Welcome to 3 Question Wednesday! Today our guest is Anne Clare, a historical fiction author . Let’s get to know her better. Our first question, every writer has their own way about organizing their work space, describe your writing space.
Anne: My “writing space” consists of whatever flat surface I can clear off to plop a notebook or my laptop and the research materials I need for the day. Some days it’s on our dining table, others it’s in the church fellowship hall, and occasionally it’s a space in the public library’s study area. Tonight, it’s on our downstairs couch, which I’m sharing with a fifteen-year-old fluffy cat who seems to think that I’m the one invading her space.
Oftentimes, my writing space is dark except for the computer screen and lamplight, as writing time is usually after the kids are in bed or before they get up. If I get to write in daylight, it’s usually during the precious hour or two between dropping the kids off at school and starting my part-time teaching day.
My writing space almost always includes music- especially if I’m writing fiction- and if it’s a daytime writing session there will also likely be coffee and snacks. Others are welcome to visit my writing space as long as they’re ok with the facts that I’ll be distracted, and that they may end up being regaled with random bits of Second World War trivia.
How great to be so flexible with where you can get your writing done! No matter where you are, you are getting those stories written. Good for you. Next question, give a shout out to a writer friend and your favorite book they’ve written.
Anne: One of my favorite parts of my writing journey has been the opportunity to meet some fantastic authors. Since I write WWII fiction, (and some non-fiction on my blog) it’s always extra exciting to meet others writing about that era.
This past year, Joy Neal Kidney published the story of her family’s experiences in the second World War. Her book, Leora’s Letters: The Story of Love and Loss for an Iowa Family During World War II, tells the stories of her five uncles who served, and of the family back home who hoped for their safe return. If you find true family stories from history as fascinating as I do, Joy’s book is definitely worth a read!
Can I get away with a second shout-out? I also had the opportunity to meet WWII fiction author Sarah Sundin at the Oregon Christian Writer’s Conference last month. Her Sunrise at Normandy series was both a great romance/redemption story and a well-researched, immersive WWII read. (The third book, The Land Beneath Us, was my favorite!)
Both sound like facinating authors and books I’ll add to my reading list! Final question, what genre have you never written, but would secretly like to?
Anne: Many of my first favorite books were fantasy novels. I attempted, as a 12-year-old, to write my own in a pink, spiral bound notebook. Reading it years later, I laughed to see just how much I “borrowed” from Lord of the Rings. I still love a good fantasy story in a well-realized world, but I don’t know that I have the skill set to come up with anything truly original in that genre.
I’ve toyed with the idea of trying my hand at a picture book set in Old Testament times – historical fiction still, but much further back than I usually write. I have it all planned out in my mind, right down to the beautiful oil paintings I’d use as illustrations. Of course, I haven’t done any research, planned any text, and I haven’t even touched oils in the last fifteen years or so!
Sounds interesting. Good to meet you Anne. Thanks for stopping by. Connect with Anne on any or all of her social platforms below.
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Anne Clare is a native of Minnesota’s cornfields and dairy country. She graduated with a BS in Education in 2005 and set out to teach in the gorgeous green Pacific Northwest, where she and her husband still live. She also serves as a church musician, sings in and occasionally directs choirs, plays piano, organ, and coronet (the last only occasionally, when she forgets how bad she is at it.)
After the birth of her second child, she became a stay-at-home mom, and after the birth of the third she became reconciled to the fact that her house would never be clean again, which allowed her to find time to pursue her passion for history and writing while the little people napped. Although she’s back to teaching part-time, she continues to write historical fiction and to blog about WWII history, writing, and other odds and ends at thenaptimeauthor.wordpress.com
All that Sergeant James Milburn wants is to heal. Sent to finish his convalescence in a lonely village in the north of England, the friends he’s lost haunt his dreams. If he can only be declared fit for active service again, perhaps he can rejoin his surviving mates in the fight across Sicily and either protect them or die alongside them.
All that Evie Worther wants is purpose. War has reduced her family to an elderly matriarch and Charles, her controlling cousin, both determined to keep her safely tucked away in their family home. If she can somehow balance her sense of obligation to family with her desperate need to be of use, perhaps she can discover how she fits into her tumultuous world.
All that Charles Heatherington wants is his due. Since his brother’s death, he is positioned to be the family’s heir with only one step left to make his future secure. If only he can keep the family matriarch happy, he can finally start living the easy life he is certain he deserves.
However, when James’s, Evie’s and Charles’s paths collide, a dark secret of the past is forced into the light, and everything that they have hoped and striven for is thrown into doubt. Weaving in historical detail from World War II in Britain, Italy and Egypt, WHOM SHALL I FEAR? follows their individual struggles with guilt and faith, love and family, and forces them to ask if the greatest threat they face is really from the enemy abroad.
BOOK GIVEAWAY: Anne is giving away a free, signed paperback of her WWII novel, Whom Shall I Fear? to one commenter* on this post.
*While comments are appreciated from anyone, the giveaway is limited to U.S. residents. International giveaway laws get tricky!