Bio: Anne K. Albert’s award winning stories chill the spine, warm the heart and soothe the soul…all with a delightful touch of humor. A member of Romance Writers of America, Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, and married to her high school sweetheart for more than a quarter of a century, it's a given she'd write mystery and romantic suspense. When not writing she loves to travel, visit friends and family, and of course, read using ‘Threegio’ her cherished and much beloved Kindle 3G!
Thanks for featuring me today, Alice. It’s Day 5 of the second 2011 Mystery We Write Blog Tour and I’m so happy to be here. Let’s talk writing!
Alice - When and why did you begin writing? What inspired you to write your first book?
Anne – In the late 1980s I worked as a display advertising sales representative for a small weekly newspaper. That was the very first time I came face-to-face with a computer. I fell in love with the sound of fingertips flying across the keyboard. It may sound silly, but that’s what inspired me to write my first book! I still love the sound. It’s music to my ears.
Alice - When did you first consider yourself a writer?
Anne – That happened less than a year ago, actually! I mentioned to my editor that I planned to enter Frank, Incense and Muriel in a contest for published authors. I gushed that doing so would make me feel like a real writer. “You are a writer,” she replied. Honestly, until she said it, I didn’t believe it! (I do now, especially as Frank, Incense and Muriel received the prestigious 2011 Holt Medallion Award of Merit. J)
Alice - What books have most influenced you the most?
Anne – That would be the Nancy Drew, Hardy Boys, and Trixie Belden books. I read them all as a child, and always imagined myself as the sleuth. They began my love affair with the mystery genre. Later I stumbled across Agatha Christie, and she had me at ‘hello’!
Alice – Tell us about Frank, Incense and Muriel.
Anne - Frank, Incense and Muriel is the first book of my Muriel Reeves Mysteries. It’s the week before Christmas when the stress of the holidays is enough to frazzle anyone’s nerves. Tensions increase when a friend begs Muriel to team up with her sexy high school nemesis, now an even sexier private investigator to find a missing woman. Forced to deal with an embezzler, kidnapper, and femme fatale is bad enough, but add Muriel’s zany yet loveable family to the mix and their desire to win the coveted D-DAY (Death Defying Act of the Year) Award, and the situation can only get worse.
To read an excerpt, click here: http://amzn.to/pg67sx.
Readers can visit me online at my website http://www.AnneKAlbert.com/ and blogs http://anne-k-albert.blogspot.com/ and http://muriel-reeves-mysteries.blogspot.com. I’m also on Facebook www.facebook.com/annekalbert and Twitter www.twitter.com/AnneKAlbert.
I’d like to encourage readers to enter my comment-to-win contest.
CONTEST DETAILS: Three names will be selected at random from comments on all 14 of Anne’s Mystery We Write Blog Tour guest appearances. Winners will receive an e-copy of FRANK, INCENSE AND MURIEL, book one of the Muriel Reeves Mysteries. Visit http://tinyurl.com/3hzpqvv for her schedule and contest details. Good luck!
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Here's a link to buy Frank, Incense and Muriel: http://www.amazon.com/Frank-Incense-and-Muriel-ebook/dp/B004CLYDRO/