Interview with Anne Louise Bannon

What do your fans mean to you?
Fans are the greatest. They are my bread and butter. They are why I do what I do. Being a fan myself in so many ways, I truly appreciate those who really like me.
What are you working on next?
I've got a lot going on, as usual. My next Freddie and Kathy mystery, The Last Witnesses, is in the process of being polished for release in Spring 2017. Stopleak, the sequel to That Old Cloak and Dagger Routine, is being serialized on my blog page now, with the book coming available soon. I've got a science fiction/time travel novel, But World Enough and Time, that may or may not be serialized this winter and spring on the blog page, as well. Finally, I'm getting ready to prep A Ring for a Second Chance, a sequel to a beloved fairy tale, for release in Fall 2017. And if you really want to look down the road, I just finished the rough draft start of a new series set in early Los Angeles called Death of the Zanjero. One constant in my life is that there is plenty to do.
Who are your favorite authors?
Dorothy L. Sayers, E.B. White, J.K. Rowling, Rick Riordan, Laura Childs, Melissa Ramirez Bourbon (or is it Bourbon Ramirez??), Katherine Hall Page, Donna Andrews, Petrea Burchard and a bunch of others.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Chasing dollars, then sewing, knitting, making cheese, bread and cooking in general. And cleaning house.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Thanks be for I also belong to the Dorothy-L email list. None of this is helping keep Mount TBR at a manageable level, but such is life.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Actually, I even allude to it in Fascinating Rhythm, when Freddie talks about the first story he wrote. It was a class assignment when I was in Fourth Grade. It was a jungle adventure and it was awful! I did write my first novel when I was 15 as a way to excuse my constant daydreaming. I novelized the story of Cinderella. The sequel I eventually wrote turned out pretty good, so I'll have to put that in the pipeline for publication soon.
What is your writing process?
I usually start with a solid first few scenes, then work out where the story is going and do my outlines from there. Especially if it's a mystery, I have to know where the story ends. That doesn't mean I won't change the bad guy mid-course, but I generally don't. I use blank calendars for my outlines so that I can see when things are supposed to happen.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I can't really remember not reading. The first book that really had an impact on me was read to me by my teacher (who was a pretty horrible person otherwise), and that was Charlotte's Web, when I was in Second Grade. My mother bought it for the family and I read it on my own shortly after hearing it. I love that book. I even noticed that in one of my novels I was describing things in lists, much like E.B. White did in the book.
How do you approach cover design?
With great trepidation. I am not a visual person, so I really have to try out a lot of different things before I get what I like.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Charlotte's Web, because it's so gorgeously written; Gaudy Night (Dorothy L. Sayers), a most satisfactory resolution to the Wimsey/Vane dilemma; The Percy Jackson series (Rick Riordan), they are just so much fun; Melissa Bourbon Ramirez' series about Harlow Cassidy, because they're as much about sewing and clothing design as they are about murder; and anything by P.G. Wodehouse because they're funny.
What do you read for pleasure?
I love murder mystery cozies. But I also like fantasy. I'm learning to like some romance - it's not as cheesy a genre as it used to be. I'm also enjoying my cheesemaking textbook.
Describe your desk
My desk? Try controlled chaos with a backlog of filing to be done. I'm usually pretty good about keeping the papers from totally overwhelming me, but they're definitely there in two big piles, at the moment. And the pens. Lots and lots of pens. I also have a standing desk, which now that I think about it, I should be using.
Published 2017-03-10.
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Books by This Author

A Nose for a Niedeman
Pre-release—available December 21, 2018. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 61,660. Language: English. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth
A blind private investigator searches for who killed the owner of an art gallery in this light-hearted mystery. Mrs. Delilah Sperling may not be able to see, but she's an expert at sniffing out murderers.
Blood Red
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 97,870. Language: English. Published: November 16, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Historical, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth
The color of passion is Blood Red. For Freddie Little, it's not only the color of the family heirloom ruby necklace, it's the color of his deep love for his wife, Kathy. When Kathy wears the gem to a party, relatives and friends see red, and one of them kills Freddie's father But Freddie doesn't want to investigate until the killer threatens and Freddie must fight for all he holds dear.
Death of the Zanjero
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 79,270. Language: English. Published: May 11, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Historical, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
in Los Angeles in 1870, when Zanjero Bert Rivers' body floats up out of the irrigation ditch, or zanja, winemaker and healing woman Maddie Wilcox finds herself defending the town's most notorious madam. To save the one person she knows is innocent (at least, of the murder), she must find out who killed Bert Rivers, a chase that will tax her intellect, her soul and her very belief in humanity.
A Ring for a Second Chance
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 84,710. Language: English. Published: November 17, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Historical, Fiction » Fantasy » General
In this sequel to a beloved fairy tale, an all-too convenient accident forces a young king and his family into hiding as poor farmers until he can regain his throne. There is a little magic to help out, but will it be enough?
Deceptive Appearances
Series: Operation Quickline. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 61,250. Language: English. Published: August 11, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Historical
Drugs, secrets and old flames haunt secret agents Sid Hackbrin and Lisa Wycherly in their third adventure, as they're sent to Lisa's home town to find out who's selling secrets to the bad guys.
The Last Witnesses
Series: Freddie and Kathy Mystery. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 73,620. Language: English. Published: April 28, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Historical, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy
The exciting sequel to Bring Into Bondage. When Honoria Wentworth finds a body in her apartment Freddie Little and Kathy Briscow find themselves caught up in a deadly chase and conspiracy that, no matter how unbelievable, could get them all killed.
Series: Operation Quickline. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 80,030. Language: English. Published: March 31, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
The worst has happened. There’s been a leak in the courier system that is Operation Quickline, and Lisa Wycherly and Sid Hackbirn are sent to plug it. This is no straight up investigation. The two are being used as bait for a complex trap. Surviving the challenges to their respective values is hard enough. The bigger challenge will be to stay alive long enough to return to their normal lives.
That Old Cloak and Dagger Routine
Series: Operation Quickline. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 62,450. Language: English. Published: November 11, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
In 1982, Lisa Wycherly was broke, out of work and desperate. So when Sid Hackbirn offered her a job as his live-in secretary, she jumped at it, little knowing just how dangerous it would be. Sid was a spy for an ultra-top-secret agency and had recruited Lisa to work as his associate. Sid knew he was turning Lisa's life upside-down. He had no clue what she'd do to him.
White House Rhapsody Book One
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 111,370. Language: English. Published: September 7, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » General
From the popular romantic serial fiction blog - a story to two people desperately trying not to fall in love with each other. When Sharon Wheatly and Mark Jerguessen met, both felt like they'd been hit with a ton of bricks. But Mark just happened to be the newly inaugurated President of the U.S. and Sharon was terrified of being in the public eye. Neither were in a place where romance was welcome.
Bring Into Bondage
Series: Freddie and Kathy Mystery. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 70,230. Language: English. Published: July 31, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Historical, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy
When Kathy Briscow is summoned home by a mysterious telegram, she and her beau, Freddie Little, rush to her parents' farm. The farm has been repeatedly vandalized, with the attacks getting more and more serious. But even dark secrets, a frightened boy and angry townsfolk don't get Kathy and Freddie in the near the trouble as when Pa Briscow gets the shotgun out.
Tyger, Tyger
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 49,810. Language: English. Published: June 23, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
When teacher Brenda Finnegan and her animal trainer boyfriend Bob Zebrinski witness a kidnapping, Brenda decides it's time to deal with the violence that has dogged her life. Too late, she realizes that the search for the kidnappers means facing an angry religious cult, helping the little girl left behind by the kidnappers and facing her own neuroses.
Fascinating Rhythm
Series: Freddie and Kathy Mystery. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 74,690. Language: English. Published: March 18, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Historical, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy
Murder and mayhem stalk the streets of 1920s New York City as Kathy Briscow and Freddie Little try to find out who killed Kathy's boss before the killer finds them.