Annette Drake


Annette Drake’s novels are character-driven and celebrate the law of unintended consequences.

A Beautiful Day in Alaska is her first novella. She has also published three novels: A Year with Geno, Bone Girl and Celebration House.

She is the mother of four children and makes her home in Washington state. Annette loves libraries, basset hounds and bakeries. She does not camp. If she can help it.

Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a small town of 5,000 people in northeast Missouri. I spent a lot of time at the local library, pouring over horse books and stories of adventure. I also loved the classics - Raggedy Ann and Andy. My two older brothers and I would write plays and perform them for my parents. When I turned 30, I needed adventure, so I headed to Anchorage, Alaska. What a culture shock! A few years later, I wandered down to Washington state and that's where my home is now.
When did you first start writing?
I've been telling stories my whole life. I remember writing a ballad about the Civil War when I was about 7 years old, strumming along on my brother's discarded guitar. My first big break happened in eighth grade when a short story I wrote was published in the school newspaper. I was a celebrity author! For about 15 minutes. Then my normal life returned. After that, I dived into journalism and received a bachelor of arts at what is now Truman State University. I worked for small newspapers in Missouri and Kansas until the early 1990s when I went back to school and transitioned to the medical field. I relegated fiction writing to something I did late at night when my children slept.
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Where to find Annette Drake online

Where to buy in print


A Beautiful Day in Alaska
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 17,090. Language: English. Published: February 1, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Women's fiction » Chick lit
During a long summer day in Alaska, Robin Kincaid learns life's most important lesson: broken hearts heal.
A Year with Geno
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 84,620. Language: English. Published: June 21, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
Faced with an eviction notice, single-mom Caroline Taylor moves in with Air Force Sgt. Geno D'Antoni. It's only for a year, so she can polish her credit and save the down payment to buy her forever home. But after a messy year of ex-spouse spite and life with four boys, she can't help but ask, when does your best friend become your future?
Celebration House
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 46,040. Language: English. Published: July 31, 2013 by Tirgearr Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
Carrie Hansen dedicated her life to caring for others. Now she's the patient. Determined to realize her dreams, she leaves the bustle of Seattle to buy a rundown antebellum mansion in Lexington, Missouri. But the 150-year-old house requires extensive repairs. Will Carrie finish restoring Stratton House or will it finish her? And why does a ghostly Civil War soldier haunt her daydreams?
Bone Girl
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 42,080. Language: English. Published: July 14, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Family
A lonely girl learns to play a discarded trombone. An abused stallion learns to trust. Together, they save their world.

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