Scotland and this one sounds neat. Thanks!

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diana said...

I have tried to win Anne's book in other contests to no avail.:( I really enjoyed the interview and think Anne is a very classy lady! Do you notify winners of books by email or does one need to return to this blog to find out the winner. I am new to this blog and everyone has their own way of doing things so just making sure. God bless!


dianalflowers@aol.com

Anne Payne said...

It's so true that we don't always see what God is doing in certain situations. Thankfully HE does, and we trust Him! Thank you for the book giveaway. Looks like it will be a great read.

homesteading[at]charter[dot]net

Linda Kish said...

Please include me

lkish77123 at gmail dot com

Jan Marie said...

Kathryn already said exactly what I was thinking - I have never managed to be that methodical in my daily routine and my house is a testimony to that fact. My writing also suffers too. I am impressed by people who can maintain a regular schedule but, sadly, I am not one of them.

Would love to read this book - please add my name in the drawing.

Thanks!

janmarien[at]embarqmail[dot]com

Meredith said...

I agree! What a very busy day! I love Scottish historical romances!

meredithfl at gmail dot com

diana said...

I put a comment on here hours ago and it still is not showing so I will try again. I have been trying to win Anne's book all over the place. Who knows...maybe this time. Sounds fascinating!
Diana Flowers


dianalflowers@aol.com

rubynreba said...

Great interview. The book sounds very interesting.
pbclark(at)netins(dot)net

Ann Lee Miller said...

I'd love to win Anne's book. I especially like the author's name. :)
Ann_Lee_Miller@msn.com

Caroline said...

Diana, sorry for the wait; I usually check for comments twice a day. It's a little later tonight. Best wishes, and thanks so much for visiting! I love having you.
cb

Caroline said...

OH, btw, Diana when you leave your comment & email address, if your name is drawn, then I will contact you by email. You send me your snail mail address (when the book is a print one) & I'll pass it on to the author. She'll get it to you.

If by some chance you don't get the book when you win, always feel free to contact me. :)

diana said...

Thank you Caroline. I thought maybe I was doing something wrong and my comment wouldn't show up for that reason. You are such a warm person! Is there any way to subscribe to your blog via email? Also when do you have your drawings? Sorry, so many questions.:)


dianalflowers[at]aol[dot]com

by Pegg Thomas said...

I love stories set in Scotland! Thanks for entering me in the drawing.

twinwillowsfarm at gmail dot com

Caroline said...

Diana, let me get back to you about the email subscription. I'm sure there is, I just don't have it set up yet. It may take me several days, but I have your email & will try to let you know if I do that.

If you have a blog, you can always sign up to follow, which should give up a brief summary of the post every time I have one (4 times a week usually, sometimes more, occasionally less).

I try to have an interview every Wed. Most times the author will give away a book. Sometimes, not often, I'll have a review then too, but I try to have them on other days.

I give the author from Wed to the next Tuesday. After that I draw a name, contact the winner.

Hope that helps!
btw: I want any of my followers or visitors to feel free to ask questions!

Wonderful blessings!

diana said...

Thank you, Caroline. I don't have a blog, but I would love to subscribe to yours via email. I have a list of them on my email every day; love reading them! Just let me know if you get the setup. Thanks alot for answering all my many questions!:)


dianalflowers@aol.com

Maureen said...

Ann if your writing 2 or 3 books at a time...how do you keep it separated in your head? I would be going bonkers!


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debijackson said...

I love historical romance -love to read this

diana said...

BTW Carman sent me!


dianalflowers@aol.com

Debbie Clark said...

Please enter me into this giveway. I also love Scotland. Masquarade Marriage sounds like a great book to read. Thanks for the chance of winning.
Debbie
debbiemcla[at]msn[dot]com

Lisa Nelson said...

I would like to read this book!
Please include me!
Thank you!
Lisa Nelson
storyreader617(at)gmail.com

Jeanette Levellie said...

What a wonderful interview of a lovely lady. Anne, you fill me with hope for my God-planted dreams!

Please enter me to win your book, and thank you for your generosity!

jeanettelevellie@gmail.com

Carman said...

Oh, please enter me! I want to read this book so badly! :D

booklovercb at yahoo dot com

Nia for Jesus said...

Well I love interesting books,I think this one is one of them,enter me!


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Nia for Jesus said...

BTW,nice blog!
is good to know that there are people that generous!


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Debbie said...

I like the part about "God's timing" - so true. I'd love to win. (Carman sent me)
bigpinelodge at gmail dot com or Edge of Escape

Mozi Esmé said...

This looks like a terrific book! Nice to meet you, Anne...

janemaritz at yahoo dot com

amber said...

I'd love to read this!!!


afren07[at]gmail[dot]com

-petit said...

you've lots of energy, don't you? XDDD
Thanks for the opportunity of win this book :D

sweet.sayumi@yahoo.com.br

Sharon A. Lavy said...

LOL, I am featuring Anne this week on my blog. Hop on over to http://sharonalavy.blogspot.com/ for another chance to win her great book.

Nia for Jesus said...

I'd to know how can we start interviewing authors?
thanks!

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Nia for Jesus said...

I recently discovered a interest in scotland book..please enter me!


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apple blossom said...

This book sounds good. thanks for the post

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Nia for Jesus said...

i FOLLOW THIS BLOG!

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Nia for Jesus said...

I'm a follower of networkedblogs.

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Nancye said...

I would like to win a copy of this book. Thanks for the chance!

nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net