Q & A with Ann Gabhart

                          Please welcome author Ann Gabhart to New Horizon Reviews

   Ann, thank you so much for taking time out of your busy schedule to visit New Horizon Reviews.

(1)  What is the hardest thing about writing?

For me, the hardest thing is getting that first draft out of my head and down on paper (or computer screen.) Once I get my idea and figure out my characters and place I’m ready to write that first line. Sometimes all goes well with the story for a while, but I generally hit a spot while writing when I wonder if the story is working, if I even have an idea worth pursuing, if what I’m writing makes any sense. The words for the next scenes can come hard then as I push through this lag in my writing energy. Writing a story is exciting. I love it, but it is rarely easy to get from Chapter 1 through thousands of words to the end. But once I have my first draft, I’m happy to edit. That’s the easy work for me.

(2) In your book, `These Healing Hills`, what surprised you most about your main characters?

That’s an interesting question. I’m what they call a “seat of the pants” writer which means I don’t plan the story extensively before I begin writing. I just see where the story and characters take me while I’m writing. So I can be surprised by many things about my characters. In These Healing Hills, Francine keeps getting lost in the mountains. She is brave and resourceful, a city girl who falls in love with the mountains. But I may have expected those things about her. I do have surprises while I write, but it’s usually when an unplanned character just pops into a scene. That happened in this book when Granny Em showed up while Francine was trying to navigate a swinging bridge. Granny Em, a mountain healer, was a great addition to my story.

(3) What is your favorite writing or reading snack?

I would like to say carrot sticks, but alas, I’d rather have a dark chocolate almond granola bar. I do sometimes snack on dried cranberries too.

(4) Who is your favorite book character from childhood?

Black Beauty. Loved that horse.

(5) What would the title of your biography be?

Farm Girl’s Writing Dream Come True

(6) What are you presently reading?

Right now I’m working hard meet a deadline, so I have a stack of books waiting for me to have more free time. On top are Amanda Cabot’s A Borrowed Dream and Laura Frantz’s The Lacemaker. I did just finish a book, The Story of With by Allen Arnold.

(7) Just for fun, what is your biggest phobia?

Not sure I have a real phobia. I used to have nightmares about spiders but I was never afraid of spiders when I was awake. I don’t like my grandkids getting close to the edges of high places but I’m not really afraid of high places myself. Hmm. The thing I might be most afraid of–even though I wouldn’t call it a phobia–is having dementia the way my mother did in the last years of her life. I hated the loss of her memories for Mom and I would hate it for me.

(8) Just for fun, ice cream or frozen yogurt?

I’ll be different. How about a fruity sorbet? Yum.

(9) Coffee or tea?

Tea. Always tea. Love my hot tea while I’m writing.

(10) When do you find time to write a book? morning, evening, night?

My best time to write is afternoon. I want it to be morning, but it takes me a while to rev up my creative engine. Right now, to meet this deadline, I’m writing morning, evening and night, whenever I can grab some time at my desk. I’m fortunate that I don’t have to work another job and can set my own writing hours while also enjoying time with my family and getting those pesky household chores done.

Ann, thanks again for dropping by and I agree, Granny Em was a great addition to this story. When she met Francine on the swinging bridge it reminded me of my one, and only, time to cross a swinging bridge. I guess you could say that's my phobia. Fear of falling off a swinging bridge, or even something more stable like a ladder.

I understand your fear of Dementia. My own mom suffered from Dementia the last years of her life, not good. Since I lived in a different state from her I rarely got to talk to her so I missed her even more. Thank God my siblings lived within 2 hours from her and could see her regularly. 

Ann H. Gabhart bio

ANN H. GABHART, the bestselling author of over thirty novels, has been called a storyteller, not a bad thing for somebody who grew up dreaming of being a writer. In addition to her popular Harmony Hill Shaker novels, Ann writes about family life in novels like Angel Sister and Love Come Home as well as cozy mysteries (as A.H. Gabhart) set in small towns like the Kentucky town where she grew up. These Healing Hills is her first novel with an Appalachian Mountain setting. She and her husband have three children and nine grandchildren and enjoy country life in Kentucky. Find out more about Ann and her books at her website, www.annhgabhart.com.

Contact Information and Social Media links:

Facebook Author Page – www.facebook.com/anngabhart


Sandee said…
She can borrow some of my phobias. I've got several.

I love here snack. The chocolate almond granola bar that is.

Great Q and A.

Have a fabulous and blessed day and weekend, Michelle. ♥
Michelle F said…
Sandee, that chocolate almond granola bar does sound good.
I can almost taste it right now.
Thanks for stopping by :)
Virginia Smith said…
Great interview! And I'm glad I'm not the only one who thinks its easy to edit. :-)
Michelle F said…
Hi Virginia,

It's nice to meet you. Thanks so much for stopping by.
I appreciate your kind words.

I read some of your blog and found we have some things in common.
I enjoy reading books that connect the author and reader and sometimes I hate to end a book because I feel like I know the characters and I don't want to see them leave.

I am also a pretty eclectic reader as you may be able to tell by my posts.
Always something to keep the blog readers entertained, hopefully.

I am going to put a link to your blog on my blog. God Bless!!
Ann H Gabhart said…
That's okay, Sandee. I don't think I want to borrow any phobias. :) But we can snack together sometime. Thanks for reading my interview.
Ann H Gabhart said…
Hi, Ginny. Nice to have you drop by. I should have qualified that not minding to edit. I don't mind editing when it's my idea for what needs changing. I struggle a little more when it's somebody else telling me what needs fixing. I still do it or try, but it's not as easy.

And look there with a link to your blog. Always fun to have that happen for bloggers like us.
Michelle F said…
Hi, Ann!

It sure was a pleasure working with you!
Thank you so much for stopping by.

God Bless!

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