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Month: November 2012

Interview: Anna Brentwood

Welcome to Readers Write to Know!  I asked you, my readers, what questions they would ask their favorite authors if given the chance.  This week, I am SO happy to introduce to you author Anna Brentwood.  I LOVE Anna’s story to publication.  It is absolutely inspiring.  Her books sound amazing (and I have to tell you — her cover is brilliant).  I hope you enjoy her interview as much as I did.  You can find links to connect with Anna at the end of the interview.

About Me:

I am a bookworm and avid reader so writing was a natural evolution for me. An active professional member of Willamette Writers, RWA and the Rose City Romance Writers, I was recognized as a writing PRO by Romance Writers of America in 2002. I began writing with the intent to be professional in 1996 after being lured to the Oregon wilderness by my desire to write and my former-Navy Seal husband and then two young children.

I grew up in West Philadelphia (which accounts for the accent & it is NOT New York or New Jersey-lol!) and graduated from Philadelphia’s, University of the Arts where I pursued a successful and versatile career in children’s book illustration, graphic arts, publications and public relations in Southern California before moving to Oregon.

My debut novel, ‘The Songbird with the Sapphire Eyes’ first began as a series of dreams that so haunted me they became a personal quest to explore possible past life memories. The journey was both eerie and exciting and the manuscript finaled and won second place in the Women’s Fiction category of the 2006 Tara Awards.

I am inspired to write about interesting characters whose lives take them on journeys we can all enjoy and perhaps learn something meaningful from and I am blessed to live on 45 wooded acres in one of Oregon’s enchanted forests. Our home contains an interesting array of Flapper and Prohibition memorabilia inspired by my obsession with the era, and I am busy gearing up for my next novel, a sequel to ‘The Songbird with Sapphire Eyes’ that will take readers on a journey through the 1940’s with Hannah’s son, wartime hero, playboy and New York mobster, Anthony Gallo.

About The Songbird With Sapphire Eyes:

Speakeasies. Gangsters. Flappers. In 1918, Kansas City is Sin City. Forced to leave home at age fourteen, beautiful Hannah Glidden struggles to survive but with help from her childhood friend, Meg, mistress to a wealthy married man and the irrepressible, flapper extraordinaire, Rosie she thrives as a cabaret singer.

The early 20’s roared. Fortunes were made or lost in a single night, and criminals mingled with kings. Neither the government nor Prohibition could stop the flow of alcohol or the lure of the “good life.” Handsome rum runner Johnny Gallo is part of New York’s large, growing criminal empire where the sky is the limit. The ruthless Gallo has a knack for knowing the right people, and a single-minded devotion to getting what he wants. And, he wants Hannah.

Hannah goes with Johnny to Al Capone’s Chicago and eventually to Brooklyn, New York. where she basks in the glamorous shadow world of gangsters and their gals. Johnny becomes a force to be reckoned with, but in time the free-spirited Hannah clashes with her controlling lover.

She faces the dark side of her dreams but dares to defy Johnny despite the dangers and unwittingly discovers that for her, dying just might be the only true path to freedom after all.

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Interview: K.R. Morrison

Welcome to Readers Write to Know!  I asked you, my readers, what questions they would ask their favorite authors if given the chance.  This week, I’m excited to introduce to you K.R. Morrison.  K.R.’s book, Be Not Afraid, sounds absolutely fascinating.  I read the first chapter on her blog, and was immediately intrigued by the concept of a Christian Horror novel, as well as her setting.  Plus, she’s in the Willamette  Valley, which is where my parents are from and is also one of my favorite places in the world, so that makes her extra cool to me.  Please enjoy her interview as much as I did.

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

Born and raised in California, I lived among friends and family for 30 years. Then I did what I previously deemed the unthinkable—I moved out of state. I had no intention of ever doing this, until the Loma Prieta earthquake of 1989 dislodged my comfort zone—along with the neighbors’ hot water heaters and toilets. Scary—but the worst thing was the series of aftershocks that did not stop until three months later. So here I am in Oregon, surrounded by volcanoes. Oh yes, much safer…and I should mention we are still parked over a major fault. Sigh.

I love it here, though. I am surrounded by beautiful scenery and wonderful people. My husband and I have raised two terrific kids, both adults now. Besides writing, which is something fairly recent, I love to walk (any weather), work in my yard, quilt, and go to the beach. I’ve just put my vegetable garden to bed for the winter, and I’m watching my cold-weather plants as they start to wake up. The Willamette Valley is a perfect place for year-round gardening. As long as you don’t mind working in the rain.

Tell us about your current release.

My one and only finished/published book is “Be Not Afraid”, which is a rather ironic title. I’ve had people tell me they had nightmares or couldn’t sleep after reading it. But then again, some have taken the faith-based components to heart and have had their own faith strengthened. This may be considered a “niche” book by a lot of people. It is horror, because demonic evil is that very thing, but it is also very inspiring because of the ending. There are elements to it that bring the reader back out of that chasm of evil and into the light, giving hope to those who read it. There are so many books out now that almost seem to give honor to the darkness—this book does not.

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