51 responses to “Author interview no.141 with mystery writer Anne White

  1. Anne White

    September 29, 2011 at 6:34 pm

    Morgen, Thrilled to find this post a few minutes ago. I’ve had serious e-mail problems since Saturday when I lost internet access. Luckily, the 5th computer guy to try to solve the problem, has me up and running. You do a great job with interviews and I’m pleased to be included on your site. Thank you again for featuring me.
    Anne White
    Lake George Mystery Series

    • morgenbailey

      September 29, 2011 at 8:26 pm

      Glad to hear you’re back up and running. Somewhere in your email backlog will be an email sent from me at 7.10am (UK time) to say your interview is live but you got here anyway. Thank you for your kind words Anne. 🙂

  2. Sunny Frazier

    October 1, 2011 at 6:07 pm

    Anne was a Dark Oak winner before I started working for Oak Tree Press, but I have to say that she has taken a route I encourage others to try. I love writing contests and was known as The Contest Queen when writing short stories. So many people are leery of being ripped off by contests that they never throw their hat in the ring. Anne is proof that contests can actually propel your career to new heights.

    And Morgen, I have a few pieces of flash I would love to give you!

    • morgenbailey

      October 1, 2011 at 7:52 pm

      Yay, that would be wonderful. They’re only just taking off so it would be fab to have one of yours in the first few then some others dotted around would be fantastic. 🙂

    • Anne White

      October 2, 2011 at 1:37 am

      Hi Sunny,

      I posted recently about winning Oak Tree’s Dark Oak Contest in ’99 and going back to that time brought so many happy memories. I encourage everyone to check out the Dark Oak contest on your site. I’m so mpressed with all that’s going on at Oak Tree now. You and Billie and Jeana are doing a great job.
      Anne White Latest: Cold Winter Nights (and they’re coming soon here in upstate New York.)

  3. theresavarela

    October 1, 2011 at 8:33 pm

    Frankly, I’m left with the desire to buy a few more books. Living in NY and having visited those locations, I can very well imagine the likes of mysteries in that area filled with those beautiful trees and lakes. Thanks for a very attracting interview.

    • morgenbailey

      October 1, 2011 at 8:35 pm

      Ah thank you Theresa, I’m sure Anne will be delighted to hear that.

    • Anne White

      October 2, 2011 at 1:46 am

      Dear Theresavarela, (what a great name) Thanks for your comment. Yes, it is beautiful here — we’re very fortunate. And since Lake George is often called one of the most beautiful lakes in the world, I sometimes feel guilty about imagining murders on its shores. So much so I moved a couple off site.
      Anne White

  4. G, Thomas Gill

    October 1, 2011 at 8:52 pm

    Excellent interview, Morgen. You have a knack for bringing the background to the surface. I enjoy the “insider’s view” of the writer and their work.

    Anne, congratulations on your success. The Lake George series sounds terrific.

  5. Lesley Diehl

    October 1, 2011 at 9:06 pm

    Books with a strong sense of setting are my favorites and Anne does them well especially highligting the Saratoga Springs area. We in upstate New York like the world to know there’s other than the “city” in this state

    Lesley Diehl

    • Anne White

      October 2, 2011 at 1:50 am

      Dear Lesley,
      Great to hear from you again. Wish we could meet sometime. You’re right about wanting the world to know that all of New York isn’t the city, even though I love to visit there. Slower pace here.
      Anne White

  6. Marja McGraw

    October 1, 2011 at 9:16 pm

    As an avid reader, I can’t pass up books (mysteries) about bookstores. Can’t wait to see this series.

    This is such a great interview. Truly enjoyed it.

    • Anne White

      October 2, 2011 at 1:56 am

      Oh, Oh Marja,
      I may have given a false impression. Protagonists in the Lake George Mysteries are a writer (Affinity) and the mayor of a lakeside town (the next four). It’s the one I’m working now on that’s set in a bookstore. Your comment will send me back to the computer to get some more chapters under my belt and fast. Thanks for the push and the kind words.
      Anne White Latest: Cold Winter Nights, Lake George Mystery #5

  7. Nancy Means Wright

    October 1, 2011 at 9:43 pm

    A lovely, comprehensive interview, Anne. And I love the simplicity of your name. Although I admit that I added a middle name to mine, which is equally simple–mainly because I know several other Nancy Wrights. Anyway, you should be proud of all you’ve accomplished to date. I love the wonderfully written Lake George series, but can’t wait for the new one set in a bookstore. I’ll feel right at home with that! And oh, I was surprised to find my name in here. Thanks!

    • Anne White

      October 2, 2011 at 2:16 am

      Dear Nancy,

      Thanks again. You are always so generous in your comments. Looking forward to our appearance and discussion at The Chronicle Book Fair in Glens Falls, NY on Sunday, Nov. 6. Always a great day with more than 100 authors giving talks, presentations and offering their books for sale. Marilyn Rothstein (writing as M.E. Kemp) will join us for a panel discussion on Bl;ogs, EBooks, Events and Website.
      Anne White .

  8. J. R. Lindermuth

    October 1, 2011 at 10:53 pm

    An interesting interview. It’s encouraging to hear the experiences of someone who has won contests. I recently read and reviewed The Sixes. Didn’t know Kate was your daughter. Have to check out your books, Anne.

    • Anne White

      October 2, 2011 at 2:20 am

      Hi J.R.
      Thanks for responding and the kind words. Kate is not only a super daughter, she’s written some great mysteries and career advice books. The Sixes is the latest, but now it looks as if she has another book coming soon.
      Anne White

      • morgenbailey

        October 2, 2011 at 2:35 am

        I definitely need to have her on here, Anne. 🙂

  9. Patricia Gligor

    October 1, 2011 at 11:03 pm

    Fantastic interview!
    Actually, I’ve read “Callie and the Dealer and a Dog Named Jake” written by Wendy Howell Mills and published by Oak Tree Press, which Anne mentioned in this post. I enjoyed the story and loved her descriptions throughout the book of the Outer Banks setting. I didn’t realize that Anne White was a co-winner in the same OTP contest.
    I am definitely going to have to read her Lake George mysteries.
    Oh, and by the way, being a librarian must be like being a kid in a candy store!

    • Anne White

      October 2, 2011 at 3:11 am

      HI Patricia,
      Your last comment first — Yes, being a librarian is exactly like being a kid in a candy store. There’s nothing like opening those boxes of books you’ve ordered, seeing them for the first time and checking them in. Plus you get to share books with young people who you know will like them and have them come back to ask for others. I was an English major who lucked into the job, then went for the Masters in Library Science. A real stroke of good fortune.

      The Dark Oak Award — Co-winner Wendy Howell Mills and I met in the lobby of the hotel where the 2001 Malice Conference took place and opened boxes of our books sent by Oak Tree Press editor Billie Johnson. We’d seen proofs, of course, but that was the first time we’d seen actual copies of our books — not much can top that experience. We signed copies for one another, distributed some to dealers to sell, and were on a panel the next day to talk about them. A terrific experience.
      Anne White My first Lake George Mystery, An Affinity For Murder, is the one I’m talking about here.

  10. James Callan

    October 1, 2011 at 11:38 pm

    Anne, I’m not familiar with your work — but I will be browsing Amazon for it now. I love your background. I taught for ten years myself, my mother was a school librarian and then my wife and I ran a book store in a small town for a few years. I can only hope to have as successful a writing career as you have. Thanks for sharing.

    • Anne White

      October 3, 2011 at 1:15 pm

      Hi James,
      Thanks for writing. I’d love to know inside details on running a bookstore, if you’d be willing to share. My character tries holding book talks with area authors as a way of creating buzz and drawing people to the store. Did you do this? I’d love to know which efforts you made in promoting the store worked and which flopped. Also — I hope your mother enjoyed being a school librarian as much as I did.
      Anne White

  11. Stephen Brayton

    October 2, 2011 at 12:24 am

    Very good interview. Good quesitons, informative answers. I enjoy reading about how other authors think and write.

    • Anne White

      October 3, 2011 at 1:20 pm

      Dear Stephen,
      So glad you wrote. You said “other authors” so I’ll google you, but maybe you’ll tell me what you write and what you’ve found the best ways to promote. Right now, I think the biggest problem is figuring how to use my time most effectively.Thanks for the post.
      Anne White

  12. morgenbailey

    October 2, 2011 at 2:34 am

    Go to sleep for a few hours (couldn’t sleep actually, big dinner with friends :)) and have all these wonderful comments coming in… thank you so much. As we say on this side of the pond, “I’m chuffed!”. 🙂

    • Anne White

      October 3, 2011 at 1:25 pm

      “Chuffed?” What a great expresssion. I’d love to know exactly what it means. My first thought was overstimulated but — wait — I’ll hit the thesaurus.

      • morgenbailey

        October 3, 2011 at 1:56 pm

        I forget what’s English but I should have guessed at that. It’s very P.G. Wodehouse. Very pleased is as close as I can think of but doesn’t sound as British 🙂

  13. Gloria Getman

    October 2, 2011 at 4:56 am

    A perfectly wonderful interview, so informative. These kind of interviews help a reader so much because when you see a book by that author, the author is a real person, not just a name on a book cover. It instantly causes me to investigate the book further.

    • morgenbailey

      October 2, 2011 at 10:26 am

      Thank you Gloria.

    • Anne White

      October 3, 2011 at 1:35 pm

      Dear Gloria,
      I’m not sure that you’ll see an actual book in a book store except here in upstate New York where I live — I’m working on that aspect of sales — but the covers are pictured on my website and on Amazon where all titles are available for purchase. Monti Sykes did the cover for Affinity and I thought she did a terrific job. I’ve didn’t know her at the time, but now we correspond a little. She also writes mysteries. Thanks for writing.
      Anne White

  14. jack595

    October 2, 2011 at 10:19 am

    Wonderful interview by a wonderful interviewer. What more can anyone say? Best of luck with your books Anne.

    • morgenbailey

      October 2, 2011 at 10:27 am

      Ah, thank you Jack. Pleasure to see you here again.

    • Anne White

      October 3, 2011 at 1:37 pm

      Thanks for the good wishes, Jack. Morgen is a terrific interviewer. I couldn’t agree more.

  15. Anne K. Albert

    October 2, 2011 at 2:12 pm

    Super interview. Thanks, ladies. Oh, and Anne? I agree with Morgen. Anne White is easy to remember and spell! 😉

    • Anne White

      October 3, 2011 at 1:42 pm

      Thanks, Anne, for the kind words But Anne Albert stands out because of the 2 A’s and you have that extra syllable besides.
      Anne White Opens to Cold Winter Nights,my 5th Lake George Mystery

  16. John Brantingham

    October 2, 2011 at 7:36 pm

    Set in a book store? That’s great. It sounds like so much fun.

    • Anne White

      October 3, 2011 at 1:51 pm

      Hi John,

      Yes, I love hanging around bookstores and libraries especially now when I no longer work in my former high school library. Now I’ve got to learn what it’s like to own a bookstore, the way my new character does. I bet there’ll be pluses and minuses I haven’t thought of yet.
      Anne White

  17. Sally Carpenter

    October 2, 2011 at 9:10 pm

    Hi Anne, Congratulations on your OTP win and publication! I’m a new OTP author myself and it’s a great publisher to work with. Best of luck with your many novels to come!
    Sally Carpenter
    “The Baffled Beatlemaniac Caper”

  18. morgenbailey

    October 2, 2011 at 9:21 pm

    Thank you everyone. I look forward to posting your interview later this month Sally. 🙂

  19. Anne White

    October 3, 2011 at 1:57 pm

    Hi Sally,
    So pleased to meet another Oak Tree Press author. Let’s keep in touch. I’ll be looking for information about you, but would love to hear back at about your writing and plans for the future. Love your title. Best of luck.
    Anne White

    • morgenbailey

      October 3, 2011 at 2:02 pm

      You won’t have all that long to wait Anne, my interview with Sally goes up on 21st October (no.163). Ooh, talking of titles, on 16th October I have fantasy novelist Catherine Stovall doing a guest blog entitled ‘When Bad Titles Happen to Good Books’… it’s funny. 🙂

      • Anne White

        October 3, 2011 at 9:14 pm

        Morgen, I’ll look forward to it. And Catherine Stovall’s title — When Bad Titles Happen to Good Books — terrific title. Can’t wait to read it.

  20. persisgranger1

    October 6, 2011 at 12:48 am

    It was so nice to read such a comprehensive and deservedly complimentary interview of Anne White, whose Lake George Mysteries weave fascinating tales set in one of the world’s most beautiful regions. I’m biased, of course — about both the region and the writer, who generously shares ideas and advice with others of us who are struggling with the craft of novel writing. Thanks, Morgen for sharing this with all of us.

    • Anne White

      October 8, 2011 at 1:48 pm

      I was so pleased to see Persis’s name pop up on this list. She’s not only mastered the craft of novel writing herself, she’s quick to give other authors a plug and a forum. Whether in upstate New York’s Adirondack Mountains (summer) or Florida (winter), Perky’s always busy, but never too busy to help someone out with whatever she needs. And I love her name!

    • morgenbailey

      October 8, 2011 at 1:58 pm

      You’re so welcome Perky. I look forward to bringing yours. 🙂

  21. morgenbailey

    October 8, 2011 at 1:57 pm

    Me too… and you’ll be even more pleased when I say she’s requested the information ‘pack’ to take part herself. 🙂

    • Anne White

      October 8, 2011 at 2:12 pm

      Definitely, Morgen. I’d love to hear more about what she’s up to. She’ll be a great subject..
      Anne White.

  22. persisgranger1

    October 8, 2011 at 4:57 pm

    You both are so kind. ‘Scuse me while I run rewrite my bio to make myself sound worthy of your nice remarks.

  23. Shad Ronchetto

    August 1, 2012 at 5:42 pm

    Would you mind if I quote a few of your blog posts as long as I provide credit and sources back to your blog: I am going to aslo make sure to give you the appropriate anchor text hyperlink using your website title: Author interview no.141 with mystery writer Anne White Morgen Bailey's Writing Blog. Be sure to let me know if this is acceptable with you. Thank you


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