Interviewing Author Ann Malley
Q1. Tell me about yourself what are your favorite books to read?
A. I’m an almost empty-nester who reads and writes to fill in the spaces left by not having to homeschool anymore. It was a great experience. But I’d be lying if I said I loved every moment of it. But I wouldn’t change a single thing—except perhaps breathing deeper to take in the joy that’s now passed. My favorite books? It’s hard to say, even though I write inspirational romantic suspense and sweet romance. I read EVERYTHING. Having moved cross country too many times to count, my husband and I hauled a great many books. Inherited the first edition western biographies, collected children’s classics, illustrated histories of the British monarchy, art compendiums, spiritual classics—the Discernment of Spirits anyone?—and a wealth of old hardback mysteries. Sax Rohmer and the like. And who can forget P.G. Wodehouse? If you love witty comedy without the bedroom scenes, he’s your man. Now having finally won a library of my own—the front room that I called dibs on—I’m surrounded by those hard-won treasures. A collection I’m always adding to despite my husband’s lamentation that future moves will break backs. LoL.
Q2. How did you come up with the name of your books?
A. Fallen Angel was named as such because the heroine is an angel to the hero. A god sent a reminder of what it means to have faith and hope. Fallen was added because his perceptions took a turn. But you’ll have to read the book to find out if Roham is correct in his estimation, or judging rashly as we so often do.
A. Rodeo King has similar significance, although it’s a sweet western contemporary. The Rodeo represents a conflict between the hero and heroine. And “King” is a title Frank Ferguson must contemplate. That and the crown that goes with it. He likes bright and shiny. There’s no doubt. But his hard-won crown represents an obstacle that keeps him from living amid the people so to speak and connecting with the one and only woman he’d hoped to make his queen.
Q3 What are you working on for 2019?
A.I’m currently working on Book 2 of the Diamond Dogs series. CRAVING GRACE. The title is weighty and intended to be exactly that. But Gracie Snow isn’t quite sure that she’s purely driven, or filled with the best gift God can give. Readers should prepare themselves for another seat-belt suspense where holding on tight is the only option. That and keeping the faith.
Q4 How long have you been writing?
A. I’ve been writing since I was 7 years old. My mother passed on now, kept my childhood “graphic novel” The BLOB. Modeled after that classic chiller thriller of the gooey blob that attempts to overtake a small town—sending people scrambling away from being oozed up—my “Blob” has all the jump scenes you could want. Good grief. Who was watching me back then???
Q5 What advice would you give other authors?
A.WRITE. WRITE. WRITE. Believe in yourself, develop your talents, and understand that God has a plan for you. That requires your effort. So sit down and get the words out. Use a voice recorder if needs must. (I did when I had a double fracture in my left arm two years back.) But don’t give up. And think big. That’s a big long term. Don’t pass up on the steps-along-the-way because you may believe that you want something larger now. Start where God gives you the opportunity, grow your craft, your career, and keep smiling. You do not want to miss the good parts.
Q6.Where can people find you online?
A. I can be found on Facebook at AnnMalleyBooks, Twitter @AnnMalleyBooks, Instagram at—hmmm?—AnnMalleyBooks. And at my blog at AnnMalleyBooks.com. If you sense there’s a theme going, you’d be right! ☺ I can also be found at Forget Me Not Romances Readers and Authors on Facebook. Join the fun for an upcoming Book Club in April. Join now and you’ll get to review and vote for next month’s book selection. Whenever you join, you’re guaranteed a GREAT time and a diversity of creative fiction that’s sure to tickle your interests.
Q7Do you plan on making more books in the future?
A. Absolutely. I’m addicted. I LOVE telling stories, but especially those infused with a Christian worldview. Something sadly lacking in today’s society. But “Where sin increased, grace abounded all the more,” Romans 5:20. So it’s time to get busy. And again, with the kiddos needing less of attention, everyone is pleased as punch that mom is putting her focus on book babies. (Those with ADHD need something to concentrate on!)
Q7 How many books have you written?
A. I have 2 published books now. Fallen Angel: DIAMOND DOGS BOOK 1 and Rodeo King: WILD HORSE MONTANA BOOK 1. But I’ve written too many to count. Seriously. I don’t even know anymore I’ve written so many. (I meant what I said about writing and writing.)
10 did you go to college to be a writer?
A. I’ve attended six different colleges in my day. (Did I mention my ADHD???) So, did I go to college to be a writer? In a sense, yes. An art major, English major, Economics, and my favorite—Undeclared. LoL. I don’t have a degree, but the experiences gleaned—about myself, the college system, other people, and the way life works—absolutely put me on the writerly path. No question.
Thank you so much, Angelika, for the opportunity to let readers know more about me. I’d love to hear from folks. I’d love to help other writers who perhaps need encouragement to KEEP WRITING. So stay in touch.
I would like to say thank you to Ann Malley for allowing me to interview her on my blog.