About the Book:
Can Rebecca find hope in the wilds of the Arizona desert?
Escaping her abusive husband, Rebecca hops the red-eye to Arizona. There, Gaby Strand – her aunt’s college roommate – gives her shelter at the Salt River Inn, a 1930’s guesthouse located in the wildly beautiful Tonto National Forest.
Becca struggles with post-traumatic stress, but is enthralled by the splendor of the Sonoran Desert. Soon, she meets Noah Tanner, a cattle rancher and beekeeper, Oscar Billingsley, a retired psychiatrist and avid birder, and the blacksmith, Walt. Thanks to her new friends and a small band of wild horses, Becca adjusts to life in the desert and rekindles her love of art.
After Becca’s husband tracks her down, she has to summon all her strength. But can she finally stop running away?
1: Tell us a little about yourself and what got you in to writing?
I was a TV and print journalist for about 15 years, so I developed my writing skills producing stories for those mediums. I have a tendency to write in scenes, which, no doubt, comes from my television days.
2: Do you have a favourite time and place where you write?
I need peace and quiet. I’m easily distracted – I guess people would say I’m a bit ADHD today – so I prefer to write in my home office and I generally like working in the morning, though not at the crack of dawn. I recently retired from teaching, so I now have much more time to get my words on a page.
3: Where do your ideas come from?
The themes of my stories are based on what’s in the news. While my books are fictional the reporter in me takes the research very seriously. I have written about numerous issues like Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, child abuse, polygamy, domestic violence, rape, environmental issues, the destruction of archaeological sites, the black-market sales of antiquities, and the plight of our natural environment. I find I need to be interested in a topic, if I am to do the writing justice.
4: Do you have a plan in your head of where the story is going before you start writing or do you let it carry you along as you go?
I do not plan ahead for my characters. I am what’s called a “pantser,” meaning I write by the seat of my pants. I work chapter to chapter and am often surprised where my characters take me. I also learn more about them as I go and that makes the writing fun and interesting.
5: What genre are your books and what drew you to that genre?
The genre issue is a big one for me. (I’m lucky my agent is so understanding.) Since I write about such diverse topics, my genres are blended and all over the board. I have written contemporary fiction, young adult fiction, thriller/suspense, women’s fiction, and historical fiction, to date.
6: What dream cast would you like to see playing the characters in your latest book?
I don’t have a dream cast, since my hope is my brilliant story will carry the film. 😉
7: Do you read much and if so, who are your favorite authors?
I do read, though the responsibilities of everyday life tend to intrude. I like historical fiction, especially World War II era books. I also like mysteries and novels that take me to foreign locales. I don’t have any author favorites right now.
8: What book/s are you reading at present?
I’m currently reading The Night Portrait: A Novel of World War II and Da Vinci’s Italy by Laura Morelli.
9: What is your favourite book and why?
My favorite book is The Once and Future King by T.H. White. The reason? I’m a low-level dyslexic and hated reading as a child. (I was told I was just stupid and lazy, at the time.) The Once and Future King was the first book I remember reading for pleasure. I was 18.
10: What advice would you give for someone thinking about becoming a writer?
Do not quit your day job! Making a living as an author is harder today than it’s ever been, because of the massive number of books being issued every year. Read a lot. Learn about new things. Go out of your way to meet people that are different than you. Travel. Once you start writing, keep writing. When agents and publishers say no to your book, write another. Have patience and be willing to send your work out into the universe, despite the fact that you will be rejected time and time again. Don’t take criticism personally. Grow a thick skin. Learn from it and become a better writer.
11: What are the best Social Media Sites for people to find out about you and your work?
My website is www.annemontgomerywriter.com and I’m on the following social media sites.
About the Author:
Anne Butler Montgomery has worked as a television sportscaster, newspaper and magazine writer, teacher, and amateur sports official. Her first TV job came at WRBL‐TV in Columbus, Georgia, and led to positions at WROC‐TV in Rochester, New York, KTSP‐TV in Phoenix, Arizona, and ESPN in Bristol, Connecticut, where she anchored the Emmy and ACE award‐winning SportsCenter. She finished her on‐camera broadcasting career with a two‐year stint as the studio host for the NBA’s Phoenix Suns. Montgomery was a freelance and/or staff reporter for six publications, writing sports, features, movie reviews, and archaeological pieces. Her novels include The Scent of Rain, A Light in the Desert, and Wild Horses on the Salt. Montgomery taught high school journalism for 20 years and was an amateur sports official for four decades, a time during which she called baseball, ice hockey, soccer, and basketball games and served as a high school football referee and crew chief. Montgomery is a foster mom to three sons. When she can, she indulges in her passions: rock collecting, scuba diving, and playing her guitar.