venerdì 15 dicembre 2017

Virtual Book Tour & Giveaway: The Remains in the Pond by Ann Swann

Senior prom is the happiest night of Gabi’s life. Her crush has just revealed that he is every bit as infatuated with her as she is with him. When he has a car wreck and is transported to the hospital in a coma, Gabi feels as if she’s taken a knife to the heart. But his jealous cousin, Rose, sees her chance to give the knife an even harder twist. She convinces Gabi to meet her at a local parking spot outside town. It's a night that will change several lives forever. One of the girls will return, and one will become known as the remains in the pond.

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Interview with the Author
Tell us a little about how you got started as an author and how you came up with the idea for this book?
I’ve always written stories, ever since I was in Jr. High school, but I didn’t start publishing until I was in college and won some short story contests.

Where do you get your ideas for characters? In particular, did you steal some characteristics from yourself or people you know for the main characters?
The main character in this book may have a bit of me in her, but not much. I’m much more suspicious and way more stubborn. The character of Matt is based on a guy I went to a dance with in high school (we never went out again, ugh), and the character of Rose is based on every rude girl I’ve ever encountered. Reece is simply my ideal man, a kind, hard working surfer-dude who can also cook.

Which author/authors or particular books have inspired you?
I’m inspired by everyone from Mary Stewart and her Merlin books, to Ray Bradbury and his speculative fiction, to Stephen King’s horror and Nicholas Sparks’ romances.

What were some of your favorite reads of the past year?
Into the Water by Paula Hawkins, A Man Called Ove (I think this may have been earlier), Once and For all by Sara Dessen, and The Midnight Line by Lee Child.

For the aspiring writers out there, can you tell us something about how you develop your plot?
For plot development, I start out with my opening scenes and my ending scenes, once I know where I’m going then I begin to plot how I’m going to get there. I don’t use index cards, but I do make notes for each upcoming chapter as I write.

Tell us about your future? Next book?
I’m currently working on a romance set near the fictional town of Stutter Creek. I can’t say the title yet (superstitious), but I will say it is a lot steamier than my other books. I’ve also got book 4 in the Phantoms series ready to go to the editor, and I have another YA that is finished and awaiting editing.

Ann has been a writer since junior high school, but to pay the bills she’s waited tables, delivered newspapers, cleaned other people's houses, taught school, and even had a short stint as a secretary in a rock-n-roll radio station. She also worked as a 911 operator and a police dispatcher.

Ann’s stories began to win awards in her college days. Since then she’s published novels, novellas, and short stories. But even if no one ever bought another book, Ann wouldn’t stop writing. For her it’s the cathartic pause in a sometimes-crazy world. Most of the time, it even keeps her sane.

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7 commenti:

  1. congrats on the tour and thanks for the chance to win

  2. I really enjoyed reading your interview, thank you!

  3. Thank you, Nikolina. This is such a lovely blog!

  4. Happy Friday! Thanks for sharing the great post :)

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