Please welcome my special guest, author Ann Everett.
Award winning and Amazon Best-Selling author, Ann Everett embraces her small town upbringing and thinks Texans are some of the funniest people on earth. When speaking at conferences and to writing groups, businesses, book clubs, and non-profit organizations, she incorporates her special brand of wit, making her programs on marketing, self-publishing, and the benefits of laughter, informative and fun.
Her short stories have appeared in The Green Silk Journal, Snag Today, and Story Teller Magazine.
A top reviewer on thenextbigwriter.com, she lives on a small lake in Northeast Texas where she writes, bakes, and fights her addiction to Diet Dr. Pepper.
She’s been featured on:
Proud of East Texas with Joan Hallmark, KLTV-TV, Tyler, Texas
East Texas Live and Mid-day, KETK-TV, Tyler, Texas
KTSS-TV, Hope, Arkansas
The Authors Show with Don McCauley, Internet radio show
The Chandler & Brownsboro Statesman, Chandler, Texas
The Daily Tribune, Mt. Pleasant, Texas
Tyler Morning Telegraph, Tyler, Texas
InMagazine, East Texas
Ten things you won’t know about Ann by reading her bio:
She’s been married to her high school sweetheart.
She loves shopping at thrift stores.
She doesn’t remember her first kiss.
She hates talking on the telephone.
A really sharp pencil makes her happy.
She secretly wants to get a tattoo.
A charter member of National Honor Society in high school remains one of her biggest surprises.
She’s thankful wrinkles aren’t painful.
She sucks at math.
Tizzy/Ridge romantic suspense trilogy
Laid Out and Candle Lit
You’re Busting My Nuptials
Tied With a Bow and No Place to Go
Contemporary romance companion books
Tell Me a Secret
Two Wrongs Make a Right
Say You’ll Never Love Me
Strong Verbs Strong Voice: A quick reference to improve your writing and impress readers (Amazon best seller)
Body Language: A quick reference for character action and description
Sweet Thangs: Southern Sweets from Two Sassy Sisters
Critique~~A Writer’s Best Friend
If you’ve never belonged to a critique group, then you’re missing out on a great resource. In my opinion, nothing is more valuable than a local group where you read your work aloud, and get feedback from more experienced writers.
However, not every town has local groups, so if that’s the case where you live, then you might consider joining an online site. There are several to choose from, and they all basically work the same way.
You pay a monthly fee, about $5-$6 dollars, then read and review/critique chapters of other members to gain points. In turn, you use those points to post your own work. You retain the copyright to your postings.
I’ve belonged to http://www.thenextbigwriter.com for many years and posted all of my rough drafts on the site where I’ve gotten reviews/critique from a diverse cross section of the U.S. as well as Germany, UK, Australia, Canada, Switzerland, and others.
Some reviewers are good with the technical side of writing…grammar and punctuation, which is good since I can’t place a comma to save my soul! Others are great with pace, flow, logic, even specific subjects, like police procedure or medical jargon. In my current book, Chirp, the hero rides a Harley. I had one reader who knew all about motorcycles and gave me valuable advice. Everything from how you dismount to what type of luggage can be attached.
Age variation in readers is also helpful in letting me know if my target audience will enjoy the book.
I think my latest release, Chirp, being named a Kindle Scout Winner is partly due to the critique I received from my local and online groups.
Here are three more sites you might be interested in.
Heiress to the largest steel company in America, twenty-year-old, socially awkward Blaze Bledsoe hides out at Dessie Bishop’s farm. For the last three years, Blaze has eluded one investigator after another, but just when she thinks she’s safe, a PI closes in. Her luck is about to run out in more ways than one.
A man running from his past….
Rance Keller, a tough, hard-living ex-con, fresh out of prison for a crime he didn’t commit, arrives to claim the house his grandmother left him. Finding a strange girl living there, his plans for a solitary life take a turn. Her lack of modesty, no filter, and word of the day fetish baffles him, but those big green eyes and sweet mouth have him losing sleep.
Welcome to Bluebird, Texas
Where two damaged people with secrets, discover trust can lead to passion.
If you have questions, please contact me through my website or at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow me on social media.
See all of Ann’s books on her Amazon author page http://www.amazon.com/author/ann.everett