Today I’m interviewing Ann Brodeur, author of the Christmas novella, Snowbound in Winterberry Falls. Ann, thank you for being my guest today. Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I love books, coffee and Jesus. I’ve been married to my own hero for nearly a decade and we have a house full of kids. Our life is a bit crazy with four littles, but it’s full of blessings and I wouldn’t have it any other way. I don’t watch tv (yeesh! I know…), but I spend those hours either reading or writing a book; however, there is always time for a 1995 BBC version interruption of Pride and Prejudice…. Or maybe a Downton Abbey binge.
What is Snowbound in Winterberry Falls about?
The last person reporter Stephanie Clark expected to be rescued by was the man who abandoned her twelve years prior. Editor-in-Chief Jason Miller regrets everything about walking away from the story that would have defined his career, but ruin Stephanie’s family. A buried story, a powerful senator and a Christmas they soon won’t forget. In a holiday season full of surprises, will they fight for truth and risk losing everything, or learn to have faith again and trust God’s perfect plan?
What was the catalyst for your interest in writing?
It was a nudge from my best friend. I posted recently on Anaiah’s blog about that very thing. I’m thankful she did! https://anaiahpress.wordpress.com/2020/09/24/my-best-friend-made-me-do-it-becoming-a-published-author/
Who was your favorite character to create?
My favourite character to create had to be Mrs. Sweeney, the sweet 87 year old retired teacher. I just love seniors and how they speak their minds without filters. Her character was inspired of two dear women who have passed into glory, but who left a mark on my life.
What does your family think of your writing?
LOL. My kids are happy. They love that Maman is writing and always ask if I’m working on my book when I’m at the computer. My hubby is so encouraging, but he jokes that he’s lost his wife to the literary world. They are super supportive and give me time to write when I ask for it.
Are you part of a writing group?
I joined the Faith Hope Love chapter of Romance Writers of America and American Christian Fiction Writers. Both groups are rich in their members, advice, webinars, tutorials, resources and the list goes on. I’ve learnt quite a bit from joining both groups and don’t want to give either one up because each is so unique in what they have to offer writers at all levels. It’s not so much a group to join per se, but I follow Seekerville on a regular basis and credit them with a good chunk of what I’ve gleaned about writing a good story.
Who was the first person you allowed to read your completed book?
My neighbor! She’s an avid reader and has similar tastes in authors, so I knew I could trust her opinion.
If you didn’t write books, what would you do for a living?
I’d clean my house! LOL We’re homeschooling through COVID-19 so there isn’t anything else I’d be doing. I can’t imagine not writing though – even if I was working outside the home.
What’s next for you as an author?
Book two of Winterberry Falls is currently on submission and waiting contest results (it placed 2nd in the Orange County RWA Emerging Writers 2020 Contest and is a finalist in the Florida West Coast Writers 2020 Contest). While I’m waiting, I’m working an historical romance set in Montreal, Canada in 1910. This book is in the sketch/research stage, but I’m excited about the project.
Where can readers find you online?
I have a website with newsletter sign-up, blog posts, book reviews and anything and everything about the writer-me; Facebook page and Pinterest page.
Snowbound in Winterberry Falls
will be released on November 6, 2020 from Anaiah Press.