I would like to introduce Anna Jacobs today who has kindly and let’s not forget, generously offered the first book, ‘The Trader’s Wife’ in her latest series.
I write: alternately, historical sagas and modern relationships novels, romantic fiction rather than ‘pure’ romances. I am totally addicted to story-telling, which is how I think of what I do. Sometimes my characters wake me in the night to show me scenes. I don’t get angry, I watch carefully. They get some great ideas.
At home I cook: reluctantly I have to do it because I have food intolerances and can’t buy many types of take-away. It’s infuriating because I still love the foods I can’t eat. I’ve never found a good recipe for gluten-free pastry. I do miss apple pie with ice cream. Luckily I do have a great recipe for gluten-free chocolate cake. Thank goodness! What is a birthday without a chocolate cake?
My worst habit is: diving enthusiastically into research and leaving my desk strewn with open books, files and papers as I rush back to my story to get the details right. At the moment I have a pile of papers about three books high waiting to be filed. I will get round to it . . . sometime. But I have to write this story first and my characters are nagging me to get on with it . . .
My first job: was being office girl in a haunted office at the top of a very old building. I was forever thinking someone had walked up the stairs. I’d jerk round to see who it was because I had my back to the stairs. And no one would be there. (Insert spooky music here) I stuck it out because I needed the money. Others saw or heard the ghost too. It was well known, not a figment of my imagination – whatever my mother said.
My favourite author is: Georgette Heyer. She introduced me to both romance and historical novels and when she died, that gave me the impetus to write a story of my own – like hers. I’ve moved on since then to my own sort of story, but I’ll always be grateful to her. And I still re-read her books.
Current reading: I chuckled at this question. I read three novels a week, so I’ve just finished one story and am about to start another – and by the time this goes live, I’ll probably have finished that one, too. I’ve been loving the wacky cosy mysteries written by Donna Andrews and have just finished ‘Revenge of the Wrought Iron Flamingos’. I’ve just started ‘The Summer Garden’ by Sherryl Woods, and after that comes ‘The Mortsafe’ by Lillian Stewart Carl. What is a mortsafe, you might ask? It’s a cage put over a dead body in Scottish graveyards in the 18th/19th centuries to stop grave robbers. Carl certainly gets some strange ideas, but I love her detailed research.
Thank you Anna for joining us today and I wish you success with your new release – number 2 in the series – ‘ The Trader’s Sister’
If you would like to find out more about Anna and her books go to her website http://www.annajacobs.com
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