Spotlight on Ann Harrison-Barnes

My special guest author today is Ann Harrison-Barnes

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Ann has published four books, so far, under the names, Ann Harrison and Ann Barnes; A Journey of Faith, Inner Vision, Maggie’s Gravy Train Adventure and Stories Outside the Box.

Ann, who lives in Rochelle, Georgia, describes herself as the proud single mother of a beautiful daughter, who is often the inspiration for many of her stories featuring children. She also has three nieces and a nephew whom she adores.

Ann has been blind since birth as a result of receiving 24 hours of oxygen instead of 8 when she was placed in an incubator after birth. 

Ann has been writing from an early age and has many hobbies and passions as we will find out.

Firstly Ann, tell me about what made you start writing?

I’ve been writing off and on since I was in the fourth grade, but the one thing that really got me started was the introduction to the anthology entitled “New Stories of the South” for 2001. Lee Smith talks about how she had to help a student find the inner writer in herself. That was the aha moment for me.

What do you think of when you think about your readers? Do you have a constant reader like Stephen King or do you write for a friend/loved one?

When I think about my readers, I often ask myself “What message can I share with them to give them encouragement along their journey?” Although there was a creative person in my life to give me encouragement, that person was a musician, not a writer per se. However, I want to be the voice for those who are struggling with challenges in their lives.

Do you have a writing process/formula, or is it more random?

I wouldn’t say that my writing process is random, but it isn’t as constructive as that of some authors either. I often brainstorm out on the front porch of my parents’ home now, yet I will do the same brainstorming on my own front porch soon. I also listen to music when I write. There are two reasons I say that my process isn’t as structured as that of other writers. For one thing, I don’t necessarily write every day. I’ve tried to do that, but the muse doesn’t show up at the drop of a hat. However, my writing time varies from session to session. Sometimes I write at night, while at other times I can get up and write first thing in the morning. To be a creative person, you have to work when the ideas come to you.

Who are your favourite authors?

My favourite authors are Karen Kingsbury, Janette Oke, Jan Karon, Hank Garner and Hope Callahan.

Have you tried other formats like articles/screenplays/plays etc, or do you stick to novels?

I also write articles and I’ve written landing pages for a client. As long as I have a guideline to follow, I can do a wide variety of freelance tasks. I have even written the occasional short story’ however screenplays aren’t my cup of tea.

Do you write as a hobby or a profession?

I write as a profession, yet my writing career is getting off to a slow start. However, that happens to everyone just starting out. I hope to build it even more as I start publishing on a wider scale.

Where do your ideas come from?

Ideas come from anywhere and everywhere. However, inspiration comes from music, the sound of windchimes, sitting on the front porch swing, and something as simple as a book or an old TV show.

When it comes to marketing and promotion, how do you approach this area?

I do interviews on blogs like this one, I’ve started doing interviews on other podcasts, and I plan to start a podcast of my own. I also try to do more social media engagements, instead of throwing “buy my book” tweets and posts up on social media as often as I did when I published my first book.

What would you most like to sit down and discuss with your readers?

I’d like to get more feedback about what they’d like to see in my novels. For example, I’d like to see what kind of situations they’d like to see my characters in and how they think the character could find his or her way out. I’d also like to find out what their takeaways were after reading one of my books.

About what would you most like to chat with your favourite author?

I would ask my favourite author two questions: First of all, I’d ask him or her about his or her inspiration to become an author.  I’d like to hear the one aha moment that gives an author the idea that he or she could either write a story or write the book better. The second thing I’d ask is for the author to describe his or her creative process.

What is coming up for you, new book/project wise?

On March 1, I am going to be launching a book that I am rebranding for Electric Eclectic Books. I’m rebranding Stories Outside the Box, so more people will see it and get a sense of my writing style, before they buy my full-length novel. I’m currently working on a fantasy novel entitled Winter Haven Rescue.

 What are your greatest writing influences?

I’d have to say that my greatest writing influences are the support I get from other writers, especially in my writers’ group; and listening to podcasts about writing. I get lots of helpful tips and inspiration when I hear stories of how other authors got started and when they tell of their own writing processes.

 Is there anything you’d like to add?

The only encouragement I have for writers is this: if you have a book idea in your head, don’t ask an author to write it for you. The characters are telling you their story, so it’s your job to write the story as they show it to you, no matter what anyone else thinks. Write the story you want to write and then share it with the world, once you’ve had your book edited and a cover designed for it.

Why not check out Ann’s writing for yourself

A Journey of Faith: A Stepping Stones Mystery. The protagonist takes her own heroes journey to discover why she has had so many nightmares the past sixteen years of her life. You’ll find intrigue, mystery, and more. I don’t want to give away too many spoilers, so you’ll have to read to find out what tragedy she witnessed.

The take home message is not to give up on accomplishing your goals and don’t let fear hold you back from the things you love to do

A Journey of Faith ebook

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You can follow Ann at

https://annwritesinspiration.com

http://bit.ly/visitEEbooks

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ElectricEclecticBooks/

https://www.facebook.com/annwritesinspiration

Twitter: AnnWritesInspiration @annwrites75

Amazon author page:https://www.amazon.com/Ann-Harrison/e/B01H68QH5U

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spotlight on Morgan Summer

Morgan Summer is a crime writer and her first book, Jean Stone Crime Series: Stranger Among Us, will be out on February 23rd with pre-ordering available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. 

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Here, she takes a moment  to share some of her inspirations and passions

So tell me a little about why you started writing?

Writing is something I have done for many years from journaling to scribbling song lyrics, but last year I began to focus more on novels after the suggestion from a fellow mentor and teacher that I should write crime stories.

 
What do you think of when you think about your readers? Do you have a constant reader like Stephen King or do you write for a friend/loved one?
I do not have an audience in mind when I bring pencil to paper. I write the stories I would want to hear that are just waiting to be published.

 
Do you have a writing process/formula, or is it more random?
Very random. I only write when the motivation strikes me. If I force it, then the story turns out to be something I have to delete. Even though I work well under pressure, writing is not one of them.

 
Who are your favourite mainstream authors?
Frances Mayes, “Under the Tuscan Sun” made me fall in love with Italy.
Patricia Cornwell, she has paved the way for women like me to be able to write these stories.

 

Have you tried other formats like articles/screenplays/plays etc, or do you stick to novels?
I have written some articles for fun, but nothing else currently. With me, you never know!

 
Do you consider writing a hobby or a profession?
It’s a hobby at the moment, mainly because I work full time. My dream is to make it into a profession.

 
Where do your ideas come from?
Life honestly, either something that I heard, saw, or experienced!

 
When it comes to marketing and promotion, how do you approach this area?
As most writers I know, I struggle with this. I do my best to be authentic, honest, and work extremely hard at building relationships on social media, but the downside to all this is the time I have to spend time away from my family. They understand the sacrifice and know it will be worth it in the long run.

 
What would you most like to sit down and discuss with your readers?
What do they like, dislike about the book? Any feedback on how to make the Jean Stone series better, I am all ears.

 

 

 

 
About what would you most like to chat with your favourite author?
Depends on the author, but I would ask how they were able to keep going even after rejections, what motivated them not to give up.

 

 

 

 

 

Where do you see yourself in five years? What is coming up for you, new book/project wise?
I would love to be A NY Times bestseller author. Currently, Book 2 of the series is in storyboard editing and writing Book 3 & 4. Also, I have started a YA series inspired by my daughter.

 
What are your greatest writing influences?
My daughter. She inspires me daily to live my dreams.

You can follow Morgan on;

 

And look out for her book in February.

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Author Spotlight on Ellwyn Autumn

Ellwyn Autumn is an American author and teacher with a Master’s Degree in Education. She writes children’s picture books, middle-grade novels, and Young Adult fiction. Ellwyn’s first self-published novel, Chris Kringle’s Cops The First Mission, was a Finalist in the 2016 Reader’s Favorite International Book Contest. Her Kamyla Chung picture book series addresses difficult issues facing young children.

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Tell me a little about how you started writing?

I discovered my passion for writing/story-telling when I was seven-years-old.
When I was in second grade I was assigned a book report. I was so excited because I thought that meant I had to write my own story. When my mom told me what a book report really was I got pretty upset. I didn’t want to write about someone else’s book, I wanted to write my own story. So I did and have continued to do so.
Do you write as a hobby or a career?
It’s a hobby that I’d like to make a career.
What do you do to take a break from writing?
I read, exercise and watch my favourite movies.

Tell me about your stories?
The Kamyla Chung Series I write deals with difficult issues children face every day. As a former public school teacher, I feel it’s essential to address sensitive topics in a gentle way that promotes meaningful conversations between parents/teachers and children.
Chris Kringle’s Cops The First Mission is a middle-grade fantasy novel full of fun and action. Here is my shameless plug:
One girl.
One elf.
One impossible mission.

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Patty Pringle and Agent 12-25 have until midnight to complete their mission.
Senator Claudius will do anything to make sure that doesn’t happen.

A fun, fast-paced adventure that will fly with you above the rooftops.

I also have a new release coming out this February called Captain Hook: Villain or Victim. It tells Hook’s side of the story with Peter Pan.

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Do you have a particular genre? Particular audience in mind?
The genres I write are fantasy and children’s picture books. My audience is children, teens and young adults (and kids at heart).

What’s the favourite story you have written (not necessarily your best!)
Chris Kringle’s Cops The First Mission
There are two reasons for this:
1-The story was inspired by my son. When he was little I used to tell him and his friends that I was a Secret Agent for Santa Claus. They were so amazed!
2-The main character is loosely based on my daughter. A very classy gal with a wonderful mind!

Where do your ideas come from?
They come from everywhere; sometimes in the most unexpected places: pictures, music, news stories, my life experiences, people I encounter.
In terms of writing, is there anything you know now which you wished you’d known at the start of your writing career?
Definitely, take a few courses on how to successfully market books and book cover design.

Who are your favourite authors/ favourite books?
I have many so I’ll just name a few: J.K. Rowling/The Harry Potter Series, Katherine Applegate/Wishtree, Crenshaw, Lloyd Alexander/The Prydain Series, Jan Brett, Eric Carle…

What advice would you give would be authors?
Read, write, repeat. Join a writer’s group and support other authors. Write the story you want to read and have fun! Writing should bring joy to your life.

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You can follow Ellwyn on:
Website: https://www.ellwynautumn.com/
Blog: http://lemondropliterary.blogspot.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ellwynautumnauthor/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/AutumnEllwyn
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/15956583.Ellwyn_Autumn
Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Ellwyn-Autumn/e/B01M61KTKY/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1548791670&sr=8-1
MeWe: https://mewe.com/profile/5c0916c59314f60c6c82a596
You can also email me at: ellwynautumn@aol.com.

I love connecting with writers and readers and supporting the Indie Community in any way I can. Reach out if you’d like to interview or need someone to bounce ideas off of. I also love questions about the characters in my stories.

I hope this inspires you to try one of her books and remember, if you read it, review it!