Welcome to my blog, Ann! I'm looking forward to hearing more about you and I'm so happy to have written a guest post FIVE STEPS TO WRITING A NOVEL for your blog today.
What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Spending time with my family, which continues to grow. My daughter is expecting twins in April.
In one sentence, how would you describe your book to someone who knows nothing about it?
The Berton Hotel delves into the mystery of a woman, who disappeared in the 1930s from a prominent Texas hotel, and her great-granddaughter’s quest to find out what happened to her.
What are your strengths as a writer?
The one comment I have consistently heard from readers is that they have a feel for where the story takes place and are immersed quickly into the location and the story.
Even more than writing the dreaded synopsis, I hate outlining. Do you outline your books?
I start writing a chapter or two. I step back and take a look at where the story is going and then write an outline. I find it helps when I need to change something in the story or add a character.
Czechoslovakian author Milan Kundera, when interviewed by Lois Oppenheim, said, “I understood one very simple thing: an author, once quoted by a journalist, is no longer master of his word." At what point do you think a story no longer belongs to the author?
Once you have an agent and/or editor your story is no longer yours. That’s why I prefer to self-publish. I have many author friends whose books were changed so much by their agent/editor that they “lost” characters and ended up in an entirely different genre.
Ann, I agree with you that one of the many joys of blogging is that you can make new friends all over the world. Talk about a global village! And good luck to your daughter in April with her expected twins. You'll have a double dose of joy!
You can connect with Ann on her website www.annsummerville.com or her blog www.cozyintexas.blogspot.com or on Twitter @cozyintexas.
The Berton Hotel is available on Amazon in paperback and Kindle. Other e-reader formats are on Smashwords.com.