Hi, Anna Grace! Thank you for joining us today! How long have you been writing? I started writing short stories when I was a kid in school. I was homeschooled and my mom assigned me and my two older siblings a title of a story each week. We wrote a story based around the title and presented it to my mom at the end of the week. Once summer hit and I had no more assignments, I realized I missed that little task. So I began writing on my own.
What inspired your quest to become a writer? As a school assignment, I had to watch a Moody Science video called City of Bees. I took notes voraciously while watching that video and realized I had to do something with all those notes. I was so inspired by the life of bees that I knew there was a story to tell. So at the age of fourteen, I wrote a six hundred page about the life of bees.
Tell us about Signal Mountain! Set in the 1940’s in Signal Mountain, Tennessee, my novel follows a young woman fleeing from human traffickers (yep, even in the 1940’s human trafficking was a serious problem). In desperation June takes on the identity of a missing woman. She is accepted into a home on Signal Mountain as this missing woman and thus the turmoil of her conscience begins. With a young lawyer falling in love with her false identity, a suspect living in the same house, and a missing briefcase that could convict her enemies, June must face her conscience and her fears.
What is the greatest praise you’ve received about your writing so far? I suppose hearing words like, “You should be on the bestseller’s list,” or “I’ve never been so captivated in my life” would render great praise, but for me, the greatest praise has been those who have said they have been helped spiritually in my writing.
Describe your writing style in three words. Old-fashioned. Cozy. Inspirational.
What is your favorite thing about writing? The challenge of writing the story so that others feel as if they were really there.
What is your least favorite thing about writing? The challenge of writing the story so that others feel as if they were really there. Ha ha! Yep. I love the challenge and so often it’s rewarding. However, so often I know that no words can describe the imagination.
Your most creative ideas when. . . I’m in the shower. Everyone says it’s true, and believe me, it is!
Do you have any advice for aspiring writers? Write! Please. Just write! If you get stuck, just keep writing. Push through. So many in this world aspire to write and so many falsely call themselves authors. How many books do you have started, and only partially complete? Finish a book. Finish at least one. And don’t make your plot so confusing that you want to give up plotting. Make it simple and as you write, complexity will abound.
Can you give us a teaser about your WIP? I have two. Water of the Woods follows a young girl and boy who find evidences for the Fountain of Youth, but as they search deeper they must ask themselves if risking their lives is worth finding eternal youth. My second WIP is a book on the life of Jonah. The story opens up the struggles and strengths of Jonah and his daughter and their journey in search of forgiveness.
If you could spend one day with a favorite author, you would choose. . . If I had to choose a dead author, it would be Clive Staples Lewis. Lewis could tell you that water was wet and sand is dry, and simply by the style of his writing, one would gasp in great wonder at the fact. But if the author has to be living, I would choose Steven James. After reading his how-to book on writing, I’m confident that he knows his stuff. I’d like to get his mind and find out how his writing is so captivating with minimal plot structure.
About Anna Grace
Anna Grace Michael completed an apprenticeship in the Christian Writer’s Guild of America and became very serious about writing. She wrote for two magazines for over five years. Her writing consists of dramas and plays, Christian romance, mysteries, children’s books, and historical fiction. One of these days she’d love to write a science fiction. At 25, Anna lives in the foothills of the Tennessee Valley, which gives her great inspiration for her writing. She loves her little barnyard and garden, finds therapy in her guitar, and tutors on the side.
Find out more at her blog.
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