I’m thrilled to welcome Anne B. Cole back to my blog. Anne’s here with her latest release, Souls Estranged, Book Two of her Souls Trilogy. Welcome, Anne.
RELEASE DATE: September 30, 2015
Publisher: Soul Mate Publishing Co.
Genre: Supernatural Suspense, Elements of Romance
“She fled to save him from the curse. Now she must flee to save herself.”
Back from their adventures in Souls Entwined, Sam Daggett begins a new relationship with Gretta Dobbs, whose memories of their time traveling experience have been erased. Determined to never leave her again, Sam vows to help Gretta, despite the bad luck curse on her heirloom ring. Within hours of their return, tragedy strikes.
As Sam becomes the third victim of the bad luck curse, Gretta’s memories of her time spent in the past begin to return. Unable to remember more than snippets, she realizes that anyone close to her is in grave danger. In order to keep Sam and her family safe, she flees in the middle of the night.
Finding the perfect summer job in the back hills of Virginia, Gretta unknowingly crosses paths with a serial killer. With guidance from their ancestral spirits, Roxana and Katarina, Sam desperately attempts to find Gretta before the curse strikes again.
JD: Anne, welcome back! You’re a very busy lady, with three active teens and a job teaching preschoolers. How on earth do you stay motivated?
AC: Writing a series keeps me motivated. Souls Estranged is the second book of The Souls Trilogy. I’m currently writing the third book and recently thoughts of having to say good bye to my characters became very real. Ideas of spin offs began to pop into my head.
JD: Today’s authors must do at least some of their own marketing. How do you avoid becoming overburdened by marketing tasks?
AC: It is so easy to open the laptop and submerge into the depths of social media and marketing. I found myself slipping away from what I love to do, write. I’ve discovered a way to get back to writing and juggle the marketing tasks. At night I place a post it note on my lap top that says, “500 First”. When I get home from work and see the note, I write 500 words on my WIP before I go on the internet to check email/social media/marketing sites. Often I write more than 500 words:)
JD: That’s a great idea. I might have to steal that one from you. When you do sit down to write your 500 words, do you require complete silence for writing, or do you like white noise?
AC: I prefer total silence, but with three teens and a husband who works at home and needs white noise…I’ve learned to write in just about any setting.
JD: Would you be willing to share a photo of your favorite writing spot?
My favorite writing spot is in my dining room with a window view of my garden and bird feeder that a friendly squirrel visits. My cat, Monster, keeps me company right beside my computer.
Do you write full-time?
AC: I’m a part time preschool teacher, full time wife and mother, and part time writer. I squeeze writing and reading in every chance I get. I started writing a few years back while sitting at my kids’ swim meet. It was an all day meet with little to do in between my kids’ events. I realized I forgot to bring the book I was reading so I turned over the heat sheet and jotted ideas for my own book. Now days, I never leave the house without my Kindle or a composition notebook to write in.
JD: How do you feel after a long bout of writing?
Depends on what type of chapter I’m writing. If it is a sad scene, I feel sad. If it is an action scene, I’m pumped up. If it’s a romantic scene…well, you get the idea.
JD: Who is your favorite character in Souls Estranged, and why?
AC: Oh, that’s a tough question…Of course I love my hero and heroine, Sam and Gretta. But in Souls Estranged, I have to choose Katarina, Sam’s ancestral grandmother whose spirit entwines within Ruby, an elderly nurse who befriends Sam and helps him throughout the story. Katarina also entwines within a terrorist in order to enter Tartarus to rescue her daughter. And finally she entwines within a squirrel to keep an eye on Gretta.
Katarina’s feisty determination to break the curse and protect Sam and Gretta is emotionally touching and adds a bit of humor to the story.
JD: When a reader reaches the end of Souls Estranged, what do you hope sticks with them in the days (or months) that follow?
AC: I love reading fiction and leaving a novel with thoughts of, “What if this could really happen?” Even though supernatural suspense is exactly that…supernatural, I hope to leave my readers with the feeling of supernatural possibilities.
JD: Thanks for being here, and best wishes for a great launch.
Who Is Anne Cole?
In addition to writing, Anne teaches preschool and is raising three very active teenagers with her husband of twenty-three years. Her hobbies include running so she can indulge in her cravings for ice cream, donuts, and chocolate chip cookie dough. She squeezes in time to read and write between practices, competitions, and meets. Her pet cat, Monster, keeps her company as she completes the final book of The Souls Trilogy, Souls Endure, tentatively scheduled to be released summer 2016.
You can connect with Anne at any of the following:
Click to see Souls Entwined Book One of The Souls Trilogy on Amazon.
Click to see Souls Estranged Book Two of the Souls Trilogy on Amazon.