Emma Sleigh and her best friend Laura Sorsby travel to Moz Hollow, a mansion in northern Minnesota where Emma’s mother will be providing catering services to the crew filming the movie Faded Tapestry.
Things aren’t going so well for Emma right now - her father died a few months ago, and her grades have been slipping. Her mother doesn’t know it yet, but Emma might have to go to summer school.
During a visit with Isobel Walker, the elderly owner of Moz Hollow, Emma discovers an unsolved scavenger hunt based on the items listed on a holiday menu that is over 60 years old. Emma, Laura, and their new friend Raza Mehta face danger in the northern wilderness and from those who want the treasure (whose secret is linked to the menu) for themselves.
Welcome to the newest blog about my current novel-in-progress, The Ghost Writer!
I’ll be posting every now and then about my historical romance, its characters, and fascinating research bits that you won’t find anywhere else!
You’ll get a glimpse into the process, my life as a writer, and you’ll have the opportunity to submit comments and feedback that just might end up on the page!
Scotland's Knight: Rose in the Glade received a five-star award from Readers' Favorite.
“Scotland’s Knight: Rose in the Glade” is the perfect book to snuggle in with on a lazy afternoon with a cup of tea and enjoy the travel back in time. It’s an everlasting tale that will appeal to fans of romance, historical times, adventure, and the struggles of the heart."
Anne had two virtual booths at the Florida Writers Association Book Expo in May.
The online event allowed readers to browse through different book genres and shop for new favorites, all by Florida Writers Association members. The event was marketed to readers of all genres and allowed shoppers to make purchases.
Anne recently returned from a trip to Scotland where she spent time gathering information for her upcoming novel The Ghost Writer.
"It's a beautiful country, and having first-hand experience of seeing, smelling, and touching the land will make it more real and authentic for my readers."
Let's face it, books are inevitably judged by their covers. As the "Scotland's Knight" series was nearing completion it was time to upgrade the covers to better showcase the stories. That's where Damonza came in.
Damonza has produced thousands of book covers for a multitude of authors since its foundation, including many New York Times and USA Today bestsellers.
The Royal Palm Literary Awards competition is a service of the Florida Writers Association established to recognize excellence in its members’ published and unpublished works.
Scotland's Knight: The Hand of Fate (co-authored by Anne and Paul) was awarded a gold medal and named first runner-up for "Published Book of the Year" in the 2020 RPLA awards.
annehawkinson.com recently went through a full redeisgn. The focus of this refresh was to make the website streamlined and easier for visitors to find what they are looking for. The website is now mobile friendly, allowing you to purchase Anne's books on the go!
With all new content, updated graphics, a clean layout, and convenient call-to-action buttons we hope it enhances your visit!
Authors Paul V. Hunter and Anne K. Hawkinson
ANNE: Anywhere and everywhere! It can be a huckleberry, a can of paint, or a medieval castle. I keep my creative mind open and ready.
PAUL: Anne is a fan of romance and I have in interest in the medieval period and we both decided in bringing them together which worked beautifully. Our ideas came from the brutal and barbaric time, what this would endure for both a man and a woman in a strained relationship of that period. It had to reflect the period of that time.
ANNE: I write in a linear fashion. I’m a plotter and an outliner. Within that structure, I can find my creative freedom.
PAUL: We swap ideas continually, both aware of the drafts being sent constantly across the sea. All ideas are scrutinised for their potential and importance for the story, and usually something that get’s both our attention will receive closer attention and excitement.
ANNE: Create a world and characters you love, for they will be with you forever! They will become real to you and touch your heart and soul in a way never thought possible.
PAUL: Write! Just write. Build up a body of work and learn the craft and your style will appear and improve. Your writing brain is a muscle, use it or lose it. There are so many writers out there and they are very selective. Write about something that is close to your heart. Read other books and embrace the art of writing.
ANNE: I feel I’ve succeeded if something I’ve written makes an emotional connection with the reader. If they’re invested and affected by the story, then I’ve done my job.
PAUL: To be looked upon from other writers as one of them; to be remembered in the literary world as a writer who left something wonderful enough to be accepted, and that it was possible to have lived life as a writer.
ANNE: Research (online, library, on-site, etc.) is paramount in creating the worlds in my stories. They have to be consistent, accurate, and believable.
PAUL: Knowing what you are writing about is important. For example, if the subject matter is the interior of a medieval house, I shall research the furniture, the eating habits, windows, walls, wood. I will read factual books on the subject and the internet is amazing for checking details, or I go visit castles and take photos. Each book is different, influencing the amount of time and information required.
ANNE: Grimm’s Fairy Tales by Jakob and Wilhelm Grimm and A Fly Went By written by Mike McClintock.
PAUL: A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens (the most wonderful story ever written),The Time Machine by HG Wells, and Journey to the Center of the Earth by Jules Verne.