Interview & Book Give-Away with Ane Mulligan and Kudos & MoGo7000 Totals

Ane Mulligan headshotWe have a full, fun day ahead! First, I can’t wait to tell you about Ane Mulligan’s new book, just released yesterday, Chapel Springs Revival

What a joy to introduce my sweet friend, Ane Mulligan! While a large, floppy straw hat is her favorite, Ane has worn many different ones: hairdresser, legislative affairs director (that’s a fancy name for a lobbyist), drama director, playwright, humor columnist, and novelist. Her lifetime experience provides a plethora of fodder for her Southern-fried fiction (try saying that three times fast). She firmly believes coffee and chocolate are two of the four major food groups. President of the award-winning literary site, Novel Rocket, Ane resides in Suwanee, GA, with her artist husband, her chef son, and two dogs of Biblical proportion. You can find Ane on her Southern-fried Fiction website, Google+, Facebook, Goodreads, Twitter, and Pinterest.

Be sure to leave a comment for Ane and you’ll be in the drawing for a free book! Just check back next week to see if you’re the winner.ย 

So let’s get started, Ane. Did you always know you would be a writer?

No way did I ever think the stories I told as a kid (back then they called it lying) and played out for weeks with my dolls, would someday become books.

As Creative Arts director for my church, I wrote my first script in 1996, and after we performed it, I sent it to a publisher. They bought that one and everything I sent them afterwards.

How did you start writing novels?Ane Mulligan play

The hubs said I spent a lot on books, I ought to write one. I realized that was God’s call, because as soon as Hubs said those words, an idea dropped into my otherwise empty mind.

But as a playwright myself, I know that plays are a far cry from novels. How did you go from play-writing to novel-writing?

First, I found an online Christian critique group and a few mentors, who told me plainly I had a lot to learn. What an understatement.

POV? Never heard the term.

Omniscient? That’s what God was.

Show don’t tell? How do I tell a story without telling?

Yikes! Yet, with each critique, I absorbed a new concept. I bought every writing craft book they recommended, read them, and absorbed more.

Ane Mulligan crit groupI would never have made it without my original critique partners, either! Who are your critique partners?

In 2005, four other writers and I formed a critique group, and being serious about publishing, we were tough on one another. So tough, we all earned nicknames: Attila the Holmes, Hannibal Dotta, Genghis Griep, and Ludwig von Frankenpen, and Ane of Mean Gables.

Hahahahaha! I love that! Okay, so with your awesome critique group, it must have been easy to get published, right?

Not even. One editor took my manuscript to committee. While I waited for the answer, I got an agent. However … sigh …the editorial committee said no. Then, God called my agent into ministry.

A few months later, I signed with my second agent. Soon, she called, saying my manuscript had passed editorial committee and was going to pub board! This was it! Whoopee! Pub board loved it, but their slate was filled, so the editor was going to hold it for their next quarter. Only she retired before the next quarter, and her computer hard drive was wiped clean.

I was lost in cyber oblivion. Then my agent retired. Do you see a pattern here? I did and it looked like a maze. Once again, I whined, “Lord, what is going on?”

And He said, “Wait. Trust me.” He didn’t offer me another choice, so I chose to trust. Ane Mulligan signing contract

I’m glad I did. In 2012, I signed with Sandra Bishop, and ten years after I began this journey, she called me to tell me we had an offer from Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas.

And my heart quickened. All right, God! This was it. This time, He said, “Yes.”

I believe people let down their guard when they think they’re being entertained. Through fiction, I can entertain readers. Through fiction, I can present seeds of God’s truth. Then when they least expect it, the story can reach out, touch their hearts, and change them. And isn’t that why we write?

Ane Mulligan book coverOkay, friends, here’s the scoop on Ane’s new book, Chapel Springs Revival

With a friend like Claire, you need a gurney, a mop, and a guardian angel.

Everybody in the small town of Chapel Springs, Georgia, knows best friends Claire and Patsy. It’s impossible not to, what with Claire’s zany antics and Patsy’s self-appointed mission to keep her friend out of trouble. And trouble abounds. Chapel Springs has grown dilapidated and the tourist trade has slackened. With their livelihoods threatened, they join forces to revitalize the town. No one could have guessed the real issue needing restoration is personal.

With their marriages as much in need of restoration as the town, Claire and Patsy embark on a mission of mishaps and miscommunication, determined to restore warmth to Chapel Springs โ€”and their lives. That is if they can convince their husbands and the town council, led by two curmudgeons who would prefer to see Chapel Springs left in the fifties and closed to traffic.

Ane, thank you for joining us today and sharing your delightful journey. Friends, I know you’re gonna want to be in the drawing for a free copy of Ane’s book, so be sure to leave a comment for her. Then check back next week to see if you’re the winner! And if you’re ready to go ahead and grab your own copy, here’s a direct Amazon link to Chapel Springs Revival.

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Photo courtesy of FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Photo courtesy of FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Now, whose successes can we celebrate this month? Oh, and see if you notice a pattern this month. ๐Ÿ™‚

1.ย  Edie Melson (SC): I’m excited to share that I’m one of 12 winners in the Guideposts TELL US YOUR STORY contest. Here’s the link to the contest page: http://www.guideposts.org/other/tell-us-your-story

2.ย  Beth Fortune (SC): Beth has two great things to share: 1)Another article was published in the wonderful publication “Reach Out Columbia” – September Edition. 2) My posts are beginning to show up on In Touch Ministries website in their new daily blog section.

3.ย  Andrea Merrell (SC):ย  www.thewriteediting.blogspot.com My new short story, The Gift, will be the first installment in the Christmases Past Series by HHP. The release date is September 25th, and the Kindle version The Gift is now available on Amazon for pre-order for $.99.

So, did you see the thread throughout this month’s kudos? All three successes are from South Carolina writers! Way to go, sweet friends!

Didn’t see your name on the list? Be sure to return next week when I’ll post my monthly list of writing opportunities!

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mogo7000 logoWho received entries into the end-of-the-year drawing for $100 in cold, hard cash?

These CWD writers have earned an August entry into the end-of-the-year drawing for $100 in cash!

#18: Tim Suddeth – 15,805 words
#19: Susan Banganz – 41,671 words

Woo-hoo! Congrats, Tim and Susan! Keep up the good work and youโ€™ll earn even more entries into the drawing.

Writers, want to know how you can qualify for the $100 challenge? Check out the MoGo7000 Challenge here. Itโ€™s free and open to everyone all year long!

Okay, that does it for a fun-filled day at The Christian Writerโ€™s Den. Thanks for stopping by and spending a few minutes with me. I look forward to seeing you Friday as we open to His Word to hear His voice.

Happy writing!

Vonda

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  • Dee Dee

    Ane, thank you for this encouraging post. I am at the end of a project that I wanted to quit many times over.(Vonda, you and so many know this project well!) I am thankful I kept going and I am praying it will bless many souls. Looking forward to reading your beautiful book.

  • audreylengyel

    It’s always encouraging to read about a journey to publication that isn’t easy or bump free! It helps me realize and accept that writing, and then getting published is hard work. But, the end result can bring wonderful joy! Your new book sounds like a good story with interesting characters. Good luck with it all!

  • Ane, I just had a book deal fall through, too, so sure appreciated hearing your story. Another chance to persevere and trust in God’s timing, huh?

    • Ane Mulligan

      Cheryl, it surely is. How disappointing that must have been. What I didn’t tell in the interview was between the editor retiring and my actual contract, I’d been offered a 2-book contract. My agent felt it wasn’t right for me, and trusting her judgment, we turned it down. That was hard. It was another year until we got this offer. But God was faithful. ๐Ÿ™‚ Praying for you to find the right deal for you.

      • Ane, thanks for the encouragement and the prayers. Much appreciated!

    • Thank you for your confirmation and encouragement, not only for Ane, but for all writers who need to “hear” your words.

  • Great interview!! Congratulations to Ane on your book, to Edie on your win, and to Beth & Andrea on your recent publications! Ane, I’m inspired by your persistence.

    • Hi Sally, thanks for your encouragement to all our friends!

    • Ane Mulligan

      Thank you so much, Sally! I’m glad my persistence inspires you. Whatever you do, don’t give up!

  • Deanna Stevens

    I’m sure glad the stories you told as a kid become books. Thanks Vonda for hosting Ane, delightful interview..

    • Ane Mulligan

      Deanna, I’ve got so many stories swirling around in my brain just waiting to be told. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Thanks for stopping by, Deanna! And yes, Ane was a delightful guest!

  • I laughed all the way through this delightful interview. And seeing how talented you are and how many mishaps you had, and how many times you wondered… encouraged me! Thank you Vonda and Ane I love your website, Vonda!

    • Ane Mulligan

      Margie, thank you so much! I’m so glad you were encouraged. That means the world to me. And I’m tickled pink that you like my website. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • I laughed through the interview, too! Thank you for your kind words, Margie!

  • Rene` Diane Aube

    Hi Ane and Vonda ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for sharing your journey. It’s encouraging to hear the ups and downs that occur before breakthrough moments. So glad God gave you great faith and perseverance. CHAPEL SPRINGS REVIVAL sounds like it could be written about my best-sister friend and me! What fun! I’m looking forward to another good read. God bless. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Ane Mulligan

      Thank you, Rene. The ups and downs were wild but God is always faithful. ๐Ÿ™‚ And how fun that you and your BSF could Claire and Patsy! I love it when that happens.

      • Rene` Diane Aube

        Will you please write to our husbands and tell them how fun it is? ๐Ÿ˜‰ *keeping them on their toes is the MOST fun*

        • Ane Mulligan

          LOL! It is indeed!!

    • Yes, how many times do we quit whatever He has for us to do, simply because it doesn’t work out easily? What gave us the idea that anything worthwhile would be easy???

      • Rene` Diane Aube

        And yet, He has a way of keeping us at whatever it is He gives us to do…even when it is hard. I love how His Spirit knows how to move us forward. He always knows just what we need. What an awesome we serve! โ™ฅ

  • kimberly long

    Ane, what a wonderful personality you were blessed with! Thank you for making me smile and giggle inside this morning!

    • Ane Mulligan

      You’ve blessed me, Kimberly. My favorite thing to do is give away giggles. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Amen, Kimberly!

  • I read this post with the biggest grin on my face. Ane, it was such a treat to “walk” with you through your journey. You never gave up! Your faith carried you–along with your amazing sense of humor. Love you, my friend. Totally thrilled for you! Can’t wait to see you Saturday at your booksigning!

    • Ane Mulligan

      Jewels! How fun to see one of my BFFs and writer buddies stop by. Thank you! See you Saturday! And one day very soon, Vonda will feature you. It won’t be long!!

      • Happy tears, Ane. Happy tears. We both know what you did for me. xo

    • So glad to see two of my faves know and love each other! Love to you both!