Today I am excited to be bringing you another author interview with author Ann Harrison-Barnes. Ann is the author of a number of novels and I really enjoyed reading her answers to my questions! Make sure you check out her blog and social media as well.
Where is your favorite place to write?
At the moment, I am writing in my parents’ camper, while my tiny house is being built. However, my favorite place to brainstorm is out on the front porch.
When did you write your first book and how old were you?
My very first book was written in 2006. I was 31 at the time. I can tell you, like all writers, that book was a very bad book, that I should have stuck in a drawer, but it was my biggest publishing no no. Advice to aspiring authors, don’t publish your first bad book. Make sure it is edited thoroughly and it has been sent to beta readers or a group of writers you trust.
What is your preferred method to have readers get in touch with or follow you (i.e., website, personal blog, Facebook page, here on Goodreads, etc.) and link(s)?
Readers can follow me in three different places. My blog is connected to my website at the following link:
They can leave me a message at:
My Facebook page can be found at:
and readers can connect with me on Twitter at:
I love to hear from readers and feedback is always welcome.
Could you tell us a bit about your most recent book and why it is a must-read?
My most recently published book is entitled Stories Outside the box: An Electric Eclectic book. What makes this little collection a must read is the fact that there are stories in a variety of genres. The stories range from fantasy to mystery, children’s fiction and a vignette. Readers can share these stories with their family members, and I keep each one family friendly.
What is the most difficult part about writing for you?
I find the editing process to be the most difficult, especially when I have to rewrite entire scenes and chapters of my novels.
Tell us about your first published book? What was the journey like?
The first published book that I am proud of is A Journey of Faith: A Stepping Stones Mystery. This journey was a tough one, because I did something no author should ever do. I paid a publisher to publish this book for me. It was published in paperback, eBook, hard cover and audio book, through Audible. At first, I was getting copies of my books within a week or so after I ordered them. However, the more I ordered the longer it took me to get books. The last time I ordered them, I never received them. I had to fight tooth and nail to get all of my money back. Therefore, I republished this book through KDP and Lulu and have had an easier time getting books when I need them.
What were the key challenges you faced when writing this book?
My biggest challenges were getting the story edited, marketing the book and getting it reformatted for self-publication.
Do you put yourself in your books/characters at all?
Some aspects of my life are in my characters, but there are other times, when one of my characters comes from someone I’ve come in contact with, or I get inspired to create a character from something or someone I saw in my dreams.
Can you recommend any new or upcoming authors to us?
Yes, I can recommend my author friend Jen Lowry. She has four bible devotionals on Amazon under the name Dr. Jennifer Ikner Lowry and she has recently published several YA, MG and children’s books under the name Jen Lowry. Visit her website at:www.jenlowrywrites.com to learn more.
About the Author
Ann Harrison-Barnes is the author of four books: A Journey of Faith, A Stepping Stones Mystery, Stories Outside the Box: An Electric Eclectic book, Maggie’s Gravy Train Adventure, an Electric Eclectic Book, and Inner Vision, an Electric Eclectic Book. She has also been published in several anthologies. Aside from her work as a Christian fiction author, Ann is a professional freelance writer. She also hosts the Inspirational Journeys Podcast, where she gives authors, creative artists and entrepreneurs a platform to share their stories. When she’s not interviewing special guests, she hosts solo episodes providing book reviews, reading selected poems, and sharing tips and encouragement for aspiring authors. Her podcast can be heard on your favorite podcasting platform at:
Some of her interviews have been uploaded to YouTube as well. Please subscribe to her YouTube channel for more author interviews and occasional live videos:
A Journey of Faith: A Stepping Stones Mystery
Twenty-eight-year-old Becca Martin witnessed a tragic accident at the age of twelve. Sixteen years later, she embarks upon a journey that she believes has somehow been chosen for her by God. During this journey, she hears a voice in the back of her mind crying, “God help me!”, as childhood memories resurface in her nightmares. During the investigation at Sweet Water Park, Jason meets Becca and asks for her help, but in order to do so, she must face her fear of climbing, while caring for her ailing aunt and helping her uncle to run the diner. Jason vows to stay close beside her every step of the way, but can she fully trust him and the girl in the white robe that seems to pop up out of nowhere? Find out how God helps her and the Tensiltown Police find the culprit as the author pulls you into the first novel in her spine-tingling, heart-warming Stepping Stones mystery series.
Maggie’s Gravy Train Adventure
Maggie and her mother take a mysterious ride on a train made of gravy and other interesting food items. What happens to the cookie track and why do the biscuit wheels crumble at various points during the trip? Who’s behind the mayhem in the magical land of Eat-a-Lot? Find out as you ride the track with Maggie and her new friends.
“The past is but a whirlwind of memories,
there are those you want to capture,
and those you want to forget.
Hold on to the precious ones and let the rest spin away into the abyss.”
These are the words Kelly Dobson wrote after learning how to use her Inner Vision in order to do the creative work God has called her to do.
After awakening in an unusual hospital from an operation she never had, Kelly and her physician, DR. Markey Andrews, work together to find the reason why she ended up in a hospital resembling a hotel, rather than a medical facility.
During the process of solving the mystery at hand, Kelly has strange dreams of being carried away in a whirlwind to places which hold memories she’d rather not relive. In order for her to face her fear of her Charles Bonnet syndrome and the accident that caused her blindness six years before.
After being released from the hospital, Kelly gets a brilliant idea to draw the images she sees in her heart and mind. As she does so, her mother stands in awe as the talent her daughter once had as a child returns in full swing, regardless of her blindness.
Even though Kelly’s father doesn’t want to believe in her talent at first, through the power of prayer and her faith in God, she teaches him how to use his own inner vision.
Stories Outside the Box
A little book filled with magic, ferries, music, an angel or two, and even a bit of mystery.
Fly away on the wings of a simple drop of rain with Anna as she follows the music that fills her heart.
Have you ever had a breakdown in the middle of the road and wondered how you’d get home? Read about the miraculous end to what could have been a perilous journey for Bill and his family.
Mystery buffs and techno geeks will love An Unusual Glitch, a story about a county wide technology glitch that threatens to ruin the county’s computer infrastructure, if the problem isn’t resolved before it’s too late. Enjoy a couple of new mysteries along the way.
You may be enchanted by a Christmas miracle that starts with a child’s prayer and a tinkling bell.
Ride in a sleigh carried on the wings of a snowflake, ride the wind on the wings of an autumn leaf or fly away on a swing!
There’s an adventure waiting for readers of all ages in each delightful little story.