Wednesday, January 16, 2013

THE WRITER'S VIEW: Ann Everett


This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. Ann will be awarding a $25 Amazon GC to a randomly drawn commenter during the tour. Click on the tour banner to see the other stops on the tour.

I thought writing about my writing space would be easy. Look to my left. Look to my right. Write what I see. Right? Easier said than done. I can look to my right and see the pot plant there, but not much way to make a pot plant interesting.

I can look to my left into the kitchen and see the left-over cookies from last night’s party. They seem to have some mystical powers. I think they’re calling my name and chanting…eat me, eat me, eat me.

If I look straight ahead and slightly to my left, I have an odd sort of bookshelf. It’s the front of an old chest of drawers which I mounted on the wall and filled with things I love. I have character quotes from LAID OUT AND CANDLE IT and YOU’RE BUSTING MY NUPTIALS. Some of those good old Texas sayings such as: I feel like I’ve been ironing all day in high heels and no brassiere. Man, some days I feel like that, but the saying makes me laugh and since I write humor, I need inspiration.

I have framed covers of my books. I have a couple of awards. There are two crazy looking women/dolls which I talk to from time to time. I have a sign that says laugh. It’s a constant reminder of what I’m trying to accomplish. I have books from authors who have been speakers at our yearly conferences, some NYT best sellers. It never hurts to rub elbows with greatness.

I can’t write about being messy, because I’m not. I’m organized. I have a gazillion files. I have a dozen lists. I keep a weekly calendar. I keep notebooks of all sorts of things. Quotes. Names. Story ideas. You’d think with all my organization, I’d be able to find what I’m looking for, but most days, I can’t. Go figure.

I love my writing space. I’ve posted a picture. If you look closely, you’ll see me on the computer screen.

The view outside my window was taken a couple of years ago when Texas had a rare snow storm that dumped eight inches of snow and stayed on the ground for three days. That is unheard of in the Lone Star State. We usually get a light covering and it’s gone by the next day. At least that’s how it is in East Texas. When I lived in West Texas, we got lots of snow and it lasted for days. I loved it, because I love winter time. I can wear my fat clothes. Plus, I don’t have to keep my legs shaved or my toenails polished!

About the Author:
Ann Everett is a Texas girl from her big-bar-hair down to her bare toes. For many years she did stand-up comedy for businesses, corporations, and non-profit organizations.

Creator of the White Trash Facelift, halter tops, and beer bling bracelets, Ann embraces her small town upbringing and thinks Texans are the funniest people on earth.

She’s an award winning author and active member of Northeast Texas Writers’ Organization where she serves as director of their twenty-seventh annual writers’ conference.

When Ann’s not writing, she spends her days listening in on people’s conversations at the local Wal-Mart, beauty shop, Dollar Store, and numerous other gathering spots. She draws from that research to pen her romantic comedies, full of southern sass and Texas twang.

www.AnnEverett.com
Twitter.com/Talkin’Twang
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After almost five years, widow and single mother, Tizzy Donovan finally met the man of her dreams in Texas Ranger Ridge Cooper. But when he fails to show up for their wedding, she’s determined to find out why.

Enlisting the help of first cousin Jinx Monroe, and best friends, Rayann Tatum and Synola Harper, it’s not long until they’re dealing with clowns, yard gnomes, a missing stripper, and a Baptist deacon.

After a car chase and gun fight, head-strong Tizzy is more committed than ever to claim her happily-ever-after. All she needs is a séance with an old witch and a little help from Positive Jesus.

22 comments:

Goddess Fish Promotions said...

Thank you for hosting today.

Ingeborg said...

I'm also a list maker, I always have been. My friends think it's funny but I like to stay organized.

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Ann Everett said...

Big, big, thank you for featuring my books and me on your blog! I hope all your readers will head over to www.anneverett.com and leave an entry suggestion for the title of my third novel in the Tizzy/Ridge series.
~Ann

Ann Everett said...

Thank you, Ingeborg, for following my tour! I appreciate your time.
~Ann

KimmieAnn said...

From one list maker to another, I just want to say you're a huge inspiration and amazing writer, Ann! And loving the blog tour :)

Gay said...

Really enjoying this blog tour. Can't wait to read what you'll write next...you're so unpredictable.

Anonymous said...

I've been enjoying your tour, and a little late in commenting on the other stops. Can your book be read as a stand alone or does it need to be read after the first book? Your book sounds hilarious and is now on my TBB list.

Loved yesterday's excerpt about the stripper names and Velveeta. LOL.

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Linda Rosen said...

Really enjoying this tour,Ann. It's fun to travel with you. Love the idea of your old dresser on the wall with quotes calling out to you.

Ann Everett said...

Kimmie!
Thanks so much. It's hard for me to imagine I'm an inspiration to anyone, but thank you for the compliment! Glad to know you make list too...I can't function without them!
~Ann

Ann Everett said...

Thanks again, Gay. AND thanks for sharing my blog with all your facebook friends!
~Ann

Ann Everett said...

Hi
Anonymous!
Yes, my books are stand alone books even though they are part of a trilogy! I think/hope you will enjoy the Texas/Southern humor in my book/books. If you do read one or both, I'd love to hear from you. Let me know if you like or dislike them. I take criticism well and it helps me become a better writer. Thanks so much for stopping by.
~Ann

Ann Everett said...

Hi Linda,
I think you will be able to pull some quotes from your own book and place them by your desk!! Thanks so much for stopping in today.
~Ann

Susan Stec said...

Love it! I am sooo not organized! You go, girl! Loved the book shelf idea, but hey, I can almost touch the walls of my workspace sitting in front of my computer. LOL I'd have bumps and bruises, it was hanging in here.

A fun and original blog post. I very much enjoyed the read. But then, you are a very funny lady.

Susan Stec, author of The Grateful Undead series.

bn100 said...

Sounds like a nice office.

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Ann Everett said...

Hi Susan!
I can almost touch my walls too! Go to my website to see a picture. www.anneverett.com
I sent a picture for this post but somehow it didn't make it, so I posted it on my site.
Thanks so much for stopping by today.
~Ann

Ann Everett said...

Hi bn100,
It's not really an office, just a little space inside my den. Kinda like my little corner of the writing world!
Thanks for stopping by.
~Ann

Mary Preston said...

I have magic cookies at my house too.

I tend to live in organised chaos. I know where everything is.

Thank you for sharing.

marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

Gala said...

I love the humor in this book, the title was the first to catch my interest.

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Anas said...

After reading your interviews, I'm sure your books will be great. Is there a particular reading order with which to start?

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Ann Everett said...

Hi Mary!
Even when I was a young girl, I made lists. I suppose it comes from the chores my mom left for me and my sister to do. It gave me a great feeling to complete a task and mark it off the list. Of course, my kids, especially my daughter doesn't consider it organization. She considers it OCD!
Thanks so much for following my tour.
~Ann

Ann Everett said...

Hi Gala!
The title is usually the first thing I come up with before I start writing. However, I'm not doing so well with the third and final installment of the trilogy...because I can't come up with a title. Take a look at my website www.anneverett.com under the contest page and feel free to enter a title for the third book. The first chapter is posted there and I've love to get some more entries. There's also a blog there in the archives listing many of the titles I've received as suggestions.
Thanks so much for dropping by today.
~Ann

Ann Everett said...

Hi Anas,
Both of my published books are stand alone books, so you don't have to read the first to understand the second one. However, the first one covers the way Ridge and Tizzy met and the second one does take up where the first one left off. But, you can read out of order and it won't matter. I give enough backstory in the second one for you to know what happened in the first. You can go to my website www.anneverett.com and read the first chapter of the third book, which I am currently trying to write...and not doing to well with it. You can also enter the contest I have going to name the book. Just click on "contest"
Thanks for following my tour.
~Ann