A recovering lawyer, Ann Christopher is an award-winning contemporary romance author. Her series include JOURNEY’S END (small-town contemporary romance), THE DAVIES LEGACY (Harlequin contemporary romance) and WARNER FAMILY SECRETS & LIES (Harlequin contemporary romance). Ann has also written 5 novellas, one young adult novel, MONSTRUM, first in her BELLA MONSTRUM horror trilogy, and a tragically bad starter novel that will forever remain under her bed, where it belongs.
When she’s not writing or communing with her readers on her Facebook page (AnnChristopherAuthor), Ann likes to do the following, in no particular order: read; cook; eat; hang out at Target looking for new stuff she doesn’t need; crochet; quilt; play with her 2 rescue dogs and 2 rescue cats; and travel the world with her family.
Her favorite cities are Washington, D.C., Venice and Paris, in case you were wondering. She lives in Ohio with her husband and over-scheduled teenagers.
If you’d like to recommend a great book, share a recipe for homemade cake of any kind, or have a tip for getting your teens to do what you say the FIRST time you say it, Ann would love to hear from you!
Frequently Asked Questions
What would you like your readers to take away from your book?
Oh, and I seem to have this running theme about righting past wrongs and/or getting revenge, LOL!
Do you ever have a hard time letting go of a character after the novel is finished?
What do you feel is the key to writing convincing characters?
Many writers claim their love of reading led them to write because they couldn't always find the stories they wanted to read. What started you writing?
For example, I love the movie A FEW GOOD MEN, which is a terrific drama about the military justice system. But I consider it one of the greatest love stories never told, because I’m positive the Demi Moore and Tom Cruise characters are falling in love over the course of this case. Has anyone else besides me ever thought that?
Anyway, before I digress too much more … Putting these two interests together, it seemed logical for me to write love stories.
Why did you choose to write in the romance genre?
Who introduced you to romance novels?
What's been the most memorable moment of your writing career?
What aspect of writing do you love the best, and which do you hate the most?
What’s something you wish you’d known earlier that might have saved you some time/frustration in the publishing business?
The advice I’d give to any aspiring writers who might be interested is a) don’t give up (remember what Winston Churchill said, “Never, never, never quit”); and b) study hard. Check books out of the library and study the craft of writing. Learn everything you can about plotting, dialogue, description, etc. Your writing will thank you for it.
What is the hardest part about the writing business?
Well … no, I’m not joking. 😉
I certainly haven’t gotten any better at all the waiting this business requires, that’s for sure.
What one thing about writing do you wish other non-writers would understand?
How much marketing do you do? What have you found that particularly works well for you?
Name your top five favorite writing books.
- On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft (Stephen King)
- Scene & Structure (Jack M. Bickham)
- Writing the Breakout Novel (Donald Maass)
- Goal, Motivation & Conflict (Debra Dixon)
- The Writer’s Journey (Christopher Vogler)
These books are all fabulous, and every one of them has saved my butt at one time or another. They’re all dog-eared and highlighted because I’ve tried to suck as much information out of them as possible.