Spring has always been my favorite season, especially since living in Florida for the last fifteen years. It’s the end of the mild winter, whose only noticeable presence is a few weeks of sweater weather and the annoying hindrance of not being able to swim in the pool. It’s also the end of the dry, dead-looking grass and trees in my yard. With the coming spring, bright green leaf buds sprout all over the trees, making my daily commute a little brighter. Wildflowers spread across the woods behind my house, and I’ve been hearing different song birds in the mornings. Spring means turning off the heat (yes, even in Florida, we occasionally have to switch off the a/c!) and throwing open the windows to let in some warm, pollen-filled air. It’s the time of my little boy’s birthday party, which is always around Memorial Day, which is the first party of the year that we throw. I love that first party, because it’s only the beginning of all the wonderful spring and summer bbq’s to come.
I like giving the house a good “spring cleaning” and it’s also time to rearrange my desk and office. Get rid of the kids’ toys and shoes under my desk – check. Empty the wastebaskets and sort my files – check. Take a fresh look at all the goals I tried to reach before the New Year, and reclassify them. Make the NY Times’ Bestseller list? Hmm – better put that one at the bottom, and move “finish next work in progress” to the top. I’ll scour the Romance Writer’s Report for upcoming online workshops and classes and decide which ones I’d like to try. Or maybe this year will be my turn to give a class.
Historically, spring is a time of rebirth. New ideas, new life. It’s celebrated in various ways around the world, and usually features lots of candy and ham dinners in my house. It signals a fresh start where we can thaw the cold of winter and look forward to the long, lazy days of summer that lie ahead. Time to read all the books we didn’t get around to in the winter; time to write the books we love.
Several books and years later, Anna still enjoys writing steamy, emotionally charged romances in both contemporary and historical settings. When not writing, she likes to travel and spend time with her family and friends.
Anna grew up in California and England and now resides on Florida’s Gulf Coast with her husband, Walter, and their two children. Sharing in the fun is a pair of fat cats who enjoy sleeping on her manuscripts and two Labs, who have literally eaten the house.
Anna is always happy to chat with readers. Find contact info and novel excerpts at her website, http://www.annasmallbooks.com/.