It’s Saturday!!! And today I have our second Meet the Author post of the year – yippee!! Today we’re talking to AnneMarie Brear about where her ideas come from, who she’d give money to if she won the lottery, what she can’t live without and her most recent book. Prue………
What inspired you to start writing and where do you get your ideas?
I have always written since I was a child and loved reading. My imagination has always been fertile! I enjoyed writing stories while at school and when I was 15 I began writing a Mills & Boon story, but it was terrible and never finished. Reading classic saga authors such as Catherine Cookson while living in a 200 year old farm house in England gave me ideas for stories. However, I didn’t start writing my first saga until I was back in Australia, married and had three children.
How many books have you written and published?
I’ve written 22 novels, so far, and numerous short stories, all of which are published or are in the process of being published. I’m about to begin book number 23.
How long does it take you to write a book?
Now I am writing full time and no longer have to work I can write a novel in a couple of months, but it does depend on how much research I have to do, plus there is always something else to do outside of writing a story. I must promote my other books, and there is usually a book in the editing stages, as well as admin, etc.
As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?
For a while as a teenager I thought about becoming a midwife, and then considered joining the army, but deep down I knew I wanted to be an author.
If you could get in a time machine and had one chance to travel, where would you go and why? (Backwards or forwards!)
I’d go back to the Victorian times of England and Australia, and I’d like to spend a day or two in King Henry and Queen Eleanor’s Plantagenet court.
Other than writing, what else do you enjoy doing?
Travelling is something I really enjoy, and I’ve been lucky to visit some great places, such as Paris, Rome, New York, Munich, Salzburg, Belgium and Mexico, as well as being a dual citizen of Australia and the UK.
If you could give your younger writing self any advice what would it be?
Don’t be impatient! I made some silly mistakes when I first started writing and signed contracts with some publishers who didn’t have my best interests at heart.
You win a million pounds – you give half to charity. Which charity do you pick and why? What would you do with the rest of the money?
The charity I’d pick would be one related to beating cancer, as I lost my mum to cancer.
With the rest of the money I would buy land and build a house. (A very Australian answer!)
What is something you can’t live without?
My family, chocolate, coffee, good books and great movies.
What is your favourite genre to read and why?
Historical fiction, most eras, though I’m not a tudor fan.
What is your favourite time to write, and why?
Mornings. By the time it’s 4pm, I’m flagging and need to stop.
And finally, tell us about your most recent book and where we can find it?
Prue is my latest release.
Prue is book 2 in the Marsh Saga Series.
When her feisty grandmama informs Prue of her intentions to take her travelling, she is excited and ready to explore outside of England.
Restless, unsure of what she needs and wants, Prue arrives in India intent on adventure. However, Prue soon learns that some escapades come with a price. India is exotic and tantalising, yet also rife with unrest, and closer to home, family secrets unravel destroying lives.
Leaving India and heartbreak behind her, a wiser Prue travels to Italy. Experiencing that life is short, Prue is determined to make the most of her holiday and have some fun, only she wasn’t prepared to meet a man who would make her question herself.
Surviving the war was easier than enduring the quiet peace at home. In need of distraction, Brandon Forster and his friend, Vince, spend their time climbing mountains in Europe. The last thing Brandon expected was to meet an attractive English rose with the same edgy spirit as himself.
When Prue reveals her past mistakes to Brandon, he must decide if she is the woman for him, but a tragic accident makes them both confront deeper feelings.
Can they find in each other the missing element they need to make them whole or will previous anguish taint their future?
Book One – Millie
Accompanying novella to Millie – Christmas at the Chateau
Book Two – Prue
Book Three – Cece
Where to find Annemarie online
final words from chelle…..
Thank you so much AnneMarie for this fantastic interview! I’m sure any new authors will appreciate your advice about staying patient, especially when you’re keen to just get your work published.
If you have any quesitons/comments for AnneMarie make sure you get in touch!
Have a lovely day