Name — Ann Popp
Age — 42
Where are you from – originally from a small town outside of Pittsburgh, PA but I have lived all over and currently reside in Jacksonville, NC.
A little about your self `ie your education Family life etc
I have been married to the love of my life for almost 13 years but we have been together for 17 years. I have three daughters, 22, 20, and 13. I have a Labroador Retriever that is 7 years old and he thinks he is a lap dog, but I love him to death. I am a disabled veteran but I work in the field of higher education and love it.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news?
I released my latest book, ALWAYS FAITHFUL, on June 26, 2015. This book is very special to me. It follows a career Marine finding love and trying to figure it out.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I began writing a little over a year ago. I have always felt like I had stories to tell and wanted to try my hand at writing. I have been an avid reader since I was a little girl. I am now in a place to write and share some of the stories in my head. Since I started this journey, the voices in my head have calmed down some, lol.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I still don’t consider myself a writer, lol. I guess once I have some more books under my belt, I might consider myself one. Right now I am having fun and doing something that has been on my bucket list for a while. I enjoy doing this and hope to have a following of fans soon!
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
I was sitting here reading a story of how another Indie got started and I thought to myself, I can do this. I picked up my laptop and wrote 15,000 words that night! The more I wrote, the more I felt this over whelming need to get the story written. Once I was finished with it, I felt this relief feeling over take me. It was like, wow, I just did this! Hitting the publish button was scary but I am so happy I did it.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?
Not really. I write when I want and what I write. I don’t really use outlines. Sometimes, a scene will come to me and I end up writing chapters around that idea. My current book that I am working on right now has four chapters that I wrote a while ago and am writing the rest of the book around those four chapters. The ending is one of the chapters that I wrote first. So now I just have to get my characters there, lol.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
On my latest release, Always Faithful, the title was easy for me. Always Faithful means Semper Fi in Latin. Semper Fi is the Marine Corps motto and since my book is centered around a Marine, I wanted to use their motto for the book.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Always Faithful shows readers a real side of the Marine Corps and addresses some of the real struggles of a Marine trying to have a relationship while still on active duty. I wanted to show readers that finding true love in the Marine Corps is not only possible but it happens all the time if you try hard enough and commit to it.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic?
Hehehe. There are some chapters that are based on a real story that is close to my heart. I will never tell which scenes are real and which aren’t but let’s just say that Always Faithful is a fictional account of a military romance that I know alot about. And we’ll just leave it there, lol.
Fiona: Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
My latest release, Always Faithful, is based on someone I know. My first book Totally Tackled is complete fiction but the town is real that is mentioned in it. My current work in progress is based loosely on a friend of mine and some of the stuff she went through.
Fiona: What books have most influenced your life most? a mentor?
Wow, that one is hard. I read alot of different genres and don’t really concentrate on one area. I have read everything that Catherine Bybee has written. I also have read alot of Nora Roberts books.
As far as a mentor is concerned, I am not sure if you could call her a mentor but I would love to meet Catherine Bybee in person, have a few drinks with her, and pick her brain about how she made it in this field. I have followed her story and she seems to be such a great lady and has alot of spunk. I just think that I could learn alot from her.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
I just finished Protecting Caroline by Susan Stoker and am starting the next one in that series, Protecting Alabama.
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
I am reading alot of Addison Kline’s books. I love her writing style.
Fiona: What are your current projects?
I am currently working on the second book in my Canyon Series books. I also have a fantasy romance book that I am working on.
Fiona: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.
I have a fantastic group of girlfriends who support and encourage me all of the time. When I’m at my day job, they’ll come into my office and pitch ideas to me or listen to me while I read scenes to them. They have helped me to name characters, add more ‘spice’ to some sections, and just help keep me grounded.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
I hope so! I would love to be in a position where I could quit my day job and write full time. But we’ll see, I have a feeling that I will be waiting a long time for that to happen.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
Absolutely not. I am very proud of Always Faithful and I love how it turned out.
Fiona: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
Like I said earlier, I love to read and always wanted to try this. I am just fortunate that I have the ability to do this right now in my life.
Fiona: Can you share a little of your current work with us?
My current book is the second book in the Canyon series. This book centers around a hockey player and the manager of a coffee shop. The manager, Chloe, is a single parent and not really looking for love but this hockey player walks into her life at the right time. But Chloe has a hard time dealing with the struggles of relationships balanced around her work and her son. They have some pretty funny scenes and some pretty emotional scenes. You’ll have to wait for the book to see how they work it out.
Fiona: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Time, lol! It never seems like I have enough time in my day to fit everything in. Once I actually have the time to sit down and write, I can get lost in the story and write all night. I just have to find the time.
Fiona: Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
I love Catherine Bybee. I am captivated by her stories and fall in love with her characters. I wish I could write stories like she can. Her female leads are all really strong women and I love that. I don’t think women need to be helpless and need men to survive. It’s nice to see someone show how women can be successful and strong on their own and want men who respect them for that. It’s refreshing.
Fiona: Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?
I have not done any author signings yet but I have my first one coming up in Greenville, NC on October 24, 2015. I am excited about and look forward to doing more in the future.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
My oldest daughter and I have designed all of my covers. In fact, the couple on the cover of Always Faithful is my oldest daughter and her fiance.
Fiona: What was the hardest part of writing your book?
Finding the time to write and really developing the characters. I love it when my characters just come to life on paper. I want my characters to have real lives and real everyday problems. I also am a sucker for happy endings so all of my books have happy endings. I know that part is not real life sometimes but I want my characters to find their happily after afters and I feel really good when I can give it to them.
Fiona: Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
Writing for me is a form of therapy. Who needs a therapist when you can write about your problems and work them out in the form of issues for your characters. I have also learned to really take constructive criticism and grow from it. It makes me a better writer.
Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?
Don’t give up! At times it is frustrating but in the end, if it is important to you, it is well worth it. Also, avoid the gossip and drama of the author world. Don’t let it pull you down.
Fiona: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
I hope you like my stories, lol! I really want readers to lose themselves in my books and be able to see the world I am writing about.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
I was hooked on the Flowers in the Attic series in high school but I remember reading The Outsiders in Junior High and falling in love with that story.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
I am a sap for a love story. I love chick flicks.
Fiona: Is there one person pass or present you would meet and why?
I would love to have a sit down talk with Colin Powell. Since I am a veteran, at one point in my life, I really felt like Colin Powell had a great mind of leadership and values towards the military and I would like to sit down with him and just hear his story and what he thinks about life now that he is retired.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone and why ?
hahahaha. Mu husband and my girls yell at me because I am always saying that I want to be buried upside down so the world can kiss my butt. But no, really, I would like something about being a wife and mother. My husband and children are my life and I couldn’t be where I am in life without them.
Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies ?
I read, alot! I mean, alot! I also like movies and road trips. Once my husband and I retire in a few years, we plan on traveling.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
I just watched the Longest Ride and loved it! I like all of the NCIS shows.
Fiona: Favorite foods / Colors/ Music
I like steak and seafood. My favorite color is black and I listen to Classic Rock.
Fiona: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done?
Graphic design is in my background so I would like to get into that again. I also would like to open a bookstore down the road in my life. But we’ll see where life takes me. Who knows!
Fiona: Do you have a blog/website? If so what is it?
Yes! Here is both: