Ann Shorey is the author of the "At Home in Beldon Grove" series for Revell. Where Wildflowers Bloom and When the Heart Heals are the first two books in her Sisters at Heart series, also for Revell. Love’s Sweet Beginning is the final book in this series. Ann and her husband make their home in southwestern Oregon. She can be reached through her website http://www.annshorey.com/. Find her on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/AnnShorey.
Ann, it’s great to have you at Novel PASTimes today. Could you share with us some of the surprises you’ve encountered along the road to publishing?
I didn’t realize how much time I’d need to devote to marketing, once I was published. It was and is difficult for me to think like a marketer!
Another thing I didn’t know was how many people are involved in bringing my books to the marketplace at the publishing level. Editors, art department, production, marketing, sales, distribution, accounting, etc. It costs a publisher quite a bit of money in salaries to produce a book.
Please tell us something about your latest novel, Love’s Sweet Beginning.
Here’s the back cover blurb:
What will it take for a once-privileged young woman to make her way in the world?
It isn’t Cassie Haddon’s fault that she has reached the age of twenty-five without possessing any useful skills. Until the War Between the States, she always had servants. Since then, she and her mother have been forced to rely on family to care for them. But now the well of human kindness has run dry—and Cassie must find work to support them.
Unfortunately, leaving the past behind is easier said than done, and Cassie must summon all of her courage and wits to convince local restaurateur and grocer Jacob West that she’s exactly what he needs.
Love’s Sweet Beginning, Book Three of your “Sisters at Heart” series, is set after the Civil War. What drew you to write about this time period and the location of your story?
I used my family history for inspiration. My great-grandfather was a Cavalryman for the Union Army. He and my great-grandmother were married in Illinois soon after the War Between the States ended, and spent their wedding journey traveling to Missouri to seek land where he could farm. In my grandfather’s (their son) memoirs, he mentions being told of the conditions in Missouri when they arrived in 1867. Feelings still ran high on both sides of the conflict.
So I used this information as the setting for the entire "Sisters at Heart" series. All three books are set in the same fictitious Missouri town. My husband and I made a research trip back there before I started writing the series. “Noble Springs” is a composite of several places we visited.
Have you found that similar themes throughout your writing? Why? Or why not?
The themes for my stories vary from book to book, although each of them feature a woman overcoming major difficulties in order to reach her goals. My tagline is “Yesterday’s women – Today’s issues,” so when I plot a novel one of my aims is to include an issue that still affects women today, even though the books are set in the 19th Century.
What drew you to writing historical novels?
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Here's Ann's question for you: In Love’s Sweet Beginning, Cassie is called a hurtful name, one that she can’t easily dismiss. Has this ever happened to you?