Welcome to Author Ann T. Bugg
Ann T. Bugg is the Queen of her castle in southern Minnesota where she lives with her Knight in shining armor (who has come to her rescue more than once) and her own little Princess Valerie. The pets in her magical kingdom come in all shapes and sizes, as do all the critters that make their way out of the enchanted forest. Horseback riding, long walks with her dogs (Otter & Dottie pictured above) and embroidering are on her list of hobbies, but writing will always be her first love.
Ann also writes Women’s Fiction under the name June Kramin.
Before Happily Ever Interview with Ann T. Bugg:
Please tell us in 20 words or less, why we should read your book.
If you love fairy tales re-told like I do, I think these should strike that nerve as well.
Do you have plans for a new book? Goals for future projects?
I always have too many pots on the fire. I write women’s fiction as well under my real name (June Kramin) and always have at least one in the early stages of writing as well as one in the final stages of editing. There are 9 in this series done so far, but I haven’t ruled out that there could be more.
Did you lose any characters along the way?
None. I’ve actually gained a couple of family members and critters as the stories progressed. Samantha’s brother wanted in on the fun and Val’s didn’t have a choice in the matter.
What is your favorite Quote?
You don’t stop playing because you grow old, you grow old because you stop playing.
Facebook or Twitter?
Facebook! Sadly, I have never gotten into twitter.
Who designed the cover of your book?
My daughter in my cover artist. I let her run with her ideas. She was 14 when she did the one for the 1st book.
Have you ever suffered from writer’s block? If so, what did you do about it?
I actually never have. I always just pick off where I left off. In all fairness, I always say I never know where I’m going. I let my characters do their thing. They know what they are doing!
What has been the toughest criticism given to you as an author?
It’s always hard to hear is someone doesn’t like your work. You have to know there is nothing everyone will like. I have people love my point of view in these & one woman not understand the 3rd person bit & gave it a bad review. Can’t win them all.
If you could jump in fairy tale, and live in that world… which would it be?
Probably the 10th Kingdom. I’m fan of that mini-series… & a little smitten with Wolf.
Do you skip around, peek at the ending, or do you read straight through a book?
Straight through – no peeking! I don’t shake Christmas gifts either & never want to know the sex of a baby in advance.
Do you have any suggestions to add to my reading list?
A new YA – Flicker by Melanie Hooyenga I really enjoyed the fresh concept. I’m excited it’s going to be a series.
Favorite places to vacation?
We are big travelers. I like driving anywhere. Maui is home – I lived there for 23 years. I love to visit family & friends but pretty much tropical destinations are not something I seek out.
Where do you like to read?
I have to read every night before I go to bed propped up with pillows. I spend most of my days writing or editing, I need to lose myself in someone else’s world to unwind.
Cable, Satellite, Antenna or Netflix?
Netflix. We don’t have cable TV. I have DVD’s of our favorite movies & we catch just the shows we want to when we make time for it. Put your TV in the basement – you’ll go to it less!
Where did the idea come from for the book?
The 2 main characters are actually based on my daughter & her best friend. A few of their silly antics make their way into each book. The critters are all mine as well. The 1st book actually started because of a possum that scared me in the barn when I went out to let the fat pony free. I didn’t know that I’d even finish it – let alone write so many more.
What genre does your book fall under?
They are technically middle grade (8-12) fantasy but I have had all ages enjoy them.
Tell everyone where they can go to stay up to date on your latest news!
Any new releases, signing, etc. will be on my facebook fan page: http://www.facebook.com/AnnTBugg & my blog: http://www.beforehappilyeverafter.com/blog-3/ For my women’s fiction: http://www.junekramin.com/ http://www.facebook.com/JuneKramin
Is there anything else you’d like to share with us?
I can’t think of anything. Thanks for the interview! Hope everyone enjoys reading the series as much as I do writing it!
Book 1: Through The Mirror and Into Snow
When best friends Valerie and Samantha discover a magic mirror in Val’s 100-year-old barn in southern Minnesota, they eagerly go through it. Immediately they run into the young Snow White, who has just escaped the huntsman. The girls vow to help her find her father, knowing the dangers that await. On their journey, the fun-loving double-trouble duo quickly discover they are caught up in the middle of their favorite fairy tales.
Having the knowledge of the stories as their only weapon, Val and Sam help two other princesses, make a surprising friend and discover they have a fairy godmother of their very own.
Purchase Through The Mirror and Into Snow at Amazon.
Book 2: Into the Forest and Down the Tower
It’s time for Samantha’s summer visit again. Both she and Val are anxious to see if they will take another magical journey through the mirror. After learning of a problem with one of the horses, Odette makes her appearance and tells the girls it’s up to them to help him.
What Charlie needs is something that can only be found in their magical land. It can’t be given to them; they have to solves riddles and discover the answers themselves. A family of elves guides them, but even elf powers are limited when it comes to what stands between the girls and what they seek.
Trolls and unicorns were everything they imagined and more, but rescuing Rapunzel from her tower was an added bonus they never saw coming.
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Book 3: Off To Camp and Discovering Art
Valerie and Samantha are disappointed that their schedules were not allowing them to spend a week together this summer like they have done every year since they were young. Their parents are able to plan a weekend camping trip towards the end of summer. The girls are happy for the visit, but sad to think they can’t go through the mirror this year on another adventure. They discover the magic is not only within the mirror, but within themselves when they are together. Merlin the magician shows up to take them on their quest to help Arthur find his true identity and his place in Camelot.
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