Saturday, September 6, 2014

An Interview with Ane Mulligan

Today, my guest is multi-published Ane Mulligan. She bills her writing as southern-fried fiction. With me being a Texas girl born and bred, I just must like that tagline.



While a large, floppy straw hat is her favorite, Ane has worn many different ones: hairdresser, legislative affairs director (that's a fancy name for a lobbyist), drama director, playwright, humor columnist, and novelist. Her lifetime experience provides a plethora of fodder for her Southern-fried fiction (try saying that three times fast). She firmly believes coffee and chocolate are two of the four major food groups. President of the award-winning literary site, Novel Rocket, Ane resides in Suwanee, GA, with her artist husband, her chef son, and two dogs of Biblical proportion. You can find Ane on her Southern-fried Fiction website, Google+, Facebook, Goodreads, Twitter, and Pinterest.

 


1. Ane, when was the last time you wanted to give up on writing? What saved you from doing that?

    I don't think I've ever wanted to give up, although I've been really discouraged at times. My writing journey has taken nearly 12 years. But every time I felt lower than the bottom rung of a ladder, God showed up with someone who encouraged me. I eventually realized I needed to factor His timing into my publishing equation. Once I did that, I wrote and left the rest to Him.

2. Good advice. Where did you get the idea for your new book?

 

    Years ago, a young women at church told me when she married, she didn't know she should have prayed for the husband God had picked out for her, so she was gong to get a divorce and go look for that other man.

I talked her out of it, but it stuck with me. If one woman thought that, there had to be others. So I decided to explore what would happen if a woman in her forties, who had been married for a long time just learned that.
 
 
3. What is your favorite character from the book?
 

    Claire. She's a hoot. She's moves without thinking and has no filter between her brain and her mouth. She gets into more messes. The tagline form the book tells it all: With a friend like Claire, you need a gurney, a mop, and a guardian angel.

 
4. I think I would like Claire, too. Ane, if you could be a song, what would it be?
 

    This took a lot of thought. I may have sprained my brain, but I finally came up with When You're Smiling. God wired me happy. I love to laugh and I'm usually smiling. After all, frowning takes more muscles and therefore more work—and more wrinkles.

 
5. Thanks for the reminder. I must smile more. In what place do you do most of your writing?
 

    I used to do most of it at Starbucks, but then Hubs bought me a wonderful recliner that stopped all my back problems. So now, I write in my chair, in my new office.

 
6. What habit do you struggle with making or getting rid of?


    We're not talking about chocolate or coffee here, are we? Because those are two of the four major food groups. Can't give those up. Probably getting in my quiet time. I'm ADD and get distracted so easily it's pathetic.

 
7. What book are you reading now?
 

    At the time of this writing, it's Woman of Fortune, by Kellie Coates Gilbert. Although, I'll have finished soon. It's hard to put down.

 
8. How did you connect with your current publisher?
 

    I read a book I liked, Becalmed, by Normandie Fischer, and mentioned it to my agent. She looked it up, saw it had been published by Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas, and decided to send my manuscript to them as she knew the editor. I'm delighted she did.

    They also allowed my hubs, an artist, to paint my book cover. It was no easy task to pull an imaginary town from my brain. To me, it was more of a feeling than brick and mortar, even though I'd drawn a map for where everything is within the town. But he did it and I'm tickled pink with the result. Ken Raney took his painting and made the cover design with it.

 
9. What a wonderful thing to have your husband included in the work. I love the cover. Is there anything else you want to tell us?
 

    If you're a writer, never give up. Only those who give up, fail.
 
 
Chapel Springs Revival
 

With a friend like Claire, you need a gurney, a mop, and a guardian angel.
 

Everybody in the small town of Chapel Springs, Georgia, knows best friends Claire and Patsy. It's impossible not to, what with Claire's zany antics and Patsy's self-appointed mission to keep her friend out of trouble. And trouble abounds. Chapel Springs has grown dilapidated and the tourist trade has slackened. With their livelihoods threatened, they join forces to revitalize the town. No one could have guessed the real issue needing restoration is personal.

With their marriages in as much disarray as the town, Claire and Patsy embark on a mission of mishaps and miscommunication, determined to restore warmth to Chapel Springs —and their lives. That is if they can convince their husbands and the town council, led by two curmudgeons who would prefer to see Chapel Springs left in the fifties and closed to traffic.

 
Okay, I hit Ane with several questions, but she was gracious in her answers. Do any of you have questions or comments for her? Chapel Springs Revival sounds like a must-read to me.

25 comments:

Ane Mulligan said...

Janet, thank you for the opportunity to be here and get the word out about Chapel Springs Revival.

Janet K Brown said...

I loved getting acquainted with you, Ane. Thanks for the interview & good luck with Chapel Springs Revival.

Deborah Raney said...

Ane, I'm so excited about your book's release. I can't wait to read it. Wish I wasn't on deadline so I could just drop everything and read it NOW! I love the cover too! Your hubby is amazingly talented (and I'm thrilled that my hubby got in on the design too!)

Normandie Ward Fischer said...

Excellent interview, Ane and Janet. I loved learning a bit more about Chapel Springs Revival--oh, and how you, Ane, ended up with Lighthouse. Thank you so much for mentioning Becalmed.

I love that we "met" through your enjoyment of the book--and that soon we'll actually meet in person. Hugs coming your way in October!

Michelle Griep said...

Just gotta say . . . CHAPEL SPRINGS rocks! Thanks for hosting Ane today. Highly entertaining!

Sharon Ervin said...

Refreshing interview. Thanks for posting it.

Linda Yezak said...

"When You're Smiling." I can't think of a more perfect song for you!

Terrific interview!

Elizabeth Ludwig said...

So thrilled for this debut! Ane, you have been such an encourager and friend to so many! What a perfect song choice for you. And I can't wait for readers to get to know Claire and Patsy!!

Davalyn Spencer said...

How fun to know your husband painted the book cover!

Ane Mulligan said...

Thanks, Janet! I just have to love a Texas writer!

Ane Mulligan said...

Deborah, thanks so much! It was your books that led me to women's fiction. So it was very special to me that both our hubbies worked on my cover. And Ken designs the best book marks!

Ane Mulligan said...

Hey, Normandie! I can't wait to meet in person. Thank you for being you!

Ane Mulligan said...

Aw, Genghis. Yes, Michelle Griep is Genghis Griep, one of my crit partners. Love you!

Ane Mulligan said...

Sharon Ervin, thank you so much.

Ane Mulligan said...

Linda, thanks!! Funny, when I think of you, I think of smiles, too. :) Must be that crazy cat woman!

Ane Mulligan said...

Lisa, thank you my dear. Elizabeth is known to me a Ludwig von Frankenpen. She and Genghis made Chapel Springs Revival what it is. Love you two!

Ane Mulligan said...

Thanks, Davalyn! It really has been fun.

Ane Mulligan said...

And all of you win a point on the blog tour toward the grand prize of a giclee reproduction of the original artwork.

Angela Breidenbach said...

Fun interview and your hubby is a talented artist!
Angie

Mary L. Hamilton said...

Great interview! And what fun to have your hubbie draw the cover. Love the premise of the book.

Janet K Brown said...

Thanks for all the comments. I can't wait to get my copy of Chapel Springs Revival. I think the characters sound fascinating. Isn't it wonderful how our hubby's get involved. Mine said he carried my books in high school & he's still carrying my books. But, he can't draw. Ha!

Ane Mulligan said...

Thank you, Janet! You and your friends and readers have put Chapel Springs Revival on Amazon's best seller list!!! Thank you!!!

Janet K Brown said...

Praise God, Ane. What wonderful news.

Deanna Stevens said...

great office, & I'm a chocolate lover too. enjoyed the interview

Janet K Brown said...

Thanks, Deanna for checking us out.