Okay, since Ane Mulligan is one of my best friends you may think I am pushing her debut novel because I love her so much. But, even if I didn't know Ane at all, I would still say Chapel Springs Revival is a must read.
I'm tickled to have her as my guest on my blog today and be part of her blog tour. So let's get started!
Ane, did you always know you would be a writer?
No way did I ever think the stories I told as a kid (back then they called it lying) and played out for weeks with my dolls, would someday become books. I cut my authorial teeth as a playwright.
I was Creative Arts director for my church and wrote my first script in 1996. After we performed it, I was encouraged to send it to a publisher. I did and they bought that one and everything I sent them afterwards.
The hubs said I spent so much on books I ought to write one. I realized that was God's call, because as soon as Hubs said those words, an idea dropped into my otherwise empty mind.
Plays are a far cry from novels. How did you learn?
First, I found an online Christian critique group and a few mentors, who told me plainly I had a lot to learn. What an understatement. POV? Never heard the term. Omniscient? That's what God was. Show don't tell? How do I tell a story without telling?
Yikes! Yet, with each critique, I absorbed a new concept. I bought every writing craft book they recommended, read them, and absorbed more.
What’s one of the most important things you’ve learned about writing fiction?
Absolutely the top thing I’ve learned is motivation is the key to plotting and real characters. Make the motivation right and readers will relate to your characters and will follow them through anything.
Writing is a sedentary occupation. What do you do for exercise?
I have a walking route I like. It starts at the coffee pot, goes through the refrigerator and past the chocolate cupboard before ending up at my writing chair. What do you mean that doesn't count? Okay, I go to the gym three times a week with a good friend who feeds me story fodder.
So, tell my readers 3 fun things they might not know about you.
I sing in a community choir of 130 senior citizens. Hubs is the senior, I’m not. I’m still 35. Hey, I took that online Real Age test and I’m 35...perpetually.
I once wrote humorous advertising poems for a commercial roofer.
I sat in Maggie Thatcher's seat in the House of Commons dining room in London while the luncheon guest of Lord Graham.
Wow, I don't know about you, but I'm impressed. Not everyone gets to sit in Maggie Thatcher's seat!
Here's a blurb about the story to whet your appitite!
Chapel Springs Revival
With a friend like Claire, you need a gurney, a mop, and a guardian angel.
Everybody in the small town of Chapel Springs, Georgia, knows best friends Claire and Patsy. It's impossible not to, what with Claire's zany antics and Patsy's self-appointed mission to keep her friend out of trouble. And trouble abounds. Chapel Springs has grown dilapidated and the tourist trade has slackened. With their livelihoods threatened, they join forces to revitalize the town. No one could have guessed the real issue needing restoration is their marriages.
With their personal lives in as much disarray as the town, Claire and Patsy embark on a mission of mishaps and miscommunication, determined to restore warmth to Chapel Springs —and their lives. That is if they can convince their husbands and the town council, led by two curmudgeons who would prefer to see Chapel Springs left in the fifties and closed to traffic.
While a large, floppy straw hat is her favorite, Ane has worn many different ones: hairdresser, legislative affairs director (that's a fancy name for a lobbyist), drama director, playwright, humor columnist, and novelist. Her lifetime experience provides a plethora of fodder for her Southern-fried fiction (try saying that three times fast). She firmly believes coffee and chocolate are two of the four major food groups. President of the award-winning literary site, Novel Rocket, Ane resides in Suwanee, GA, with her artist husband, her chef son, and two dogs of Biblical proportion. You can find Ane on her Southern-fried Fiction website, Google+, Facebook, Goodreads, Twitter, and Pinterest.
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