Where were you born and where do you call home?
I was born in Philadelphia but moved to Maui when I was 4. I currently live in Minnesota, but I always refer to Maui as home. "You can take the girl out of the island, but you can't take the island out of the girl." ~ Me :)
Do you have plans for a new book? Is this book part of a series?
Currently there are 9 books in this series. 8 that follow the girls as the girls get a year older. #9 I did as a prequel... but it's in the perfecting stages. Now that the books are bring published, I'm toying with adding more.
What or who inspired you to write? And how long have you been writing?
That one is easy. My daughter. She was encouragement through the first book for sure. As I wrote a chapter, I let her read it. She always nagged for the next chapter, even offering to do the outside chores so I would sit & write. This series started about seven years ago. It was shortly before that when I completed my 1st women's fiction. Although I had been told since the 3rd grade that I would be a writer, it took years for me to settle down and actually do it.
How did you come up with the title and cover design?
My daughter is my cover artist. I let her run with her vision of them. I got the okay from the publisher to let her have a stab at the cover for #1 - we were all floored. She was 14 at the time. The titles just happened. I try to keep a similar theme with them. As far as the series name, I was surprised when I searched for the domain & it was available. I bought it right away, not when knowing if there would be a book 2 - let a lone dream of being published someday.
Have you based any of your characters on someone you know, or real events in your own life?
Hubby laughs at me because in my books, there is the standard disclaimer in the books about the characters being fictional, then you go to my website & I have "Meet the real Val & Sam!" LOL. The girls were my inspiration for the books, as well as the critters. Even the possum in #1 is what started it all. I have to admit, most of my women's fiction are inspired by things that really happen. I take a lot of liberties with my colorful life! "Be careful or you'll end up in my novel" has never rang more true.
Do you prefer ebooks, paperbacks or hardcover?
I fought the whole e-book thing for a long time. I was on a computer all day working, writing or editing. The last thing I wanted was a computer device in bed. When I finally got my hands on one I was shocked. "Wow! It is like reading paper." I am hours from a Barnes & Noble. I loved getting things right now & way cheaper. I'm also a recycle freak so the saving a tree thing is what won me over.
Are there any new Authors that have grasped your interest and why?
All I read are new authors. I am not self published, I have 3 smaller presses that I work with. We have all become a family & support each other. I have found incredible reads & ventured into some genres that I wouldn't have found otherwise. Being a part of a writer's forum, I find great reads there as well. (Note - these are not middle grade reads!!) Kelly Meding has an amazing urban fiction series, I loved a surprise find by Rhea Rhordan - Finding Grace, a wonderful story my Mary Cote - Cabochon, and a new YA series coming up by a friend - Flicker by Melanie Hooyenga, another YA -Fool Me Once by Honey Boudreaux. I could go on & on. I'm going to dedicate a page at both of my site to all these amazing reads. I never get in on the discussions of all the books that make the NY bestsellers. All I can say is, a lot of these finds should have been on that list.
Do you write under a pen name?
Ann T Bugg is a pen name. I publish women's fiction under my real name - June Kramin. I never wanted an 8 year old to pick one up & say, "Oh! I know her!" and be in for a biiig surprise :) I have been called "Bug" most of my adult life. "Auntybug" became a nickname when friends & family started having kids. I ran with it :)
List 3 of your all time favorite movies.
The mini-series 10th Kingdom
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