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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?
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?
- My website and blog are at http://www.http//AnneGreeneAuthor.com.
- I have a blog at http://www.whiteroseinbloom.com/.
- I have pictures I’ve painted on my website as well as photographs from a number of different countries.
Thanks for being on my blog, Anne!
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