Please welcome Ann Summerville.
Ann, you set your book, A Graceful Death, in Cornwall, England, where you once lived. Did you still have to do research or did you depend on memory?
The descriptions were from memory. There was an unusually high tide when I lived there. The shops stacked sandbags outside their businesses. It was deep enough for the lifeboat to drift through the main street. Even though it has been a long time since I lived on the Cornish coast, my memories are still vivid. It’s a beautiful county and although the tourist industry is very present, there are still many areas that have not changed for hundreds of years. Occasionally, I’ll include a news story from the local paper The West Briton. Fortunately, it’s available online.Kindle and Smashwords. Do you have an eReader? Will you expand the formats so that your books are available on other eReaders?
I’m having separation anxiety parting with paper, but I’m sure one day I’ll jump in with both feet and purchase an e-reader. There are many different formats of High Tide available on Smashwords.comThis month to celebrate the release of High Tide, you’re reducing the price to $2.99 for all e-reader downloads and giving away three books on your site. A lot of authors are worried about having to do the majority of their book’s promotion. What other things are you doing to get the word out about your books?
I’m concentrating on the blog tour at the moment and blogging is my main avenue for getting the word out. After I get a chance to take a breath, I’ll look into doing local book signings. I have contacted some stores and my books are currently available at The British Emporium in Grapevine. Book promotions help in several ways. I’m finding a lot about my readers and what they are looking for which I think publishers often lose sight of. Although I love writing, I love hearing that someone has enjoyed my books even more.What part of writing do you enjoy most? Research? The first draft? The dialogue? Seeing the characters come to life on the page? Something else?
I enjoy getting to know my characters and seeing the story come to life. Sometimes it changes dramatically in the second draft.What’s next? Are you writing another book? Or maybe you’re busy with promoting High Tide?
I’ve always been intrigued with the Baker Hotel in Mineral Wells. There are so many stories swirling around the abandoned structure and I thought it would be a great setting for a mystery. I’m working on the second draft now.Thank you Ann!
You can catch Ann on her blog, Cozy in Texas, or her website. You can also ask her a question here in the comments section.