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Tuesday, October 4, 2011

2nd Ann. Halloween Extravaganza! Interview & Giveaway with Ann Charles

Welcome Back Ann! 

Last we talked to Violet and Old man Harvey, now it's your turn.

What's your plans for this Halloween?

A wonderful, funny author friend of mine will be visiting from the great Down Under (she lives about 2 hours from Melbourne, I believe). She is a big fan of Halloween and this will be her first Trick-or-Treating experience, so we’re going to take my two munchkins out to some great Halloween-loving neighborhoods and have a blast.

What was your most embarrassing or funniest/favorite costume you've ever wore?

I’ve attached 3 of my favs: A pregnant “Mummy,” Princess Leia, and Amelia Earhart back from the dead.

Do you have a favorite Halloween themed movie you watch every year?

Yes! The Thing (and I can’t wait to see the new The Thing at the theatres this month!). I also watch Phantasm, The Changeling, Halloween, Jeepers Creepers, and several other scary movies I can’t think of at the moment.

What's your favorite Halloween treat?

Candy corn (Brach’s version only).

I love your work and I love it the way it is. It's addicting. Just wondering, would you you ever write something with more horror elements in it?

Thank you. It’s a huge compliment to be called addicting—seriously. Every author loves to hear that.

As a matter of fact, I have several projects lined up that have more horror. I would label them as a mix of horror, mystery, romance, and humor. One of these future series has the first book all plotted and planned, and even the first page is written. You see, back in 2004, I had finished the first book in my Jackrabbit Junction Mystery series (which is coming out this month as an ebook and is called DANCE OF THE WINNEBAGOS), and was trying to decide what to write next. I decided to write this horror story that had been “haunting” me for awhile. I had done all of my usual setup work and had written the first page when an agent I was trying to hook up with contacted me. She wanted to sign a contract with me on DANCE OF THE WINNEBAGOS and try to find a publisher for it. I was thrilled and agreed to hook up with her. She asked what I was doing next. When I told her about my horror book, she asked me to set it aside for a bit and write the second book in the Jackrabbit Junction Mystery series, so I did just that. Then Violet’s story (NEARLY DEPARTED IN DEADWOOD) hit me like a freight train, and I had to write it. Then came Violet’s second book. Now I’m working on the third in the Deadwood series, but I’m still daydreaming about that horror story, and a few other short horror stories I want to write and have my brother (my contracted cover artist and illustrator) illustrate them. I just need more time...

I LOVE the idea of delving deeper into horror, and I really like the idea of mixing horror and romance. I want to write about nasty, freaky monsters—nothing sexy about them at all, and see if I can add romance without making it campy. But horror is not an easy market to break into, so what I figure I need to do is build up my name recognition amongst readers, so that when I publish these horror genre mixes, part of my audience will follow me and give my books a chance.

Have you ever read a book that actually gave you chills?

Yes, several of Stephen King’s books—Salem’s Lot and Desperation are my favorite scary books. Periodically, I’ll read parts of each book again to inspire me when I want to write something suspenseful.

What's your upcoming release?

DANCE OF THE WINNEBAGOS, the first in the Jackrabbit Junction Mystery series comes out
as an ebook in mid-October.

Then, early next year, we’ll be putting out the third book in the Deadwood Mystery series.

Your brother will be stopping by next week and I'm looking forward to it. I promise we won't tell any of your secrets... ;)

I hope you enjoy his drawings. His work is incredible! I’m lucky to have his help in promoting my books.

I credit him for much of my horror-based imagination, because he is the one who made me afraid of the dark. When we were kids, he used to tell me scary stories about vampires living behind my dad’s barn, so when it came time on dark winter nights for me to go out alone to the barn and feed the cows, I’d be scared to death of being attacked and my neck ripped open. Aren’t brothers just great? Ha! Actually, mine is, but don’t tell him I said that!

Thanks for stopping by Ann! You rock!

Thank you for having me, Natasha. I love your site and your plans for this month!

Ann Charles—Award-winning Author
Nearly Departed in Deadwood, a Daphne du Maurier and Golden Heart® Award Winner
You'll laugh. You'll cringe. You'll want more. Buy it!

Enter below for a chance to win an e-book version of 'Nearly Departed in Deadwood' 
Ends November 1st


Ann Charles said...

Thanks for having me here during your kick-butt Halloween month. LOVE IT!!


Amber Scott Books said...

What a fun interview!! I love the costumes and movies. I too find this series addictive!

April Rickard said...

I'm excited about your upcoming books! And I love the story about your brother.

One thing you didn't address...what are you going to be for Halloween this year? Violet?

melora said...

The covers of your books are very distinctive in art style, your brother does a great job. I look forward to reading The Dance of the Winnebagos, can't resist a title like that!

Denise Z said...

What a fun interview. I loved Nearly Departed in Deadwood it is a great read. I look forward to getting Dance of the Winnebagos it sounds like a hoot! Thank you for sharing with us today.

Ann Charles said...

Hey Amber, April, Melora, and Denise! Home from work and ready to play again. :)

April, I still haven't decided, but I better get on the ball because I'm running out of time!

Thanks, Amber!!

Melora, I'm very fortunate to have my brother and Mona Weiss, Corvallis Press's cover designer both working on my cover. They work so well together. I love the covers, because I start out working with my brother on what I want, then he goes to work and comes up with awesome drawings, then we hand drawings off to Mona, and she puts it all together beautifully. It's a fun process! I hope you get some laughs from Dance of the Winnebagos. I love the title!

Denise, thanks for the kind words on Nearly Departed. I'm glad you enjoyed it and hope you have fun with Dance!

Thanks again, Natasha, for having me over. :)

Ann Charles

KainsHottie said...

Thanks for the review. I am looking forward to reading it. BTW, LOVE the pregnant mummy costume.
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katsrus said...

Enjoyed your interview Ann. I loved Your Deadwood books. Looking forward to your new book.
Sue B

divavixenqueen said...

Wonderful interview. Best of luck in everything.
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Pinky said...


That was a very nice interview! I used to read Stephen King all of the time too, until I discovered INDIE AUTHORS! You guys ROCK!

Thanks for the fun!


msmjb65 said...

Fun interview. Can't wait to read your book, Ann!
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Anonymous said...

That was a interesting interview. I am reading Stephen King right now until I get all these new Indie books downloaded.

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Lisa Richards/alterlisa said...

VC Andrews "Flowers in the Attic" was another book that had the hair on my arms standing at attention through much of it.

Misty Evans said...

Ann, I love the Princess Leia costume. You look perfect in it!

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