28 January 2016

*Author Interview* COPPER LAKE by Ann Swan

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Book Three in the Stutter Creek Series 
Ann Swann

They call him the Killer Cartographer because he carves the map coordinates of each victim on the femur of the one before. 

Then he tattoos the information on his skin.

Can detective Kendra Dean bring him in or will she become his next tattoo?


How has being a Texan influenced your writing?  
I think being a Texan influences everything I do. I like to think my stories and characters are as gritty as the hardscrabble oil fields of my hometown.  

Why did you choose to write in your particular field or genre?  
I believe it chose me. I’ve tried and tried to write a regular romance with the happy-ever-after ending, but something dark always creeps in somewhere along the line. 

Where did your love of books/storytelling/reading/writing/etc. come from?  
My grandpa told the best bear stories and my mom always encouraged us to read. My dad made sure we got books on Christmas and our birthdays even though he was in prison. His dear sister was our UPS. She always delivered the books for him.  

How long have you been writing?  
I started writing as a tween writing stories down in my spiral notebook. 

What kind(s) of writing do you do?  
I tend to gravitate toward speculative fiction such as my first series of ghost stories (Stevie-girl and the Phantoms), although my next novel, All For Love, is considered more along the lines of contemporary romance or women’s fiction. 

What cultural value do you see in writing / reading/ storytelling / etc.?  
Before computers, books were how we learned about and travelled to other places, even to other worlds. I think it is amazing how so many of the things I read about in science fiction through the years are now considered mundane.  

How does your book relate to your spiritual practice or other life path?  
There is a bit of me in each of my female protagonists. She always triumphs in the end, whatever the adversity—ghosts, a serial killer, or even the worst of the worst, a too-handsome husband—but the cost is always quite high both spiritually and physically. My characters usually wind up praying to a higher power at some point, too, although they are not always religious people. 

What do you think most characterizes your writing?  
The will to survive. 

What do you like to read in your free time?  
I read everything from nonfiction magazines like The Scientific American and Writer’s Digest (and of course every article on MSN), to my old favorite, Stephen King, whose new book of short stories is my current bedtime reading pleasure. That being said, I also belong to a few different writing groups so I have books from several friends on my to-be-read list as well. (Which means they are in my Kindle, waiting, because I’m the world’s worst one-click addict. 

If you were a superhero, what would your name be? What costume would you wear?  
If I were a superhero, I would be a protector of children and animals. My costume would be something turquoise because it’s such a healing color.  

Ann Swann was born in the small West Texas town of Lamesa. She grew up much like Stevie-girl in The Phantom Pilot series, though she never got up the nerve to enter the haunted house. Ann has done everything from answering 911 Emergency calls to teaching elementary school. She lives in Texas with her husband, Dude, one rescue dog, two rescue cats, and a part-time box turtle named Piggy. When she’s not writing, Ann is reading. Her to-be-read list has grown so large it has taken on a life of its own. She calls it Herman.

Books by Ann Swann

  • 2011 Stevie-girl and The Phantom Pilot – Cool Well Press
  • 2012 Stevie-girl and The Phantom Student – Cool Well Press
  • 2013 Stevie-girl and the Phantom of Crybaby Bridge – Createspace
  • 2012 All For Love – 5 Prince Publishing
  • 2013 Stutter Creek (Book One) – 5 Prince Publishing
  • 2015 Lilac Lane (Book Two) – 5 Prince Publishing
  • 2016 Copper Lake (Book Three) – 5 Prince Publishing
  • 2016 Takers: Apocalypse in Eden – coming soon
Short Fiction

  • “Bamboozled” Alfred Hitchcock Magazine
  • “Aftermath” Binnacle Magazine
  • “The Gap” and “In Search of Water” The Rusty Nail (previously published in The Sandstorm)
  • “Soul Gardener” Timeless: Cool Well Press, Anthology 
  • “The Fee” A World of Terror: Grey Mouse Publishing, (formerly titled The Warning
  • “SleepAway Pounds” Seasonal, Sweet, and Suspenseful, Anthology
  • “Chems” Createspace


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1/28       Books and Broomsticks -- Author Interview
1/29       Hall Ways Promo -- Promo
1/30       The Page Unbound -- Promo
1/31       Missus Gonzo -- Review
2/1         All for the Love of the WordAuthor Interview
2/2         My Book Fix Blog -- Review
2/3         Belle Whittington on Tumblr-- Promo
2/4         Because This is My Life Y'all -- Review
2/5         The Crazy Booksellers -- Promo
2/6         Texas Book-aholic -- Review

Books and Broomsticks
Author Interview
Hall Ways
-- Promo
The Page Unbound
Missus Gonzo
All for the Love of the Word
Author Interview
My Book Fix Blog
Belle Whittington on Tumblr
Because This is My Life Y'all
The Crazy Booksellers
Texas Book-aholic

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