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Monday, August 31, 2020

Ane Mulligan and Free Books!

Southern women may look as delicate as flowers, but there’s iron in their veins.

Before we meet today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the free copy of Kathleen Y'Barbo's true crime/historical romantic suspense novel, The Black Midnight, is:


Congratulations! We'll get your book right out to you. I encourage readers to keep commenting and/or subscribe at right (above my list of books) in order to learn about new releases! U.S. subscribers are entered in the drawings a second time when they comment.

And now let's visit with novelist Ane Mulligan, author of historical southern women’s fiction, In High Cotton (Heritage Beacon, August 2020).

Ane Mulligan has been a voracious reader ever since her mom instilled within her a love of reading at age three, escaping into worlds otherwise unknown.

But when Ane saw Peter Pan on stage, she was struck with a fever from which she never recovered—stage fever. She submerged herself in drama through high school and college. One day, her two loves collided, and a bestselling, award-winning novelist emerged.

She lives in Sugar Hill, GA, with her artist husband and a rascally Rottweiler.

Please tell us one random thing we might not know about you.

I sat in Maggie Thatcher’s seat in the House of Lords in England.

We'll assume you simply sat in her chair--you didn't fill in for her while she was away.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of In High Cotton.

While the rest of the world has been roaring through the 1920s, times are hardscrabble in rural South Georgia. Widow Maggie Parker is barely surviving while raising her young son alone. Then as banks begin to fail, her father-in-law threatens to take her son and sell off her livelihood—the grocery store her husband left her.

Can five Southern women band together, using their wisdom and wiles to stop him and survive the Great Depression?

Since I read Ane's book (and really loved it), I'm going to share my short review of it here: 

A delightful slice of American life during the late 1920s. Set in South Georgia as the Great Depression descends upon the country, this novel focuses on the admirable, strong women of River’s End and their loves, enemies, challenges, and successes. Magnolia Parker and her colorful, close-knit circle of friends embody the best in people, resilient against the prejudices and injustices they suffer. Ane Mulligan writes as if she were one of Maggie’s contemporaries, teaming with charm and grit. A very quick, compelling read.

Ane, what is it about Maggie Parker that will make your readers care about her?

Maggie Parker is a plucky gal who doesn’t take flack from anyone. She’s fiercely loyal, giving, and determined.

What’s the most positive thing you can tell my readers about the state of Christian fiction today?

Christian authors have been on a campaign to write books that equal or surpass that of the secular world. I know I’ve been working hard to grow in the craft with each book I write.

I agree. Honestly, it seems the emergence of indie publishing frees traditionally published inspirational authors to explore genres, styles, and subjects previously avoided by traditional houses. That does level the "playing field" somewhat. 

What is the last novel you read that you would recommend?

Where the Forest Meets the Stars, by Glendy Vanderlah. This is her debut book and the characters are so fully well-developed, and her writing has a depth of emotion normally seen in seasoned novelists. I couldn’t put it down! Not only that the end was not what I expected, which for a multi-published author doesn’t happen often.

Who doesn't love being surprised by a book's ending? That's great.

What are you working on now?

I just finished first round edits on the second book in my Georgia Magnolias series, On Sugar Hill, and I’m writing the third one, By the Sweet Gum. They are stand-alone novels, but all set in Georgia during the Great Depression.

Where else can readers find you online?

They can find me on my website, my Amazon Author page, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and The Write Conversation.

The book can be purchased online via the following button:

Readers, Ane has posted the first chapter of In High Cotton on her website. Click the following link, then scroll down to Downloads. anemulligan.com/georgia-magnolias-series

Finally, Ane, what question would you like to ask my readers?

What is your favorite setting for a book? Small town? Big city? Beach? Mountains? Country?

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Alva Hay said...

Ane I read the book "High Cotton" and enjoyed it very much! I am looking forward to the next two books in that series.

Joan A said...

I prefer small towns to a big city, mountains rather than beach! jarning67(at)hotmail(dot)com

Gail H. said...

Since the beach is personally my happy place,I gravitate towards books with that setting. But any book with a good eye-opening premise will draw me in. I love the name High Cotton. It reminds me of the song by the group Alabama.

Patricia Hawes said...

Most any setting is okay with me, as long as the storyline is "clean". I would rather be in the mountains myself.

Southern-fried Fiction said...

Alva, thank you! I'm delighted you enjoyed it.
Joan, I'm with you. I live in a small town, Sugar Hill, GA. The mountains are my happy place, although I do love the sound of waves crashing on the shore.
Gail, I love the beach, although I'm a mountains girl. Thank you, I love the phrase "in high cotton."
Patricia, you'll be happy to know all my books are clean. Like Trish's are, too. When it's time for a road trip, you'll find me in the country heading toward the mountains.

Melanie Backus said...

I love small town stories. I lived in a small town growing up, I moved to a small town after I married and raised my children there and now that I am in my senior years, I still live in a small town. Nothing like it!
mauback55 at gmail dot com

Southern-fried Fiction said...

I agree, Melanie! Besides, the people who live in small towns love to share their stories. And I love to hear them!

Caryl Kane said...

Hello Ane, I enjoy small coastal town settings. The sense of community is like no other.


Anonymous said...

It would be interesting to see how these women band together to save her business and allow her to keep her son. Vivian Furbay jtandviv (at) q (dot) com

Southern-fried Fiction said...

Caryl, coastal towns have a beauty all their own. Small coastal towns aren't easy to find anymore, though. Everyone wants to live there. lol

Vivian, I hope you'll read the book and find out how they do it. They're a special band of women. Of all my books, they're my favorites!

Trish Perry said...

I can't say I have a preference for setting, since I like to mix it up from read to read. I do love the charm of the stories set in small towns, though.



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