Interview with contemporary romance author Annette Bower

Today’s guest is contemporary romance author Annette Bower who is here to talk about her new novel Moving On-A Prairie Romance.


Annette is giving away a $25 Amazon gift card to a lucky commentor during the tour. Details follow the interview.


Bio:
Annette
Bower lives and writes in Regina, SK Canada. She is an author of many short
stories published in anthologies and magazines in Canada, the United States and
the United Kingdom. She explores women in families, women in communities and
women at the beginning and end of love and their quest for love. She pursues
the writing craft in workshops, conferences, Writing with Style, Banff Centre
for the Arts, Victoria School of Writing, Sage Hill Writing Experience, the
Surrey International Writing Conferences and the Romance Writing of America
Conferences.
 

When
she isn’t writing she walks or bikes around the streets and parks in her
neighborhood imagining complex worlds behind seemingly ordinary events.
Her
first contemporary romance, Moving On-A Prairie Romance is published by XoXo
Publishing a division of Ninni Group Inc. 

Welcome to Reviews and Interviews, Annette. Please
tell us about your current release.
Moving
On-A Prairie Romance
is a sweet contemporary romance novel in most ways and in
others it is a relationship novel. One reader suggests that the novel explores
the redemptive power of affection where Nick and Anna learn to trust and hope
after their separate tragedies.
This
story is set in the resort community of Regina Beach, Saskatchewan, Canada. It
is small town in the fall, winter and spring but in the summer it grows to at
least ten times the population with part time residents and visitors. Anna
arrives in the spring and Nick is back in the community in the spring, the time
for new growth. 

Because Anna has lived in a large city she needs to learn to
live in a community where people notice where your vehicle is parked at night,
what kind of bread you purchase, and when your lights turn out. Nick is
familiar with the pros and cons of a small community. He left for the adventure
of the armed forces but while in the war zone he remembered the deep rich earth
he had left behind. With Anna he begins to dream of a life he thought he didn’t
want in a small community close to the earth.

We
follow Nick and Anna on their emotional journey in the town with Margaret and
Herman Lamb Anna’s neighbors and Nick’s good friends.    
What
inspired you to write this book?
I
have been interested in the state of being a widow ever since I met my
mother-in-law. She was widowed young as was her sister. I wanted to understand
them so I read about the grieving process. Also when I was a nurse, I worked in
rehabilitation units and with patients who lost limbs who grieved the life that
changed when a prosthetic device or mobility aid was introduced into their
lives.
What
exciting story are you working on next?
I’m
gathering visual clues for my next novel. I’m noticing pictures and articles. I
have a real image of a limousine pulling up to the curve outside my condo
building and a stiletto emerged followed by a leg covered in nylon. I stopped
and waited to see who this might be. I would like to use this image in my next
story.
When
did you first consider yourself a writer?
To
be absolutely honest the first time I really considered that I was becoming a
writer was when Colleen Sell from Cup of Comfort for Mother’s and Sons accepted
my short story. Up until that time I had short stories published in smaller
magazines and anthologies but this was a book that was going to be available on
book shelves in many cities across Canada and the United States and perhaps
beyond.
Do
you write full-time? If so, what’s your work day like?  If not, what do you do other than write and
how do you find time to write?
Writing
is what I do and many days it is an eight hour day. But those hours are broken
up. I may write in the morning, break for appointments or lunch or a walk. Then
I write in the afternoon and sometimes it is the hours after dinner that are
the most productive.
What
would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
When
I’m beginning a story I still like to use my fountain pen and paper to do the
opening page or two. I like feeling connected between my hand rhythm and the
paper as my hand slides across the page. If I’m stuck, I will bring out the pen
and paper again.
As
a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
When
I was in grade 3, my friends and I would go to the convent and call on our
teacher after lunch. Then we’d all walk back to the school together. I remember
one day my friends all seemed to be saying, “I want to be a nun when I grow up.”
I thought about it for a minute and said, “I want to be a nurse, isn’t that
great that they both start with ‘n’.”
I
became the nurse but I also wrote. I took creative writing courses whenever I
could.
Anything
additional you want to share with the readers?
Even
though writing is my passion it is also hard work for me. I admire writers who
make their writing look effortless because they are very good at what they do.
I’m still working very hard at making my writing appear effortless but some
days it is a real grind. 

I enjoy chatting with readers and can be found on Twitter and Facebook.

Thanks, Annette.


Readers, don’t forget, Annette is awarding a $25 Amazon gift card to All Romance eBooks to one randomly drawn commentor. So leave your e-mail address with your comment if you’d like a chance to win. Also, you can follow the tour and comment on other stops to increase your chances of winning.




6 thoughts on “Interview with contemporary romance author Annette Bower

  1. Annette says:

    Good morning Lisa,
    Thank you for hosting me today and asking me questions about Moving On-A Prairie Romance and my writing life.
    Yours truly,
    Annette Bower

  2. Catherine Lee says:

    How interesting…Gathering those visual cues for your next story. Who is attached to that leg getting out of the limo? Who is she? What's she doing in a limo? Is she coming to see someone or is she returning home after an evening out? I can see how this creative process can be fun!
    catherinelee100 at gmail dot com

  3. Annette says:

    Hello Catherine Lee,
    It is interesting but I am discovering that the leg is not an opening scene like I thought. Right now it will be later.
    Thank you for all of your visits and comments.
    Yours truly,
    Annette Bower

  4. Annette says:

    Dear Readers,
    Thank you for stopping by. I need to say good night. I am in a short marathone walk tomorrow and I need to sleep.
    I will check tomorrow and add any names who comment before I run the names through the random draw program to choose a winner.
    Good night Lisa. Thank you for hosting me on your site today.
    Yours truly,
    Annette Bower

  5. Annette says:

    Dear Lisa and Readers,
    This is my last check for commenters to be added into the draw.
    Thank you Lisa for hosting me on Lisa Haselton's Reviews and Interviews.
    Thank you dear readers for dropping by and reading. And to those who stopped to comment, good luck.
    Yours truly,
    Annette Bower

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