Thursday, March 25, 2010

Interview with Ann Shorey and Book Giveaway!

We are blessed to have with us today, Ann Shorey, author of the well known At Home In Beldon Grove series. You all have been given a chance to win book 2, The Promise of Morning, which Ann has agreed to give to one of my readers:) And believe me, this is a good book!! I have read it and really enjoyed it. I will be putting up my review next week sometime for you all to check out. Now, on to the interview:)

Thanks for being with us today Ann.
How long have you known you wanted to be an author? Probably always. When I was a kid, I used to invent plays and make my younger brother and sister act in them! I didn't start writing seriously until about 1991, when I was able to devote time to my dream.

Sounds like my younger sister:) She just made a play with some friends.
Where do you get your ideas for your stories and settings? My current series for Revell, "At Home in Beldon Grove" was inspired by the lives of my female ancestors. I've used bits and pieces of real life and stirred them into a fictional mix. My most recent release, The Promise of Morning, is set in a fictional town in Illinois modeled after the area where my ancestors settled in the 1830's.

Do you have someone you look up to? Maybe another author, etc? There are a number of authors I look up to, both for their work and their kind spirits. Bonnie Leon is one, as is Jane Kirkpatrick. There are many more, too many to list, who have inspired me through my journey. Bonnie has mentored me from my early days as a "wanna be" novelist, and Jane's talent in taking historical situations and weaving stories from them is a continuing inspiration.
Are you a regimented author or do you just write when the urge hits:) I've always been disciplined about making time to write, but until I received the contract from Revell, I still took lots of time off. Now my deadlines require a bit more regimentation.

What one event would you love to be at? Historical or future. This is a good question. I'd like to go back in time to when Ellie Craig, the protagonist in The Promise of Morning, lived. Her character was inspired by my great-great grandmother's life. Maybe I could be a neighbor or a friend, and get to know her as a person. How's that for a dream?

Do you have a place you have always wanted to go? Maybe a vacation area, overseas, etc? I'd love to go to England and Scotland. Ever since I read James Herriot's veterinary stories, I've wanted to see the areas he writes about. And since my great-grandfather came from Scotland, it would be wonderful to visit the town where he was born.

I agree with you there!! My dream is to someday go to Scotland or Ireland. Such beautiful places!
And any last thoughts for your readers? I hope readers will enjoy The Promise of Morning. I'd love to hear your thoughts about the story. I can be contacted through my website at . Thank you, Charity, for inviting me to your blog.

And thank you Ann!! I think it is really neat how Ann has incorporated some of her history into her books. And if you read this series, you will really see it.

Now, as to the giveaway. Please comment below saying you would like to be entered. Anything you want to be entered:)
And for my followers, you get another entry. If you are an old follower, you get 2. If you are a new follower, it is one entry.
This giveaway will end April 2nd. A winner will be chosen through

Thanks so much readers!! I really appreciate you all!!


Carol J. Alexander said...

Hi Charity,
Put my name in the hat.
Also, I'm a follower but not sure if I'm classified as old or new...a few months maybe?
Have a great weekend,

Karen Lange said...

Great interview! I'd also love to be entered, and I've been a follower for a bit.
Thanks and blessings,

Anna W. said...

Sounds great! Please enter my name.

writer_weaver at yahoo dot com

or dancingqueen18 at PBS

Abi said...

I'd love to win Ann's book. I'm an old follower. Thanks

ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

K said...

Please enter me in this giveaway! I am a new follower! :)


Ann Shorey said...

Thanks for featuring The Promise of Morning and my interview on your blog! I look forward to hearing who wins the drawing.

denise said...

I would love to read this book. I am a follower.

Megan said...

Thanks for the opportunity to win this book!

We posted about it at Winning Readings.


Carmen7351 said...

I like the idea your books are based on areas your ancestors lived. Please enter me. Thank you!

Carmen7351 said...

I'm an old follower!!!
desertrose5173 at gmail dot com

Same address in my first comment. Forgot it.

Julia said...

I think its fascinating that these books are based on your family members.

Please enter me.


Julia said...

I'm a new follower.


Linda Kish said...

Count me in, please.

lkish77123 at gmail dot com

Benita said...

Sounds great. I'd love to read this book.

New follower.


Katy said...

I'd love to read this book! Please throw my name in the hat!


Susan said...

I would enjoy reading this book!

rsmstahley at adelphia dot net

409cope said...

This looks like a great read and I would love to be entered! cardshark42(at)hotmail(dot)com

409cope said...

I am a new follower through google friend. cardshark42(at)hotmail(dot)com

Emma said...

Great interview! The Promise of Morning sounds wonderful.Please enter me in the giveaway.augustlily06(at)aim(dot)com.Thank you.

Katie said...

I'd like to be entered!

Winning Readings said...

Would love to read! janemaritz at yahoo dot com

Mom vs. the boys said...

would love to read the book!
momvstheboys at gmail dot com

Judylynn said...

Please enter me in this giveaway!


Judylynn said...

I am a Google follower!


Anita Yancey said...

I would like to be entered. This book sounds great. Thanks for having this giveaway.


Rhonda said...

I am a new follower

I would love the chance to read this book.

rhondastruthers at yahoo dot ca

Nancye said...

Please enter me! :)

nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net

Nancye said...


nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net

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