Jen: Today we welcome Anne Mather as she tours with Book Trib for the release of her newest book, A Forbidden Temptation. Anne, will you share a short bio with us?
Anne: Here’s my official bio.
I’ve always wanted to write — which is not to say I’ve always wanted to be a professional writer. One the contrary, for years I wrote only for my own pleasure, and it wasn’t until my husband suggested that I ought to send one of my stories to a publisher that we put several publishers names into a hat and pulled one out. The rest as they say in history. And now, 150 books later, I’m literally — excuse the pun — staggered by what happened.
I had written all through my infant and junior years and on into my teens, the stories changing from children’s adventures to torrid gypsy passions. My mother used to gather these up from time to time, when my bedroom became too untidy, and dispose of them! The trouble was, I never used to finish any of the stories, andCaroline, my first published book, was the first book I’d actually completed. I was newly married then, and my daughter was just a baby, and it was quite a job juggling my household chores and scribbling away in exercise books every chance I got. Not very professional, as you can see, but that’s the way it was.
I now have two grown-up children, a son and daughter, and two adorable grandchildren, Abigail and Ben, aged eleven and nine respectively.
Jen: Is anything in A Forbidden Temptation based on real life experiences or purely all imagination?
Anne: No, A FORBIDDEN TEMPTATION is not based on any real life experiences, but I can say that the Northumbrian Coast is one of the most beautiful coastlines in the UK and incidentally, I do believe in ghosts.
Jen: You get a brilliant phrase/idea/thought at an inappropriate time (while driving, drifting off to sleep/in the shower). What do you do?
Anne: I always make a note of any ideas I have, and in consequence I have a notebook full of them!
Jen: What’s your favorite line from any movie?
Anne: I love the film, DIRTY DANCING, and there are many lines from that script I could nominate, not least the most famous ‘nobody puts Baby in the corner.’
Jen: If you were to create a slogan for your life, what would it be?
Anne: The only slogan for life I believe is Charles Darwin’s ‘IT IS NOT THE STRONGEST OF THE SPECIES THAT SURVIVES, NOR THE MOST INTELLIGENT, BUT THE ONE MOST RESPONSIVE TO CHANGE’.
Jen: If you could live anywhere on this planet, and take everything that you love with you, where would you choose to live? Tell us about your choice.
Anne: I love where I live now, and although I enjoy travelling and seeing different places, I wouldn’t choose to live anywhere else.
Jen: What was your favorite scene to write in A Forbidden Temptation? Why?
Anne: I think one of my favorite scenes was when Sean was confronted by Lisa’s ghost. I really wanted Sean to meet his match.
Jen: What did you find most useful in learning to write? What was least useful or most destructive?
Anne: I don’t remember having to learn to write. I started scribbling in exercise books as soon as I could write and my stories grew as I did. There’s nothing destructive about writing. It’s the best job in the world.
Jen: What are five words that describe your writing process?
Anne: Time, time, discipline, discipline, satisfaction.
Jen: What are you working on now? What is your next project?
Anne: I’m in the process of writing my next book for Harlequin Presents. I’m also working on an ebook, SILENT ECHO, that is coming out with Kindle later this year.