A Blog Tour Welcome to Anne K. Albert
April 27, 2012
Anne, so glad to be visiting with you again. I know you’ve done a lot of tours, and with your guidance, I’m beginning to feel like a pro! And thank you for so thoughtfully answering my questions…
Anne K. Albert’s award winning stories chill the spine, warm the heart and soothe the soul…all with a delightful touch of humor. A member of Romance Writers of America, Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, and married to her high school sweetheart for more than a quarter of a century, it’s a given she’d write mystery and romantic suspense. When not writing she loves to travel, visit friends and family, and of course, read using ‘Threegio’ her cherished and much beloved Kindle 3G!
Challenges – Self-confidence has always been my Achilles heel. I first recognized it as a problem when the guest speaker at a writer’s workshop stated it’s natural for a writer to be her number one fan. Everyone else in the audience clapped and applauded that statement.Me? I realized I was my greatest and most ardent critic! Even when my stories placed in the top three or won a writing contest, I’d rationalize there were so few entries that my story was simply the best of the worst!That changed during the summer of 2009. It was taking me forever to read a book written by a well known author (who shall remain nameless). I didn’t care about the protagonist. The author’s use of language pulled me out of the story. Reading was work. Finally, frustrated and annoyed, I tossed the book aside and vowed not to read another word.
“I can write better than that,” I said. While I’d muttered that before, I realized this time I meant every word. I could write a better story. In fact, I’d written five. But where were they? Collecting dust in my home office.
I polished them until they shone, and resubmitted. Two months later, I had a publishing contract.
Has my self confidence soared? A little. The truth is I’ll never be an ego-maniac, but I’ve come to appreciate my talent. When FRANK, INCENSE AND MURIEL, first book of my Muriel Reeves Mysteries, received the 2011 Holt Medallion Award of Merit, I had to face the reality that perhaps I was indeed a writer!
All joking aside, here’s the story blurb:
FRANK, INCENSE AND MURIEL is set the week before Christmas when the stress of the holidays is enough to frazzle anyone’s nerves. Tensions increase when a friend begs Muriel to team up with a sexy private investigator to find a missing woman. Forced to deal with an embezzler, kidnapper, and femme fatale is bad enough, but add Muriel’s zany yet loveable family to the mix and their desire to win the coveted D-DAY (Death Defying Act of the Year) Award, and the situation can only get worse.
On the horizon – More than anything, I want to find a happy medium between online self promotion and actual writing time. I failed to meet my goal of releasing one book per year in 2011, and I’m determined 2012 will not end in a similar fashion! So, when the Mystery We Write blog tour ends, I’m hunkering down and focusing on completing the next book of the Piedmont Island Trilogy series. Next, I’ll begin work on book two of the Muriel Reeves Mysteries.
Satisfaction – Besides the rush that happens during the actual writing process, when everything flows and is smooth as silk, I enjoy meeting people. Whether in person or online, I’ve gotten to know some fascinating individuals since the publication of my first book. They’ve enriched my life in countless ways, and I’m very grateful for this incredible opportunity.
Thanks so much, Madeline. It’s always a pleasure touring with you!
Anne’s website: www.AnneKAlbert.com. Blog: http://anne-k-albert.blogspot.com, and purchase Anne’s book on Amazon http://www.amazon.com/Frank-Incense-and-Muriel-ebook/dp/B004CLYDRO/
I’d like to remind readers I’m giving away an e-copy of FRANK, INCENSE AND MURIEL at the conclusion of the Mystery We Write tour. Leave a comment to automatically be entered in the draw. The winner will be announced April 28 at http://anne-k-albert.blogspot.com.
Buster will also be selecting winners of three of my latest at the end of our tour.
Thank you, Anne, for Visiting!