I’m delighted to welcome author and fellow blogger Ann Summerville back to Thoughts in Progress as the special guest blogger today as she makes a stop on her virtual book tour for her latest release.
Ann’s newest book is HIGH TIDE, the second installment in the Lowenna series. Here’s a brief synopsis of the book: Giovanna Matthews settles happily into the English west country village of Lowenna, but a storm is about to rock her world. Distressing the ladies from the knitting circle, a body drifts in with a high tide and unconvinced the death is an accident, Gia leaves no pebble unturned while sleuthing her way around the village. Her delving further disrupts village life much to the distress of many villagers who want every rock to stay firmly in place. Meanwhile, her boyfriend, David, has an unwelcome visitor who threatens to unravel the bonds that tie him and Gia. Can Gia solve the mystery and encourage the visitor to leave before her anchor in the village is uprooted and she too is cast out to sea?
Ann has stopped by to answer some questions about herself and her writing.
Mason - Tell us a little about yourself?
Ann - I was born in London, spent my childhood there and moved to the U.S. in the 1980s. I have always enjoyed writing, which started with long, embellished letters to my aunts as a child. The past five years I’ve learned more about the craft of writing novels, joined a critique group and attended many conferences. HIGH TIDE is my third published cozy mystery.
Mason - How do you come up with a story?
Ann - I usually think about a story long before putting pen to paper. Sometimes I may come up with an idea from a newspaper article or from a conversation.
Mason - Do you have an ending in mind when you start writing?
Ann - Not always. Sometimes it changes as the story progresses.
Mason - What advice would you give new authors?
Ann - Don’t take rejection seriously. All opinions are subjective. Keep working and learn from well known published authors. If you have doubts about something, study a novel in the same genre. Look for a critique group in your area or online.
Mason - Where is HIGH TIDE available?
Ann - The printed copy is available on Amazon. For e-readers it’s available on Kindle and on other formats on Smashwords.com.
Mason - How can readers find out more about you?
Ann - My blog: www.cozyintexas.blogspot.com, my website www.annsummerville.com and by email firstname.lastname@example.org Thanks Mason for inviting me.
Ann, it’s always great to have you here. HIGH TIDE is an interesting mystery filled with suspense, humor and romance. Gia is a fun protagonist.
Ann’s short stories and flash fiction have been published in Long Story Short, The Shine Journal, Doorknobs & Bodypaint Anthology, Associated Content, Trinity Writer’s Workshop newsletters and also their collection of Christmas stories. A member of Cowtown Crimesolvers, the Fort Worth Chapter of Sisters in Crime, Ann is currently working on her latest cozy mystery set in a Texas town.
Do you enjoy a little humor and romance with your mystery? If you’re a writer, what are your thoughts on rejection?
* Sorry for the delay in posting today, we had severe storms last night.