Anne K. Albert has taught high school art, sold display advertising for a small town weekly newspaper, and worked for a national brand water company, but now writes full time.
A member of the Romance Writers of America, Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, and married to her high school sweetheart for more than a quarter of a century, it's a given she'd write mystery and romantic suspense.
When not in her home office, she enjoys traveling, visiting friends and family, knitting, crocheting, and of course, reading.
Regan –How would you describe your series to someone who has not read any of your previous novels?
Anne - The Muriel Reeves Mysteries is a series of ‘gentle” mysteries that focus on crimes that take place around a special date on the calendar. Tied in with the festivities are the antics of Muriel’s eccentric but lovable family. My books chill the spine, warm the heart and soothe the soul – all with a delightful touch of humor.
Regan - What inspired you to write your first book?
Anne - The sad truth is a few years ago the neighbor from hell moved in next door. It was an ugly situation, made all the worse by the ever present police cruisers who were monitoring the situation. I’d had a particularly bad day, and decided I needed a good laugh and a diversion as I hadn’t written in such a long time. To be honest, I wondered if I even remembered how to write. Still, I placed my fingertips on the keyboard and FRANK, INCENSE AND MURIEL was born. It took me about five months to write the book from start to finish, and it was a godsend for my sanity. As for that horrid neighbor? He moved away shortly after we did!
Regan – Did you have to do any research, and if so, how?
Anne – I used and continue to use Google for just about everything I need to research. It’s an amazing resource and always at my fingertips.
Regan - Tell us about your book.
Anne – FRANK, INCENSE AND MURIEL is set the week before Christmas when the stress of the holidays is enough to frazzle anyone’s nerves. Tensions increase when a close friend begs Muriel to team up with a sexy private investigator to find a missing woman. Forced to deal with an embezzler, kidnapper, and femme fatale is bad enough, but add Muriel’s zany yet loveable family to the mix and their desire to win the D-DAY (Death Defying Act of the Year) Award, and the situation can only get worse.
It received a 5-star review and Reviewer Top Pick from Night Owl Reviews. Reviewer Diana Coyle said, “Ms. Albert has a way of telling a story that pulls you in from the very first sentence and holds your attention to the very last line. If you’re looking for a story with a little bit of humor, a whole lot of suspense and plenty of insanity, then you’ve found the perfect story.”
Regan - Where can readers get a copy of your book?
Anne: It’s available in e-book format now at Amazon, http://www.amazon.com/Frank-Incense-and-Muriel-ebook/dp/B004CLYDRO/
Barnes and Noble, http://search.barnesandnoble.com/Frank-Incense-and-Muriel/Anne-K-Albert/e/2940011142123/ Smashwords, http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/30192
or from my publisher, Vanilla Heart Publishing. http://www.vanillaheartbooksandauthors.com The print edition will be released in July 2011.
Thank you so much, Regan, for hosting me on my third stop of the Murder We Write Blog Tour. I’d like to invite readers to visit my website http://www.AnneKAlbert.com/ or my main blog http://anne-k-albert.blogspot.com.
If they drop by my Muriel Reeves Mysteries blog http://muriel-reeves-mysteries.blogspot.com and leave a comment mentioning this interview, I’ll enter their name in a draw to win a pdf copy of FRANK, INCENSE AND MURIEL. I’ll announce the winner at the conclusion of the tour, sometime during the week of August 22, 2011.