ANN SHOREY MEETS JOY'S JOYFUL~JOURNAL
THIS IS AN EXCITING DAY FOR YOU,
THE READERS OF
Setting off a two~month blog~fest of author features/new releases and a special visit from an author who's on a blog tour of her own ~ but that's later in the month. For now, let's concentrate on Week 1 and. . .
In the early fall of 2010 I had the privilege of responding to a call for influencers for an historical romance novel. I contacted the author via email and asked to be considered as an influencer and was answered shortly afterwards. I was told to expect the book to come in March or April of 2011. I put the note aside and went on about the business of creating my blog, getting involved in the E-Course loop, Prayer Loop and of course the great group I'd found in Scribes ~ all connections within my membership of ACFW and it's wonderful group of published and unpublished agents, editors and writers.
This Spring I saw an announcement about a new release coming out and the author is Ann Shorey. I immediately remembered my offer to become an influencer for the multi~published author and went to my file folders. THERE IT WAS! I emailed Ann and requested an interview to coincide as closely as possible with her new release and was graciously accepted right away.
So, dear readers and followers, it is with my pleasure and gratitude I'm able to announce the kick~off of our Spring Blog~Fest with a new release and April's first great author ~ Ann Shorey.
Join us now as we discuss the writer and the work.
Allow me to introduce Ann to you, the readers:
Ann Shorey has been a story collector for most of her life, and has been a
full~time writer for over twenty years. Her writing has appeared in,
CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE GRANDMA'S SOUL
Adam's Media CUP OF COMFORT Series.
She made her fiction debut with Book One in the At Home in Beldon Grove Series, which "THE EDGE OF LIGHT" released January 2009.
Book Two in the series, "THE PROMISE OF MORNING" came out in 2010 and
"THE DAWN OF A DREAM"
Third in the series, releases this month, April 2011.
Ann is tempted to thank Peet's coffee and Dove choco~
lates when she writes the acknowledgments for her books.
When Ann isn't writing, she teaches classes on historical
research, story arc, and other fiction fundamentals at
regional conferences. She and her husband live in southern
Ann may be contacted thorugh her website, www.annshorey.com which also contains her blog.
http://annshory.blogspot.com/ or find her on facebook at
Now, I want to give you, the readers an opportunity to learn from her own words who Ann Shorey really is and many things about her writing.
Ann, please tell us something about you, the person, Ann Shorey ~
I was widowed in the 1980's, and sometime later the Lord brought another wonderful man into my life. My husband and I have been married for twenty years this month. We're empty nesters, so we spoil our dog. :)
We live in Oregon. I grew up on the southern coast of our beautiful state and now live a couple hours inland. As an adult, I lived in northern California for a number of years. I feel blessed to live where we do -- we're a couple hours from the ocean, and an equal distance from Crater Lake National Park in the Cascade mountains.
What one thing about you would your readers be most surprised to find out?
I can wiggle my nose and my ears -- just not at the same time! My kids thought it was a great trick, but I haven't found much demand for nose-and-ear wigglers, so turned to writing fiction instead. :)
Shucks, Ann, I can't do either the nose or ear wiggling and my writing isn't near as advanced as yours.
Speaking of writing, tell us what prompted you to become a writer (other than not finding work with the ear and nose trick)?
I've always loved playing with words. My high school English teacher told me I should be a writer, but wiser heads insisted I find a career where I could earn a living wage. the writing urge wouldn't go away, however, and over the years I've taken college writing courses and private classes, in addition to attending many writer's conferences and soakin gup all of the instruction offered in the workshops.
Back to some of your personal information, do you have a special place where you like to write?
We've converted an unused bedroom into an office for me. It's painted in a restful color, and just this last month I got a new desk chair with super powers ;), and had bookshelves made to cover one wall to store all my research books and other writing paraphernalia. Just coming in here makes me happy!
I can relate to that ~ my husband helped me do the same for my 'library'. In fact, I have 'keeper' shelves where I have fiction books from many Christian authors and your "THE DAWN OF A DREAM" has a place of honor on one of them.
What genre do you write in?
I write historical fiction. I had a number of nonficiton articles published before I turned to fiction, as my bio mentioned.
What do you most look forward to writing about?
I like changing settings from one series to another. The research process is one of the highlights (for me) of writing historical fiction. It's fascinating to learn about different parts of our country.
Do you follow any specific form in your writing or are you a 'panster'?
The more books I write, the more I realize the importance of having some kind of an outline before beginning.
First, I create my main characters, then draw a story arc (yes, I literally draw it on a legal pad). After that, I write a two~page synopsis, then start chapter one. Of course, many changes happen along the way, so once I start the story, I'm more seat~of~the~pants.
What, if any, are the obstacles you find to writing?
Time is the biggest obstacle -- there's not enough of it. Of course, if I spent less time on Facebook, I might accomplish more on my manuscripts.
What message do you want most to convey in your books, Ann?
I hope each novel carries a Biblical truth, but overall God's faithfulness is the most important message in all my books.
All good things must some time come to an end, but before we finish our conversation, is there anything you'd like to add? Something I may have forgotten to ask?
Id' love to have your readers visit my website, http://annshorey.com/ , and sign up for the (very) occasional newsletter. They can follow me on Facebook at,
Ann, it's been a pleasure having you answer my 'nosey' (not wiggling) questions and for being so generous as to spend the time doing so.
Thank you for hositng me on your blog, Joy! I've enjoyed your questions.
THE DAWN OF A DREAM HAS BEEN RELEASED ~ GET IT!
If you're like me, it's not near as fun reading the last book in a series first ~ so make sure you purchase all three of the
AT HOME IN BELDON GROVE BOOKS
My first male featured author and his book (to be released the day of our interview), Eddie Snipes
Be sure to leave your comments for Ann and this first Spring Blog~Fest Feature!
Thanks for stopping by.