FRANK, INCENSE AND MURIEL: In addition to being a master storyteller, Anne K. Albert spins award winning stories to chill the spine, warm the heart and soothe the soul…all with a delightful touch of humor. A member of Romance Writers of America, Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, and married to her high school sweetheart for more than a quarter of a century, it's a given she'd write mystery and romantic suspense. When not writing she loves to travel, visit friends and family, and of course, read using ‘Threegio’ her cherished and much beloved Kindle 3G!
Excerpt from FRANK, INCENSE AND MURIEL:
Frankie introduced himself as he handed me the door key to Rachel’s apartment. “You go ahead,” he said. “I’ll be up in a few minutes.”
The twelfth floor was deserted and eerily quiet. I unlocked the door, flicked on the hall light switch and went straight to Rachel’s bedroom. A few minutes later I heard the front door creak open.
“That didn’t take long,” I yelled over my shoulder. “I take it Joe wasn’t as helpful as you’d hoped?”
Taking his silence as a yes, I yanked the box of letters from the shelf. I took one step backwards and bumped into something. Or to be more specific, I bumped into someone. Every fiber in my being told me it wasn’t Frankie. This body carried more fat than muscle and reeked so heavily of cigarette smoke I almost gagged. A hairy, nicotine stained, hand circled my torso.
I screamed and dropped the box. Letters spilled across the floor like gigantic, rectangular pieces of confetti. The man wrenched me back towards him, pressing a smelly cloth over my nose and mouth with his other hand. I struggled to break free until my vision blurred. I felt myself sinking into a dank, bottomless pit.
And then, everything went black.
Wow, what a super title, Anne! Here are a few questions so that readers can get to know you better.
1. Which of your books makes you the proudest? Why?
I’m most proud of Frank, Incense and Muriel (link: http://www.amazon.com/Frank-Incense-and-Muriel-ebook/dp/B004CLYDRO/) because this cozy, comedic mystery is not only the book I’ve always wanted to write, but it’s received the prestigious 2011 Holt Medallion Award of Merit.
2. Is there a book that you've written which may never see publication? Or one which surfaced after years from the closet onto the bookshelf?
Like most authors, I learned by writing. I have three full length novels collecting dust in my home office. Book one made a beta reader tear up. As a novice, I was surprised my words could evoke such emotion! Judges put book two in the top ten of a number of writing contests. Their comments and criticism confirmed I had talent, but still had a lot to learn. When an editor asked to read book three, but ultimately rejected it, I realized I was on to something! I persevered, wrote another story and book four sold!
3. What will never be found in your books? What is off the menu and why?
You’ll never find sex scenes, graphic violence or swear words in my books. It’s not that I’m a prude or extremely conservative because I’m not, I just write what I love to read. Therefore, my goal as an author is to entertain my readers. That can be achieved via shock techniques, of course, but that isn’t who I am. I don’t believe it’s who my readers are either!
4. If you've ever done signings, what's your best advice for authors?
With e-readers becoming more and more prevalent, I suspect book signings may go the way of the dodo. They are, however, a wonderful opportunity to connect with readers. My advice? Make eye contact. Smile. Promote your books, without flogging them. I cringe when a writer browbeats a prospective reader to buy their book. To me, a book signing isn’t about selling one book. It’s about forging a long term relationship with a reader.
5. If you've had another career, how do you think it affected your work? If you could go back and pursue a different career, what would you choose?
I’ve had many careers. I’ve taught high school art, sold display advertising for a small town weekly newspaper, and worked for a national brand water company, but now write full time.
I believe these professions, and every life experience as well, have made me the person and writer I am today. It’s an ongoing process of learning and evolving and becoming who I was meant to be. As for going back and changing things, never! Trials and tribulations have as much merit as joyful, exhilarating experiences. I honestly believe what doesn’t kill us, makes us writers!
*****Tell us how to win a copy of your book, Anne! Can't wait to read it!
Thanks so much, Lou. I’d like to remind readers to visit my website: www.AnneKAlbert.com. I’m also giving away an e-copy of FRANK, INCENSE AND MURIEL at the conclusion of the Mystery We Write tour. Leave a comment AT MY WEBSITE PLEASE to be automatically entered in the draw. The winner will be announced April 28 at http://anne-k-albert.blogspot.com