Sunday, March 24, 2013

A Warm Welcome, Connie Mann!

Your title sounds interesting. I'm sure we'll all enjoy hearing what you have to say here today. Thanks for joining us, Connie.

Is there a story behind Angel Falls?

My father was born in Brazil and the story idea started on a trip to Porto Alegre, where he grew up. For years, swarms of street children roamed the streets and I started wondering: What if you’d been abandoned on the streets as a six-year-old? How would you survive? Who would you grow up to be? Those questions became Regina, my switchblade-toting orphanage director and Angel Falls’ heroine.

Switchblade-toting? Wow. What distracts you from writing the easiest?

The Internet, hands down. I tell myself I'll just take a five-minute peek at Facebook, Twitter, email...and the next thing I know, an hour—or more--has gone by.

I know. Social Media has a way of getting us to stay longer than we intend. lol. What is the quirkiest thing you have ever done?

There are some in my family who still shake their heads over the fact that I went out and became a USCG-licensed boat captain. It's not exactly a regular job, especially for a girl. But I love being out on the water and I especially love showing schoolchildren how cool alligators and other Critters really are.

What makes you smile and/or laugh out loud?

Family nights are my favorite nights! Our two kids are grown and on their own, so those nights when we get together to eat and laugh and tell stories are all the more precious because they've become so much harder to organize. But those nights make my heart smile.

Mine too! Smile. What is your favorite season of the year?

I love Christmastime. I love the lights and candles and laughter and chaos. I love spending time with family and friends, with the tree lit, fireplace roaring (okay, we live in Florida, so sometimes the a/c is on, too). It's crazy and exhausting and wears me out, but I love every minute.

Are there things you put off doing because you dread them?

I hate self-promotion almost as much as I hate cleaning the bathroom. When I have to do both on the same day, I am not a happy camper. Often I set a timer and just "git r done," so I can move on to more important things, like procrastinating online.

Where is your favorite place to travel/vacation in?

My father worked for TWA his whole career, so I caught the travel bug early. I sleep like a baby on airplanes and my favorite place is the next one I haven't been to yet. My bucket list is pretty long, but I'm hopeful. There is so much of this wonderful world I still want to see.

Share a verse or Scripture passage with us that is special to you. (and why it's special)

I love Jeremiah 29:11. "For I know the plans I have for you," declares The Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." There have been times in my life when hope was in short supply, but I have learned that God is not in heaven wringing his hands over my situation. He has a plan, a good plan. My job is to trust.



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Connie's Bio:
Connie Mann loves variety, so she is an author, a blogger and a boat captain. She encourages women to reach their dreams through her blog: and speaks on perseverance, determination and the writing craft. She knows a bit about being stubborn since her new romantic suspense, Angel Falls, took 10 years to get published! She is an active member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Romance Writers of America and loves romantic suspense. She is also a United States Coast Guard-licensed boat captain and pilots a boat for the Silver River Museum, part of the local school system. What a treat to show curious 5th graders their first alligator or underwater spring! When she’s not writing, Connie loves to spend time on Central Florida’s waterways, explore nearby towns, and hang out with her fabulous family. Please visit her online at:, or send her a Tweet @CaptConnieMann.

Connie is giving away a copy of Angel Falls. The giveaway is only available to U.S. addresses. To be entered in the book giveaway, leave a comment along with your email address. You can enter the book giveaway twice--once on each spotlight post.

Happy Reading!
Caroline Brown


Teela said...

Angel Falls sounds like a very interesting book and I would really like to read this. Thanks for the giveaway:

karenk said...

thanks for the chance to read this story

kmkuka at yahoo dot com

Cindi A said...

I enjoyed reading the interview. Sounds like I'm not the only stubborn one out there. ;)


Bethany said...

I'd love to be entered! This sounds like a cool read :)

cbus.blogger at gmail dot com

Nancee said...

I enjoyed reading through this interview and review again. Thank you for sharing!

KayM said...

I enjoyed the interview. It sounds like you have a zest for life! I would enjoy reading Angels Falls. Thank you for offering a copy.
may_dayzee (at) yahoo (dot) com

Library Lady said...

I love the cover of the book and the story line sounds very intriguing.
Thanks for entering me in the giveaway.
Janet E.

ann said...

I love to read and this book sounds like one that I would enjoy reading. Thanks for the chance to win

Anonymous said...

It always sounds horrible when I hear of those street kids. I just don't know how they survive, except with God's help. But there are probably a lot who don't make it. I can't even imagine a 5 or 6 yr. trying to fend for themselves. I would like to read your book. Maxie

nylnestill said...

Since it took ten years to find the right publisher were there a thousand revisions or did you remain true to your original premise?

Linda Kish said...

I would love to read this book.

lkish77123 at gmail dot com

Connie Mann said...

So delighted to be a guest here--and so nice to "meet" so many of you!

In answer to "nylnestill"--Great question. I had a contract for the book in 2004 and then that publisher wanted such major, major changes to the heart and soul of the story, I had to say no, so the contract was cancelled. That's one of the reasons it took so long to get published!

Good luck in the drawing, everyone!

Jo said...

I would love to read this book. It sounds so good!


Boos Mum said...

Sounds like a great read. Very interesting but fun sounding job. Thanks for the giveaway.

sweetdarknectar at gmail dot com

Connie Mann said...

Thanks so much for stopping by, everyone! Good luck with the drawing...and I do hope you'll let me know what you think of Angel Falls!

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