Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Reading in the Sun - Interview with Annie Stiles & Giveaway


About Annie Stiles


Annie Stiles is the pen name of an imaginative, happy little girl who liked nothing more than playing make believe and reading books.

She grew into a daydreaming teenager who liked nothing more than romantic movies, romantic music, and reading books.

She became a young woman who liked nothing more than falling in love with her real life hero, starting their life together, and reading books.

She turned into a mommy who liked nothing more than cuddling her little ones, growing her garden, and reading books.

Now she writes them, too.

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Interview
 
1. Could you tell us a bit about yourself?

I always wanted to be a romance novelist. When our daughter started school every day, I finally did it. I’m fairly sentimental, usually cheerful, and an introvert at heart. Everyone thinks I’m an extrovert because I’m really quite chatty.

I’m a morning person. I love desserts to distraction. I’ve been a romance reader since my first fairy tales. I love the color pink, blue hydrangeas, cottage gardens, coffee with too much cream and sugar, jewelry that sparkles, and pumpkin pie with mounds of whipped cream. 

I’m married to my college-sweetheart hubby who I adore. We never run out of things to talk about and given how much I talk, that really is astonishing. We have a little girl and a little boy about to enter 2rd and 3nd grade, respectively. They are our charming, clever, and funny rays of sunshine. Our two cats round out the household, though they are in charge, let’s be honest.

2. What kind of books do you bring with you when you go on holiday?

Vacation for me is not the time for brand new or hot off the presses. I like to read “keeper-shelf” recommendations and/or backlist books that I’ve heard about and everyone has read but I haven’t gotten to yet. It started on a Caribbean vacation many years ago when I read Julie Garwood’s The Bride and Judith McNaught’s Kingdom of Dreams. It’s sort of a tradition now.

3. If you could spend a sunny day anywhere how would your perfect day look like?

A big, decadent breakfast followed by a round of golf with my family somewhere gorgeous, like the Caribbean, (I’m learning golf and have become surprisingly hooked) and an afternoon swimming and splashing about. A big, decadent dinner (seeing a trend?) followed by a walk on the beach and a big, decadent dessert. If I am home, it would be in the garden. But also the yummy meals, please.

4. Could you tell us about your hobbies (when you are not writing or reading)?

I’m trying desperately to balance my love of gardening with my other responsibilities. The weeds are winning out at present, but I’m keeping up the fight. Learning golf is a newer hobby for me.

5. Where do you find the inspiration for your stories?

Ideas are everywhere, all the time. It is the notion of “what if?” and your imagination gets skipping along, doesn’t it? I’m a people-watcher and I’m very character-driven in life so that spills over into my books. It always starts with the characters. Then the fun begins while I flesh them out and if flows from there. People are wonderful and fascinating. Everyone has a story. Everyone deserves a story, too.
 
6. If you could be any leading character from a bestselling book, who would you be and why?

This question completely and utterly stumps me. My younger self loved the glamorous lives and occupations of Danielle Steel’s characters.

7. What's your favorite reading spot?

Before we had children, I’d have said the beach on vacation, I think. Now, it is probably the rocking chair on our front porch.

8. What is your favorite holiday destination and what do you like so much about it?

The Caribbean is idyllic. I have happy memories of vacations there. Small, intimate beaches, friendly people, easy to get around. Just lovely.

9. Do you have any advice for authors who would like to write a sunny story?

Just get started. You need to get a feeling for what you like, how you work, what feels right for you.

10. What can we expect from you in the future?

I’ve turned Book 2 in The Heritage View Series over to my editor and I imagine I’ll be editing that with her this fall. I’m starting Book 3 very soon. After I weed the garden, of course.

Giveaway

One very lucky reader will win a Kindle copy of A Match Made in Heritage View by Annie Stiles.

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13 comments:

  1. I have glad that you write sunny romantic stories. When the world around us is going crazy, it's wonderful to escape for a while in a lovely story.

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  2. I like Reading in the Sun if it's not too bright as it puts a glare on the pages, lol. :)

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  3. Good luck! So happy to be featured on the blog today. I totally agree, Cheryl C, it is a treat to escape into a heartwarming story. Thanks everyone for stopping by.

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  4. Reading in the Sun is fantastic event!
    Thanks for sharing another great interview :)

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  5. I like to garden, too. I understand the need to balance it with other priorities.
    Dianna

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  6. Great review. Thanks for the Q and A.

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  7. The cover design is so wonderfully cozy and dreamy - a great example of how covers can lure me in!

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  8. Cute cover! I'm interested in learning more about your books.

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  9. I preffer reading under my umbrella than reading in the sun.

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