Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Anne K. Albert, my MYSTERY WE WRITE guest for today. And she's the one who organized this blog tour!

Anne will be giving away e-book copes of Frank, Incense, and Muriel to some lucky commentors at the close of thie MYSTERY WE WRITE blog tour (December 9), so comment away and good luck! See below for details.*

Anne K. Albert’s award winning stories chill the spine, warm the heart and soothe the soul…all with a delightful touch of humor. A member of Romance Writers of America, Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, and married to her high school sweetheart for more than a quarter of a century, it's a given she'd write mystery and romantic suspense. When not writing she loves to travel, visit friends and family, and of course, read using ‘Threegio’ her cherished and much beloved Kindle 3G!

So, heeeers Anne!

Thanks for featuring me, Jinx, on Day 13 of the second 2011 Mystery We Write Blog Tour. What a fantastic virtual ride this has been! I hope you’re enjoying it as much as I am.

Speaking of rides, I understand you live part of each year on a boat moored in the Sea of Cortez. How exotic! Being more of a landlubber, myself, I spend a great deal of time writing in my van. Weather permitting, of course. I call it as my ‘cone of silence’. It’s an ideal place to just focus on writing. There are no disruptions, no internet connections, no telephone calls, and no friends or neighbors to distract me. It’s a sanctuary in every sense of the word.

Jinx – Describe your writing process.

Many authors plot their stories. They know the beginning, middle and end before they put a single word to paper.
Writing for me is more akin to being a fly on the wall.
I sit at the computer, or grab a pen and pad of paper, and focus on my characters. Like magic, I’m transported to their exact location and time. I’m there with them. I see, hear, feel, taste and smell everything they do. And like my characters, I have no idea what will happen next. Nothing is more exhilarating that watching the story unfold, and thinking, “Wow. I didn’t see that coming.” It’s a total rush!

Jinx – Tell us about your book.

FRANK, INCENSE AND MURIEL is set the week before Christmas when the stress of the holidays is enough to frazzle anyone’s nerves. Tensions increase when a friend begs Muriel to team up with a sexy private investigator to find a missing woman. Forced to deal with an embezzler, kidnapper, and femme fatale is bad enough, but add Muriel’s zany yet loveable family to the mix and their desire to win the coveted D-DAY (Death Defying Act of the Year) Award, and the situation can only get worse.
I’m proud of what readers are saying.
     One on Amazon said, “Anne K. Albert's…wit shines through this lightly suspenseful novel and her characters ring sweet and true. Can't wait to read more about Muriel, Frank and the rest of the gang.”
Author Marja McGraw said, “Laugh out loud funny in places, and that's my favorite kind of book. I was totally entertained by Frank, Incense and Muriel.”
     Night Owl Reviews gave it 5 stars and a Top Pick Award. “If you’re looking for a story with a little bit of humor, a whole lot of suspense and plenty of insanity, then you’ve found the perfect story.”
Frank, Incense and Muriel is also recipient of the prestigious 2011 Holt Medallion Award of Merit. J If you’d like to read a sample, click here:

Thanks again, Jinx. I’ve enjoyed my virtual visit with you today. Happy writing, happy reading, and of course, happy boating!

*Remember to leave a comment and be automatically entered her comment-to-win contest.
CONTEST DETAILS: Comment to WIN! Three names will be selected at random from comments on all 14 of Anne’s Mystery We Write Blog Tour guest appearances. Winners will receive an e-copy of FRANK, INCENSE AND MURIEL, book one of the Muriel Reeves Mysteries. Visit for her schedule and contest details. Good luck!


Anne K. Albert said...

Thanks again, Jinx! Organizing a tour is one thing, but it's really the group members who make it as success. They (and you) deserve the credit!

M.M. Gornell said...
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M.M. Gornell said...

Anne, thanks for sharing how you write. Always interesting to hear other author processes.

You've organized a great tour!


Marilyn Meredith a.k.a. F. M. Meredith said...

I always begin with my characters too. It's so much fun to learn how others write. Good post, Anne--and I too thank you for organizing the tour.


SandyG265 said...

It's interesting to see how differently each author writes.

Jean Henry Mead said...

Good post, Anne. I'm also a pantser who sits and listens to my characters, never knowing what's going to happen.

Jinx Schwartz said...

Sooo, Anne, do you want me to change it to dragonfly:-)? Guess that would mess up your great post, Dragonfly on the wall.

Jackie King said...

It's always fun to learn how another author writes. Good post, Jean and Jinx.

Anne K. Albert said...

Thank you, Madeline. But as I've said before, a tour is only as good as the people involved, and this crew is superb! It's a job to part of the fun.

Anne K. Albert said...

Marilyn, it is my pleasure. I'll stand on my head and spit nickles if it means getting to hang out with you!

Anne K. Albert said...

Hi Sandy. What I find interesting is that every author is unique. In the stories they tell, in how they write, in what they have to say. It makes the world go round!

Anne K. Albert said...

It's a rush, isn't it Jean? Thanks for dropping by!

Anne K. Albert said...

Jinx, I really am an ordinary fly on the wall when I write, but hey, a girl has to stretch her wings and imagine something bigger and better sometimes, right?!

Anne K. Albert said...

Thank you, Jackie!