Frank, Incense and Muriel | (first book of the Muriel Reeves Mysteries series) | Publisher: Vanilla Heart Publishing | Genre: Romantic suspense | Release dates: ebook - December 2010 & PRINT release - mid 2011
Please tell us your latest news!
I am thrilled Frank, Incense and Muriel, first book of the Muriel Reeves Mysteries series, received a 5-star review at Night Owl Reviews and that it is now available in e-book format and print.
If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
Not a thing! I love the characters, the problems they face during one of the most stressful times of the year, and their determination to see it to the end. Together.
Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
I have many favorite authors, too many to mention, in fact. But, I love writers who create tight, fast-paced stories that keep me turning the pages each night when I should be sleeping!
Do you have a specific writing style?
I'm a seat-of-the-pants writer. I just sit at the computer, place my fingertips on the keyboard, and GO. I rarely have any idea as to what will unfold from one sentence to the next. And while I do start with a vague idea of who the bad guy might be, or who is going to end up dead, that's usually disproven by the end of the third chapter. Writing myself into a corner isn't what I like to do, but by that point I'm committed. I have no choice but to keep writing to find out what happens next!
Do you see writing as a career?
Absolutely. I've never done anything that is quite as fulfilling. I love the total control of creating story worlds and taking ordinary characters and plunking them into extraordinary circumstances to see what they will do. It's a fascinating and humbling experience.
Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
Sure do. I'm one of those dinosaurs who spent a great number of my early years without ever laying eyes on a computer. (Hard to believe, I know, but it's true.) When I was finally introduced to a computer, I remember hearing that incredible click, click, click of fingertips atop the keyboard. I'd never heard such an incredible sound in my entire lifetime! I knew right there and then I wanted to create my own music...and if I got to kill off someone at the same time, plus create a happily-ever-after, all the better!
Do you have any advice for other writers?
Be true to yourself. Write the stories you want to write. And never, EVER give up.
How does your family feel about having a writer in the family? Do they read your books?
Besides being my best friend, my husband is also my beta reader. I trust his judgment and opinion, and will often seek out his opinion if I find I've written myself into a corner (which is often the case). My daughter is also incredibly supportive. Between the two of them, I have my very own fan club and cheerleading team. I'm incredibly fortunate to have them in my life.
Do you write full time? What did you do before you became a writer? Or Still do?
Before I became a full time author I taught high school art, sold advertising display space for a small town weekly newspaper, and worked for a national brand water company. All were great experiences, but writing really is the ultimate dream job.
Do you have a favorite object that is pertinent to your writing? If so what is it and please describe it.
I've confiscated the small office in our home. Two large bulletin boards don the walls on either side of my computer. My wrap-around corner desk is littered with notebooks, pads of paper, a gazillion pens, and in the middle of that mess is my laptop computer. Also nearby are a number of ceramic cats of varying shapes, sizes and colors. I'm unsure if they're pertinent to my writing process, but they're obviously there for a reason!
Do you have a ritual when it comes to writing?
Coffee comes first. Always!
What main genre do you write in?
Romance, Suspense / Mystery
Anne K. Albert writes romantic suspense stories that chill the spine, warm the heart and soothe the soul...all with a delightful touch of humor.