Internationally award-winning and best-selling romance author Anne Gracie talks to Nalini Haynes about her novels and career.
This interview is available in audio-only (MP3, above) and in video format (MP4, below).
Introducing Anne Gracie
Anne spent her childhood on the move when her father’s job took them around the world. The gypsy life taught her that humour and love are universal languages and that favorite books can take you home, wherever you are.
She’s been spinning stories since she first sat in a sand-pit and pinned down a pet for an audience. However ordinary people didn’t become writers — they were sensible and got ‘real’ jobs. Anne wrote her first novel while on long service leave, backpacking solo around the world. Writing is now her ‘real’ job.
Published by Berkley USA and Penguin Australia, Anne is a nationally bestselling author in the USA. She’s also a former president and honorary lifetime member of Romance Writers of Australia, a five time RITA finalist, has twice won the Romantic Book of the Year (Australia) and the National Reader’s Choice Award in the USA. Her books have been translated into sixteen different languages, including Japanese manga editions.
As well as writing, Anne has had a lifelong interest in promoting adult literacy —it started when she was at university— and, up until recently, she kept bees.
These are my planned questions; I think I asked all of these — or Anne answered them without being asked.
- Tell me about your latest novels.
- What inspired you to write romance?
- Which authors and novels influence you?
- how is romance seen by the broader literary community?
- Your experience of the romance writing community is somewhat different, isn’t it?
- Romance writers with a good relationship with their readers tend to get published; what do you do to connect with your readership?
- Close connection with your fan base must have its good and bad side; do you have any memorable stories?
- You attend conventions and speak on panels. What are romance conventions like?
- Do you have any memorable stories from these conventions?
- What plans do you have for the future?
- Any hints as to the focus of your next novel?