You can visit Anne's website, http://www.annegreeneauthor.com. Her books can be purchased at WhiteRosePublishing.com and on Amazon. Her blog is also on her website.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
ANNE GREENE delights in writing about wounded heroes and gutsy heroines. She writes both historical and suspense novels. After falling in love with several countries and their people, Anne set a number of her books in exotic locations. She and her hero husband, Army Special Forces Colonel Larry Greene, have visited twenty-five countries, including three communist countries. A visit to Scotland resulted in her newest book release, Masquerade Marriage, published by White Rose Publishing. When she’s not deployed with her husband, Anne makes her home in McKinney, Texas. Two of her four children live nearby. Tim LaHaye led her to the Lord when she was twenty-one and Chuck Swindoll is her Pastor. In 1990, Anne graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor’s degree in Literary Studies from the University of Texas, Dallas. Her highest hope is that her stories transport the reader to an awesome new world and touch hearts to seek a deeper spiritual relationship with the Lord Jesus.
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A SECRET LIST
To protect his loved ones and escape the dark fate of his brothers, a noted warrior abandons his identity. Hiding from relentless soldiers who want him dead, Brody MacCaulay vows to protect the woman he loves more than life, more than freedom, more than Scotland. But his presence throws her into danger.
A VOW HONORED
To escape an arranged marriage to an abusive noble, a Lowland Lady weds a stranger to save his life. But vows spoken do not make a marriage, especially when Megan MacMurry holds a different love inside her heart.
A SACRIFICE MADE
Outlawed, and with a price on his head, Brody condemns himself to a life of heartbreak without Megan. Wanting her desperately, knowing he can't have her, he heads alone to certain death...
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EXCERPT FROM MASQUERADE MARRIAGE
Like a determined hero, the fugitive warrior strode through the door at the far end of the tiny stone kirk.
Megan’s eyes widened. Her clenched jaw relaxed. Some of her dread dissolved.
“Impressive.” Molly, Megan’s Irish maid, whispered from where they stood together in the vestibule.
He stopped in front of the hand-carved altar and half-turned toward her. Megan pulled in an uneven breath. This Highlander, wearing formal kilts, was no scrawny lad grown older, nor was he a big, hairy Scot with a bushy beard. The tall, strapping soldier stood with legs braced as if about to do battle.
Her heart skipped. Though she’d known Brody when she wore short skirts, this blond warrior was far more than she expected. Her pulse throbbed in her temples. Doubt niggled her brain. Brody was too tall, too obviously a Highlander. How could she hope to pass him off as a Lowland Laird? He appeared to have too big a chip on his shoulder to let her command him.
Brody’s thick sandy hair swept the collar of his linen shirt. Lace-trimmed cuffs matched the white jabot at his muscular throat. A silver broach clasped his crimson and black tartan to his wide right shoulder. His claymore, dirk, and thick sword belt startled her.
Megan suppressed a shudder. The English outlawed kilts. With his dress, Brody spat in the face of the English and further imperiled his life. Why?
His intense sapphire stare blazed a trail across the empty wooden pews toward her. His eyes made her feel dizzy as if she just danced a fast reel with a lively partner.
Molly grinned and handed Megan the bridal flowers.
What had she gotten herself into?
Love that excerpt. Thank you, Anne, for sharing that with us. Can you let us in on the reasons you wrote this book?
Why I Wrote Masquerade Marriage
During a long visit to the Highlands and Lowlands of Scotland I became intrigued with why Highland Clans no longer occupied the Highlands. You’ll find the surprising answer in my book Masquerade Marriage. I’m of Scottish ancestry as are so many Americans, and bagpipes music makes my heart sing. I fell in love with the awesome country and the friendly, complex people. So, being a writer, of course I had to write of what I knew. I love the clear fresh air, the handsome people, the amazing openness of the country, the castles, and the Scots' violent, adventurous history. In the next few years I plan to add Cailin and Fiona’s love stories to Megan’s legendary love.
I also write contemporary suspense novels. I have a sassy detective novel, a modern day cowboy suspense, and a Coast Guard mystery, all set in my home state of Texas in the works. Did you know parts of the Civil War were fought in the west? I have a novel in the pipes that is a second book of a family saga which occurred in Talaquah, Oklahoma. I also have a World War II Women Pilots love story. I’d love to know if you prefer historical novels to contemporary novels. I’m taking a poll, so could you leave a comment?
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Do you have any advice for beginning writers on how to write a book? Do you have any advice for them regarding promoting that book once published?
Beginning writers have so much help these days. Join a writing group like Faith, Hope & Love and American Christian Fiction Writers. There she will find enormous help and support. She will find classes on everything from writing query letters to sending out proposals. And she can join a critique group who will help her hone her writing skills. She can send her work to contests and receive fantastic feedback on improving her work. She might even get an invite to send a full manuscript and get a contract.
The writer would be way ahead of the game if, before she nears publication she sets up a website and a blog. These days a writer must publicize her book as well as write an awesome story. With a blog, facebook, and website she can develop her own group of followers who will, one hopes, want to buy her book when it is released.
Do you have any writing idiosyncrasies?
I’m such a perfectionist, I have to have my house cleaned, my workroom tidy, and my little Lhasa Apso at my feet before I can sit down at my computer. I need a hot cup of tea in the winter and a diet coke in the summer. Because I don’t want to gain weight (a writer’s malady from sitting for hours in front of the computer), I don’t eat any yummy chocolate or any food when I’m writing. Instead I chew gum. I chew a lot of gum. I usually work in four to six hour stretches and I try to get up every two to three hours to get the blood running, but I get so involved in my story-that doesn’t happen! I try to get some exercise before I begin work, but get so obsessed with the story, the exercise sits on the shelf. When I’ve written myself into a corner with no way out for the characters, I sleep on it. Usually in the morning, I’ve had a break-through dream. If that doesn’t work, a bubble bath sometimes gives me the right ideas. I’d rather write my stories than go to a movie, watch TV, or read someone else’s book. I get really obsessive.
How have your friends and family received your career as an author?
My husband from the beginning has been my staunch supporter. I can’t say enough good things about the ways he helps me. He’s an encylopedia of knowledge, and knows how to spell, and punctuate. Before I had a critique group he was my critiquer. As a published author, he tells everyone he sees about my books, and hands out my cards. My immediate family takes my writing in stride, not impressed, not unimpressed. When I finally tell them I’m a published author, my friends are astounded. I seldom to never talk about where I spend my days and what book I’m working on.
What’s the most challenging aspect of writing for you? POV issues; using too much passive voice and not enough active words; active dialogue, or something else?
The most challenging aspect is the publicity. I love to spend my time writing, not selling.
If you didn’t write, what would you do?
I’d like to be an archaeologist. I’d love to spend time on a dig and unearth treasures of the past. I like the camping out with like-minded people who get their hands dirty and keep their minds agile. I’d like to sit around at night after a profitable day in the field and discuss larger than life characters who made a mark in time.
Why do you write in your specific genres?
I love history—and mystery. These are the types of books I enjoy, both to learn something new and to exercise my puzzle-solving bent. All my books include suspense and mystery, even the Historical Romances like Masquerade Marriage. My books always include adventure, romance and suspense with a large dose of characters learning their most important lessons.
What is you least favorite aspect of writing?
I love it all. I love the initial meeting the characters and finding out what they want to do. I love fleshing out backgrounds and settings. I love watching the characters and transcribing their actions to the page. I love rewrites and working with words to express exact meanings. I love polishing to see if I can make the story even better. My least favorite aspect of writing is the publicity part. It’s not enough these days for a writer to tell an awesome story, the writer must also sell that story to readers, and get her name known. That means book signings and making public appearances. That’s hard for most writers who would prefer to be sitting quietly at home rather than being the center of attention at some store or library.
What other books have you written? I particularly like the sound of your sassy detective, please will you give us some teasers about these books?
My sassy detective is a bit like the Janet Evanovich character, Stephanie Plum, except Holly Gardens is a Christian with a Christian world view, and she has two men deeply in love with her. She rescues both of them, but having been dumped at the altar by a third, is unwilling to risk her heart again. This is a first book in a series of mysteries that she and the two male detectives solve. Each contains the growing tension of which man will ultimately win Holly. Holly’s overriding passion is to be a light in the dark underbelly of society as she solves mysteries. She’s also out to find the culprit who murdered her detective father and painted him as a drug dealer. Each mystery she solves brings her a little closer to finding her father’s killer and taking the detective agency out of the red.
How long have you known that you were a writer? Did you receive a clear “call?” Or have you just loved writing all your life?
I’ve always wanted to be a writer. But when my youngest left the nest for college, I took serious inventory of my life to see what I wanted to do besides sell real estate and run a photography studio. After serious prayer, I talked with a Psychologists friend who questioned me on what I loved to do. I never mentioned writing, but after hearing my many answers, he said writing looked like the best career choice for me. I was so surprised and delighted to receive this audible answer to my prayers.
How do you spend your writing days?
Mornings I work out at the gym, do my errands, cook, and clean my house. Then I write from approximately 1:00 to either 5:00 or 6:00 pm if I have an appointment that night (singing – social, etc) or 9:00 pm to 10:00 pm if I have no appointments. Sometimes I don’t work that late, I relax and watch TV or play games. I’m an avid game player. But whenever possible I write six to eight hours a day, excluding Sunday.
Can you give us a general idea of how long it takes you to write a novel?
If I’m under deadline I can write an 85,000 word novel in six months or less.
What is the spiritual message in your book?
God is in control. A person doesn’t always see God’s hand working in their lives unless they look back in wonder at what God has done. Discovering God’s will for one’s life is both vastly rewarding and extremely helpful.
Do you do much research?
I do a great deal of research for all my books, including the contemporary ones. I always visit the setting and get some good pictures. Then I find books about the history and time. Small details I research on the internet, but the important ones come from non-fiction books. I am extremely careful in my research because if a reader discovers one error, then I lose credibility. If I’m writing detective, I have a detective look over the manuscript before I send it out. If I’m writing WW11 stories, I find someone who has been there. I always find a person who has done the job I’m writing about to look over the finished manuscript. Of course, when I go further back into history I have to rely solely on the non-fiction books. But I enjoy research and often do far more than I ever use in any one book.
Thanks so very much for interviewing me!
Anne, you're welcome. I enjoyed the interview and learning more about you and your work!