July 24, 2011

Presenting Anne K. Albert on the Mystery We Write Blog Tour 2011

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Anne K. Albert (and yes, that is her AKA) has taught high school art, sold display advertising for a small town weekly newspaper, and worked for a national brand water company, but now writes full time.

A member of the 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 in her home office, she enjoys traveling, visiting friends and family, knitting, crocheting, and of course, reading.

FRANK, INCENSE AND MURIEL is the first book of her Muriel Reeves Mysteries series. It’s available in e-book format at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Smashwords and from Vanilla Heart Publishing. The print edition will be released July 2011.

Anne invites readers to visit her website http://www.AnneKAlbert.com/ or her main blog http://anne-k-albert.blogspot.com.

If they drop by her Muriel Reeves Mysteries blog http://muriel-reeves-mysteries.blogspot.com and leave a comment mentioning this interview, she’ll enter their name in a draw to win a pdf copy of FRANK, INCENSE AND MURIEL. The winner will be announced at the conclusion of the tour, sometime during the week of August 22, 2011.

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Anne, what was the most difficult experience you had on your journey to publication?

When Beth asked me the above question, it did not take long for me to figure out what I would share with you today. Self-confidence has always been my Achilles heel.

To be fair, I am getting better.

Last summer I was reading a book by a well known multi-published author who shall remain nameless. It was taking me forever to get into the story. I didn’t care about the protagonist. The author’s use of language continually pulled me out of the story. Reading the book was, well, to
put it bluntly, work. Hard work. Not my idea of a fun way to spend a few hours of my life I would never, ever get back. Finally, I gave up. I closed the book and refused to read another word.

“I can write better than that,” I said.

For the very first time in my life I realized it was true. I could write a better story. I had the ability and the desire. I was indeed a writer!

That’s when I came to understand that for far too many years it was not agents or editors who were holding me back from achieving my goal of publication (although they did to some extent). It was me. Deep in my heart I didn’t believe I was good enough. I didn’t appreciate what was truly unique about me as a writer. And for that reason I was not as focused on furthering my career.

In many ways, I realize now I was no different from the anorexic who stares into the mirror and sees a morbidly obese person’s reflection. I routinely undervalued my skill and ability as a writer. I sabotaged my career because I considered myself a fraud and a fake. Readers, contest judges, even editors would sing my praises, (by this time I had won a number of writing contests) but I’d focus on that one tiny criticism and blow it all out of proportion.

Is this lack of self-confidence a result of a childhood with too few supporters? Or is it more? Sometimes the answer will surprise you. It did me.

Shortly after I stated “I can write better than that” a good friend and I went for lunch. She asked how my writing was going and joked that one day she expected to see my name on a book cover. I replied that the very idea of being in the public eye terrified me to no end. She arched a brow, and insisted I think hard about what I’d just divulged.

By the end of the day I realized my lack of confidence was not the only thing holding me back.

Yes, I know it sounds weird, and it probably is, but I’m an intensely private person. I can’t imagine sharing anything personal with a stranger, and yet writing a book is about as personal as one can get! Once I assumed an AKA that obstacle disappeared.

My advice? Writer know thyself! What’s really keeping you from achieving your goal? Gatekeepers are one thing…but we all hold the key to our future in our own hands.
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You can find Anne’s books here:
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Frank-Incense-and-Muriel-ebook/dp/B004CLYDRO/

Barnes and Noble:  http://search.barnesandnoble.com/Frank-Incense-and-Muriel/Anne-K-Albert/e/2940011142123/

Smashwords, http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/30192

Vanilla Heart Publishing. http://www.vanillaheartbooksandauthors.com

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Well, folks, Beth here.  I’m working on a brand new keyboard which will drive me insane until my fingers adjust themselves to it, I figured out g-mail after messing it up twice, switched email addresses and will continue switching them until they all come to beth  anderson  43  @  g  mail  dot com.  Y’all know what I mean, right?  Now that I have it all set up, I love it, so there I’ll stay.  Copy it and adjust the spaces and you’ll have it if you want to email me for anything.  Or, right here on my website I have a Contact button that will be adjusted to the new email address shortly by my website maven.

Want to join my email list, which is only issued every century or so?.  No spamming there, I can tell you.  I’m completely spam-free, so join up!  You could win one of my books now and again. Check me out on Amazon.com.  Just type in Beth Anderson, you’ll find me and pick out your heart’s desire so when I notify you that you’re a winner, you can tell me which one you want. I can either send an e-book anywhere in the world, or a print book anywhere here in the US.

This is the last week of my part of the eleven week blog tour with a whole bunch of great authors you’ve been reading about here for the past couple of months.  I’ve really enjoyed reading all of them and learning more about these talented women.  I hope you’ll drop back by every week when I and my motley crew of imaginary characters will be filling your lives with merriment and nonsense, so come on by and say hello!  I’ll leave the porch light on for ya!

Meantime, I love y’all, you KNOW I do!
XOXOXO, Beth Anderson aka Hotclue herself

 

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  1. Hi Beth, thank you so much for featuring me on your blog! It’s great to be here.

    Since I wrote the above article, Frank, Incense and Muriel received the 2011 Holt Medallion Award of Merit for “Novel with Strong Romantic Elements”. I couldn’t be happier!

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  2. Excellent interview! Congrats on the award, Anne. That’s outstanding. I will be adding Frank Incense and Muriel to my reading list for sure.

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  3. […] Anne is also an original member of the first 2011 Mystery We Write Blog Tour. You’ll find my interview with her here: http://www.bethanderson-hotclue.com/blog/2011/07/24/presenting-anne-k-albert-on-the-mystery-we-write…. […]

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