I am thrilled to join 14 other suspense authors in creating Dangerous Pursuits, a collection of 15 suspenseful novellas, all aiming to keep you on the edge of your seat! In anticipation of this amazing collection releasing on October 12th, I thought it would be fun to introduce you to each of the authors and give you, the readers, a glimpse into each of their lives and writing process. Today, we have best-selling author, Ann Malley.
Ann is a feral housewife and mother of three blissfully grown and flown, home-schooled children. She LOVES traveling without going anywhere. When not crafting getaway tales, she gets cozy with her forever friend, husband Greg, ref: The Grinch Who Stole My Mattress. Furbabies Boo & Peanut keep Ann feeling loved. Kitties are in it for Tootie Treats, but that’s nothing to pay for world peace!
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Let’s get to our interview, shall we?
- When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
Great question, Gina, but I don’t think I ever realized anything. I just started writing. My first story was a mashup of Peanuts The Great Pumpkin featuring a princess and a swamp monster, written on used paper and cobbled together with scrap yarn and too much enthusiasm. LoL. Being the youngest of eight kids exposed me to quite a lot at an early age but there was always some drama going on in the house. Family, politics, job-related drama, and an excess of romantic encounters. Much like today!
- What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?
Quirks. Okay. I have plenty of those but the most interesting is that I prefer to write curled up in an uncomfortable position on my bed instead of using my desk. Why? Who knows? Laziness? A love of pajamas? Or it could be that the tension in my bones translates onto the page and often makes for discomfiting action scenes. If you’re an anxious person, you may as well put it to work!
- Where do you get your information or ideas for your books?
Ideas come from the air. From everywhere. My brain is hardwired to conspiracy theories or just questioning everything and wondering what the real agenda might be. Growing up in a large household with six sisters and one brother lent itself to an undercurrent of goings on that made me inquisitive. Too much. What if scenarios are second nature to me as are detailed plots that are all too real. Names, scenarios, etc are not the same but the observations of human nature in shining moments are genuine. Marriage to corporate America and the United States Navy has also lent itself to certain insights that make me wonder all the more.
- What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
What I like to do is relax, but that doesn’t happen very frequently outside a steaming hot bath with plenty of bath crystals and/or bubbles. Long hot showers are another happy place. I’m a natural neurotic and find enjoyment in making little knots. How my husband refers to my lifelong crochet addiction. My brother taught me how when I was 5. he made all manner of lovelies for his assorted gal pals during his many naval deployments. A guy has got to DO something! So I make knots…. and with the kids grown and flown, I’m now indulging my inner cat lady. We’ve successfully tamed a feral kitten who now sleeps on my chest and let’s you scratch her little kitty armpits. LoL. Such trust!
- What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?
Surprising? That’s a tough question. Not much surprises me these days. I’m not so much jaded as accepting that human nature is fallen nature and that includes me. Big time. What I’ve learned by writing, that is doing, is that much of what we believe is impossible is very much possible if you stick to a program and just do it. Regardless of how you feel. Ups and downs are part of every program so just going forward is the only way to fly.
- What’s your favorite part about being a writer? Research? First Draft? Editing?
I love it all. Researching is what I’d do no matter what, as I’m forever asking why about everything. Looking, wondering, making suppositions. I was my parents’ last child because God is merciful. First drafts are awesome. It’s like the wild west, undiscovered country where anything can and may happen. No rules. Not hard and fast rules, anyway, and spitting out the words is where it’s at. Editing is another animal. I do love it, but there’s a great deal of hate that goes into the mix as fine tooling requires letting some things go. That’s hard. But working with words until they’re fine or rough as the scene demands and fully communicating the characters energy is a slow burn that’s hard to beat.
- What do you think makes a good story?
Good stories make us feel something. Love, hate, empathy. Good stories engage us to make decisions. Whether it’s to turn a page, discard certain notions, or reevaluate our understanding of human beings and those situations where we like to think we’d know what we’d do, but don’t. In the case of action romance and suspense thrillers, that can be a good thing as I’d never want to be held hostage.
- As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?
All I wanted when I was a child was to grow up. To be grown up instead of the youngest who was considered too small and/or immature to do whatever my siblings were busy doing. And they were always doing something. LoL. Drama, drama, drama. Today, I doubt I’ll ever be truly grown up as I’m constantly learning new things and by doing so have come to know that I am too small and, in many ways, too immature to do what I’m expected to do. Grow old. Sorry. Not happening. But as my mother once said, “You may not like being the youngest now, but when you’re in your 40s and everyone in the family isn’t anymore, you’ll like it very much.” I’m not in my 40s anymore, but you get the idea :^)
- How do we find your books?
Best question, Gina. Haha. My books can be found at Amazon. All of my books are enrolled in Kindle Unlimited, too.
Tell us about your novella for the Dangerous Pursuits Collection.
“…in the cross-hairs of an Amish criminal kingpin, Naomi Boentreger is forced to uncover family secrets first and trust the man she once loved yet barely recognizes with tattoos and Englisch ways. But Daniel Graber, working undercover for the FBI, sees what he sacrificed all too clearly. He wants to believe, to save Naomi and himself, but faith may come too late!”
★ When the ravening wolf is in your soul, where can you run? ★
Scripture says, “Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.” A timeless warning since human nature is fallen and the devil, like a lion, seeks to devour all that he can in every age.
But what can one Amish woman do? Where can Naomi Boentreger turn once she realizes that the false prophet lives in her own soul? Is the sheep’s clothing that she thought was pure merely a disguise that will ravage her and the only family she has left? The family she wanted is gone forever since she stayed in Justice, Maryland instead of following her heart.
Her faith-filled choice is cold comfort but believing is what she must do.
Undercover and working a case he’d rather not, FBI agent Daniel Graber, an Englisch raised as Amish, is conflicted by more than the nefarious activities of Aaron Esch, the suspected power behind an international drug trafficking scheme. A missing Amish girl is another something thrown into the mix and justice, true justice, demands answers.
Daniel can only hope and, yes, pray that Naomi “Mimi” Boentreger is not involved in criminal activity. Prison would be a far better option than the horrible death that may claim his one and only love if he doesn’t step lightly. But how? How when all he wants is to secret Mimi away and live the life that life denied them? The time has come for Daniel to believe!
Embrace the danger with scrumptious tropes:
✓Second Chance Romance
✓FBI Undercover Ops
AMISH JUSTICE is a two-hour suspense filled treat for those who prefer their drama with plenty of gray space between faith and despair. And beating hearts forever at risk. Forget exhaling.
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WINNER of Dana Lynn’s giveaway is Gina J.! Congratulations, Gina!
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