Ann Crawford joins me today to talk
about her ‘romantic comedy that’s out of this world,’ Fresh
off the Starship.
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Welcome, Ann. Please tell us a little
bit about yourself.
living-to-the-max author of eight books. When I’m not flying planes, scuba
diving, climbing every mountain (on the back of my husband’s motorcycle) or
riding the world’s fastest roller coasters, you can find me in my writing nest
with a view of Colorado’s Rocky Mountains out the window. I’ve lived all
over–from both oceans white with foam, to the prairie, and now to the
mountain. Yes, a little backwards, but what the hey.
do—they’re profound yet funny; playful although poignant; heart-opening and
heart-lifting; thought-provoking and inspiring; and edgy while universal. I’m
also a screenwriter and award-winning filmmaker and humanitarian.
bit about your current release.
off the Starship is a fun, quirky look at what it
would be like to wake up…human! I know we do that all the time and we’ve gotten
quite good at it, but what would it be like to wake up as an adult human and
experience a shower, the sun on your face, making love, a Starbucks Macchiato
(which leads to a When Harry Met Sally
“I’ll have what she’s having” moment)?
Missy, in Western Kansas—but she was supposed to be in Washington, D.C. where
she could help humanity on a grand geopolitical scale. Wrong place, right time,
though? Through meeting the people there, she learns—and reminds them—how
awesome and special this being-a-human thing is.
What inspired you to write this book?
I moved to Kansas—from the Northern
California coast and after growing up in New York—thirteen years ago to marry
my husband and be a stepmom to his two wonderful kids. I’d been through Kansas
a few times as I crisscrossed the country over the years. He grew up halftime
in Wichita and halftime on a farm in Western Kansas. When he took me out there,
I fell in love with the people and the land. When I would tell people from big
cities and the coasts that I was living in Kansas, they’d roll their eyes—like
I probably used to. So I wanted to celebrate these people and the land as well
as delve into some of the issues they experience there, as many places do. I wanted to show these
Kansas folks’ depth, sincerity, and wisdom—they’re definitely not the bunch of
“hicks” so many may think.
I heard a line from the movie Starman
many years ago: something along the lines of “You humans are at your best when
you’re at your worst.” I’ve wanted to create my own starbeing for decades and
have to look through her eyes to see how beautiful we humans can be and how
amazing life on Earth is. It was really fun to have to imagine taking a sip of
water for the first time as well as the many other fun things humans engage in.
Excerpt from Fresh off the Starship:
drink with a little mountain of fluffy white stuff on top, with stripes of
brown dripping down the mountainsides.
just the way you like it.”
customers seated nearby look over at her.
her. The moans escalate.
feel like I’m straight out of When Harry
watch it at least half a dozen times.”
this time everyone in the café is looking at her.
as Matt leads her out the door and she takes another sip of her drink. She
climbs into the truck as he walks around to the driver’s side.
not thaaaat bad here.
What exciting story are you working on next?
I’m writing about three generations of women – an
conservative, and a 20 y.o. envelope-pushing trans woman—all under one
roof….What could possibly go right? Readers can laugh and commiserate at their dismays
over not only their contrasts, but even more over their surprising similarities…over
their banter, but even more over what’s left unsaid…over their snarkiness, but
even more over their ever-abiding love, despite all differences.
When did you first consider yourself a
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?
am beyond grateful to be able to say I write full-time now. I generally wake up
pretty early. Right after breakfast I sit down in my writing nest and meditate
for about 15 minutes. Then I write for 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7—you get the idea—hours.
After that comes marketing work. I’d stay home all day every day, but I make
myself get out to the gym, improv rehearsal and performances, a women’s group
that I love (it has great speakers), the movies, and things like that.
I was working fulltime, I would write for an hour very early in the morning and
then all day Sundays. I wrote a whole bunch of books that way. One of the things
I’m most grateful for is…..Sundays!
your interesting writing quirk?
don’t write at a desk. I have one but I don’t like writing there. I have a
couch facing out a window to a garden and a grove of trees that looks like Arthur
and Genevere would’ve hung out in. I put my feet up on a hassock and my laptop
on a big, thick, but flat cushion. I love this and my posture is probably much
As a child, what did you want to be when
you grew up?
mom was very, very ill as I was growing up, and she eventually died when I was
a teenager. But one of her favorite things to do was read to me when I was little.
Those were very special times, and the magic of a book has stayed with me.
Anything additional you want to share
with the readers?
absolutely LOVE hearing from readers. You can reach me on my website, anncrawford.net.
I’m so grateful to get to do what I love, and I’m even more grateful when
readers tell me how my books have touched them.
Thank you for being a guest on my blog!