Interview with Ann Harrison

How do you approach cover design?
I have to hire someone to do it for me, or ask a friend to help me design my cover, as I am totally blind.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
The Holy Bible, because it is the word of God. The Little House books, by Laura Ingalls Wilder, because I've always loved these novels since I was a kid. The Bobsey Twins books by Laura Lee Hope, because I grew up listening to them, and my daughter now likes them too. I know these are just three, but if you look at each series, you'll see that there are quite a few books in them.
What do you read for pleasure?
I read inspiration fiction, mysteries as long as they are clean, and they keep me guessing til the thd, some romances, some historical fiction, and I'm now working on a few music books for research on a book that I'm slowly writing.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
My iPhone, I always get iBooks, when I buy ebooks.
Describe your desk
My desk is in my bedroom, and contains a laptop computer, my phone (when it's not charging), and I have a USB hub where I keep my external hard drive, my USB headset, my usb adapter for my wireless keyboard, and my braille display plugged up. On, did I mention that I have a wireless keyboard so I can sit in my comfey chair and write, as opposed to my desk? Okay, so I did. LOL!
What imspired your writing of these stories?
Some of these stories were totally inspired by dreamsdreams, or the ideas got their start from a dream. OChristmas Bells was inspired by a writing prompt, Suzie's Sleigh ride came to me slowly, while I was listening to Christmas music on the radio. Angel in Disguise was inspired by something as simple as our vehicle breaking down on the way home one Sunday afternoon back in early April. So, my location wasn't what actually inspired my writing, although it can if the mood strikes me.
When did you first start writing?
I started writing in 2004, I believe it was. I was reading the 2001 edition of New Stories from the South, and Lee Smith was talking about a girl who said she didn't know how to write, in the introduction to this anthology. Her introduction kick started my passion for writing.
What's the story behind your latest book?
To be honest with you, This little book was one that I put together, with a few short stories that I couldn't seem to publish anywhere else. All the stories are inspirational for the most part, and there's even a little mystery in this little collection as well. I was talking to a friend of mine who is also a writer, and when I brought up this idea to her, she suggested I go for it. She helped me format it, and she asked another friend of ours to design the cover, and the eBook is the first step in my publishing success.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Honestly, I have read many different articles online about the difficulty of signing on with a traditional publisher, and I even tried to get votes for one of my book ideas so that I could get it traditionally published, but that hasn't worked out as of yet, so I thought I'd go this route and see if being self-published makes a difference.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The fact that I can get creative and put my thoughts down on paper. Other than the necessary research you need to do to make fiction seem more realistic, the sky is the limit when it comes to building your own make believe world. The only advice I can give you is to make sure it's believable to your readers.
What do your fans mean to you?
At the moment, my fans consist of my family members, my friends and colleagues, but they mean a lot to me. These are the people who support me in the promotion of my book, and they are my cheering section. I would even accept support from a fellow Indie author in the purchase of my book, or just a simple retweet, or sharing my link on their page.
What are you working on next?
I have several projects in the works, my next little eBook will be a collection of essays about God's gift of sound, some that are adapted from blog posts, and others that come from my own experience with my singing bowl, and even an essay or two that was adapted from poems I have written.
Who are your favorite authors?
Janette Oak, Karen Kingsbury, Candis Calvert, Grace Livingston Hill, Patricia WentWorth, Mary Higgins Clark,
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I spend my time reading, posting to social media, listening to podcasts, or hanging out with my husband and my friends/family.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
From tweets, facebook posts, or just doing a search on my phone or my iPad.
Published 2018-03-22.
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Maggie's Gravy Train Adventure: An Electric Eclectic Book
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Inner Vision: An Electric Eclectic Book
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A Journey of Faith: A Stepping Stones Mystery
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