Author event and giveaway: Ann B. Ross
Ann Ross was back in town for another Book Your Lunch event hosted by Fiction Addiction and I didn’t want to miss it because she’s almost as entertaining as her Miss Julia books. Ann earned a PhD in English from the University of North Carolina and taught at UNC Asheville for years.
Ann has always wanted to write and when she started her first Miss Julia book, she wanted to write about a character who was well mannered, religious, self-righteous, stringent, and proud. The book wasn’t meant to be humorous – in fact, it was meant to be a deep, dark literary work. She wrote down all the things she was too strictly raised to say. She said Miss Julia still talks to her and she sees ideas everywhere.
When the Hallmark channel approached Ann about making a Miss Julia movie, she considered it, but decided to turn it down when she learned that she would relinquish all control and Miss Julia would no longer belong to her. Ann said it was a difficult decision to make, but she has never regretted it.
The newest Miss Julia book, Miss Julia to the Rescue, debuted at number 21 on The New York Times bestseller list. Ann has a contract for 2 more Miss Julia books and is currently working on the next one. She said she doesn’t have an end to the series in mind and will continue to write them as long as readers enjoy them. She read some of the emails she’s received and it sounds like her readers really enjoy them, so the series should be around for a while!
I got Ann to autograph a copy of Miss Julia to the Rescue for one lucky reader. To enter to win an autographed copy of MISS JULIA TO THE RESCUE simply fill out the entry form. Contest is open worldwide – one entry per person, please. I will use random.org to determine the winner. Contest ends at midnight EDT Thursday, May 10, 2012. Winner will be announced on Friday, May 11, 2012. Comments are welcome (and appreciated) but will not get you an entry in the contest.
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