Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Ann Kirk Shorey is here a free book!

Hi all! Let's give Ann a warm welcome. Be sure to leave a comment and get in the drawing for a freebie.

Bio: Ann Shorey has been writing for over fifteen years. She’s been published in the Adams Media Cup of Comfort series, and in Chicken Soup for the Grandma’s Soul. Ann has also written articles for various local and regional publications. After completing a nonfiction historical narrative in 1998, she realized she had uncovered a treasure trove of inspiration, and turned to fiction as a way to put that inspiration to good use.
Ann teaches classes on historical research, story arc, and other fiction fundamentals at writers conferences. She works in Sutherlin, Oregon, where she lives with her husband, Richard. The Edge of Light is her first novel.

1. Plug time! Please tell us a little about your latest release and why readers should run out and buy it as soon as it hits the shelves. The Edge of Light is set in 1838 in what was then frontier Missouri and Illinois. When Molly McGarvie’s husband, Samuel, succumbs to cholera, her unscrupulous brother-in-law takes over the family business and leaves Molly to fend for herself. She knows she must head out on her own, but it’s a dangerous journey and soon she faces the loss of another family member. Somehow she must find a way to earn a living, restore her family, and fend off some unusual suitors. There are enough plot twists to keep readers up past their bedtimes!

2. How many full manuscripts did you write before you sold? Or if you’re pre-pubbed, how many have you written to date? I wrote two other full manuscripts, and re-wrote this one several times.

3. In your opinion, what’s the most fascinating thing about writing? I write historical fiction, and am continually fascinated by the way women lived in earlier times. In fact, learning more about these women’s lives if what prompted me to write fiction in the first place.

4. What’s something you can tell us about yourself that most people don’t know? In my dream life, I’d own at least five or six rescue dogs. I love dogs, and we have one that we did rescue, but we don’t have space for more.

5. When did you start writing for publication and what did people say when they found out? I started with nonfiction back in the 1990’s, and had a few things published. I think until this book deal happened, most people thought of it as my “hobby.”

6. What is your favorite food? Chocolate.

7. Tell us a little about your family. My husband, Richard, and I are empty-nesters. Our daughters have fledged and flown, although they all live close enough to allow for frequent visits.

8. Who are your favorite authors? Way too many to list them all. Barbara Kingsolver is at the top of my list, but I also like mystery writers Elizabeth George and Tony Hillerman. Bonnie Leon and Rachel Hauck are two wonderful ACFW-member writers.

9. What are you reading now and what’s in your “to be read” pile? Right now I’m reading “Longings of the Heart,” by Bonnie Leon. “Shade,” by John B. Olson, “A Passion Most Pure,” by Julie Lessman, and “Love Starts With Elle,” by Rachel Hauck, are at the top of my “to be read” pile.

10. Do you set out to write each story with a particular theme or does the theme develop as the story does? I find the theme develops as the story progresses. If I start with a fixed idea it’s too limiting for me.

11. Do you have a particular method for tracking the details in your story? Can you tell us a little about this? I keep a chapter-by-chapter log as I write. Nothing fancy. I use a yellow legal-size pad and jot down the highlights of the chapter, date (in the story), and POV character. Details of the characters are spelled out on the character sheets that I prepare before beginning to write. I’ll go back to these sheets and add information if something happens in the story that I need to remember.

12. Who has had the most influence on your life in general? In your writing life? Becoming a Christian 30+ years ago has had the greatest influence on my life. Humanly speaking, my mother shaped the person I am today. In my writing life, I’ve been blessed with a wonderful mentor and friend, Bonnie Leon. She cheers me on every step of the way.

13. Do you have an agent? If yes, did you have the agent before you sold your first book or after? If you are yet to be published, you can skip the second part of the question. Yes. My book was in committee at the publisher when my agent responded to my proposal, so in a way I had the sale and the agent at the same time. She was a tremendous help through the contract process.

14. What advice do you have for a beginning author? Follow your dreams. Don’t get discouraged and quit. If the book you’re working on gets rejected over and over, take what you’ve learned from rejections start another one. We get better with every book, as long as we don’t stop learning.

15. Any parting comments? “The Edge of Light” was inspired by the life of one of my female ancestors. Some of it is true, most of it isn’t. I’d love to hear reader’s guesses as to which parts are which. I can be contacted through my website,

Ann, thanks so much for a fantastic interview and congratulations on your book. I look forward to reading it.


Lynette Eason said...

HI Ann, welcome to my blog. I still had trouble uploading your cover to blogger. It opened fine on my computer, but blogger was being a pain. I'm so sorry. So, all you readers, please go to

and check out Ann's book!

God Bless!


Deborah said...

i would love to win this book, please enter me!

Rachel Hauck said...

Ann, sounds wonderful. The best of every thing to you on this book. Huge success.

Hugs, Rachel

Martha A. said...

it sounds wonderful! I love it when books are based on some true things!

HollyMag said...

I think I would really enjoy this story, please enter me! Blessings

Bonnie Leon said...

Hi Ann. Good interview. And thanks for the plug. :-)


Delia Latham said...

Great interview! I like the way you think, Ann. :)

delia at delialatham dot com

donna said...

I would love to read this book!
you can contact me here:

L. B. Greer said...

Dear Ann,

I have 3 dogs, 2 of whom are rescued and so loving! I also am a chocolate addict--especially Swiss, German or Dutch.

I am a rookie writer and have a non-fiction short story coming soon in Susan Osborne's It's Too Soon to Say Goodbye. The anthology is composed of short stories from victims of suicide.

Please visit my writer's blog if you have time at

Thanks for your words of encouragement!

Dr. L.B. Greer

Carole said...

Ann, your book sounds very interesting and I would love to read it.

You and I share a couple of favorite authors: Elizabeth George and Tony Hillerman. I always go back to them between other reads.

cjarvis [at] bellsouth ]dot] net

Ann Shorey said...

I loved reading everyone's comments. It's like finding a long-lost relative when I hear from someone who reads the same books I do!

www dot annshorey dot com

mez said...

The Edge of Light sounds great, add my name for the drawing. Thanks!

tetewa said...

Enjoyed the interview, count me in!