Today we welcome novelist Anne Green to the MBT Ponderers blog. Her latest book is Masquerade Marriage (White Rose Publishing, October 2010).
How did you achieve initial writing success?
My first book contract resulted from finaling in the ACFW Genesis contest. My publisher judged my entry, requested the manuscript and sent a contract. I'm a great proponent of writing contests--though I entered many before landing a contract. I'm thankful God turns the water of my talent into His fine wine, like Jesus at the marriage in Cana.
My advice to unpublished novelists? Keep writing, keep submitting. When rejected, pick yourself up, put your broken heart back in place and keep going. Agents can be harder to gain than publishers. Attend conferences with editor appointments, like ACFW.
Your historic novels relate to real-life events and places. Are your characters also based on real-life?
Lovely question. I'm a part of all my characters, including the villains. We all have a dark side we don't let surface. My dear husband, a real life hero, is part of my heroes. Otherwise, my characters are imaginary.
What is your favorite part of writing? Least favorite? How fully do you develop lots before you begin?
My favorite part of writing is the first draft adventure. I'm a total seat-of-the-pantser. I have two vague characters and a setting in mind when I start. With my historicals, I also have the inciting incident--and my characters develop as they respond to that. I simply record what they say and do--like watching a movie. I always keep in mind each scene's goal, motivation and conflict. I don't consider alternate endings, or if the book might have been better if I had done something else. My characters usually find themselves in such bad places, without obvious exits, so I'm relieved when they achieve happy-ever-after.
My least favorite part is publicity, like book signings. I prefer sitting in my cave, writing. But I love interviews where I speak directly to readers, hear feedback and discover what they'd enjoy seeing in the future.
Do you often have a sense of what you'll write next?
Which is your favorite published book so far?
I love every book and character. That question is like asking parents which child they love most--Impossible to answer.
Visit Anne at her blog. For a chance to win a copy of Masquerade Marriage, leave a comment below, answering the following questions: Have you ever attended a masquerade? What did you wear? If not--if you could attend a masquerade, who would you be?