"Own Heart's Delight"
The Cutting Edge
Author Writing Tip:
"Write your story to please yourself. Don't haul it out for your friends or critique group all the time and try to please them. Please yourself and your characters. Believe in them and in your story and in yourself."
Author Romantic Tip:
Did you know that this romance writer completed her first book during her youngest son's nap times? It took a year.
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Anne McAllister has written over 60 romance novels for Harlequin Presents, Silhouette Desire and Special Edition and Harlequin American as well as novellas and a single title.
She has won two RITA awards from the Romance Writers of America — for COWBOY PRIDE and THE STARDUST COWBOY — and has had nine other books which were RITA finalists, including ONE-NIGHT MISTRESS...CONVENIENT WIFE, which is one of this year's finalists.
Her books have also been finalists for the National Readers' Choice Award. In 2000, she was named Midwest Fiction Writers "Writer of the Year" and also received Romantic Times' Career Achievement Award as "Series Author of the Year."
But while the awards and sales are wonderful, Anne thinks the best part of writing is telling the story. With every new book she writes, she meets new characters – or gets to know old ones even better – and discovers what makes them and their relationships tick.
It's the relationships that interest her most and the question about "where do you get your ideas?" has always astonished her as she has more ideas than she knows what to do with!
Anne grew up on the beaches of southern California, and spent summers in Montana and on her grandparents' small ranch in Colorado. They were formative experiences — not only in providing her settings, but in giving her heroes. She finds herself attracted to lean, dark, honorable men – often lone wolf types – who always get the job done, whatever it might be.
She loves writing romance because she thinks getting people together with their soul mates is the best job in the world. It has allowed her to meet amazing, interesting people and see places she never imagined she would see. Happily, too, since she divides her time between Iowa and Montana, it's a job she can do without having to scrape the ice off the windshield of her car before going to work!
In her 'spare' time she takes her dogs for walks and discusses plot problems with them, or she works on family history research and writes articles for genealogical publications. It's all grist for the mill. You never know when some tidbit of family lore is going to spark off an idea that will solve one of those plot problems. The dogs sometimes show up in books, too.
She finds it handy that her four grown children have such interesting lives that she can pick up the phone and pick their brains – or visit their friends. For her Savas' Defiant Mistress, one provided the architect resource, another had connections to houseboat dwellers in Seattle.
Anne and her husband, The Prof, spend the school year in the Midwest now, but are looking forward to more time in Montana when he retires. They'll also be spending time visiting grandchildren (and the grandchildren's interesting parents, too). But wherever they go, Anne will always be writing. There are too many ideas not to!
The PrizeEach winner will win a set of all three books!
If you want to enter the contest – you get three chances to win! – go to each of their contest pages, answer the three questions there, follow the rest of the directions on how to enter, and you’ll have three chances to win the books.
Closing date is February 14th - so if you get the answers right you'll get to share Valentine's Day with their three gorgeous heroes! GOOD LUCK!