Twenty years ago I visited a Southern mansion in Vicksburg, Mississippi, that had survived the War Between the States because it had been used as a hospital for wounded soldiers. I was fascinated by a Union cannonball that was still lodged in the door frame over a century later. This inspired me to start my novel, The Union of the North and the South. I thought it would be interesting to have a story where a lead character would be forced to confront someone who had been responsible for shelling her home. Last year I traveled on a Mississippi steamboat which gave me fresh ideas that allowed me to finish a novel I had started over twenty years ago.
Sounds interesting. What started you on your writing journey?
Life intervened, however, and the story remained unfinished until my husband found the manuscript in the filing cabinet and asked what "junk" was cluttering it up. With his encouragement I pulled it out and began working on it again.
What distracts you from writing the easiest?
What kind of books do you enjoy reading? (Book recommendations very welcome!)
Christian historical romance
If you were a style of music, what style would you be?
What makes you smile and/or laugh out loud?
Dancing with my husband. Watching my dog Happy.
What is your favorite season of the year?
What do you like most about the area where you live and/or grew up?
Beautiful oak trees with Spanish moss and flowering azaleas
Where is your favorite place to travel/vacation in?
Cruises on Mississippi river boats
Has some place you have traveled inspired something in your writing?
Travels along the Mississippi
The importance of forgiveness
Share a verse or Scripture passage with us that is special to you. (and why it's special)
Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you. Ephesians 4:32 Its message resonated with me and I believe it will help others to recognize the importance of forgiveness.
When is your next book due out and can you tell us about it?
I haven’t decided if I will do a sequel. Writing a book was more work than I ever dreamed it would be, but I learned so much and thoroughly enjoyed the process. I was so honored to earn the five star rating from Readers’ Favorite book review company and if I am well received you never know...
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Ann Mock’s first novel, The Union of the North and the South, received five-star recognition by Readers’ Favorite. She lives in Florida with her husband Dave and her faithful companion, Happy. She enjoys ballroom dancing, and cruising on oceans and rivers in both Europe and the United States. Some of her favorite trips were on Mississippi steamboats that visited many of the areas mentioned in this book.
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