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Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Five Questions With ... Anna Lee Huber, author of "Mortal Arts: A Lady Darby Mystery"

I'm so thrilled to host author Anna Lee Huber here today!  She has taken time to answer a few questions about her writing career and her books.

Here's Anna!

1)      At what age did you know that you wanted to be a writer? 

As a child, becoming a writer was one of my top three choices for careers, but I sort of moved away from it as I got into High School. It wasn’t until after college, around the age of 24, that I rediscovered it again, and truly tried to do anything about it. Not that anything immediately happened. It took me seven years to land an agent and a publishing deal.

2)      At what point in your career did it finally sink in – “hey, I’m famous,” and did it make a difference in your writing?

I certainly don’t think I’m famous. Though it was a thrill to have a few people recognize me at writers’ conferences this past summer and tell me they loved my book. But by no means would I classify that as famous. However, I will say that every little nudge of validation and recognition does boost your confidence. There’s nothing like a contest final or win, or praise from a reader to help build your belief in yourself. “People are reading my novels. And they like them.”

3)      Who are some of your favorite authors? Who inspires you?

Jane Austen, Mary Stewart, Deanna Raybourn, Tasha Alexander, Teresa Grant, Julia Spencer-Fleming & Susanna Kearsley, just to name a few. They all certainly inspire me to be a better writer. I’ve been fortunate enough to meet a few of them, and more gracious and talented women you will not find. 

4)      What do you have coming up in the future?

Lady Darby Book 2, MORTAL ARTS just released on September 3rd. Book 3, titled A GRAVE MATTER, will be published in July 2014. I’m also working on a more traditional Gothic suspense I hope to see published sometime in early 2015 along with Lady Darby Book 4.

5)      What advice would you have for anyone wanting to break into the writing biz today? 

To never give up. The only way you are guaranteed you won’t succeed is if you give up. Keep writing and learning. Don’t keep polishing the same manuscript for three, five, ten years. Write something new. If you want a career as a writer, you’re going to have to write many novels, and consistently. And find a few critique partners you can really trust to help you make your manuscript better.

About Anna:

Anna Lee Huber is the award-winning author of the Lady Darby historical mystery series. Her debut, The Anatomist’s Wife, has won and been nominated for numerous awards, including two 2013 RITA® Awards and a 2013 Daphne du Maurier Award. Her second novel, Mortal Arts, releases September 3rd. She was born and raised in a small town in Ohio, and graduated from Lipscomb University in Nashville, TN with a degree in music and a minor in psychology. She currently lives in Indiana, and enjoys reading, singing, traveling and spending time with her family.
Visit her at www.annaleehuber.com.

About Mortal Arts:

Scotland, 1830. Lady Kiera Darby is no stranger to intrigue-in fact, it seems to follow wherever she goes. After her foray into murder investigation, Kiera must journey to Edinburgh with her family so that her pregnant sister can be close to proper medical care. But the city is full of many things Kiera isn't quite ready to face: the society ladies keen on judging her, her fellow investigator-and romantic entanglement-Sebastian Gage, and ultimately, another deadly mystery.

Kiera's old friend Michael Dalmay is about to be married, but the arrival of his older brother-and Kiera's childhood art tutor-William, has thrown everything into chaos. For ten years Will has been missing, committed to an insane asylum by his own father. Kiera is sympathetic to her mentor's plight, especially when rumors swirl about a local girl gone missing. Now Kiera must once again employ her knowledge of the macabre and join forces with Gage in order to prove the innocence of a beloved family friend-and save the marriage of another...


My thanks to Anna for visiting my blog and to Kayleigh Clark at Penguin/Berkley for her assistance with this interview.

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Greg said...

Great interview! I actually had seen this book around so it was nice to see a Q&A with the author. Much continued success to Anna Huber and hope the book does well.

Sharon Galligar Chance said...

Thanks for stopping by, Greg! This is a fascinating series - I think you'd enjoy it!