Anna, tell us where you were born
I was born in a small town in northwestern Ohio, the type of place where everyone knows everyone. It was a great place to grow up. We could ride our bikes from one end to the other without worrying about anything other than staying out of the traffic on the highway through town.
What is the most difficult thing about being an author?
The isolation you work in. You spend months and months researching, and writing, and rewriting a book, with no feedback except from yourself. And then you send the manuscript off to your editor and pray that it’s not complete crap. Those lengthy periods where your book lives and dies with you can be hard, and crippling to your self-confidence if it doesn’t seem to be going well.
Who has made the greatest difference for you as a writer?
I would say that’s a tie between my cousin and my agent. I’m lucky in the fact that my cousin happens to be a great friend and a fantastic editor of nonfiction books. She is my beta reader, and has given me invaluable feedback on a number of my books, helping me make them even better before I send them off to my editor. While my agent has been instrumental in getting my career off the ground. I spent years writing books, trying to land a literary agent or publisher. When she believed in me and signed me, everything started to happen. She’s also been a great partner in growing my career.
Who or What inspired you to write this book?
I adore historical mysteries, and decided I wanted to write a series of my own with a female sleuth who had genuine skills to bring to her investigations. That’s how the character Lady Darby was born, as well as her career as a portrait artist and past involvement with anatomy.
What is the name of your new book?
A special Lady Darby novella,Â A Pressing Engagement, will release on May 17th, followed soon after with Book 5,Â As Death Draws Near.
Tell us more about it
A Pressing Engagement is a gift to my loyal readers, who have been asking for the story of Lady Darby and Gage’s wedding. It also ties up a few loose ends left open from some of the earlier books in the series.Â As Death Draws NearÂ opens while Lady Darby and Gage are on their honeymoon in the Lake District. They receive a letter from Gage’s father, asking them to investigate the death of a distant relative of the Duke of Wellington at an abbey in Ireland.
What genre does your book fall under?
Historical Mystery with strong romantic elements
What other books would you compared to?
Authors such as Deanna Raybourn, Tasha Alexander, and C.S. Harris
What kind of impact do you expect your works to have in the reader’s lives?
I hope that they can relate to Lady Darby’s journey, and find courage and encouragement in her struggles.
Is your book self-published or represented by an agency?
My books are published by Berkley Publishing, part of Penguin Random House.
Where can we find your book?Â
My books can be found wherever books are sold, including Amazon (http://www.amazon.com/As-Death-Draws-Near-Mystery/dp/0425277720?tag=brightstoneme-20) and Barnes & Noble (http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/as-death-draws-near-anna-lee-huber/1122789383?ean=9780425277720)
Cover pic of As Death Draws Near attached, as well as author pic. More cover pics available atÂ http://www.annaleehuber.com/media-kit.php