I never planned to write books. But I’d always been told I had the gift of gab, so when an uncle suggested I put pen to paper after “gabbing” about an incident in the cemetery, I thought…why not?

I never dreamed of getting published. My plan was to write short stories and enter contests. However, when I started my first tale, before I knew it, I had over 25,000 words and wasn’t finished. Apparently, my gift of gab translated to the written page!

I joined a writing website to get critique and one of my readers recommended I submit my book to a small press publisher in her area. On a whim, under my pen name, I did.

I didn’t expect to hear from those folks, but after submitting via internet, later that night, my phone rang and a man on the other end said, “Ann?” “You must have the wrong number,” I responded. To which he replied, “You’re not Ann Everett, the author?” My voice elevated a couple of octaves. “Yes, yes, I am. It’s just no one has ever called me that!”

I can’t believe I’ve slept with so many men! Okay, in fiction, that’s what we call a hook, just to keep you reading! Now that I have your renewed interest… on with the story. The small press publisher wanted my first novel, Laid Out and Candle Lit! And since I had an idea for two more books using the same characters, I signed a three year contract.

I learned a lot during in those years, so when my contract ended, I didn’t renew. But I am forever thankful for the experience. I took back the two books they’d published, along with three more I’d written, and jumped feet first into self-publishing.

I am sincerely grateful for the support and kind words I get from readers. Even though I didn’t plan a career in writing, it has become one of my greatest passions.

I live on a small pond in Northeast Texas, with my wonderful husband along with Tizzy and Ridge, my two marbled tabbies.

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I’ve won some awards but I know you’d much rather hear the juicy stuff, so here it is. I’ve been married to the same man since dirt, but always introduce him as my “current” husband. I don’t want him to get too comfortable in that role! :+) I love shopping at thrift stores, because nobody loves a bargain more than me. I don’t remember my first kiss. Maybe hypnosis would help. I hate talking on the telephone…so don’t call. A really sharp pencil makes me happy…part of my OCD. I secretly want to get a tattoo. Shh…don’t tell anyone. I write under pen name, Ann Everett, because I think my real name, Pattie Ball, sounds like something you’d order at a concession stand. (Ann is my middle name. Everett is my husbands.) A charter member of National Honor Society in high school remains one of my proudest moments….I still can’t figure out how that happened. I’m thankful wrinkles aren’t painful.

Books by Ann Everett

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