Friday, April 20, 2012

An Evening With Ann B. Ross

Recently my two friends, Tammy and Judy, and I traveled to a nearby town for a dinner and book signing with Ann B. Ross, author of the Miss Julia series. Her 13th book in the series, Miss Julia to the Rescue, had just been released. The event was held at That Bookstore in Blytheville.

We were treated to a barbecue chicken dinner complete with baked beans and coleslaw. This was served up with lemonade to drink and with red velvet cake for dessert. After our meal we were entertained by the lovely Ann B. Ross.





She talked about writing and how she came up with ideas for her books. I was intrigued by what she told us. She said that some of her best ideas came from the beauty shop or from visiting with people at formal functions like teas. She said ideas can come from the news or even from overheard conversations, so if you habitually speak loudly enough in public for others around you to hear your conversations, beware, an author could be lurking nearby. She said a particular part of one of her books was spun off the overheard conversation of a group of ladies in a restaurant in New Orleans.


Some of the attendees had questions about her characters. Miss Ross said that all her characters are fictional and were "seen" in her imagination. She said with a wink that one thing a writer can do is to create a "man" to be anything you want him to be.

Her writing is done on a laptop at her dining table, and she writes every day, except when she is traveling. She doesn't fly, so her travel is always by road trip. She said for the trips of great distance from her Hendersonville, North Carolina, home her publisher would provide her with a car and driver.

Miss Ross has previously turned down offers for movie rights to her book series. She was not comfortable giving up control of the material for others to change the content of her story and characters.

She currently is under contract to complete two more books in the Miss Julia series, and she did not rule out additional books after those two.


So here we three are with the gracious Ann B. Ross. I considered editing myself out of this picture because of my prednisone face, but then decided to post it anyway, since this is the only face I have. My vanity couldn't overshadow the wonderful evening I had with my good friends and the opportunity to meet an entertaining author. If you haven't read the Miss Julia series, be sure to start it from the beginning; this is a series that progresses and needs to be read in order.







9 comments:

  1. Sounds like a great evening! I am going to have to check out this series :)

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  2. OH! You lucky girl you! I love Ann B. Ross's Miss Julia series! I haven't read them all yet but love them! Again...you get to meet someone I adore and that dinner didn't sound too shabby either! LOL!
    Sweety, well I remember the prednisone look and it wasn't just on my face...my whole body blew up. I looked like "the incredible BULK" instead of hulk! You are a beautiful lady and event the steroids can't change that! Bless you sweetie. I know it's hard enough to get older much less have these "road blocks" put in our way. I was hoping to age "gracefully" but it was not to be! I was pushed over the edge into "Granny Land" a little too fast for my liking but it could be worse. They keep sending me advertisements from the Scooter Store and I haven't had to take them up on that yet! LOL!
    Thanks so much for sharing this with us! I have to go look to see where Blytheville is now...probably farther than Jonesboro. So glad you have such good friends and fun times! You go girl!

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  3. I have never heard of this author before or her books but I shall say that she looks so sweet and I will have to look into them. Thank you for the recommendation!

    Have a lovely Friday.

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  4. Wow! What an honor! And you look great!

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  5. I bet the night was quite enjoyable. I have read several of the books and enjoyed them. Since both my parents were pillars of our Southern Baptist church, we kids were there every time the doors were open and even sometimes when we had the huge church to ourselves. I have stories about the baptistry in that church! I will take them to my grave, if I don't blog about them. LOL!
    Beckie in Brentwood, TN

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  6. Sounds like such a fun time! I'll have to check out her books. AND you look great!

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  7. Anita you are a beautiful woman, sounds likes a wonderful night with dinner and a author. Can't go wrong with that. andi

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  8. Silly, you can't edit yourself out of your blog or we wouldn't have you! :P I am glad you got to meet Ms. Ross and talk with her. I will try to get my hands on her books. thank you for sharing

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  9. Awww, you look beautiful, Anita! I never heard of this author, but thank you for telling us about her.

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