Welcome to the final stop on author Ann Everett’s tour of my blogs. Today we get to learn a little bit more about her and her latest release You’re Busting My Nuptials. For those of you who’ve followed Ann through her visits of my blogs, you know this book is the second of her Tizzy/Ridge series. From what I’ve read so far, I can’t wait for book three to come out!
Now, make yourselves at home while I bring Ann out to join us for a drink or two so we can find out a bit more about her sassy Texas self.
Besides reading and writing, what do you do in your uh…spare time? I know I know like authors really have any spare time at all, but how do you fill the rest of your day when you aren’t working on your novels?
I’m at an age where I thought I’d have tons of leisure time, but I don’t. My day generally starts around 5:30 am. I take time to look at my emails and answer those I can, then I’m off to my son’s house to help get my four local grandchildren off to school. Once they’re gone, I make beds, do laundry, return umpteen pairs of shoes to their rightful closets, do more laundry, conduct the usual clean-up/straighten up routine, and then more laundry.
Ah, the dreaded Mt. Laundry! I think we all have one of those. I swear my socks and underwear breed like rabbits. How about your afternoons? Are they as busy as your mornings?
By early afternoon, I’ll be back at home answering emails, checking social media, blogging, critiquing chapters from the writing site I belong to, or chapters from members of our local group. I’ll try to work in some marketing, by scheduling book signings, or speaking engagements, or meeting with book clubs.
Once all that is done and depending on my husband’s work schedule, it may be evening before I actually sit down to write.
I was wondering when you squeezed in the time to work on your new projects. I’m all worn out listening to you talk about your day. I am definitely not a morning person. How do you fit all of that in? Do you have any time left over for anything else?
As busy as I am each day, I love my life. My grandchildren, ages 13, 10, 7, and 5 (the four who live near me…I have two more who live about 4 hours away) are the biggest joy in my life and the two youngest furnish me with endless dialogue for my character Gracie.
I also serve as director of our local writers’ conference which is held each April, but as anyone familiar with directing a conference knows it’s a full time job. So, part of each day deals with me contacting agents, authors, publishers, etc., trying to entice them to become part of our faculty.
When I do manage to steal a little time for myself and I’m not writing, I love going to movies and flea markets.
I focus on humor and add in a bit of steamy romance, and a light mystery. My main objective is to make you laugh.
When and where does your book take place?
Since I’m a Texas girl, You’re Busting My Nuptials takes place in my real hometown of Brownsboro, Texas. It’s just a spot in the road, with two red lights and one caution light. When I was growing up there, its population was about 400 and now all these years later, it only has about a thousand. The story is set in current time.
I lived in a small town too, but in Michigan. I love small towns but sometimes not so much when the neighbors always want to know your business. I guess that’s what makes for many tales to tell in our books!
What is the theme at the heart of your story?
I want to make the reader laugh until they cry. I rarely write a chapter without some humor in it…even my love scenes are funny. My goal is to show small town life. I write with a Texas voice. I don’t think I could write any other way. So, there’s lots of southern sass and Texas twang. Some city slickers may think my characters are cliché, but take my word for it, Pattiecake, Sugarpie, Saint, and all the others are based on people I know who actually go by those names!
I love those names! What message do you hope readers take away from this story?
I’m not really trying to send a message. My books won’t teach you how to grow a herb garden or change the oil in your car. They won’t get you to examine your innermost feelings or convince you to take a stand for any type of cause. I’m trying to furnish the reader with a few hours of entertainment that makes them laugh and lifts their mood, because that’s what laughter does. It’s good for the soul.
Is this book a part of a series?
You’re Busting My Nuptials is the second book in my Tizzy/Ridge Trilogy. The first installment, Laid Out and Candle Lit, came out about a year ago. Nuptials is hot off the presses. It should be available everywhere by September 2oth.
What is the theme of the overall series and how does this story fit into that?
The two main characters are Texas Ranger Ridge Cooper and local girl Tizzy Donovan. The story deals with the cases Ridge investigates and how Tizzy wants to get in on the action, all the while trying to raise a four-year-old daughter and work at her mom’s bakery. Tizzy also has a weird habit of being able to talk to the dead (a very small part of the book), so her first husband, Boone, who was killed in Iraq is also a character via conversations Tizzy has with him.
Will these characters show up in other books in this series?
You’re Busting My Nuptials introduces two new characters. One of Tizzy’s best friends from high school, Synola Harper and Tizzy’s first cousin, Jinx Monroe. These two will definitely be in the last installment. They got rave reviews from all the readers where I post my work for critique. I may even develop a trilogy for the two of them because my readers suggested it.
How many books to you anticipate will be in this series?
My publisher agreed to three. Beyond that, I’m not sure. If my readers want more of the characters, I’ll certainly oblige.
Characters, Pattiecake and Sugarpie, local owners of Sweet Thangs bakery, are currently working on a cookbook and I think that will be the next thing published. After that, the third and final installment of the trilogy will be released. However, I am working on a romantic comedy and it’s done, so it may come out before I end the Tizzy/Ridge series. It really depends on my readers and publisher and what they want. The readers of Laid Out and Candle Lit, the first book in the series, have been anxiously waiting for the release of You’re Busting My Nuptials, so they may insist I finish the series before I move on to the romantic comedy.
Do you have a question you’d like to ask the readers to generate comments?
I’d love for your readers to go to my website http://www.anneverett.com and read the first chapter of the third and final trilogy installment. I don’t have a title for this book yet and would invite them to enter the contest to name it. There isn’t a big prize involved other than they will get credit in the acknowledgements of the book when it’s published and receive a signed copy from me.
Ann, thank you once again for joining us here today and for taking the time to tour my blogs. Make sure you keep us in mind when the third book comes out. I would love to have you over again!
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Where to find more about Ann Everett and her work