How are your story ideas born?
My story ideas are born from all sorts of sources. Usually when I’m doing
something mundane, like ironing or washing the floor, etc, and ideas will
come into my head then. Sometimes they might come from researching.
I might be flipping through my research books and I’ll see something
interesting that leads to ideas for a story.
How many works in progress do you have?
At the moment I’m just starting a new historical women’s novel set in Victorian Yorkshire again. It’s my favourite time and place. I feel comfortable writing it.
I recently finished the first draft of another story.
What is your writing process?
I simply open a blank page and allow the story idea to flow. I like to write when it is quiet, the house is peaceful and everyone is out. Sometimes, I enjoy having some music on in the background.
What writing mechanic challenges you?
Probably grammar. I suck at it!
What’s your favorite part of the writing process?
The beginning. I love writing the first three chapters, weaving everyone in and getting to know them.
What’s your least favorite part of the writing process?
The least part I like is editing when the book is finished and I have ideas for a new story that are
begging to get out. Once a book is written I’m eager to start something new, but I know editing
How long did it take to write your latest release?
My novels, especially my historical novels usually take about 6 months to write. Sometimes it
depends on what is happening in my life at the time. I try to make 6 months as my goal. But it
doesn’t always happen.
Do you have a favorite line or scene from your story?
From The Gentle Wind’s Caress there are many scenes that really grab me, but I think the ending
is one of the best, where Isabelle sees that the future could be bright again, just in a different way
than what she expected.
The Gentle Wind’s Caress
Historical women’s fiction/romance
Halifax, 1876. On the death of her mother and sister, Isabelle Gibson is left to fend for herself and
her brother in a privately-run workhouse. After the matron's son attempts to rape her, Isabelle decides
to escape him and a life of drudgery by agreeing to marry a moorland farmer she has never met. But
this man, Farrell, is a drunkard and a bully in constant feud with his landlord, Ethan Harrington.
When Farrell bungles a robbery and deserts her, Isabelle and Ethan are thrown together as she struggles
to save the farm. Both are married and must hide their growing love. But despite the secrecy, Isabelle
draws strength from Ethan as faces from the past return to haunt her and a tragedy is set to strike that
will change all of their lives forever.
Thanks so much for having me!
You're welcome Anne! I thoroughly enjoyed your latest release, Gentle Wind's Caress. Readers
can read my review here: http://twoendsofthepen.blogspot.com/2012/05/review-gentle-winds-caress-by-anne.html