The final stop on my whirlwind, “Love, Lies and Azure Eyes” blog tour is A Wytch's Book Review Blog for a Q&A with my book’s protagonist, Annie Sinclair.
Q: WELCOME, ANNIE! WHY DON’T YOU INTRODUCE YOURSELF TO US?
A: Hello! I’m Annaliese Maureen Sinclair, although everyone calls me Annie, except for my bull-headed dad, who insists on calling me Girl.
I’m 43, for heaven’s sake, and it’s embarrassing. He’s called me Girl my entire life. When other dads were giving their
Q: YOU’RE A WRITER?
A: Yes, I’m a freelance writer. After I graduated the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with a degree in journalism, I landed a job as an investigative reporter at the L.A. Voice, a highly reputed weekly newspaper located in Los Angeles. The elderly owner/publisher became my mentor, and after a couple of my criminal-investigation pieces won the paper some national awards, he vowed to promote me to publisher when his imminent retirement rolled around. Unfortunately, he suffered a massive heart attack and died before he put that promise in writing. As soon as his two sons, who had zero newspaper experience, took over, they let me go and quickly ran the Voice into the ground.
A freelance writing assignment about the 25-year-old unsolved murder of my high school classmate is what brought me back to my tiny, Indiana hometown, but it was my investigative skills that got me into trouble and kept me here.
Q: WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE BOOK OR MOVIE?
A: I never grow tired of reading any of Sue Grafton’s alphabet-series detective novels. I’m currently working on “Y Is for Yesterday.” I’m still mourning Sue’s passing and am deliberately taking my time with this book, her last, to savor every word. I never want it to end.
Q: WHAT’S YOUR GO-TO FAVORITE GO-TO COMFORT BOOK OR MOVIE?
A: Besides my penchant for any Grafton novel, I’m also partial to anything by the master of romance, Nicholas Sparks, particularly “The Notebook” — book or movie.
Q: IF SOMEONE WERE TO PLAY YOU IN A MOVIE, WHO WOULD IT BE? OR WHAT WOULD BE THE CHARACTER YOU WOULD WANT TO BE IN A BOOK?
A: If someone were to play me in a movie, naturally it would be one of my “twins” — Jessica Chastain or Bryce Dallas Howard. They are look-alike redheads, who resemble me so much that, back in my California days, their fans used to stop me and ask for an autograph.
If I were a character in a book, of course I would be Wonder Woman. Who wouldn’t want to be one of the world’s most beloved superheroes — a symbol of truth, purveyor of justice, and the savior of humankind? If not her, I’d gladly portray Mary Poppins for all the same reasons.
Q: WHAT’S YOUR IDEAL EVENING?
A: Are you kidding? My ideal evening would be curling up with a Nicholas Sparks or Sue Grafton novel, a bowl of buttered popcorn, and a bottle of white wine. Or a guy named Scott Wayne. Or all of the above.
Q: WHERE CAN WE FIND YOUR BOOK, “LOVE, LIES AND AZURE EYES”?
A: You can find my new book on Amazon.com . . . And while you’re there, if you feel inclined, please leave a review. Thank you!!