ANN SHOREY has been a full-time writer for over twenty years. Her writing has appeared in Chicken Soup for the Grandma’s Soul, and in the Adams Media Cup of Comfort series. She made her fiction debut with The Edge of Light, Book One in the At Home in Beldon Grove series. The Sisters at Heart series is her latest offering. She’s tempted to thank Peet’s coffee and Dove chocolates when she writes the acknowledgments for her books. She may be contacted through her website, www.annshorey.com, which also contains her blog, http://annshorey.blogspot.com/ or find her on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/AnnShorey.
Ann has graciously offered to giveaway a copy of her book. TO BE ENTERED IN THE DRAWING please answer the question: If you (the reader) could live in any time period when and where would that be and why? I'm so glad to have you here today, Ann. I just finished your book and loved it. Readers, this is a book you will love. Ann does a great job of taking you back to the reconstruction period following the Civil War. Splurge on yourself and buy this book! Now to the interview...
Where are you right now (LVR, DR, Bathroom) and what are you wearing? You have to tell the truth.
Ha! I’m in my office, wearing my bathrobe. Haven’t had breakfast yet. Hubby left early this morning, and I ran upstairs to catch up on email, Facebook, etc. Here I am an hour later!
If you could be any character in any literary book who would you be and why?
Right now, I’m thinking I’d like to be Mary Poppins. I don’t know for sure if a children’s book counts as literary, but it would be fun to magically accomplish tasks. Think how clean my house would be.
What is something that very few people know about you?
Down under my outgoing “meet and greet” persona lurks a shy person who’d rather remain on the sidelines and watch.
If you could live in any time period when and where would that be and why?
That’s a tough question! In spite of the current problems in the world, I think I’d like to live right here and now. I considered saying “the 1950’s,” because that was a peaceful era, but I’m used to the advances both society and science have made since then.
If you could visit any place in the world where would you go and why?
I’d love to go back to Australia and New Zealand with enough time and money to travel everywhere in that fascinating part of the world. I’d also love to visit Africa. I know that’s two places, but I couldn’t make up my mind. Then there’s Scotland, where my great-grandfather was born . . . Hmmm. With enough time and money, I could do it all. J
If you could meet any person alive or dead who would that be and why? (excluding the Lord)
I’d love to have the opportunity to meet my great-grandmother and spend time having her tell me about her life. She was married right after the War Between the States, traveled the Oregon Trail with her husband and four young children, then homesteaded in Washington Territory. Her life is full of stories!
What is the hardest part in writing a story?
Sometimes it’s the blank screen! Overall, the hardest part is dealing with interruptions. Keeping a story alive in my mind when I have to stop writing for any reason is a challenge. I keep a chapter log going, and have a synopsis to follow, but still have to backtrack to pick up the thread. Very time-consuming.
What is the funniest, strangest, or most interesting thing you have learned when doing research?
Since I write about women of the 19th Century, one of the most interesting things to me is how they dressed. Corsets, shifts, petticoats, hoops, dresses with acres of fabric, special outfits for morning (I mean the hours before noon), paying calls, etc. I can’t imagine wearing all that, much less keeping it clean without a washer and a dryer.
What is your favorite material item that you own (examples: ipod, Gone with the Wind book, grandmother’s rocking chair)
I had to stop and think what I’d rescue in case of fire, and decided that would be the photograph albums of my daughter’s babyhood and school years. They’re irreplaceable.
Thank you for inviting me to visit your blog, Debbie Lynne! I’ve enjoyed answering your questions. Readers, if you’d like to learn more about my books, please visit my website at www.annshorey.com.
The War Between the States stole a father and brother from Faith Lindberg—as well as Royal Baxter, the man she wanted to marry. With only her grandfather left, she dreams of leaving Noble Springs, Missouri, and traveling west to Oregon to start a new life, away from the memories that haunt her. But first she must convince her grandfather to sell the family's mercantile and leave a town their family has called home for generations.
When Royal Baxter suddenly returns, Faith allows herself to hope that she and Royal will finally wed. But does he truly love her? Or will another man claim her heart?