In November of 1999,
I was lucky enough to have Anne submit to some of my snoopy
questions. Her responses gave me even more insight into Anne's
life and her work
Anne, tell us about Druid Press
Anne: About 15 years ago a friend of mine, Jerri Beck, and I
started Druid Press. Jerri was working in publications at the
university, I was teaching English, and we were both taking
writing classes at UAB. We saw so much good writing that begged to
be published that we very quietly and hesitantly founded Druid.
During the next ten years we published 18 books of which we are
very proud. Probably the one we treasure most is A BAKER'S DOZEN;
CONTEMPORARY WOMEN POETS OF ALABAMA. It got great reviews and is
still selling eight years after its publication. We sold Druid
about five years ago when I became a full-time writer and Jerri an
TB: What event stood out on your 'Magic' book Tour?
Anne: The most memorable thing that happened on THIS ONE ANE MAGIC
LIFE tour was a Sunday afternoon tea given by the Foley, Alabama
Friends of the Library. I thought it would be a small event at the
library. Instead, it had to be moved to the Civic Center
auditorium and several hundred people showed up. It was amazing.
Foley is close to Mobile Bay, the setting for MAGIC, and they all
related to it. I'll remember it all my life.
TB: You have said in other interviews that none of your friends
or relatives recognized themselves as characters in your books.
Have they figured it out yet?
Anne: They don't seem to have caught on yet. Thank goodness.
TB: Do you read other people's books while you are
Anne: I have books, mostly fiction, all over the house and read
them constantly. I leave my writing and gratefully pick up someone
elses. I go to the library every three weeks and get ten books,
some mysteries but mostly mainstream fiction. I get ten because
I'm terrible about not getting them all back in time unless I know
exactly how many I have. So I read them, plus the ones I buy. It
would drive me crazy not to read fiction while I was writing. It
would be a punishment.
TB: What is your all-time favourite book?
Anne: I think the book I laughed over most was A CONFEDERACY OF
DUNCES. I can put it aside for a couple of years and then go back
to it and laugh just as hard. I'll have to admit that my favorite
of all times is Eudora Welty. I did my masters thesis on her and
her work has absolutely held up.
TB: Do you have a mentor?
Anne: No mentor. Wish I did.
TB: Do you choose the titles for your books?
Anne: I've chosen all of the titles but MURDER ON A GIRLS' NIGHT
OUT. My editor chose that one. I had it entitled LINE DANCING AT
THE SKOOT 'N' BOOT and she didn't think it sounded like a mystery.
TB: What do you feel has been your greatest achievement to
Anne: Being chosen Samford University's Alumna of the
Year was the greatest honor I've ever received. Samford has
about 10,000 students and is well known as a highly academically
rated university. My father and my daughter attended Samford also.
She teaches chemistry ther now. My son-in-law graduated from
Cumberland Law School (part of Samford). Of all of us, I was the
least outstanding student. So I can't tell you how surprised I
was. And how honored that my alma mater is proud of me and my
TB: Any plans to write a novel in the same vein as your wonderful
THIS ONE AND MAGIC LIFE?
Anne: I think THIS ONE AND MAGIC LIFE may be a once in a lifetime
thing. It was the time weaving, magical book I've always wanted to
write. I do have a couple of other literary novels in mind,
though. I'm gong to do one more Sisters novel. Then I have a book
of poetry coming out next year from Black Belt Press. It will be
the collected poems 1980 - 2000. Then I plan on doing another
literary novel. I've been thrilled that MAGIC has been so well
TB: A number of authors who write series-mysteries have
confessed that they wish they handn't started them. Do you ever
tire of writing for the same characters? (We fans sure hope not!)
Anne: I'm not tired of the sisters and have never regretted doing
a series. I have the luxury of leaving them for a while and then
coming back, and when I sit down at the computer to rejoin them
it's like coming back to visit with old friends whose company I
Thanks so much Anne!