I’m also delighted to have another Meet the Author interview for you. I’m chatting with the lovely Annabelle Lewis about wanting to be a judge, hero families, three words to describe her, why she’s mean on her blog (!), her most recent book Mr. Hyde, Book 6 of the Carrows Family Chronicles and more…
Mystery caper romance. Chick Lit. Mystery suspense with supernatural elements.
How many books have you written and published?
I’ve written 12 books, only 7 published, so I have a backlog on my laptop waiting to be edited and released.
How long does it take you to write a book?
Not long. A month or two. It’s the fun part. Then comes the editing and tearfully tearing it apart for the re-write. At first, I was wholly unprepared for the emotional rollercoaster editing can be, but wildly respect those that edit and the beautified outcome of the work.
Which book, out of all the books you have written, is your favourite and why?
It’s incredibly hard to choose, but I feel a wave of nostalgia and a smile comes to my lips when I think on the romp and second chances in The Bad Penny. That, and its amusing game of Clue set in an English country house.
As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?
I wanted to be a judge. Which is extremely telling because on some sub-level, my personality was formed early on. My shrink once called me a right fighter. For the sake of myself and others, she cautioned me to stick to a few battles at a time or I was going to drive everyone crazy. What I did instead was to write a million-word series about a family of right-fighters named the Carrows. I wield them as a force of good on unsuspecting evil doers. I didn’t even need to get a law degree or become elected to do this.
If you could get in a time machine and had one chance to travel, where would you go and why? (Backwards or forwards!)
Backwards. Definitely. I wouldn’t want to know what was coming unless I could use the opportunity to cheat the lottery and gather the numbers. Is that wrong? Hmm. Not sure I care. But, if I went back in time, I’d like to travel to a fabulous party, perhaps at Versailles during the reign of Louis XIV the Sun King. I’d like to hang out with his brother, Phillip, the Duke of Orléans. This is assuming I get to wear an appropriate, kick-ass outfit and be able to speak French.
If you were given a boat, what would you name it and why?
It would be a gorgeous sailboat named the Faerie Queene. From the allegorical poem by Edward Spencer in the 1500s, the Carrows—my hero family—have this priceless vessel and the poetry of the piece is meaningful to them and as an epic, lyrical examination of virtues.
Do you believe in love at first sight?
Ooh yes. I whole-heartedly believe in the magic of two fated souls coming together…. for better or worse.
Describe yourself using three words only…….
No-nonsense, loyal, fun
If you could be, or meet, any mythical creature, what would you choose and why?
Aslan from the Chronicles of Narnia. No doubt. But then, if I’m good, perhaps I will someday.
Why are you so mean in your blog?
I take objection to that. I’m reliably fair, and naturally, I’m opinionated. Maybe I’m a little mean, but I prefer the term mordacious. It has a lyrical reception to my truth-telling ear, even if I’m only ranting about Kohler trash cans and pies.
And finally, tell us about your most recent book and where we can find it?
Mr. Hyde, Book 6 of the Carrows Family Chronicles
A narcissistic, criminally unscrupulous NYC real estate developer and bully crosses paths with the billionaire Carrows family. Hmmm, who could that be? Wait. The Russians are involved? Naturally, they have their own agenda. They usually do. A humorous, satirical mystery caper series. Sit back, relax, have a laugh, and unwind as the Carrows manage the bad guys for us all. No worries about jumping into the series mid-way, it’s a stand-alone in the Carrows Family Chronicles.