Friday, August 08, 2014

CHAPEL SPRINGS REVIVAL - Ane Mulligan - One Free Book

Dear Readers, I’ve known Ane for years. It’s a great honor to introduce her and her debut novel to you.

Welcome, Ane. Tell us how much of yourself you write into your characters.
All of my characters have small bits of me in them. For instance, Claire moves before she thinks, getting her into some mishaps. She also speaks without a filter. I've often wished I could really say what I think, but I don't. Most of my characters, however, are a composite of two or three people.

What is the quirkiest thing you have ever done?
I don't know if you'd call it quirky, but it sure fits with the above question. It was when I worked at a manufacturing company. I moved too fast, once again without thinking, and the tie on my blouse got caught in the paper shredder.

When did you first discover that you were a writer?
Being ADHD as a kid, I didn't think about writing, but I was a storyteller. Unfortunately, they called it lying back then. So I internalized my stories and played them out with my dolls, spending weeks on each story before moving on to the next.

As an adult, I put it all away, except for making up stories for my kids. In 1996, I became creative arts director for my church and started writing scripts. I've written short sermon starters to full-length musicals. I didn't turn to novels until 2003.

Tell us the range of the kinds of books you enjoy reading.
My favorite genre is women's fiction. I like romance if there's more to the story than just the romance. I'm crazy about romantic comedy. I draw the line at suspense and thrillers. Brandilyn Collins will tell you I'm the Queen of the Big Honkin' Chicken Club.

How do you keep your sanity in our run, run, run world?
Ha! I don't have any to keep. Seriously, my world isn't as crazy as it was years ago. Maybe that's why God didn't call me to write until I was in my 50s.

How do you choose your characters’ names?
Names are important to me. Once I have an idea about who the character is, what the personality is like, I go to the Baby Name Survey Book. That tells you what image people have of a name. That's for my main characters. For the supporting cast, I either use the Social Security site for names popular for the year they were born, or I use the Behind the Name site that gives the etymology of first and surnames.

I also keep a spreadsheet, alphabetized by both first and last names. I don't want too many beginning with the same letter.

What is the accomplishment that you are most proud of?
Probably my son. In spite of me, he's turned into a wonderful man, who loves God. Other than that, I'd have to say the musical I wrote for Easter, He Knew My Name. When my church performed it, we had 27 people give their lives to Jesus. And isn't that why we write?

Of course, it is. If you were an animal, which one would you be, and why?
I had one idea that was funny until I got it down on paper. Then it was a bit on the sick side. I've got a whacked sense of humor. PETA doesn't like me much. I suppose I'd be a dog. They're loyal and loyalty is a quality I highly regard.

What is your favorite food?
Anything cooked by my Chef Son. Other than that, its sushi.

What is the problem with writing that was your greatest roadblock, and how did you overcome it?
The first draft. Creating is the hardest part for me. I have a loud inner editor and shutting her up is nearly impossible. I've tried to throw down a fast first draft, but it just ends up frustrating both of us. I finally decided I have to write my way.

Now I edit as I go. But once I complete my first draft, it's ready for my critique partners. When I apply their critiques, it's ready for my beta readers, then my agent.

I edit as I go. I can’t help it either. Tell us about the featured book.
With a friend like Claire, you need a gurney, a mop, and a guardian angel. When attention is drawn to the slackened tourist trade in Chapel Springs, and their livelihoods are threatened, Claire and Patsy join forces to address the town's revitalization in hopes of drawing back the tourists. But they never guessed the real issue needing restoration was their marriages.

Please give us the first page of the book.
Claire Bennett couldn't remember when the tradition began—meeting her friends at the bakery, Dee's 'n' Doughs, before the workday started. It must have been after their nests had emptied, since none of them had any tag-alongs velcroed to their ankles. Whatever the cause, stopping for a chat and a hot cup of coffee got her creative juices flowing. Okay, maybe that was the caffeine and sugar, but she couldn't imagine life without her girlfriends.

She wished she could share her deepest heart with Joel. They used to talk, sort of, but something changed between diapers and soccer. It was around the time she started going to church without him. She shuffled through a pile of leaves on the sidewalk. The dry crunch reminded her of their conversations. He wasn't much of a talker and never had been, but he'd become noticeably quieter lately.

A spring breeze played with the edge of her shirttails as she stepped up onto the boardwalk along Sandy Shores Drive. She paused and with her hand, shaded her eyes against the rising sun and welcomed the tremolos and wails of the loons floating up with the mist, lifting off Chapel Lake. She searched the reeds along the shoreline for their distinctive black and white neckbands. Like Yankees, they'd soon migrate back to the north. She'd miss their plaintive cries. Time and time again, she'd tried to capture the emotion in her pottery, but so far she hadn't found a way to translate sound into form.

Not seeing the loons, she scanned the width of Moonrise Cove for Joel's boat. Near its center, a lone fisherman—not her hubby—had anchored his dinghy in the fog. Joel was probably angling off Henderson Island. But that lone boat in the foggy Cove would make a melancholy painting. Maybe she'd suggest it to Patsy. With the image in mind, she hurried on to the bakery.

Soft light poured through the picture window of Dee's 'n' Doughs. As she pulled open the glass door, the brass bells attached to a quirky wrought iron hook shaped like a loon, announced her arrival. She paused on the threshold for a moment, closed her eyes, and let the heavenly aroma of yeast, vanilla, and almonds entice her. That indulgence alone would probably add another inch to her waistline. When she opened her eyes, her studio/gallery partner, Patsy Kowalski, was chuckling at her.

How can readers find you on the Internet?
My website is and I'm President of Novel Rocket. I'm on Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, and Pinterest. Good gravy, when put like this, I'm all over the place. LOL

Thanks for having me, Lena. We redheads need to stick together.

As I said earlier, it’s such a pleasure to finally be able to feature you on my blog.

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Chapel Springs Revival

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Britney Adams said...

I loved learning more about Ane and am eager to read CHAPEL SPRINGS REVIVAL!

Britney Adams, TX

Diana Gardner said...

Portsmouth, VA

Southern-fried Fiction said...

Britney, thank you! I hope you'll enjoy it. The characters are so much fun!! Good luck.

Southern-fried Fiction said...

Diana, VA is such a beautiful state. Thanks for stopping by!

Anonymous said...

Love to win this book!! Shelia from Mississippi

Melanie Backus said...

Thank you for introducing Ane. Chapel Springs Revival sounds like a winner!

Melanie Backus, TX

Linda Yezak said...

Love that pic of you! Fun interview!

Linda, from Nacogdoches, TX--bonus points if you can pronounce the town. :D

Southern-fried Fiction said...

I love seeing all you Southerners. Chapel Springs is a sweet small Southern town. I hope all y'all love it as much as I do.

Yikes! I'm under a tornado watch! I'll come back and comment more in a bit.

Michael Ehret said...

Ane (and Lena), great interview! But sushi? Really? Feeling sick to my stomach.

Kimberoi said...

I cannot wait for this book to be released. Congrats, Ane!

Kimberli said...

Okay, I know how to spell my name, I promise.... lol

Southern-fried Fiction said...

The tornado warning lapsed. A tempest in a teapot. And Mike, we'll get you one day, Sushi is delicious! Maybe at conference, we'll make our dinner out...oh never mind, I hate to see a grown man cry.

Melanie, thank you. It's a fun book. I think you'll laugh a lot.

Linda, I can pronounce your town. I can't spell it, but I can pronounce it. It's Natch-uh-doe-chus

Southern-fried Fiction said...

Thanks, Kimberli!

Lena Nelson Dooley said...

Sorry, Ane, but I have to agree with Mike.

Hey, Mike, we can go for a nice juicy steak!!!

Southern-fried Fiction said...

Aw, Lena. You know some sushi is cooked. Okay, I'll let you off the hook. After all, it's the redhead club. ;o)

Danielle Hull said...

I would love to meet you, Ane! We would have so much fun! In Indiana.

Anonymous said...

hello Lena. I enjoyed the interview with Ane. I think it would be fun to be able to meet with girlfriends for a coffee or coke . Good way to start the day. Ane, your book sounds good and I would love to win it. Thanks for the give-away. Maxie from Texas.

Mary Preston said...

This sounds fantastic. I love the cover.

Mary P


Cindy W. said...

Would love to win. Sounds like a great read.

Live in Indiana.

Smiles & Blessings,
Cindy W.

Patsy said...

Would to read Ane's book. Sounds like a great read!

From Mississippi

Jackie Smith said...

3769Would LOVE to win Ane's book!
It sounds fantastic!

Jackie S. in GA

Southern-fried Fiction said...

Danielle, one of my favorite cities is Indianapolis! I love it there.

Maxie, I'm with you. I have so much fun with my girlfriends. This year, I'm driving to St. Louis for our conference with a girlfriend writer! And I'll get to see Lena there! It doesn't get much better.

Thanks you, Mary. My husband painted the artwork they took the cover from. If y'all watch my website, we're offering one a reproduction to one person at teh end of my blog tour. Why not you?

Cindy and Patsy, it really is a fun read!

Unknown said...

THis book looks really good!!!!! Love this site!!


Pamela S. Meyers said...

I'm with Mike on the sushi, Ane. Great interview. I'm reading Chapel Springs Revival right now on my iPad (a reviewer ARC) and even though I've heard about this stories since it was conceived, seeing it in final form is a treat. I'm so excited for my dear friend Ane to finally have her day as a published author. I know there are many more stories in this woman to come, and I can't wait to read them!

Do not throw my name in the hat for the book.

Pam Meyers
Arlington Heights, IL

Pamela S. Meyers said...

Yikes, I should have proofed that comment. I've heard about this story and many stories from Ane over the years.

Jennifer said...

I live in Alabama, Lena. Sounds like a great book, Ane! A little melancholy mixed with humor?

Patricia Bradley said...

Another ADHD writer!! Loved the interview and would love to win the book...otherwise I have to go buy it after that first page. pat at ptbradley dot com

Unknown said...

Blouse tie in the paper shredder--too funny. Glad you weren't injured, Ane! I'm an edit-as-you-go-writer too and tired of feeling guilty because I don't write a thousand new words per day! Thank you for giving me the courage to speak up. Edit-as-you-goers unite! :-) I enjoyed the excerpt posted in this interview and would love to have my name in the hat to try to win your novel.

Southern-fried Fiction said...

Thanks, Sierra!

And Pam, thanks, dear friend!

sm said...

I would really enjoy reading Chapel Springs Revival as I love the plot of trying to bring back a tourist town and finding out the problem is your marriage! Clever! sharon, CA wileygreen1(at)yahoo(dot)com

Anonymous said...

Book sounds like a fun read. Thanks...enjoyed the interview.

Julie (WI)

Yvonne Anderson said...

Gotta get my hands on this book! (Western Maryland)

Unknown said...

Anne, I really enjoyed the interview. That Lena asks wonderful questions. I loved getting acquainted with genteel Southern ladies. It sounds like a wonderful book. I would like to win it.

Southern-fried Fiction said...

Jennifer, you're right next door! Alabama is where we got our first English mastiff.

Patsy, Claire's BFF bears your name. :)

Ah yes, Pat, another ADHD writer. It adds and distracts. LOL

Cynthia, Deb Raney was one of my first mentors and she does that. It works for me, so unite we will! I don't always write 1,000 words a day. Sometimes it's pathetic and others, I get on a roll and can do 3k!

Thank you, CA wileygreen! It really is a fun story. At least I think so. :) I had a blast writing it.

Yvonne! Fun to have you drop by. :)

Janet, Lena does ask fun questions! Uh, to clarify, I'm Southern but not so sure about the genteel. LOL

Sharon Richmond Bryant said...

Enter me!!
Sharon Richmond Bryant
Conway, SC.

Southern-fried Fiction said...

Sharon, okay! You're entered. :o)

Mama Cat said...

This sounds like a great book - and a great growth tool! Would love to read it...thank you both for the great interview and giveaway! Phoenix, AZ

Unknown said...

Great interview, Ane. I am so thrilled for you. You are so deserving of being a debut author. Looking forward to reading it.

Tina, WY

Southern-fried Fiction said...

Mama Cat, thank you! You know, when I was a kid, I used to spend my summers, yes that's right, my summers in Winkleman, AZ! :)

And Tina, thank you so much, my dear friend!

Library Lady said...

Chapel Springs sounds like a fun place to read about and live in.
Thanks for entering me in your giveaway.
Janet E.

Southern-fried Fiction said...

Janet the Library Lady, thank you for stopping by. I grew up in the library in my home town! Every Saturday, my mom dropped me off at the library. I spent the morning looking for new books to read, then checked out 3 for the week (all of which I read by the next Saturday). Then I'd go across the street to the Rexall Drugstore and have lunch at the fountain. Thanks for bringing back that memory!

Merry said...

I love small town stories and people finding restoration... Chapel Springs Rivial sounds great!
Merry in MN

Mama Cat said...

Wow, I really had to hunt to remember wherr Winkelman is! What did you think of the desert in the summer? I've lived in Tucson (miss the smaller town atmosphere) and now, air conditioning is near the top of my gratitude list! Lord's blessings to you! Jeanie