Archive | October 2015

Ann Gabhart––Her Roots Go Deep

AnnHGabhart (1)We are delighted to have Ann Gabhart visiting with us today on Authors Visits.

Ann’s new book, Murder at the Courthouse, was just released this month.

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I was looking at your website, www.annhgabhart.com and I loved the Welcome you put at the top.  “Welcome to Hidden Springs––pop. 732 731.  For our readers, Hidden Springs is the setting for her new book.

Tell us what the book is about Ann.

“Michael Keane is ready to relax as deputy sheriff in his sleepy hometown. Nothing ever happens in Hidden Springs, Kentucky—and that’s just fine with Michael. Nothing, that is, until a dead body is discovered on the courthouse steps.”

Well as you know, I love mysteries, so I will definitely be reading the book.

Tell me why you decided to write a mystery book.

“I’ve always loved mysteries. The Hardy Boy Mysteries and Nancy Drew Mysteries were some of the first books I devoured as a young reader. In fact, I often give those Hardy Boy books much of the credit for me first taking up pen and trying to write a story. I wanted to be in a mystery like they were and writing my own seemed the only way to make that happen. The safest way too! So years later, after writing many historical novels and coming of age stories for young adults, I decided to try my hand at a mystery. The first Hidden Springs mystery, Murder at the Courthouse was the result.”

 

I am always amazed, although I shouldn’t be how the books of The Hardy Boy Mysteries and the Nancy Drew Mysteries affected so many people. I devoured their books and was thrilled when television shows came on the air. Like you, I could imagine myself in all sorts of mysteries and trying to solve the cases.

 

So is there a story behind this story?

 

“Once I decided to write a mystery, I knew I wanted to set it in a town much like the town where I grew up. I still live near that little town of Lawrenceburg, KY. But in my story, I kept the big stores out and let my fictitious Hidden Springs stay small and one of those towns where everybody knows everybody. I wanted that small town feel with its quirky characters. But I also wanted a main character readers could like. Not a perfect man, but one who liked having roots in Hidden Springs. Then I added a mystery that challenges all he has ever believed about his town.”

 

Just that reason alone makes me want to read the book Ann. I’m sure your fans feel the same way.

 

Are you going to write another mystery?

 

“Hidden Springs mystery number two, Murder Comes by Mail, is already written and with the publishers. That story is going through edits and will be released in July 2015. I am currently working on Hidden Springs number three. So I’m definitely writing at least a few mysteries.”

 

Was it difficult to come up with your title, characters and plot?

 

“A mystery plot can be a challenge. You have to plant clues and at the same time try to keep readers from guessing the ending too easily or too soon. Mystery readers like being mystified in a story, but they do want to be able to look back and see that the clues were there if they had only picked up on them. My characters weren’t really hard. Each time I write a new story, my characters seem more than happy to spring to life in my head and start talking. So I started with Michael Keane. Then I added his Aunt Lindy. Of course, he had to have a love interest. And you can’t forget about Anthony Blake, a kid Michael is trying to help, who tries every way possible to spurn that help. As for the title, I brainstormed with an agent and came up with several suggested titles for this mystery.

 

“My publisher’s titling committee took those suggestions and did their own brainstorming session. The result was one of the titles I’d suggested – Murder at the Courthouse.”

 

I am very glad you caught the “writing bug” at the age of 10 and kept writing. You have produced some wonderful stories for readers to enjoy.

 

What’s next for Ann Gabhart?

 

 

“Right now, as I said, I’m working on the third Hidden Springs mystery. After that, I plan to go back to my first writing love and write another historical romance. I’ll have to switch gears a bit from these contemporary cozy mysteries to do more research and step back in time to write that story. But good characters make the story no matter the setting or era. So my job will be to come up with the right characters for those new stories.”

 

Just think Ann, some day, in the future, someone will ask another writer what influenced them in their writing a mystery. Those words will be, “I’ve always loved mysteries. Hidden Spring’s Mystery books, by A. H. Gabhart, were some of the first mystery books I read.”

 

Thank you for visiting us.

 

Good luck with this new adventure.

 

Be sure and visit Ann Gabhart at
http://www.annhgabhart.com/

 

https://www.facebook.com/AnnGabhart/timeline/

https://twitter.com/AnnHGabhart

 

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Tina Bausinger–Busy Is Living

tina bausinger1Tina Bausinger, knows about being a mama to teenagers. Her newest book, Cold Coffee and Speed Limits: Encouragement for Mamas of Teens is a book for you if you have teenagers. It’s an honest guide to the joys and heartbreak of raising teens.

Tina Book CoverShe is a mother of three teenagers, a writer, experimental cook, and an English professor.

“I live in Texas (the land of Old Yeller) and I survive on large amounts of coffee and ungodly amounts of sugar. It’s really not healthy.”

Tell us more about you.

“Besides being a mom, and a wife of 24 years, I’m a scholar, a writer, a poet, a public speaker and an English professor.”

You’re  also an award-winning writer and you’ve been published in several venues.

“I also like to cook. I like cooking good southern dishes that fill the stomach and warm the soul.”

Tell us some of the groups you’ve spoken to.

“The Dallas Fort Worth Writers Conference, NISOD (National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development) in Austin, The South Central Writing Centers Association Conference in Corpus Christi, and the Keynote Speaker for the Sigma Kappa Delta Induction Ceremony at Tyler Junior College.”

I noticed how much you give back in helping other writers as well as mothers. In reading some of your blog, I found where you share writing techniques and give moms’ encouragement.

WarEagleWomen2_850 (1)Tell us about your book,  War Eagle Women.

“It’s about strong Southern women who, although they are hopelessly flawed, put nothing else above those they love.  You might be interested in seeing the book trailer for War Eagle Women. It  was featured on USA Today. Here is the link:

https://www.pinterest.com/pin/492651646714260003/

Thank you for visiting with us today Tina. Let us know when your next book comes out.

Be sure and visit Tina at: http://tinabausinger.com/