Monday, September 9, 2013

Annie Crow Knoll-Sunrise by Gail Priest: Interview


Hello Gail. Thanks for stopping by today as your book tour continues with Promotional Book Tours.  Thanks for agreeing to answer some questions today so we can find out more about you.  :) 
What does your significant other think of your writing career?

My husband has always been very supportive of my creative life.  When I was an actor and director, I lived away from home doing summer stock. He supported that and traveled to see me.  I've always encourage his work, too. He's a photographer, has studied glass blowing, worked in stain glass and made jewelry. It's a mutual partnership that began when we were friends in high school working together on the theatre productions.  When I started seriously writing, he never doubted my ability...even when I did. I am very blessed.

Does your husband read your stuff?

Yes.  I trust his opinion and feedback completely.  I often ask for his advice.  He's very intelligent and knowledgeable in a wide range of areas so I often check with him on research information.

What books have most influenced your life?

Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse; The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran; The Artist's Way by Julia Cameron; To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee.

Influential plays would include: The Glass Menagerie and Orpheus Descending by Tennessee Williams; The Children's Hour by Lillian Hellman; A Doll's House by Henrik Ibsen.

There are others but these come to mind first.

What do you think makes a good story?

Sympathetic characters- I have to care about the characters (even the bad guys/gals) in a story, film or play.  Otherwise, I don't want to invest my time.

Engaging settings-I love to feel transported to a place or time period.  If a setting is really well written, it's another character in the story.

Who are your books published with?

Hayson Publishing: The wonderful Tawdra Kandle and Mandie Stevens.

Do you have a favorite quote, quip, or saying? What is it?

“Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it!”
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

If you could exchange lives with any of your characters for a day which character would you choose and why?

Packard Marlboro: he's so peaceful, mindful and aware.  He really has his act together. He lives in the present moment and trusts that whatever is happening is supposed to be happening. He doesn't try to control anything. I'd love to paint like he does. His art completely takes over his being.   His creative life is very focused and full.  He believes in possibility, and he's passionate.  I'd also like to be comfortable spending days out on the bay like he does.

Annie Crow Knoll-Sunrise is the story of a place where people come to restore their spirits, heal their pain and reclaim their


Annie is a determined young woman who is left to run her family's property after the death of her parents. Managing fourteen summer cottages with only the help of a family friend, she struggles to survive on her own. When she meets Drew, a young college professor, Annie thinks she's finally found a love she can trust.

But years of conflict and pain destroy their bond and leave Annie alone again, unless she can find lasting peace and passion in the most unlikely arms.

In this family saga, love, loss and history twine together the people whose lives are changed by Annie's determination and the magic of her knoll nestled along the head-waters of the Chesapeake Bay.

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Gail Priest lives in New Jersey and summers in Maryland on the Chesapeake Bay with her husband and their cockatiel. In addition to writing novels, plays and screenplays, she teaches and directs in a high school performing arts program. She loves theatre, reading, birding and being out in nature

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1 comment:

Gail Priest said...

Hi Laurie,
Thanks for hosting ANNIE CROW KNOLL: SUNRISE! I really enjoyed your interview questions! It was a pleasure. Best,