Thanks for joining me today on Night Owl Romance.
Tammie King of NOR: Could you please start by telling us a little about yourself?
Anne manning: Sure. I'm a Texan by choice and live in San Antonio with my nearly-perfect husband of 30 years and our three children, lovely daughter-in-law, and the menagerie. My writing life began many, many moons ago, when I started trying to write what I later found out were romances. The process sure accelerated once I learned what romances really were. ;-)
In my "real job," I spend my day writing and editing and mentoring the young folks.
Tammie King of NOR: If you could be one of your characters - Who would you be? And why?
Anne manning: We have to go way back to my first book, Rustler's Bride. Martha is a strong, tough woman who has not let bad things break her. And, of course, she is a Texan!
Tammie King of NOR: What's your favorite genre to read?
Anne manning: Historical romance is my absolute favorite, but I also enjoy paranormals.
Tammie King of NOR: Who or what influences you when you write?
Anne manning: I try to take lessons from the writers I admire-Nora Roberts, Jo Beverley, Rebecca Brandewyne (her historicals)-and use the things they do well to improve my own style. I also find that having the right music playing in the background can help to nudge my brain in the right direction.
Tammie King of NOR: When you have writer's block how do you break free?
Anne manning: The very best advice on this is from the great Nora. She doesn't believe in writer's block and I have come to agree with her. Even if nothing much seems to be happening, you have to just putting words down. It's never failed that if I just sit my rear in my chair and start putting the words down, the flow will begin. Sometimes it's not easy to keep going until that happens, but I you keep at it, it will work.
Tammie King of NOR: Please tell us what you have planned next?
Anne manning: I'm working on a sequel to The Raven's Lady. It's a paranormal set in 11th century Ireland with many of the same characters making appearances. I love Ireland and would love to follow this family all the way to today. Bloodlines is also a sequel (though it was written first), where the family has emigrated and settled in Maryland. That could keep me busy for the rest of my life, I think!
Tammie King of NOR: In 5 years, where do you see yourself? -In general and in you're writing career
Anne manning: I'll be retiring from my 'real job' next summer and look forward to devoting myself more completely to my writing. My husband and I want to take the chance to travel, with one destination being Ireland. As long as I can write stories from my heart and hear from readers that they have enjoyed them, I'll be a happy camper.
Tammie King of NOR: Is there a genre of book you would like to write but haven't yet?
Anne manning: I so enjoy the gritty thrillers of Vince Flynn and Joel C. Rosenberg. Naturally, I also enjoy "24" and have been thinking a long time about creating a female protagonist who would be as good at her job as Mitch Rapp (from Flynn's books) or Jack Bauer. That idea just keeps nagging at the edges of my brain.
Tammie King of NOR: When did you first decide to submit your work? Please, tell us what or who encouraged you to take this big step.
Anne manning: This is going to sound awful, I know, but years ago, I read a book that was like a train wreck. I couldn't look away. It wasn't a romance, because the hero and heroine spent two thirds of the book away from one another. I won't go into specifics, because I know every writer must have read one that made her think "I can do better than that!" That's what got me finally writing and, once the book was done-with thoughtful input from critique partners and respected writers who generously read the manuscript-I didn't even stop to think about it. I sent it out and started the next one.
The flip side-and a much more positive view-is to read a book that is so good, it inspires you to try to reach that level. I started out reading Kathleen Woodiwiss, Julie Garwood, Rebecca Brandewyne, Dorothy Garlock and other incredible writers, and would just sigh over the really good parts and think "I wish I could write like that!" When you decide to try to achieve the level of the very best, it's amazing what you can produce.
Tammie King of NOR: What would you like to tell your readers?
Anne manning: Thank you all so much for reading my books and the books of my fellow writers. Without you, we'd be talking to ourselves. We all have webpages and we're in readers groups, so let us know what you want. I promise there's a writer out there who wants to write it for you.
Tammie King of NOR: What would be the best way for readers contact you? Do you have a website? Email address? MySpace site? Blog? Message Board? Group? Anne manning: My website is www.annemanning.com. I have a blog at http://writeranne.blogspot.com/ and my email is firstname.lastname@example.org. I am a member of Classic Romance Revival (www.classicromancerevival.com/blog) where you'll find a whole group of authors who write in "classic" romances. We have a great yahoogroups list, and there are great things going on over there. I'm also on Twitter @annemanning and Facebook.
Thank you for this opportunity!