~ Memories of the Past ~ Bright Hopes for the Future ~

Anabelle Bryant

Today marks the two year anniversary that I became a published author and signed my first contract with HarperCollins. I should celebrate, but I’ll probably spend the day like most others…trying to accomplish as much as possible on the weekend before the workweek reclaims me.

These past two years have been amazing and I am grateful beyond any words I could type. Several people have asked me how I managed to write six novels in two years and I explain that the road to publication for me was longvery long, in fact.

Life led me in different directions, but I always wrote. Editors sent me rejections, but I always wrote. I became discouraged at times, but I always wrote. There were times when I wrote a lot, and others when I wrote a little, but the stories were always there.

When I finally succeeded, I had a trilogy written and waiting. It provided me the time to write new stories while publishing the others and well, all those rejections that felt so heartbreaking at the time, led to a happy prolific future.

Now I have more stories in my head than I have time to commit to paper. Like many authors, my characters keep me company patiently waiting for their turn to have a story.

As I look toward 2016, I’m a little sad the Regency Charms series will be ending. I had so much fun writing these books! Yet I don’t dare waste time…too many characters shoving their way to the front of my brain and suggesting their romance be next.

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The New Year brings with it bright hope for the future. My stories have been well received and I hope to continue to learn and improve as an author. I enjoy meeting readers and if not in person, just love when I hear from someone on social media or email. Join my newsletter mailing list or tweet me a “hello”.

I am forever grateful for all the readers, bloggers, reviewers and teachers who have aided in my journey. I try to give back as much as possible and had over twenty giveaways this year. As with my stories, I’ll always be a giver. It feels good.

All my best,

xo

Anabelle

Of Mice And Men ~ Classics by Anabelle Part 1

If we’re linked on social media, you already know I’m a Disney fan, happy to escape to sunny Florida and embrace the child within as I visit family and spend time with the ultimate mouse, Mickey. We’ve cruised together, chatted and maintained a long distance relationship for more years than I care to confess.

Disney cruise And maybe it’s not just Mickey, but mice in general. All over my home, in corners, on shelves and in shadowboxes, you can find mice peeking out; my favorite collection created by artist, Annette Petersen. Unlike their ominous reputation, I find mice adorable and whimsical…able to express a huge amount of personality in their tiny little bodies.

IMG_9332 Here’s a favorite nestled near my Knickerbocker Shakespeare classics. The Wee Forest Folk piece is only 2 and one-half inches, so don’t let the miniature books fool you. I also collect others made of mohair, felt or wool.

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My love of Beatrix Potter and fond memories of classic works of literature like Stuart Little, The Tale of Timmy Tiptoes and Santa Mouse also encourage this miniature passion.

But enough about mice. I promised men too, didn’t I? Again I default to social media where I frequently post photos of handsome heroes and inspirations for my historic romances. Most recently, I posted Brad Pitt in a random photo from many years ago which served as an influence for Kellaway, my Regency pirate/gentleman in Regency Charms Book 3 ~ Society’s Most Scandalous Viscount.

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When all is said and “posted” there’s only one male who looks good in every photo and has surpassed the test of time, while maintaining a pristine reputation to accompany his timeless handsomeness. (Al least, I think so.) Of course, I speak of David Gandy, the iconic British model.

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Best known as the face of Dolce & Gabbana, Gandy has an admirable heart to join with his rugged, smoldering appearance, often donating his time and energy to worthwhile charities around the world for people, animals and fundraising causes.

Timeless, classic handsomeness…yup. That sums it up for me. When you close your eyes and picture the man of your dreams (all husbands, boyfriends and significant others excluded) who do you see? I’d love to hear about it or better yet, have you post a photo here. ~ Enjoy!

Secret Author Indulgences ~ And What Gets Us By…

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If you’re like me, when you’re pulled into a good book you become part of the story. You don’t stop to consider what the author was thinking, how he/she developed the plot or what agony might have been faced to manage the happily-ever-after. When you’re reading, you just go with the flow and enjoy the read. As it should be…

But a writer’s reality is somewhat different. Scenes can be unmanageable, plot unreasonable and characters throw tantrums when forced to do things outside their comfort zone. All too often a rewrite is required; sometimes twice. Scenes are flipped and words exchanged.

So what gets us by when the writing becomes more work than play? Here’s a list of secret author indulgences, confessed to me by fellow author friends and revealed to prove the desperate and sometimes bizarre levels of behavior we pursue to provide the reader with the ultimate story…the very best we can write.

Read on and enjoy!

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A L Michael Mindful colouring, tea in pretty mugs and marmalade and cheddar cheese on toast (no really, it’s delicious). And re-reading the authors who are doing what I want to do! www.almichael.com

Kathleen McGurl OK, my secret indulgence when I’m too tired to write in the evening – knitting. I inherited a lot of wool from my mum, and am knitting squares to make a blanket, just like she used to! http://kathleenmcgurl.com/

Katie Oliver   Weirdly, I watch Father Brown episodes and it somehow inspires me to go on.  http://katieoliver.com/ko/blog/

Lynsey James  My Jam and Jerusalem box set, Grantchester and Nutella!  http://lynseyjames.wordpress.com

Jennifer Bohnet Porridge made with milk served on a plate not a bowl, single cream poured around it and a stream of maple syrup poured on top. Apologies to any Scots out there who have it with salt! http://www.jenniferbohnet.com/

Terri Nixon  Mine isn’t the slightest bit outrageous, I just tend to hit the Twiglets and the wine, and go for a ‘Thick of It’ marathon! I embrace my inner Malcolm Tucker www.terrinixon.com

Karen Aldous Write anything in my notebook with a pen for a while or, grab the dog’s lead and go for a walk or, read! http://www.karenaldous.co.uk/

Raven McAllen Fizz and chocolate, watch Bull Durham… www.ravenmcallan.co.uk/

Ann Troup Tassimo carte noire lattes, by the gallon and reading children’s classics. Comfort zone central! http://anntroup.wordpress.com/

Katlyn Duncan I take a walk and listen to the soundtrack of the book I’m writing (usually a compilation of movie scores). It frees my mind from a block and usually inspires me! www.katlynduncan.com

Martin Lee I just get out from behind the computer and take a long walk. Miraculously, the plot issues have usually worked themselves out by the time I get back.  http://www.writermjlee.com/

So, perhaps they aren’t truly outrageous. Lol! My secret author indulgences include flavored coffee, going for a good run and watching a favorite movie. I guess that makes authors “regular people”, living out our most daring adventures on the page!