About Anne Green
I live in the cold, upper Midwest with my husband and three kids. I spend summers on Lake Superior, which is the muse for my new adult romance, Summer Girl, and I’m a sucker for down-to-earth men who work with their hands (if they play guitar, that’s an added bonus). I love all things Irish—particularly music, dancing, and Jameson. When I’m not writing or reading romance, I’m traveling, camping, visiting book clubs, or blogging for Writer Unboxed and writing YA (under my real name).
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1. Could you tell us a bit about yourself?
I live in Minnesota which is in the upper Midwest of the United States, by Lake Superior, which plays a prominent part in SUMMER GIRL, as well as many of my YA novels that I've written under my real name. I married my "high school sweetheart" and we've been married 22 years. We have three kids, two in college and one nearly there. I love all things Irish: music, dancing, Guinness, Jameson, and have traveled over nearly all of Ireland at this point. I lived to the tell of the Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge, but only just barely. Seriously. My legs are still shaking.
2. What kind of books do you bring with you when you go on holiday?
I usually load up my e-reader with lots of contemporary romance. I am a lawyer by day and spend my time reading very complicated, often dry texts. When I get home, I'm looking for some serious escapism. Favorite authors are Kristin Ashley, Rebecca Yarros, and Jennifer Armentrout; however, I'm always eager for recommendations from friends and love to stumble upon new favorites purely by accident.
3. If you could spend a sunny day anywhere how would your perfect day look like?
Probably coffee on a deck, looking over Lake Superior, watching sailboats with colorful spinnakers, then a stroll through town looking at cute shops with stuff that's way too expensive, but then I find the perfect thing that I can't live without and buy it anyway. Lunch with friends who laugh way too loud and give me a stitch in my side. By afternoon, listening to live music on a patio. Then curling up with a good book as the sun goes down. (If I could get a gorgeous tan during all that, too, that would be great, but probably not in the cards for me.)
4. Could you tell us about your hobbies (when you are not writing or reading)?
Probably camping, though I don't do it often enough. We have a group of friends that we've camped with every year since our kids were little. Even though we're "roughing it," we always try to come up with a pretty sophisticated menu and a "signature drink."
5. Where do you find the inspiration for your stories?
Settings factor pretty high. I like a setting that adds a lot of atmosphere or mood. Often times I don't have a story in mind at all, but then a single line will pop into my head and I build a story around it. For SUMMER GIRL, I had this line: "Mom and I have been living on a Ramen noodle budget, but we try to sweep all our broken noodles under the rug." From that, I imagined a girl who was trying to be someone she wasn't but that she could only hide her true self for so long before "the real her" came storming out. (Do you have Ramen noodles in England?)
6. If you could be any leading character from a bestselling book, who would you be and why?
Jules Lawler (the "Law") from Kristen Ashley's "Rock Chick" series. I love how she's both sweet and vulnerable, but at the same time is kicking ass all over town.
7. What's your favorite reading spot?
The corner of my couch. The cushions are all caved-in in that spot!
8. What is your favorite holiday destination and what do you like so much about it?
I love to travel, particularly to places outside of the United States just because the pace is so different. Plus, I'm a history fiend. (In college I majored in Medieval Studies.) If I had to pick just one destination though, I'd say Florence, Italy.
9. Do you have any advice for authors who would like to write a sunny story?
The setting, climate, temperature all has to play into the plot. Use the sun to shed light on a big reveal. Make it humid if the scene is oppressive.
10. What can we expect from you in the future?
I'm hoping to continue SUMMER GIRL, not as a "series," per se, but rather with other stand alone novels that pick up on the lives of SG's minor characters. Fingers crossed!
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