Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Interview with Ann Summerville: Author of Storms and Secrets

First Off,  I want to take this opportunity to thank Ann Summerville for taking the time to stop by The Crazy Bookworm to talk about her book 'Storms and Secrets'

Q: Can you tell me a little bit about your book Storms & Secrets?

In search of her husband, Heather reluctantly travels from London to his Texas home town where she is vocal about her dislike of snakes, spiders, and cowboys. She vows to spend no more than two weeks away from her city apartment but finds a slew of secrets swirling like a Texas tornado. While her husband keeps his emotional distance, and she tries to maintain her British reserve, Heather is nevertheless intrigued by the friendliness of Fort Worth locals. Despite developing friendships, Heather struggles to find out what illness her mother-in-law is suffering from, how a neighbor fits into her husband’s past and why a vagrant sits across the street each day staring at the house. One by one, Heather uncovers the mysteries surrounding her husband’s family. Can her marriage be saved, and will her new Texas friends entice Heather to share their love for the Lone Star State?

Q: When a reader gets done with your book, what do you want them to come away with?

My books are written under the “cozy” genre. I hope the reader will enjoy getting to know the characters, their friendships and struggles. There is always an element of mystery involved, but I don’t add graphic violence or sex. I also try and put enough description into my novels for the reader to get a good picture of where the story is taking place. I hope they enjoy learning about somewhere they haven’t visited.

Q: Do you have a favorite place?

A dream of mine was to visit Venice in Italy and I was fortunate to visit the city of canals a few years ago. Another place I love is Cornwall on the south-west coast of England. I lived there for a few years and set my first novel A Graceful Death in that location

Q: Do you have a favorite hobby?

I have several hobbies. I enjoy quilting, knitting and sewing, and when we have pleasant sunny days, you will more often than not find me working in the garden.

Q: Is there something about you most people wouldn't know?

I’m pretty much an open book (excuse the pun).

Q: Do you have any suggestions for the aspiring writer?

I have entered the National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) competition for the past two years. It’s grueling to get 50,000 words down on paper by the end of November, but by writing every day the story quickly takes shape and keeps the story alive in your mind. Editing comes later. It’s a fun experience.

Find a book you love (my current favorite is Empire Falls by Richard Russo) and study it.

Enjoy the journey. In the words of Jeffery Deaver, “View rejection as a speed bump and not a brick wall.”

Q: If you weren't writing, what would you like to be doing for a living?

It would be fun to have a craft store and offer knitting and quilting classes.

Q: If you could have dinner with any book character in history, who would it be and why?

This is a difficult choice but Agatha Raisin who is the protagonist in M.C. Beaton's cozy mysteries, would be a great dinner companion. It would be far from dull and the location in the Cotswolds is beautiful.

Q: Any last thoughts for your readers?

I hope you enjoy reading my books as much as I enjoy writing them.

Ann Summerville was born in England, and in search of a warmer climate, moved to California before settling in Texas. Her short stories and flash fiction have been published in the Lutheran Digest, Long Story Short, The Shine Journal, Doorknobs & Bodypaint, Associated Content, Trinity Writer’s Workshop newsletters and also their collection of Christmas stories. A member of Trinity Writer’s Workshop, Ann resides in Fort Worth with her son, two boisterous dogs and a somewhat elusive cat.

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  1. Great interview! And it's so nice to see an author endorsing and not bashing NaNoWriMo! I'm going to check out Ann's site now. :)

  2. NaNo is a great way to get started and meet people on the same page.

  3. I just ordered this book and cannot wait! After reading this interview..I will stalk the postman!

  4. Great interview. It's always fun learning more about a wonderful author. I like your choice of dinner companions. Wishing you much success Ann.

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