Anne Greene here. I live in McKinney, TX, a town of 135,000 just north and west of Dallas and considered its furthest north burg. McKinney was a tiny town when I moved here fifteen years ago, but tripled in size since. I’m married to a wonderful man, my second husband since my childhood sweetheart husband died. Between Larry and me, we have four grown children, one girl and three boys. We also have eight grand-babies. Larry is a wonderful man working on his third career, getting a Masters in ESL, that is teaching English as a Second Language. Before that he was career military, retiring as a full Colonel from the Army. I could talk a lot about my talented Special Forces husband, but this blog is supposed to be about me. I do get story ideas and military expertise from my husband.
2) How long have you been writing?
My first book was published when my dear husband Don lived. It’s called Trail of Tears by W.A. Swonger, the A being my name Anne. That book is considered a classic. After Don died I supported my two children for several years before I met and married my new sweetheart. During those years I didn’t write at all. When things settled down at our home I started writing again under my new name, Anne Greene. So I’ve been writing approximately ten years full-time. I have four books published.
3) Do you have a favorite place to write?
Yes. I have a lovely office with floor to ceiling windows along the back with a view that overlooks the golf course. I have four bookcases stacked with research books and good reads. I have three tall filing cabinets filled with folders of writing material and written books. I have a corner in one end of the room with my oil paints, half-finished canvases, and drawings. The minute I sit at my computer my brain starts rolling out ideas and dialogue. I do dream in the shower and some mornings I wake with new ideas. I like silence when I write so I can hear my characters speak.
4) Why did you decide to write MARRIAGE BY ARRANGEMENT?
After a fabulous visit to Scotland, the characters started asking me to write their tale. They were so beguiling I couldn’t resist. I’d always wondered what happened to the clans that had once lived in the Highlands. So the research began. I wrote some of Scotland’s fascinating history and those pesky characters who wouldn’t keep quiet made it real.
5) Who is your favorite character in your book and why?
I love the Duke of Avondale. He’s a compelling hero. His growth is interesting. His character arch is massive. I love him because he is so very human. Though born to the aristocracy, he had grave problems to overcome. Rich, handsome and athletic with a title to bequeath to a son, the English gentry gave him the cold shoulder. Why? Why would none of the titled English ladies wed him? Why was he not accepted into English society? Readers know the book will have a happy ending. So the fun comes with experiencing the Duke’s journey. The reader steps into the Duke’s skin and takes the wild ride with him.
6) How about your least favorite character?
Ummn. I even love my villains. They don’t think what they do is bad or unacceptable. So, as evil as they are, I still enjoy them.
What makes them less appealing to you?
I find a really evil villain appealing, so I can’t say any of my characters is less appealing to me.
7) Do you proofread/edit your own books or do you get someone to do that for you?
I edit and proof all my own books. I do have a critique group that gives me input now and then. And, of course, I have a publisher who edits the books before final print. I write lessons for writers on my blog. You can visit my blog at http://www.anneswritingupdates.blogspot.com.
8) What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
I love to read. I love to travel and have visited thirty foreign countries and every state in the US. I don’t like to exercise, but I do or I’d be twice my size. I like to be with my family and my friends. I paint pictures when I have the time. I sing in a choir and enjoy church most Sundays. I don’t like to cook, so I get out of that whenever I can. So I enjoy eating out a lot. I’m pretty much like everyone else you know.
9) Do you read much and if so who are your favorite authors?
I don’t get to read as much as I would like. My reading now consists for the most part in research. But I love doing research. Sometimes my husband thinks I’m being lazy when I read a book, but no, I’m really working hard doing research. Who could ask for a better job?
10) What question do you wish that someone would ask about your book, but nobody has? Write it out here, then answer it.
I don’t think there is such a question. I racked my brain to think of something that someone has not asked me about my books. Every question in my head has already been asked by someone. I love to answer questions from my readers. They come up with questions I would never dream of. But I so love when a reader tells me he or she is in love with my books and plans to read them over and over. That makes me walk on a cloud. That’s why I write. That’s what writing is all about for me.
A MARRIAGE COVENANT
Why does a handsome, powerful noble of the highest rank in England stoop to marry a mere Lady of Lowland Scotland?
A GREAT SECRET
Are the whispered stories about him true? With his shadowy past and strange behavior, what awful secret does he hide? Each change of clothes transforms him into a different man.
AN IMPOSSIBLE CHOICE
Can Lady Cailin keep her vow to make her marriage happy and successful, unlike that of her parents, or must she arrange for the Duke's accidental death?
My Review: December 2013 ~ Review Copies ~
Marriage by Arrangement by Anne Greene
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
First, I would like to thank the author Anne Greene for giving me this book for an honest review. I enjoyed this book very much, I love historical romances and I do not believe I have ever been disappointed by one. The characters are well developed. I look forward to reading more from this author.
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