Wrong place, right time?A starbeing was supposed to travel light-years across the universe to help humanity by working in Washington, D.C.—but she accidentally lands in a small Kansas town in the body of Missy. Join her on this whimsical journey as she discovers the beauty of life and love on Earth.
Author Ann Crawford’s trademark optimism brings us a witty and wise book filled with memorable characters and insights into what makes us all so very human.
Hello book lovers! Today is a day where I will be writing another author spotlight for a well-accomplished author whose work I have loved. As you know book lovers I love learning about authors and the inspiration behind their work, it fascinates me and adds to the depth of the book because the reader will be able to better understand it. That is how the author spotlights were created because I soon discovered that you lovely readers ALSO love learning about author’s, so I am excited to tell you a little bit more about author Ann Crawford whose book Fresh Off the Starship entertained and thrilled from beginning to end. I personally would recommend this book to all of those that love romance and science fiction but really the book can be read by anybody as it is flawlessly written and highly enjoyable. With today’s author spotlight for Ann Crawford, a biography of the author and an interview between us both will be shared, and I hope that you book lovers enjoy reading it! To kick this off here is an author bio about the wonderful Ann Crawford!
Award-winning, best-selling author Ann Crawford believes in love at first sight, that good always prevails, and that we’re here for those wildwonderfulwayoutthere visions of ours to come alive.
Ann has lived “oh, all over,” and right now there’s a view of Colorado’s Rocky Mountains out the window. When she’s not circumnavigating the globe (70 countries and counting, plus all 50 states), communing with sea critters on the ocean floor (in her scuba gear), or climbing every mountain (on the back of her husband’s motorcycle), or flying planes (at least as a student pilot for now), you can find her writing.
Ann is the author of the newly released romcoms/chick lit FRESH OFF THE STARSHIP and LIFE IN THE HOLLYWOOD LANE, mystical SPELLWEAVER about a woman during the witch hunts in Scotland in 1597, the hilarious ANGELS ON OVERTIME, the deep MARY’S MESSAGE (about Mary Magdalene), and reach-for-the-stars VISIONING. Ann’s life-affirming books weave tales of love and intrigue that take readers on mystical journeys. Her characters live radiant lives touched by magic, an ability Ann believes we all have.
Ann is an award-winning documentary filmmaker. Her first movie was about a group of vets returning to Viet Nam to perform humanitarian work, give something back to the people, return to their Areas of Operation, and heal their wounds of war. Her second movie involved traveling around the world and interviewing people from all walks of life—heads of state, street kids, academics, artists….the folks of this world—on how they envisioned creating world peace. The website for this movie won numerous awards. Ann is also an award-winning humanitarian.
Now, how wonderful does Ann Crawford sound?! The author is a truly exceptional writer and I hope that you lovely readers have a read of the author’s work because you will not regret it! Please see below an interview between us both, I hope that you enjoy the author’s answers to my questions, they are incredible and provide some great advice too!
Thank you for joining us today at Red Headed Book Lover! Please tell us more about yourself
I love to say I’m a high-flying, deep-diving, world-traveling, life-loving author…and that’s all literally true. I fly planes and scuba dive, and I’ve been to 70 (and counting) countries as well as all 50 states. I bring these special elements into my writing, too—flying high for inspiration, diving deep for moving moments that touch the heart, and traveling the world to bring amazing characters and places into my stories.
I’ve lived from sea to shining sea, to the prairie, to the mountain. Yes, I know that’s combining a couple of our patriotic songs plus doing it backwards – and that’s so me, LOL. I grew up in New York, went to college in Boston, lived in San Francisco and LA plus a small surfer town on the California coast, as well as Kansas (which one of those is not like the others?! More about Kansas in the next question.). Right now my husband and I live with a view of Colorado’s Rocky Mountains out the window.
Could you please tell us readers about your book and what inspired you to write your book?
My husband is a former Kansas farmboy and he took me to Western Kansas, where I met some of the sweetest people and fell in love with the land. I’m always thinking of putting my fun, wacky characters in very interesting situations, so how about a starbeing in Western Kansas?
I mention Kansas to coastal folks, and they roll their eyes. That makes me sad. There’s an amazing beauty there and a down-to-earth practicality in the people that isn’t found anywhere else, and I wanted to celebrate that.
What would your advice be for aspiring writers?
Keep writing! Show up to put the seat of the pants to the seat of the chair at a prescheduled, uninterruptable time every workday, and the book will get written.
Some writers are plotters, where they outline and prearrange the whole book before writing it. I’m definitely not one of them. I write whatever wants to be written that day and then tie those pieces together.
For me the most important thing is being open to the music from the muse and the changes it might bring. I once said to a screenwriting professor that my writing surprises me sometimes. “You mean you say, ‘I can’t believe I just wrote that?’” she asked. The class laughed, and so did I. But…well…yes, I do mean that, LOL.
In your opinion, what is the most important thing about a book?
The most important thing about a book is the reader. I love the opportunity to take the reader on a journey to a place and situation s/he hasn’t experienced before, providing ideas s/he hasn’t thought of before, introducing him or her to people s/he wouldn’t otherwise meet, and hopefully opening the heart to understand more of this amazing journey we call Life and embrace more of this amazing planet we live on.
What is your writing process like?
I sit down at a specific time in my special writing nest….when I worked a dayjob, it was 7:30 AM for an hour and most of Sundays. Now that I’m writing full time, start time is 9 AM (or earlier) Mon-Fri. As I stated above, I’m open to the muse.
One of the most important parts of my writing is having a playlist, specific to each book. Even now, if I hear a song from the Angels on Overtime playlist, I picture Emily driving through the mountains of Idaho. The music becomes Pavlovian to me – I turn it on and I’m instantly in the setting and the mood of the book.
What kind of research do you do, and how long do you spend researching before beginning a book?
Most of my books are made up or come directly from life experience, so I don’t do a lot of research. I did do some research on the witch hunts and instruments of torture (UGH!) for Spellweaver…I worked in talent management for a while, which helped me write Life in the Hollywood Lane. I have a nephew who’s a doctor, so he gets all of my medical-related questions.
Do you have a set schedule for writing, or do you only write when you feel inspired?
I’ve found that showing up at the appointed time and place with the selected music leads to great inspiration. I do take a break between books, though; I’ll notice that a new book starts incubating and…..suddenly it’s time to write again, like…immediately!
Do you read much and if so who are your favorite authors?
When I worked a day job as well as pursued my writing, I didn’t read anywhere near as much as I like to. Now I sit down and devour books in an afternoon. My favorite authors are Dan Brown and Kathleen McGowan. I love how they take actual history and write fiction that actually could’ve happened, based on the historical events they’ve studied. I just finished The Storyteller’s Secret by Sejal Badani and I’m reading I Wish You Happy by Kerry Anne King—two really wonderful books.
Lastly, when can we readers expect to read more wonderful books from you?
A fun non-fiction about finding the love of your life (something I’m very good at!) is almost done and should be out this year. I’ve just started another novel, and I should have a big chunk of it done by the summer and out later this year, too.
Its official book lovers, I am obsessed with Ann Crawford! If you have liked what you have read about the author and are interested in learning more about Ann Crawford, then please do have a browse of the links below and be sure to have a read of the preview too! You will not regret it.
Goodbye for now book lovers,