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She lives in the middle of the desert in Australia in a small mining town 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.
Which hat do you wear?I get asked this quite often because I write different genres and not everyone agrees that it is a good thing.
When I first started writing it was Young Adult. The books almost wrote themselves, they were bursting to get out and I often wonder why I waited so long to get started.
Only problem was, nobody except me liked them. Not in the publishing trade anyway.
'You have a great voice and we like your work but, no thanks.'
Witchling, Book one of Curse of Kin was put away and I bemoaned my unloved manuscript.
Not one to give up, I thought I would try my voice with Romance novels instead. No problem, two rural romances were soon ready for submission.
'Sorry, we like your voice but no thanks.'
I was ready to grab a tub of ice cream and sit in the corner by myself. If I couldn't write Young Adult or Romance, what was I going to do?
Lady luck was on my side. That and my never say die attitude.
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How wonderful it was to start getting offers instead of rejections. Within two days I had three contracts sitting on my desk. I thought I had found my niche and my little heart was soothed. Taming the Outback is out now and Mistress for Magnus is out 29th September.
I couldn't help but wonder if there was any hope for my Young Adult books. I had put so much into them and had the first three books written. Me being me I refused to give up hope. I had them evaluated by an editor that does a lot of work in this genre and she loved them. I was a little bit staggered.
Should I write both, could I write both?
I gave it a lot of thought and talked it over with a few different people. Everyone has their own take on this. There are a lot of authors writing cross genres now and doing well. I subbed Witchling again and also book two in the series, Changling. Both are due out before Christmas.
There was one more genre I wanted to try. Erotic Romance. Nothing tacky or gross, just very sexy books. I liked reading them, why shouldn't I write them? Irish Seduction was subbed a couple of weeks ago and picked up.
I think that three hats is enough for now, don't you think?
Hang on, there is that story I started writing for my granddaughter. I wonder if I should finish that? That would be middle grade I think.
And then there is that one about the young boy that ...........