Status: Drafting the fourth book in the PERILOUS series!

Friday, September 4, 2009

Spotlight: T. Anne

Okay! I'm finally getting online. The boys and I are making a surprise trip up to Missouri tomorrow to see Daddy. I sent Mark a letter to let him know we were coming, but apparently the Drill Sergeants are holding on to letters this week. Luckily, Mark borrowed someone else's phone (the Drill Sergeants are collecting phones, too) and called us. So I got to tell him. Otherwise, it really would've been a surprise. (The fort is giving them a three-day pass because of Memorial Weekend, that's why we're going up.)

But today we have a wonderful guest with us! T. Anne from her blog White Platonic Dreams. I've only recently met this lady and I'm so excited to get to know her more. Please welcome her!

Me: Hi T. Anne! Okay, before we get started, I gotta know: What should I call you?

T. Anne: T. Anne something. I haven't quite pinned down my nom de plume. My daughter is rooting for T. Anne Princess, or Crown. It's nice to be thought of as royalty, I suppose. In actuality I descend from the Hun's. I'll wait till she's a little older before bowling her over with that little tid bit.

Me: Okay...T. Anne the Hun. You're right, Princess sounds better. So! T. Anne Princess. Tell me about your writing! What is your work in progress?

T. Anne Princess: Oh I'm so glad you asked! Currently I'm working on the third book in a young adult series aimed at the Christian market with strong cross over potential, entitled The Rockaway Island series. It's modeled after the old school Sweet Valley High series but with modern dilemmas and an oh-so-awesome cast of characters, free of vampires and zombies. Mostly.

Me: Mostly?

T. Anne Princess: No, really, there are none of those.

Me: Breaking the mold, huh? Sounds awesome! I remember Sweet Valley! Oh, I was a fan.
What's the plot, since you have no vampires?

T. Anne Princess: The series rotates around the life of Laken Alexander, a freshman at Crystal Bay high. Each book is rife with it's own mishaps and horrors. It's written in first person with a light edgy sense of humor... like say that of a fourteen-year-old girl? Oh wait, she is fourteen! Perfect. It's written perfectly. I hope to grow the series throughout her high school years, following Laken to college and potentially the grave and beyond if publishers allow. I can dream, right?

Me: Yeah, I guess that's allowed. After all, you must've been dreaming when you thought up the name 'Laken'! That's totally cool, though. I love those sorts of books. That's kind of how I see my series with my main character, Jaci. She's fifteen and I want to follow her into college. At what point are you in the submission process?

T. Anne Princess: I've actually received some excitement over the series from a few different agents. I'm just waiting for responses and making sure I get at least one rejection a day, it keeps me at sanity's edge. That's where I function best.

Me: Ahh!!! Good for you! That's so very exciting. How long has this process been for you?

T. Anne Princess: It's been a little less than half a year. I was focused primarily on my literary fiction prior to this.

Me: Oo, literary fiction. Brave soul. I'll skip those questions for now. Enough about your writing! Who do you live with?

T. Anne Princess: Many a mammal. My wonderful husband-person who I lovingly refer to as Soprano, our three sons, one daughter and two furry children who shed something awful.

Me: I'm dying to know why you call him Soprano. No answers? Okay, I'll come up with my own. He reminds you of someone off "Meet the Sopranos"? Hmm. Where do the Princess and Soprano call home?

T. Anne Princess: I live in the urban sprawl that is Los Angeles. We are currently a glowing ember on this spinning blue marble, so all prayers are welcome.

Me: Yes, I'm sure you need them. What's your favorite thing to do on a hot, breezy summer day? (And I know you get a lot of hot ones in LA.)

T. Anne Princess: Lay by the pool and listen to the kids have a splashing good time.

Me: What's your favorite movie?

T. Anne Princess: The Princess Bride and Ground Hogs Day. I'm not too big on movies, I read mostly, while feigning interest in whatever Soprano's watching. Shh... don't tell.

Me: Mum's the word. So, what do you want to be when you grow up?

T. Anne Princess: Organized, well loved, very old and if there's still time, a published author.
Me: At least you have realistic expectations. Do you have any pets?

T. Anne Princess: A golden retriever who is almost 10. He is destructive beyond belief but he has a sweet side too. Also we have a pekingese and he's the cutest one on the planet, I do believe. He's in charge of the golden. We also house a small yet exquisitely graceful Beta fish named Tinkerbell.

Me: Wow! I'm so excited to read your books. Be sure and tell me when you get a contract!!! It was so fun to meet you!

And that's T. Anne Princess. Or T. Anne Crown. I guess she can still change what she's known by. Be sure and stop by her blog and say hi! Oh yeah. Don't count on seeing me again until Tuesday. Have a happy holiday!

Sequel Stats:
today's goal: 32,072
actual: 32,162 (+2,090)
Tuesday's goal: 34,162


T. Anne said...

That was too fun! Thanx Tamara! I'll go put up a link from my blog. :)

Stephanie Faris said...

Love her! It's great to get to know her better.

Vivian said...

Fun interview!

Jody Hedlund said...

I loved learning more about T. Anne! Excellent interview! And how exciting to hear about her series! I didn't know she'd branched into YA, but I'm so glad to hear that she's garnering some interest in her series!

Jessica said...

Great interview! I didn't realize you were getting some interest in your YA! That's awesome. I really loved the SVH series growing up. :-)
Congrats and thanks for sharing!

Jeannie Campbell, LMFT said...

i was a big SVH fan growing up...so i'm sure i'd like your series! best of luck on a contract, of course....and great learning more about you!

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Danyelle said...

*grin* I love T. Anne the Hun! Except, I don't see her being too Hunnish. Great interview!

Anne L.B. said...

This is wonderful! T. Anne, I'm happy to know more about someone who's such a delight. Thanks, Tamara.

Cindy said...

Tamara, that was a super interview. Your voice is so fun! T. Anne Princess, it was great to learn more about you. Your books sound great and I'm even more intrigued now that there's no zombies or vampires. Go Princess! I can't wait to hear more about your on-going search for agents :)

Terri Tiffany said...

Great interview-- I love T. Anne's sense of humor as always:)) Her books sound great!

Kara said...

Wonderful interview. I headed over here from T.Anne's sight.
Have a good trip too!

Jeanette Levellie said...

I love T. Anne. She's one of my favorite authors, and the winner of my first ever blog givaway on my blog, Audience of ONE.
I pray she receives an agent and gets published soon, so we can all read her books.
This was the most entertaining interview I've read! Thanks,

Tamara Hart Heiner said...

Looks like you're quite the popular lady, T. Anne Princess! Thanks everyone for stopping by to see her interview!

Kathryn Magendie said...

What fun! Hi T. Anne Princess *laughing!*

Sherrie Ashcraft said...

Hey, T. Anne,thanks for stopping by The Mother Blog and reading my interview with my daughter, Christina Berry. I think we can all appreciate each others sense of humor. I love off-the-wall, non-typical humor.

I understand how hard it can be to figure out what to call yourself. When I had to get a new dentist last year, there was all that paperwork to fill out. In the blank where it asked for "what do you like to be called?" I wrote down Your Royal Majesty. I was VERY disappointed that they just said "Sherrie" when they called me back to the room. I mean, what's the point of asking my preference if they're not going to use it?!

Anyway, it was great to get to know you, and I hope you'll come back to my blog frequently.

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