Welcome, Anne. Let’s learn more about you …
What is your genre? Why did you choose it?
I write historical romance with a humorous edge and a lot of sparky dialogue. Why? It’s what I enjoy reading and having written plays, I love writing dialogue.
Do you work on more than one manuscript at a time?
No, but there are a few I might go back to.
Do you work with a writing/critique group?
No, but I have had help and advice from the Romantic Novelists’ Association New Writers’ Scheme and from individual friends.
Can you remember your first reading book?
Not clearly. It did have Jack and Jill doing improbable things.
Do you nibble on snacks while writing? If so, what is your chosen treat?
Oh Dear. Tunnock’s Tea cakes really ought to sponsor me…
Tidy desk or a bombsite? Describe your writing area with us.
I’m incurably untidy, but do lose stuff when I file it properly – because I have no belief I will have done that. The computer is not on the floor – I don’t think I want to say anything else.
Are you published in the traditional manner or self published? Share your journey.
I’m e-published by MuseItUp of Canada who read and assessed Mariah’s Marriage and then offered a contract. They provide copy and line editing and cover art. I wrote plays for many, many years and then decided to go back to novels which I had tried in an earlier time. I joined the RNA NWS and Mariah’s Marriage was my fourth attempt. There’s a fifth which is out with a different type of publisher for consideration. There’s nothing quite like that e-mail offering to take your first book.
Who would you say have been the three most influential authors in your reading/writing life?
Jings! Kenneth Grahame, The Wind in the Willows; L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Greengables and Georgette Heyer, her regencies.
What advice would you like to share with other writers/authors with regard to preparing a manuscript?
I was a little surprised by the criticism I received from an American house to the effect that my book wasn’t ‘polished’ enough for them. On closer inspection, it wasn’t. While you do need to draw a line and send stuff out, you also need to edit, edit again and then maybe edit some more. Take out all the superfluous ‘thats’ and ‘justs’. Never start a spoken sentence with ‘Well,’ – all these things that we do unconsciously leap off the page when an editor is considering your ms against one that is clean. It really helps to put it away for a month and go back. When you go back you’re reading with a reader’s eye.
If the movie rights to your novels are purchased, who would you like to play your main characters?
In my second novel, Bella’s Betrothal, I’d like Karen Gillan to play Bella and Toby Hemingway for Charles.
I was on my way to the supermarket, when … Do you have a tale to tell relating to an everyday, boring event?
I was driving back from work one afternoon during the week in July when the Queen visits Holyrood Palace. There were a couple of motor-cycle cops in front of me and every roundabout was clear. We sailed south in record time. Only when I reached the junction of London Road and Broughton Street, did it become clear I’d been following Prince Philip’s official car!
Oh my! What a journey.
My blog; http://goo.gl/ILNek6
My author’s page at MuseItUp: http://goo.gl/f0zFKa
My first book on amazon: http://goo.gl/NxYxj5
ANNE STENHOUSE writes dialogue heavy historical romance with humour and a frisson of danger. Anne loves words. Reading them and using them greedily, she can’t truly remember a time when she couldn’t escape into the pages of a book and certainly can’t remember when she couldn’t talk and ask questions. Anne is a published and performed playwright. She studied both English and History at University in Edinburgh and finds it a great joy to combine these two disciplines in her novels. Being a playwright means Anne loves dialogue and knows a piece is going well when she ‘begins to hear the characters talking to each other’. She has been a civil servant, full-time Mum, and for a while, a worker in an Addictions’ rehabilitation unit. Anne lives in Scotland with her husband and dancing partner of over thirty years. Their children and a grandchild are close by.