Anne Macdonald


Anne Macdonald has worked in law, banking, higher education and for herself, as a project manager, webmaster, a freelance writer and event planner. DEADLINES ARE MURDER (79,000 words) is her first book in the Sam (Samantha) Monroe mystery series. The second in the series, WEDDINGS ARE MURDER, will be released in FALL 2016 and the third, TRIALS ARE MURDER, is anticipated in early 2018. Sam Monroe is the protagonist and her unique extended family members and friends are featured in each story. Anne currently resides with her husband in a nice, quiet suburb of Boston, Massachusetts.

Writing since the age of ten, her first short story was inspired by her love of history, particularly the American Revolution, her love of a good story and an active imagination. Her love of history led her to a BA and an MA in History. Her unpublished MA Thesis on Asher Benjamin, architect and builder, is held in several libraries. Her active imagination and the love of a good story has inspired her to write novels. She is continuing to work on stories set in the nineteenth century, using her family history as inspiration.

Smashwords Interview

What motivated you to become an indie author?
I wanted to have control of my story. it sounds like what everyone says and it's true. While the traditional publication road can be helpful and financially successful, having full control of my book allowed me to fail or succeed on my own. I have been happy with my indie experience. Should someone offer me a 6-figure contract I might reconsider but until then I plan to continue as an indie author
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords has allowed me to publish my file and distribute to many avenues. I have recently updated my novel and now have premium status, which expands my distribution options.
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Where to buy in print


Weddings Are Murder: A Sam Monroe Mystery
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 80,530. Language: English. Published: July 14, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth, Fiction » Holiday » Family
As she nears the church for the rehearsal, there's blood in the snow and an elderly woman standing motionless over a body, a dead body. Samantha "Sam" Monroe's plans for a quiet weekend in Vermont are slowly unraveling as she deals with a bridezilla, a bodyguard, her family, and an elderly woman wrongly accused of murder.
Deadlines Are Murder: A Sam Monroe Mystery
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 75,300. Language: English. Published: January 31, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
Former banker turned budding romance novelist, Samantha 'Sam' Monroe is wanted in the murder of her soon to be ex-husband’s grad assistant and lover, Ariella Fantini, until she proves that she couldn't have committed the murder. Sam's snooping to help solve both Ariella's and now Jimmy's murders makes her the next target. Those around her scramble to find her before she becomes the next victim

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