Monday, April 5, 2010

Ann Shorey's "The Promise of Morning"

Ann Shorey's "The Promise of Morning"

We're happy to have Ann Shorey with us today talking about her new book, The Promise of Morning.To learn more about Ann and her book, read on!

Your title: The Promise of Morning
1) How did this story come to you? The story was inspired by the lives of my great-great grandparents. My grandfather had been a circuit-rider in his youth, and when he was thirty he married a girl of fourteen. They were my models for Ellie and Matthew Craig in The Promise of Morning. A few of the events in the story are true, but most are fictitious. Guess which ones are which?

2) Tell us about the journey to getting this book published.
The Promise of Morning is the second book in the At Home in Beldon Grove series from Revell. When I submitted the proposal to Revell for Book One, The Edge of Light, I included the next two novels in the proposal, knowing Revell likes series. I met my editor at the Mt. Hermon Christian Writers conference in 2007 and she asked for the manuscript after reading the proposal.

3) Tell me three things about yourself that would surprise your readers.
The At Home in Beldon Grove series is set in Illinois, and I’ve never lived there. I must add that I have many helpful people “on the ground” in that state to ask when I don’t know about something. I have been there and researched the area I use in the books.
I like liver and onions. Lots of people say “yuck,” but I think it’s yummy. I was going to say, “I love chocolate,” but that’s not too surprising.
A third thing? I often carry a hand-held tape recorder when I take my daily three-mile walks. I use the time to work out scene problems and figure out where I’m going next in my wip. I’m sure people who see me talking to my hand must think I’m a little strange.

4) What are you working on now and what's next for you?
I’m working on Book 3 of the At Home in Beldon Grove series, tentatively titled The Dawn of a Dream. The story features Luellen McGarvie, Molly McGarvie’s oldest daughter, now all grown up. It’s been fun to write—Luellen’s a spunky young woman.

5) Parting comments? If you’re one of those readers who don’t enjoy series because you have to buy the next book to find out what happened after the end of the previous one, the At Home in Beldon Grove stories are for you. Each book has a different protagonist, so they stand alone. But since all the characters live in Beldon Grove, their lives intersect so you’ll know how things are going with characters from the previous books.

6) Where can fans find you on the internet? Please visit my website at


  1. Thanks for posting my interview! You have a great-looking blog!

  2. Please enter me in the giveaway!

    writer_weaver at yahoo dot com

  3. I always find it intriguing when authors are writing based on family stories. Since I am a research buff and interested in genealogy it adds something extra to the story for me. I would love to read this.


  4. I also like it when a writer is inspired by family stories. Dale Cramer, a friend of mine, does that with all of his books.

    I enjoy series because it's fun to see characters referenced in later books. Sometimes I'm guilty of waiting until the entire series is published before I begin reading, though.

    I'm already registered, Dawn. Thank you for the interview and chance to win a copy of Ann's book.

    cjarvis [at] bellsouth [dot] net

  5. The story of A PROMISE OF MORNING sounds very interesting. Thanks for the opportunity to receive a copy.

    A J Hawke

  6. Yeah, Ann! Onto your second book. Sounds wonderful. Unique characters--love the circuit rider nuance. Sign me up for the drawing.


  7. Dawn, I am registed....please enter me for this sounds so good. Thanks!

  8. This series sounds very interesting. Please enter me in the drawing. Kaye Whitney

  9. Thankfully, my extended family has enjoyed reading my books. They have "the rest of the story" from a family history I wrote in 1997, so they get to go back and pick out truth from fiction. I was afraid they wouldn't like me taking huge liberties with our ancestors, but everyone seems forgiving. :-)

  10. Sounds like a good book.

  11. Thank you for introducing another new author to us. I look forward to reading her work. Please enter me in the drawing.

  12. Really liked the interview. It was really interesting to hear about the hand held tape recorder on the walks. Sounds like a good idea to me :) Also, I love that if i start with the second book in the series I won't be lost. I would love to read your book. Please enter me in to win :)