Wednesday’s Writer with Ann Brodeur

Interview and Excerpt

Today I have award-winning author of Christian Fiction, Ann Brodeur. Ann is here today to share her book, Snowbound in Winterberry Falls and tell us a little about the author behind the story. Welcome, Ann!


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Unwrapping their past – one secret at a time.

Owning her own PR firm is all reporter Stephanie Clark wants for Christmas, but the idea of running a prestigious election campaign in the country’s capital throws her stomach into knots. A last minute vacation road trip to focus and seek God’s direction for her life ends up in disaster when she gets caught in the worst snowstorm to hit Vermont in over a decade, crashing her into a small town and the one person she’d rather forget.

Former photojournalist Jason Miller hadn’t planned on being solely responsible for saving his family business from financial ruin. He’s barely keeping the newspaper in print, his News Editor has gone AWOL during the town’s most celebrated holiday festival, and reports of missing Christmas decorations have everyone on edge. 

When a desperate knock at the newsroom door brings a ghost from Christmas past back into his life, can Jason make up for his prior behavior without breaking his promise to Stephanie’s father? Will Stephanie’s quest to solve the town’s Christmas caper—and uncover the truth about Jason’s disappearance—cost her everything she’s ever wanted? 

When you were young, did you ever see writing as a career or full-time profession?

I recently discovered my diary from when I was ten years old. We moved this summer and I found it in a box of my childhood books. In it, one entry simply states that someday I wanted to be a famous Christian author so I could tell others about Jesus.

Have you ever won any awards for your writing? I have. The piece that kicked off my writing pursuits, was an article I wrote about Childhood Apraxia of Speech. It received an honorable mention in the published category of Writer’s Digest Magazine’s Writing Contest in 2017. Two different novels I’ve written placed first and finaled in contests: RWA Indiana Golden Opportunity 2019, ACFW First Impressions 2019, TARA Award 2020, and RWA Orange County Emerging Writers Contest 2020.

Have you ever received a rejection?

I have. And let me tell you, it really sucks. BUT some of those rejections came with a lot of advice I took to heart. When an editor or judge takes the time to give feedback, writers should consider the points. I applied the criticism and was surprised at how much stronger my writing became.

How long does it take you to write a book?

I’ve been able to write a 50K draft in NaNoWriMo (National Novel Write in a Month), but it was a very rough draft and took lots of editing and re-writing to get a polished manuscript. I’m not eager to do that again!

How long it takes to write a book depends on family life. I have four littles at home and I homeschool all of them at the moment. If I can get thirty minutes of concentrated writing time, I’m having a great day. I can get a lot down on the page if I turn off all the distractions and focus on the story. It takes about three months to write a 60K story, and then two to edit it to the point I’m satisfied and ready to send it off.

What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

I love to read! But I also like to crochet and play Blokus with my kids. We camp in the summers, so I love traveling with our family and exploring new areas. 

About Ann

ANN BRODEUR is an award-winning novelist who writes inspirational and contemporary romances offering sweet hope and happy endings. 

When she’s not reading, writing, chasing after her kids or enjoying long chats with her husband, Ann can be found drinking coffee. That’s been reheated several times throughout the day. She aspires to drink a hot beverage in one sitting.

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