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July 2, 2013

Plotting Princesses: Guest Author is Anna Jeffrey & The Tycoon--cool!

Talented! Awesome! Sweetiepie!
Why that's Anna Jeffrey is our guest.
So Girlfriend, let's get to the nitty gritty...
How did you get from your day job to writing romance?  LOL. Actually, I haven’t made that transition yet. I still have a day job and always have. But I still write every day.  

What are your three favorite books of all time?  “Gone with the Wind,” “Sophie’s Choice,” “The Second Coming of Lucy Hatch” are the ones that come to mind immediately. “Sophie’s Choice” isn’t a romance, but it is so powerful, so tragic and so well-written, it has stuck with me for years.

Morning, afternoon, or evening person?  Definitely morning. I can accomplish more the first hour or two in the morning than I accomplish the rest of the day.

Music--with or without? What kind? No music. It distracts me. However, I do love music. Maybe that’s why it distracts me.

First or third POV? Third. But I’m itching to write a first-person novel.

How's tricks? Do you juggle multiple projects?  Constantly. I learned to juggle at an early age. 

What's harder: beginning, middle, or the end? End. I have a tendency to go on and on…and on.

Revisions: Love 'em or hate 'em?  Don’t mind them a bit. However, sometimes maintaining the synergy is tricky.

How did you come up with that title?  Actually, until I started the self-publishing thing, I never had to worry about a title. None of the titles I chose pleased the publisher, so they always chose. Since I started self publishing, though, I just write down a long list, play with the words and try to come up with something that will get attention. Oh, and I try to come up with something related to the book. 

What is the best advice anyone ever gave you? I started out wanting to write mainstream. Someone told me that breaking into the mainstream market was too hard and I’d have better luck writing romance. I’ll never know if that was true, but it seemed like good advice. However, my romances have a mainstream flavor. 

What's your favorite dessert?  Most things chocolate. And I do also like Hummingbird Cake. (Vicki-my mom made this!)

Do you write at home or someplace else?  Home. I’m uncomfortable anywhere else and I like the privacy so I can think. I never have understood going to the coffeehouse to write.

What's your favorite type of hero/heroine and why?  Handsome alpha males and beautiful alpha women. An editor told me once that all romance novels are fantasies. So taking that to heart, all of my heroes are hunky alphas and my heroines are exquisite goddesses.  Of course they might have a few other flaws. 

Excerpt from The Tycoon:

And at that moment, glancing over the rim of her glass and across the room, as if the mob had parted just for her, a tall man some forty feet away caught Shannon’s eye. Her first thought was how different he looked from the others in the room, like a nineteenth century throwback who might walk outside, mount his horse and ride away.

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Thanks, dear Anna, for being with us today
 and congratulations on The Tycoon!



Sylvia said...

Hi Anna,
Great to have you on the PP. I love all kinds of books set in Texas. I look forward to reading this one.

Unknown said...

I love the excerpt! I can absolutely picture the kind of man who looks like he's from another century. :)

Thanks so much for the great interview Anna and Vicki. I'm looking forward to reading this book!

Cheers, EE

Caroline Clemmons said...

I loved THE TYCOON and look forward to the next book in the series/saga. Best wishes for continued success, Anna.

Liese said...

So glad you could become Princess for the day! Great excerpt and looking forward to more!


Liz Lipperman said...

Welcome to PP, Anna. Loved the excerpt.

Unknown said...

Thanks, y'all, for the glowing words. And thanks for giving me the opportunity to vent about THE TYCOON. Of the books I've written, it has become my favorite. But I have to say, I'm sort of liking the one I'm working on now, which is the sequel. I'm calling it THE CATTLEMAN.

chris keniston said...

so happy to see something new from you - have always loved your stories.

and I love the titles. Haven't read the tycoon yet and am already anxious to get my hands on the Cattleman. LOL

time to run off and by the tycoon. : )

Paty Jager said...

Fun interview! It is always interesting to learn more about authors and how they came about writing a book.

chris keniston said...

just went to barnes and noble for the book and noticed a handful of other titles I don't recognize.

How many books have you written?

Phyllis said...

Welcome to Plotting Princesses and wearing the Tiara for the day!

I like the Alphas too – male and female! Nice excerpt. Best of luck for loads of sells!

Unknown said...

Chris, I've only written 6 as Anna Jeffrey. They're all out of print. I've re-leased them as self-pubbed books. I wrote 2 as Sadie Callahan. "Lone Star Woman" and "Man of the West." I've got the rights back to Lone Star Woman and am going to be re-releasing it soon as an Anna Jeffrey book. I haven't yet succeeded in getting the rights back for "Man of the West. .....As for finding THE TYCOON in a book store, I'd be speechless if you did. I published it in print, but far as I know, the print edition is available only from Amazon.... The other books are the Dixie Cash books on which I collaborated with my sister.

Kathy Ivan said...

Hi Anna

Great to see you here as an honorary Plotting Princess for a day! The excerpt is great, just drawing me into the story. Can't wait to read it.

Karilyn Bentley said...

Hi Anna,
Welcome to the PP blog! Loved the interview and the excerpt. Best wishes for many sales!

chris keniston said...

sorry Anna - I meant BN online - I own a nook. Am looking forward to curling up with the story tonight!!

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