Working in a niche such as Lesbian Fiction, I get the opportunity to meet like minded individuals who love writing LesFic as much as I do, and often approach it from a completely different perspective to me.Lesbian writer @AuthorAnneHagan talks book, writing cozy mysteries, and new releases with Niamh Murphy Click To Tweet
I’ve recently been lucky enough to get a few answers from the Mystery Writer Anne Hagan, who manages to balance working for the government alongside her career as an author of the Morelville Mysteries series, amongst others.
Check out the interview below:
What drew you to mystery writing in particular?
I’ve been a mystery reader since grade school so for more than 40 years, ahem! I gravitated to that naturally. It was wanting to write primarily for a lesbian audience that got me to include a romantic storyline in my Morelville Mysteries series. Romance is, by far, the most popular genre among lesbians. It’s not even close. I was taken to task for books one and two of that series containing only fade-to-black sex (book 1).
HAHA! So if not romance authors, who are your major influencers when it comes to writing?
I’m a huge fan of female mystery writers like Patricia Cornwell, Janet Evanovich, Sue Grafton, Sara Paretsky and later, of Ellen Hart. I love the strong female characters they write who go out there and do the job and who maybe have some insecurities but they sure don’t take any crap from anybody. They all influenced me to write mysteries and Ellen Hart influenced me to make at least some of what I write lesbian themed to boot.
So, what are you working on at the moment?
I’ve always got a Morelville Mystery for my lesfic mystery/romance series on the burner. As I write this, there are nine of those books out and one due out. My plan for those going forward is to do two new books a year.
Ditto the Morelville Cozies. Two books are out, a third is in the works as I write this, and I’ll be adding two books a year to that series. I’d like to do more of those but there’s so much more involved with writing them than with writing the mysteries. They have to be entertaining without including sex, violence, etc. There’s a lot more dialog and ‘wit’ required.
That sounds like a lot of work! Does writing tire you out?
Energizes! I have so many projects planned or in process that, out of the blue, I’ll think of something for one of them and I’ll go nuts until I can get it written down on paper or input into the story file for one of them in my writing software. I’m usually itching to get to the keyboard and just write whenever I can.
That sounds a lot like the way I work! I’m a bit of a night owl, do you find you work better in the morning or at night?
Definitely night but, as I age, staying up much past 10:00 is getting to be harder and harder, especially when I’m usually up with my wife between 5:00 and 5:30 on weekdays. 22 years in the Army and the Army National Guard in one form or fashion made me able to get right up in the morning and get to it, whatever ‘it’ is but it didn’t make me like it!
I like my sleep too! So, where is the best place to check out your work?
Most of my books are wide and available wherever eBooks are sold!
Anne Hagan is such a lovely lady and I was so happy I got the chance to post an interview with her, if you get the chance, have a look at her mystery series. Especially if, like me, you have a bit of a soft spot for cozy mysteries like the Agatha Christie books and Murder she wrote stories!
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