Monday, 16 August 2010
I'd like to welcome author Anne Patrick to the Desert Breeze Spotlight this week! Anne's latest release with Desert Breeze is "Fire and Ash," and inspirational romance centered on firefighting. Welcome Anne?
STEPH - What was the inspiration behind your story, "Fire and Ash?"
ANEE: The idea came to me while watching the DVD of the movie Backdraft a couple of years ago. I know, I’m a little behind in my movie watching :-). Anyway, I loved Robert DeNiro in the part of the fire investigator and was really intrigued by what all goes into finding the answers to why a fire started.
STEPH - I don't know much about the book. Can you tell us?
ANNE: Fire and Ash is an inspirational romantic suspense. Here’s the book blurb: Fire Investigator Sadie McGregor is called to her hometown of Emerald Point, Missouri to investigate a suspicious fire which claimed the life of a local college student. By appearance the fire looks accidental. What Sadie and the handsome new police chief discover will not only affect those close to them, but will rock the entire community and may cost one of them their life.
STEPH - I see that's about firefighting. Did you have to do research for the story?
ANNE: Of course! I read several books and did some online research. I then had the good fortune of meeting a real life fire investigator named Keith Tarbox who helped me get inside the head of my main character, Sadie McGregor. He also read over the entire manuscript to make sure the fire scenes were believable and that I did my homework.
STEPH - How long have you been writing?
ANEE: I’ve been spinning tales since high school, but I didn’t really get serious about my craft until about three years ago.
STEPH - What attracts you to inspirationals?
ANNE: I like to read and write stories that grab at your heart; keeps you on the edge of your seat, and uplifts and inspires you at the same time. Inspirational romantic suspense does all that.
STEPH- Have you written any other genres?
ANNE: I write inspirational romance under the name Kinzie Monroe.
STEPH - Do you have any hobbies you'd like to share?
ANNE: I love to hike and go as often as I can. I also like role-playing video games, like the Final Fantasy or Tomb Raider series.
STEPH - What was the last book you read?
ANNE: True Courage by Dee Henderson. I have all of Dee’s books and have read each one at least twice.
STEPH - What's your favorite TV show?
ANNE: I don’t watch much TV, but when I do have the time I watch crime shows like The Closer or CSI. Imagine that :-).
You can find Anne's book on Amazon for Kindle, Barnes & Noble for Nook, Sony, All Romance Ebooks, Books on Board, Apple Ibookstore, Kobo and at the Desert Breeze Online bookstore.