Good morning campbellsworld visitors and bookworms everywhere.
This morning I’d like to introduce one of the newest members of the Tell-It-To-The-World Marketing family.
Author Ann Harrison-Barnes has taken the time out of her busy schedule to sit down with me for an interview.
I hope you’ll enjoy getting to know Ann as much as I did.
If you do, please do let her know in the comments section and by giving the post a like and a share.
I also hope you’ll visit her blog and pick up one of her books today.
Patty: First, tell us, in your own words, a little about you.
Ann: I am the proud single mom of a beautiful, yet sassy, taller than me, ten-year-old daughter. I also have a niece who’s in the fifth grade, a nephew in Kindergarten and two adorable twin nieces who can be stinkers at times. I love spending time with them every chance I get. I sing in the choir at my church and sometimes I will hum the melodies in my head. These melodies often times lead to inspiration for my stories.
Patty: Where do you live?
Ann: I currently live in my parents’ camper, but they are building a tiny house for me near their home in Rochelle, Georgia. I love living in the country, though it can be a mobility nightmare, because there’s nothing like sitting out on the front porch enjoying the sound of windchimes and brainstorming my next novel or a work in progress.
Patty: Who are the special people in your life
Ann: As I stated above, I love my family, especially the children in my life. These include my daughter, three nieces and one nephew. I also have a couple of friends who are like the sisters I’ve never had.
Patty: Do you have any pets?
Ann: No, unfortunately I don’t have any at the moment. From 2006 to 2009 I had a black Lab/golden retriever mix guide dog named Star. I had to retire her early for reasons which I won’t go into here. Although I’d love to get a new guide dog, my finances don’t warrant that luxury at the moment. I also have to think of the needs of the dog, as well as my own. For instance, if I were to develop one of my notorious bouts with Cellulitis, who’d take care of it for me? With that question in mind, I must say that getting a dog isn’t in my future at this time.
Patty: What are your likes, and dislikes?
Ann, I could go on for awhile on that one. I love music, sitting in the front porch swing on warm days, and connecting with other people. My dislikes are quite numerous too. There are certain foods I don’t like, I don’t like getting disoriented, I don’t like it when my anxiety kicks into high gear, and I certainly don’t like when people abuse others to get their kicks.
Patty: What are your hobbies?
Ann: My hobbies include listening to music and podcasts, reading, crocheting, and as I’ve stated earlier, sitting on my front porch.
Patty: What keeps you going?
Ann: Coffee, seeing the kids in my life, and anything that fuels my creative fire.
Patty: What is your favorite song?
Ann: I have too many favorites to name them all here, but if I had to pick just one, I’d go for A Good Rain by Dan Seals, who is my favorite country artist. Here’s a link to a YouTube video in case you’re not familiar with the song.
Patty: What is your favorite movie?
Ann: I don’t necessarily have a favorite movie, but I have two favorite TV shows. These shows are Downton Abbey and ALF. Fuller House is running a close second.
Patty: What is your favorite book?
Ann: I have read so many books throughout my life, that it’s hard to pick just one. However, for the sake of this conversation, I have chosen I Know What you Did Last Summer by Loess Duncan, since I read it three times. LOL!
Patty: Who is your favorite author?
Ann: Again, hard to pick just one, so I’ll give you two, Janette Oke and Karen Kingsbury.
Patty: What is your favorite food?
Ann: I have several favorite foods, some of which include Mac and cheese, dark chocolate and pretzels.
Patty: What is your favorite quote?
Ann: Oh, now you’ve hit on something that I am really proud of. My favorite quote is one of my own. It’s a verse I wrote in my novelette entitled Inner Vision, An Electric Eclectic book. The quote goes something like this:
“The past is but a whirlwind of memories,
there are those you want to capture,
and those you want to forget.
Hold on to the precious ones and let the rest spin away into the abyss.”
Patty: What is your favorite affirmation?
Ann: I didn’t do it, nobody saw me do it, can’t prove anything. LOL! All jokes aside, I’m really not sure how to answer that question.
Patty: What is your biggest pet peeve?
Ann: Finding a mess all over my counter or table and finding that something has been moved from where I put it.
Patty: What do you think your best strengths are?
Ann: My creativity is my biggest strength. After that, I would have to say that attention to detail and making sure that I produce high quality writing for my books, blog and my freelance clients follow close behind creativity.
Patty: How do they help you in your work?
Ann: My creativity is my passion for writing. My attention to detail helps me find the information I need for a freelance article or a blog post, and I provide high quality writing, because I want people to be able to say that I have produced fantastic writing and either hire me to work for them again, or refer me to another potential client. For my blog, I want my writing to be the best it can be, so people will want to come back to my site and read more of what I have to say. I also want to make sure that my books are edited to as close to perfection as humanly possible, so people will enjoy them, instead of slogging through the mess to get to the heart of the story.
Patty: What are your weaknesses and how are you working on making them stronger?
Ann: Formatting my manuscripts, is one of my weaknesses, but I ask someone else to do that for me. In some cases, I am a bit of an introvert but I’m working on improving that strength by networking with other people in the blogosphere, by getting on podcasts, and I’ve had one book signing. Public speaking is another one of my weaknesses, but If someone asks me questions in an interview style, then I am better able to continue the conversation, thus making a fun and inspirational presentation.
Patty: What is your dream for the future?
Ann: My dream for the future is to continue to build my brand and make long lasting connections with readers. I don’t have these big impossible dreams of making millions of dollars by winning the lottery or something like that, because I know now that those aren’t realistic goals. However, I feel like I am beginning to live my dream, because I’m doing something that I have been told isn’t marketable.
Patty: How does that relate to your work as a writer?
Ann: It gives me something to work toward. By this I mean that I can improve my writing and keep moving forward to follow my calling.
Patty: Why do you write?
“There are three main reasons why I write, although there are other minor ones that follow them closely. First of all, I have to be honest with you. Writing is fun! On the professional side of things, it’s educational, because I learn new things when I do research for articles and landing pages that clients assign me to write. Finally, writing has also been therapeutic for me. Being a former victim of domestic violence, I have discovered that music and journaling go hand in hand as part of my healing process.
Patty: What inspires you?
Ann: Let me count the aspects of life, LOL! That’s a loaded question and I’ll tell you why. I get inspiration from more places and things than I can count. First of all, there’s music, the traditional kind and the natural music of the world around me. Then there’s dreams. Many of them I wake up from going “hmm, I wonder what that means?”. Sometimes I daydream, to see how a scene will play out in my head and see how my characters will get out of precarious situations. Speaking of characters, I hope no one thinks I’m crazy, but I have conversations with my characters quite a bit from time to time, especially when I’m alone in the camper or outside on the front porch. Sometimes I hear a melody in my head and I will find the hidden story with in it. Now here’s where inspiration can get really simple, yet complex all at the same time. Sometimes I can be listening to a podcast and the author who’s a guest on this podcast will say something that resonates with me and I’m off to the races. One time the end of my latest National Novel writing Month (NaNoWriMo) novel came to me while I was watching an episode of Perry Mason over breakfast. So, you see, inspiration can come from a million places at any given time.
Patty: What is your preferred way of communicating?
Ann: That depends, if it’s someone I know, I’d rather prefer to communicate either through email or over the phone. However, if you’re just meeting me for the first time, I’d prefer if you’d contact me through my website, social media or email.
Patty: Is there anything about you or your work you’d like to share, that I’ve not covered here?
Ann: This isn’t about me or my work, but I do have a piece of advice for you writers out there. I have started using Grammarly to help me edit my manuscripts and fiction, and I can tell you it is the best editing tool I’ve found on the internet. I highly recommend that you upload your manuscripts to the Grammarly site before sending them to your editor. He or she will thank you for it. Note to screen reader users, the Grammarly site is accessible with Google Chrome and you can use the free tool. I tried using it with Internet Explorer and I got a message telling me that I’d have to upgrade to Grammarly premium before I could use it there.
Thanks for having me on your blog and I hope to connect with many of you soon.
More about Ann Harrison-Barnes
Welcome to my Media Kit. I am pleased to share the message of God’s love through compelling and entertaining stories.
A Journey of Faith: A Stepping Stones Mystery, written by Ann Harrison
Twenty-eight-year-old Becca Martin witnessed a tragic accident at the age of twelve. Sixteen years later, she embarks upon a journey that she believes has somehow been chosen for her by God. During this journey, she hears a voice in the back of her mind crying, “God help me!”, as memories she didn’t understand as a child begin to resurface in her nightmares and during the journey itself. Was this tragedy a freak accident, or is there more to the incident that meets the eye? The owner of Sweet Water State Park calls Zac Johnson and Jason Miller of the Tensiltown Police to investigate various incidents out on the bike and foot paths. During their investigation, Jason meets Becca along her journey and they both feel strongly drawn to each other. She longs to help the police of this small village investigate these incidents, but in order to do so, she must face her fear of climbing the rocks at Sweet Water Park, while caring for her ailing aunt and helping her uncle to run the diner. Jason vows to stay close beside her every step of the way, but can she fully trust him and the girl in the white robe that seems to pop up out of nowhere when trouble arises? Who is the real bad guy? How does God reveal what happened on that unforgettable day on the rocks with her family? Does the memory of the incident help the police solve this rock-climbing mystery? Find out more as the author pulls you into the first novel in her spine-tingling, heart-warming Stepping Stones mystery series.
In the words of Ann Harrison-Barnes, January 2019
I am the proud single mother of a beautiful daughter, who is often the inspiration for many of my stories featuring children. I have three nieces and a nephew whom I love from the bottom of my heart.
I have found music to be a great source of healing throughout rough and painful times in my life. I also find it to be a great source of inspiration through traditional means and through the world around me.
About my blindness:
Although I was not born prematurely, I was placed in an incubator and given 24 hours of oxygen, when I should have only received eight. This excessive amount of oxygen caused my optic nerves not to develop properly, resulting in my blindness. I have light perception in my left eye, and none in my right. The right eye was removed when I was eighteen months old and I have worn prostheses since then, until recently. I have used a cane since I was about five years old, accept during the period from April 2006 to March 2009, when I worked my one and only guide dog named Star. She was a black lab Golden retriever mix from Southeastern Guide Dogs.
Where I liv and work: I currently live in Rochelle, Georgia near my parents and one of my two brothers, when he’s not working on the road. I have worked from home for various freelance clients, while writing my novels. These clients include Mia Bysinger from Rushcube, a web development company and Earnest Dempsey’s Word Matters Blog.
Why I write: First of all, I love creating stories that will entertain my readers. Through these entertaining stories, I also hope to either share the message of God’s love or bring back childhood memories, through my Children’s books. I journal for healing and brainstorming. I am writing non-fiction to help aspiring authors self-publish their own books through Amazon
Hobbies: My hobbies include listening to music and podcasts, reading, crocheting and sitting out on the front porch on a warm day.
Music I enjoy: I love listening to classic country music, instrumental pieces such as classical, new age piano pieces and film scores. I also find that the environment is filled with natural music.
Podcasts I find educational and entertaining: I have a variety of podcasts I listen to on a daily basis. Some of my favorites include: The Author Stories Podcast with Hank Garner, The Creative Penn, I Should be Writing, Ditch Diggers, Eyes On success, how do you Write and Writing Excuses.
My favorite authors and genres: I love to read books by Karen Kingsbury, Janette Oke, Hope Callahan, and I love finding new authors. My favorite genres include: Christian fiction, cozy mystery, sweet romance and Romantic suspense. I’ll also read the occasional memoire.
My Faith: I am a Christian. I believe that Jesus died on the cross to save my soul. In God’s word, Jesus said “I am the way, the truth and the life. No man cometh unto the Father but by me.” (John 14:6, KJV)
A Journey of Faith: A Stepping Stones Mystery
Inner Vision: An Electric Eclectic Book
Maggie’s Gravy Train Adventure: An Electric Eclectic Book
Stories Outside the Box
Electric Eclectic books website:
Amazon author page:
the December Awthology light volume
Gems of Strength