Annette Drake is a multi-genre author whose work is character-driven and celebrates the law of unintended consequences.
She makes her home in Washington state. A member of the Romance Writers of America, Annette loves ferry rides, basset hounds and bakeries. She does not camp.
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.
Melanie Hansen loved her baby sister, Carrie. After her death, Melanie agrees to return to the antebellum mansion that Carrie so lovingly restored and find a buyer for the house. Just two small problems: a cranky albeit handsome historian, and the place is haunted.
Carrie Hansen is determined to realize her dream of restoring an antebellum mansion and opening it to the public as an event venue - a place for people to celebrate the best days of their lives. Now if only she can convince the ghosts who inhabit the house to stop scaring away her paying guests.
Joni Harte knew her first job out of college would be tough, but she didn’t expect it to be murder. When her boss is arrested and charged with the murder of a DEA agent, she must uncover the truth to clear his name and save her job.