Author spotlight: Annette Drake

Alaska picture

Circa 1998, this photo was taken when my family and I moved to Alaska. Also shown are my twins, Benjamin and Bailey, who graduated from high school last year.

Welcome author, Annette Drake.

Why do you write fiction?
Honestly for me, it’s a form of therapy. I love the characters who inhabit my imagination. I cry with them and laugh with them. I want to tell their stories. There’s been many times when I thought, okay, I’m done writing. I’m too tired, or I’m too busy. But if I don’t finish the story I’m writing and put it out for the world to read, then those characters wane and die. I don’t want that. So, I keep writing.

Please tell us about your book. What ideas or images inspired this novel?
I started writing this novella, A Beautiful Day in Alaska, in early 2014 as a short spicy romance for a publisher. That was a write-on-demand piece. I thought, I can do this. I can write sex scenes. But, I soon learned I can’t. So I had this opening, and again, it’s the characters who called me back to them. I had to see how their story ended. Scene by scene, I kept writing. And lo and behold, a year later, I’ve published it. I think it’s one of the funniest stories I’ve written.

Do you have an ideal reader in mind when you write? If so, please describe that reader.
I used to think I wrote for women, but anymore, I’m not sure. I think first and foremost is story. My goal is to always, always keep the reader turning the page. That’s why I release my books on the weekend – so folks have time to read them. It hurts when someone tells me they put my book down but intend to come back to it. I failed! I’ve got a lot of great feedback from male readers, so it’s not gender. Age? I don’t think so. Children and octogenarians read my books. I guess the answer is no, I do not have an ideal reader. Nor do I write in only one genre. It’s all about the story for me.

Please describe your writing routine.
My routine, my goal, is to write 1,000 words each day. Normally, I get up about 5 a.m. or so and write before I go to my day job. But I’ve been struggling lately. Frankly, I want to hibernate during winter. It is not my most productive time. To counteract this, I’ve started drawing as a way of keeping my perspective fresh. Currently, I’m writing the character sketches for my cozy mystery and along with listing the age, occupation, etc., I’m drawing them. It brings such a fresh perspective to each one.

What advice do you give new writers just starting out?
I believe the most important task for a writer is to tell an amazing story. Your job, should you choose to accept it, is to entertain your reader. Don’t lose sight of that. If you are writing a novel or short story and it’s just drudgery, that will show. But if you’re writing a piece and you love the characters in it and you leave your desk everyday feeling happy, that shows in your work too. Remember: you are a storyteller. Tell a great story.

More about A Beautiful Day in Alaska:

Today is the worst day of Robin Kincaid’s life.
cover artShe’s supposed to fly to Seattle to finalize her divorce so her two-timing husband can marry his very pregnant secretary. But when Mt. Redoubt erupts, all planes in or out of Anchorage are grounded. Robin isn’t going anywhere until tomorrow.
Then, there are no hotel rooms available, this being the height of tourism season in Alaska. Reluctantly, Robin agrees to share a suite with fellow stranded traveler and wealthy businessman, Charlie Land.
As for Charlie, he’s got one day to convince this oh-so-desirable woman that life’s too short to live in the painful past.
She’s his tour guide. He’s the salve for her broken heart.
Both of their lives will be changed forever by a beautiful day in Alaska.

How to connect with Annette:

website: http://annettedrake.com/

Email: Write2me@AnnetteDrake.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AnnetteDrakeBooks?ref=hl

Twitter: https://twitter.com/annettedrake13

Grab your copy here: http://tinyurl.com/BeautifulAKDay

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