Paperbook Giveaway & Interview: Anne Louise Bannon, Author of Bring Into Bondage

BannonBringIntoBondageEveryone, please give a warm welcome to author Anne Louise Bannon. Travel back to the roaring 1920s with her book Bring Into Bondage. Enjoy the interview and don’t forget to check out the GIVEAWAY at the bottom of the post!

What makes you cringe?

Hypocrisy. Drives me nuts.

It’s time for you to host the book club. Who do you invite (living, dead, fictional, real)? And what 3 books will you be discussing?

On the invite list: Dorothy L. Sayers, Dorothy Parker, Carrie Fisher. One each of their faves.

BannonFascinatingRhythmConventions, book signings, blogging, etc.: what are some of your favorite aspects of self-promotion and what are some of the least favorite parts of self-promotion?

Love, love, love meeting new people and talking with them. Reading my stories out loud. Both of those are just so much fun. As for least favorite, it’s social media, not because I don’t like it. It’s just such a time suck and feels like so little return for such a grind of an effort.

What has been your worst or most difficult job? How does it compare to writing?

Worst job was my first one – counter person at McDonald’s. I sucked at it. Still suck at food service. Most difficult, however, was parenting my daughter. She turned into a terrific human being, and it was the most meaningful job I’ve ever had. But it was tough work. How do they compare to writing? Writing is in my bones. It is what I am. I do have days where I’m struggling to pull each word out of me, but most of the time, it’s the most satisfying thing I do.

BannonTygerTygerIn my experience, some of the best fiction is based on facts and history. How do you build your research into your fictional works?

Have to chuckle. When I originally wrote Fascinating Rhythm and Bring Into Bondage, things were very, very different. No Google. No Wikipedia. And most important, no Michael Holland. He’s my husband and a historian. The historian part makes the research a *lot* easier. I’ll do a basic survey of a period and/or place, such as what I did for the book I’m working on now, which takes place in Los Angeles, California, in the 1870s. It’s a place you’d never recognize now. And little bits and pieces of that research are starting to slide their way into the story. Street names are becoming characters because a lot of streets in the city were named after people who lived here. I’ve got a list of the city council members at the time, and their “wives” are characters. A medical case I read about will become part of another scene. But another thing happens as I’m writing – more questions come up. I re-researched Bring Into Bondage three different times, as I learned more and more about life in the 1920s. It’s kind of an ongoing process, where the research feeds the story, then the story spurs more research. And it’s fun research and no footnotes!

In writing your bad guys, do you want the reader to enjoy hating on him/her, or do you want the reader to be waiting for that magical moment when they redeem themselves?

I think it depends on the bad guy. I do like redemption themes and have played with them in the past. I love it when a bad guy turns out to be a pathetic wimp. Because I mostly write whodunits, the trick for me is not to make the bad guy so bad you figure out it was her/him. I have used bad guys to make a point about the world in which we live. That’s a lot of fun, too.

If you couldn’t be a writer, what would you chose to do?

Act.

BannonStevensBookOfPoisonsWhat do you do when you are not writing?

You mean for fun? Sewing, knitting, reading, making soap and bread and sometimes cheese. The running gag around here is that we make the things most sane people buy.

What is the first book you remember reading on your own?

If it was a chapter book, then it had to have been Key to the Treasure. Don’t remember the author’s name, but it was a cute treasure chase in which some kids find old clues to a treasure hunt that had never been found by either their father or their grandfather.

Finally, what upcoming events and works would you like to share with the readers?

If you’re in Pasadena, California, Sept. 24 or 25, I’ll be signing Bring Into Bondage at Hoopla! An Emporium of Good Things, 2591 N. Fair Oaks Ave., Altadena. And on Oct 21, I’ll be one of the authors at the Pasadena Central Library’s Art Night Author Festival.

You can check out my latest fiction serial, That Old Cloak and Dagger Routine, every Friday at annelouisebannon.com/blogs. And if you like light romance, my other fiction serial is at WhiteHouseRhapsody.com. Book One will be coming out at the end of this month. Finally, if you’d like to learn more about wine, check out OddBallGrape.com, the wine blog my husband and I write.

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AuthorAnneLouiseBannonAuthor Bio:

Anne Louise Bannon is an author and journalist who wrote her first novel at age 15. Her journalistic work has appeared in Ladies’ Home Journal, the Los Angeles Times, Wines and Vines, and in newspapers across the country. She was a TV critic for over 10 years, founded the YourFamilyViewer blog, and created the OddBallGrape.com wine education blog with her husband, Michael Holland. She also writes the romantic fiction serial WhiteHouseRhapsody.com. She is the co-author of Howdunit: Book of Poisons, with Serita Stevens, as well as mysteries Fascinating Rhythm, Bring Into Bondage and Tyger, Tyger. She and her husband live in Southern California with an assortment of critters.

BannonBringIntoBondageBook Blurb for Bring Into Bondage:

It’s back to the Roaring Twenties with Kathy Briscow and her socialite author boyfriend Freddie Little. Freddie arrives for what he hopes will be a very special date with Kathy only to find her in a tizzy and packing. There’s been trouble brewing on the family farm in Hays, Kansas, and now Ma Briscow has summoned Kathy home because her father is deathly ill. It’s about the only thing that could get Kathy in Freddie’s plane. The two fly to Kansas and are greeted by a shotgun blast.
It’s all sorted out very quickly, and Pa is still very sick but has survived the worst. Vandals, however, have been attacking the farm repeatedly. Kathy and Freddie decide to stay and find out what’s going on before some gets hurt even worse than when Pa got dunked in the creek.
Not that Kathy’s family doesn’t have their own secrets. Her brother Joshua has returned home with a new bride that he forgot to tell his family about. And Kathy’s youngest brother, Gamaliel, has an even darker secret. In town, there’s nastiness afoot, as Freddie meets a frightened young boy with tell-tale bruises, and then the boy turns up dead on the Briscow farm.
Kathy and Freddie get caught spooning behind the barn, and Pa Briscow gets his shotgun out. Even the threat of being goosed down the aisle isn’t half the trouble Freddie and Kathy face, when there’s another body found and Freddie gets arrested for murder.

GIVEAWAY!!!

Anne Louise Bannon is offering up 1 ebook copy (open internationally) and 1 paperbook copy (US only) of Bring Into Bondage. Do the Rafflecopter thing below of answer these questions below in the comments: 1) What country do you live in? 2) What’s the first book you recall reading? 3)  Please leave a way to contact you if you win. Giveaway ends September 24, 2016 midnight.

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