Turning the Page!

Welcome!

In 1995, my first book After Hours was published. Since then, my writing career has been as unpredictable as the weather. I thought I would continue in the romance genre forever, but four romance novels and one novella later (all written under my pen name of Anna Larence) I found myself wanting to stretch as a writer.

I turned down a publishing contract so I could focus on learning the mechanics of prose fiction, script and non-fiction writing. I took so many classes at community colleges, universities and through writers groups that if I added all the class hours I would have another degree.

To apply my new knowledge, I switched my professional career from telecommunications to corporate communications, taking on such roles as staff writer, associate editor, public relations specialist and marketing manager. While I enjoyed these positions, something was still missing, and I realized that if I wanted to be authentic and truly happy, I needed to be a full-time fiction writer. So I quit, walked away from corporate (a second time) to write the stories that were simmering in my heart and mind.

Regardless of whether I am crafting a short story, novel, article, novella, essay or script, I am happy and fulfilled. And because I know firsthand from my work in communications the influence and power the written word has in effecting people, I take time and care with my words more so than in the past.

Lovers of words, word crafters, and fans of great storytelling…you’re all invited to join me in this world that I love—the world of books, words, reading and writing.

18 thoughts on “Turning the Page!

  1. Dearest Ann, I congratulate and support your brave and honest and truly inspirational act to embark on your personal discovery journey. You have my unlimited respect, love and admiration for both as a genuine friend and author. I look forward to your blogs and future work. Much love, Pari.

    • Thank you Pari! It is because of you and others that I remain committed to this journey. It has not been easy but so much more enjoyable and enriching because it (the journey) put me in touch–heart and mind–with you. I am grateful for your kindness and generosity. You are an example of God’s best.

  2. Awesome Ann!! It was great to get your email announcing your new site and it would be nice to catch up sometime… as always, I love anything that can inspire me to make more time for my writing… I feel the same way you do about being happiest and most fulfilled when I’m a full-time writer… just haven’t been able to pull that off just yet. But I remain hopeful!

    • Keep the faith. All in due season. We definitely have to catch up because you can’t drop a bombshell without details… China? For real? Yes, we need to talk.

  3. Awesome Ann!! It was great to get your email announcing your new site and it would be nice to catch up sometime… as always, I love anything that can inspire me to make more time for my writing… I feel the same way you do about being happiest and most fulfilled when I’m a full-time writer… just haven’t been able to pull that off just yet. But I remain hopeful!

  4. Ann, I know this will be a space of learning and inspiration for all those who visit your website. I understand everything you are saying and we are in agreement! Blessings and much success!
    Kenna P. Parker

    • Kenna, I have never forgotten the words of encouragement and inspiration you shared at a Writer’s Block meeting so many years ago. You are owed credit for speaking the truth to me and others. Thank you for your courage and for setting the standard.

  5. Ann, You are truly a lover of words and you inspire so many to pursue this craft. I join with the many who know you to say congratulations; for those who have yet to meet you, they are in for a treat.

    • So glad you didn’t have any editing marks for me (smile). I appreciate the comments and anxiously await the day when God tells you “no more jobs.” It’s coming.

  6. This is wonderful and I am truly happy for you. I like the feel and warmth of it Ann. I am looking forward to what comes next, hooray!

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