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Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Author Interview with cozy mystery author Ann Summerville

Today, I'm excited to host author Ann Summerville, author of the "Lowenna" cozy mystery series!  Ann has been gracious enough to answer a few questions about her writing career!

Q. You were born in England, but now live in Texas, and write about a fictitious village in Cornwall. How did that come about?

I grew up in London, but moved to Cornwall on the southwest coast of England when I was in my 20s. I lived there for many years and loved the slow pace, and although sometimes it can be annoying that everyone knows you, it’s also very comforting. Although I now live in Texas, Cornwall still holds a special place in my heart and I’ve loved bringing characters to life in the Lowenna series which started with A Graceful Death.

Q. Your latest book in the Lowenna series is "Trouble at the Manor." How much research went into this fourth book in the series?

I originally got the idea from a newspaper article about a small village being sold in a similar situation to the one I described in the cozy mystery. I did some research into the legalities of a sale such as this, but most of the information I usually find either in local newspapers or from books about Cornwall. Descriptions are mostly from memory.

Q. Is Gia's character based on anyone you know?

That’s a good question. None of my characters are based on one particular person, but I do add characteristics from friends or people I know. 

Q. What are you currently working on?

My two novels set in Texas are both stand alone mysteries, but Grandmother’s Flower Garden which should be due for release before the summer, is the beginning of the Pecan Valley series. It features an older main character (of retirement age). My plan is to have each book in the series named after a quilt pattern.

Q.  What books are you currently reading?

"Winter Solstice" by Rosamunde Pilcher was on the list for the book club I belong to. I haven’t read any of her books in ages and was delighted that within in a short time, she was taking me on a little journey to Cornwall. Her descriptions and language give the reader a wonderful sense of both the surroundings and characters.

Q. Any advice for those currently struggling to get published?

I was fortunate to come across a great critique group, Trinity Writers’ Workshop in Bedford, Texas. If there aren’t any in your area then find a book you love in the same genre you are writing and study it. I took a Susan Wittig Albert book and wrote a synopsis and outline and studied her plot line. Writing the Breakout Workbook by Donald Maas is also a good resource and Margie Lawson at www.MargieLawson.com has great classes on developing characters and deep editing. You can purchase her lecture notes if you can’t attend her classes.

Above all, if writing is your passion, never give up. Be a sponge and learn everything you can. We don’t all enjoy the same books so don’t view rejection as something against you personally, just keep working to improve your craft.

Q. Where are your books available?

For e-readers other than Kindle, Smashwords.com has different formats

Thank you for inviting me today. 

Ann Summerville wrote her first short story before her age reached double digits. She was born in England, and in search of a warmer climate, moved to California before settling in Texas. 

Her short stories and flash fiction have been published in Long Story Short, The Shine Journal, Doorknobs & Bodypaint Anthology, Associated Content, Trinity Writer’s Workshop newsletters and also their collection of Christmas stories.  A member of Cowtown Crimesolvers, the Fort Worth Chapter of Sisters in Crime, Ann is currently working on her latest cozy mystery set in a Texas town.   

Ann resides in Fort Worth, near her daughter and son-in-law, with her son, two boisterous dogs and a somewhat elusive cat.

Lowenna is a quiet village on the west coast of England. Quiet that is until a dog leads the local P.C. to a body covered in foam on the beach. Gia is the first to identify the victim – someone from the hamlet surrounding the manor house which is up for sale. Is there a connection between the murder and battle to buy the manor estate? But along with her investigating, Gia is also fighting something even more personal, something that may unhinge her marriage.

My thanks to Ann for a fascinating interview!  Be sure to check out her books at both her blog and her website!

1 comment:

Cozy in Texas said...

Thanks for inviting me today, Sharon. Guest posts are always fun.