Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
Hi, my name was -almost- Florence Daphne, but thanks to the intervention of my father, it is Anne Christine. My mom wanted to call me “Flossie.” Shudder. Dodged a bullet. I’ve written one fiction book so far, and am in the midst of writing the sequel. The series is called “The Call of the Lorica.”
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
The book is called Sorrowfish. When my daughter first went to college we didn’t speak for a few years. She was going through a lot personally and didn’t want to share those things with me out of shame and fear of rejection. I was deeply hurt because we had been very close and I went through grief. Part of grief is anger. One day, while furious I thought, “She’s just selfish.”
And then another thought came.
“No, she’s sorrowfish.”
And somehow I understood. She was acting from deep pain.
I’ve always believed the music we hear in our minds can sometimes be helpful messages and referred to such experiences as “listening to Cosmic DJ.” Then I’m a fantasy nut. I’d started in 1998 to develop this other universe we visit in our dreams. My daughter is a sculptor and I think all of this together just fused in my mind and gestated until out popped this book. In my fantasy world, music is magical. My main character is a young sculptor. It’s very special to me.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
Outlines give me cooties. I have them… but seriously. I develop a weird rash. I think I’m allergic.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
Susan Cooper, CS Lewis, David Eddings, Barbara Hambly, Tolkien, Robert Jordan, LE Modesitt, Anne McCaffrey, Steven Pressfield, Dallas Willard and John Eldredge.
What are you working on now?
Book two of the series which is tentatively named Heartfire. I’m looking for a better title but right now it’s the only one that fits.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I’m a newbie. But I’ve been in marketing for my day job for a long time. I think influencer outreach is likely going to be my best friend.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Read the War of Art by Steven Pressfield.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Develop a heart with ears on it. A hearing heart.
What are you reading now?
I just finished a re-read of The Armies of Daylight by Barbara Hambly
What’s next for you as a writer?
Finishing my series, then writing the prequel.
If you were going to be stranded on a desert island and allowed to take 3 or 4 books with you what books would you bring?
My Bible, a survival manual, The Screwtape Letters, and The Grey King