About Ann

Ann ChristopherA recovering lawyer, Ann Christopher is an award-winning romance author. Her series include JOURNEY’S END (small-town contemporary romance), DEADLY (romantic suspense), THE DAVIES LEGACY (contemporary romance) and WARNER FAMILY SECRETS & LIES (contemporary romance). Ann has also written 6 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?
Hmmm … I think with all my books I’d like readers to laugh a little, cry a little, and, hopefully, fall in love with the hero and heroine as they fall in love with each other. My message is always that love conquers all.

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?
No, actually. In fact, I’m usually ready to boot the characters out the door by the time I’m two-thirds of the way through the book.
What do you feel is the key to writing convincing characters?
I think you have to show the good and the bad. People are human and have good qualities and bad qualities, good days and bad. You have to show it all and reveal the motivations behind the characters’ actions. That way, even if the character does something wrong, the reader will (hopefully) still understand and sympathize.
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?
I’ve always loved reading and writing, and when I practiced law, the part I most looked forward to was the writing-memos, briefs, opinion letters, you name it. Plus, I’ve always been fascinated with how people fall in love. I guess my brain is just wired that way. No matter what I’m reading (or watching), I always focus on the love aspect.

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?
I love to read about people falling in love and all those firsts—first glance, first smile, first touch, etc., etc. The story is as old as time, but it never gets boring.
Who introduced you to romance novels?
I’m not sure anyone “introduced” me. I do remember reading Danielle Steel’s THE PROMISE, and Kathleen E. Woodiwiss’ ASHES IN THE WIND very early on. Oh, and JANE-EMILY, a turn of the century story where the dead girl’s jealous spirit inhabits a decorative glass ball in the garden, and she tries to interfere with the young lovers.
What's been the most memorable moment of your writing career?
Most memorable … most memorable … that’s a hard one. Getting the call that TROUBLE had placed in the Orange Rose contest. Getting the call that Kensington had made an offer. Seeing the cover for the first time. Seeing the book on Amazon. Maybe the MOST memorable was when that e-mail popped up from my now agent, asking to see the full manuscript, because it said, “I am loving Trouble.” This was the first time a publishing professional had shown such enthusiasm for my work.
What aspect of writing do you love the best, and which do you hate the most?
I love planning, writing and editing. I’m not very wild about research, but maybe that’s a side effect from my days of a lawyer, when I did tons of legal research all the time. When I was unpublished, I never realized how much time writers spend on marketing their books. That really cuts into the writing time, but if you don’t market, then no one will know you have a book out there.
What’s something you wish you’d known earlier that might have saved you some time/frustration in the publishing business?
People told me lots of things, but I sort of had to learn things for myself, you know? That the business is hard, that it can take a long time to get published, that you have to have a thick skin, that it can be very frustrating.

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?
Hardest part? Wait! You mean there’s an EASY part??? Which part is EASY???

Just joking.

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?
Ummm … that writers need lots of chocolate, champagne, and quiet time? That writers aren’t goofing off when they stare blankly into space? That writers aren’t ignoring you, they’re just thinking deep thoughts? Well … we’re not ALWAYS ignoring you. Let’s put it like that, LOL.
How much marketing do you do? What have you found that particularly works well for you?
I do a lot of marketing (web site, blog, Facebook, Twitter, mailings, chats, ads, teaching workshops and online classes) and I have no idea which, if any, parts of it work. I think the biggest thing I try to do for each book is an ad in Romantic Times BOOKreviews.
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.

What do you do to make time for yourself?
I used to practice yoga (which I highly recommend), but my schedule got crazier and I’ve REALLY slacked off. I read a lot, and the time I spend writing is wonderful because I love it so much. I also love to cook and bake (and eat, unfortunately!)