Although desperate to get out of her dead end job, Sami is cynical when she hears of an inheritance from the grandfather she never knew. But once she and her young brother arrive in the beautiful valley, she discovers they are not wanted…especially by the sexy vineyard owner next door.
Will she persevere and make a home for them, or give in and take the easy money when the going gets tough?
1. If you were to describe your e-book/book in only one word, what would it be?
2. What would you say inspired you to write it?
I recently moved from the middle of the harsh Queensland desert to the Hunter Valley. The difference in everything was mind boggling. I had to put a heroine in the same position and give her something worth fighting for. From the Outback follows Sami’s journey to the wine growing region of Australia and her battle to keep the farm she inherited from a local grower determined to take over her land.
3.1. What was the source of inspiration for your protagonist?
I like sassy females who go out on a limb for what they want. All of my female characters are fighters.
3.2. What about your antagonist?
For once I decided to have a nice antagonist. One that would show his softer side regardless of what Sami did to him. I think Mason fitted the bill nicely.
4. Have you ever been hit by the infamous “writer’s block”? What did you do to escape it?
Funny you should ask that. I don’t believe in writers block. I look at it this way, your brain works 24/7. It never stops. Sometimes I might not like the words that end up on paper but other times when I look back, they are great. You have to push yourself to get them down regardless of how you think your muse isn’t working for you.
5. Your all time favorite book?
A tossup between Outlander and On Writing by Stephen King.
6. What made you pick that one above all others?
I adore Jamie Fraser and their story. On Writing because it always reminds me of the important things in this writing journey and how even the great Stephen King got knocked back.
7. What’s the longest time you’ve spent working on a project?
My YA books (as Ari Harper). That took me a couple of years because I did all four books one after the other.
8. Would you say becoming an author has changed you? In what way?
It’s certainly given me more freedom to do what I want. Since I don’t work outside the home anymore and I can write anywhere, the world is my oyster.
9. Was there ever a time, during your work on the e-book/book, when you felt like giving up? What made you change your mind?
No, never. I had days of doubt but I never thought of giving up.
10. What does your day-to-day life consist of? What else do you do, aside writing?
We live on acreage so there is always something to do with animals or gardens, my other favorite thing. We camp a lot, do wine tasting tours and sightseeing.
11. How do you deal with bad reviews or acid criticism? What would you advise other authors to that effect?
Ignore them. You can’t please everyone and I don’t try. I don’t like every book I read and that is the same for everyone.
12. Is this title part of a series? Without giving us spoilers, of course, what can we expect from the next e-books/books in the series?
No it’s not. I do have a new series coming soon though.
13. What do you have stored for us in the future? What are you working on/planning on next, aside this title/series?
The Club is a series of rather steamy tales I’m working on now. The first book, Two for One should be out in Feb?March.
14. What made you decide to go the self-pub way?
The length of lead time to get published. I started out with a publisher but decided to go it alone after four books with them. I make more money, get it up faster and have total control.
15. What would you say was the toughest part?
Putting that first book out and waiting to see if it would take off. Happily my readers loved it and still support me.
16. Did you hire professionals for editing, cover design, formatting?
Definitely. If you don’t, your readers will know for sure. The more eyes over the manuscript, the better.
17. How did you decide who to hire, if you worked with pros?
I asked around. Looked at others covers and picked who I wanted.
18. How long did the production part take, from the moment you began working on the manuscript to self-pub to when you hit ‘Publish’?
About two months with From the Outback. That is usual for me if I’m on a roll.
6. Where is your work being distributed, Amazon, B&N, Smashwords, AllRomanceEbooks/Omnilit, some other distributor? How did you decide which one(s) to go with? Amazon for now. They make it easy to self publish so I’ll stick with the one that supports me the most.
19. If you could turn back in time and do things differently, would you? What would you change?
I’d probably start writing at an earlier age. I have so many stories to tell.
1. If you were stranded on an isolated island, what’s the one book you’d absolutely wish to have with you? Outlander.
2. Name your favorite fruit.
3. Coffee or tea?
Herbal tea, ginger and lemongrass.
4. Favorite season?
5. How about fav time of 24 hours?
Early morning – I walk.
6. Were you a boyscout/girlscout?
7. Favorite food for breakfast?
Muesli and yoghurt.
8. Latest book you’ve bought and read?
Ruin, Rachel Van Dyken – I know I’m going to cry in this one too.
9. Do you collect things, like stamps, or key chains, or shoes?
I like old kitchen items.
10. Favorite color, you know you want to tell us!
Green, close to nature girl.
11. Drama or comedy?
Drama if it has a hot guy in it.
12. Have a fav quote or personal motto?
You can’t fix a blank page. Stole that from Nora Roberts.
13. Cats or dogs?
Dogs, I have three.
14. Dinner by candlelight or a night out clubbing?
How about a BBQ outside.
‘ She gazed up into his eyes and sighed before reaching up and wrapping her fingers in the hair at the nape of his neck. Leaning in, she kissed him.
Mason’s body reacted with a speed that threw him. “Um, we might have to take this a bit slower.” He removed her hand from his neck, and took a small step back.
“Why?” Sami looked puzzled until her gaze travelled south to the bulge in his jeans and she laughed. “Oh I see. Well”—she glanced at him with a cheeky grin— “we could always do something about your predicament. I don’t mean to come onto you but…” ‘
About the Author & Links:
She lives in the beautiful Hunter Valley with her own handsome hero of many years. Ann has always loved the ups and downs of life in small communities and she shares this with readers in her rural romances.
Strong sexy heroines with a good dash of sass thrown in feature in her stories. Of course these women need an equally strong hero. Bring on the outback hero and watch the passion ignite.
When not writing Ann enjoys reading, gardening, walking her very large dog Hugo and fighting with her computer.