My guest today is L. Anne Carrington. Hello! Welcome back to Writing in the Modern Age! It’s wonderful to see you here again.
Thanks for having me, Marie!
Our approach to this interview today is a little different. Let's take a look at your current book out right now, L. Anne. Readers, this sports fiction novel with a touch of romance released back in December.
Here is the blurb.
Quinn Talmadge is about to realize
his dream of following in his father's footsteps as captain of the Pittsburgh
Off the ice, Quinn's future is far
less certain. He faced many struggles throughout most of his life: surviving a
premature birth, being dumped by his first love on junior prom night, and
wondering if he’ll establish a separate identity from his family.
When classmate April Stephens
rescues him from choking following their high school’s homecoming football
game, her heroic action prompts Quinn to reevaluate his own life and need to
achieve true success.
Here is an excerpt.
Quinn Parker Talmadge was born a precious gift to his parents. While Troy enjoyed
his role as Anna's doting stepfather, he and Alex yearned for a family of their
own. They welcomed their first child together two weeks after Anna's third
birthday, albeit with an unsettling beginning.
Alex fell ill while she and Troy
visited his family in Nova Scotia. She was only 30 weeks into gestation when
paramedics rushed her to Yarmouth Regional Hospital with toxemia and high blood
pressure, no one sure if she or the baby would survive.
Doctors delivered Quinn via
emergency C-section and he barely weighed three pounds at birth. Alex never saw
such a tiny infant; he appeared fragile and too small to handle.
A delivery room nurse informed Troy
and his family that Quinn had little chance of survival. They refused to
believe the news; Troy insisted everything possible be done to save his son, no
matter what cost or length of time it took.
The baby pulled through, beating
incredible odds. Quinn weighed five pounds after spending little over three
weeks in an incubator, and his parents could finally take him home. Quinn
brought joy to them and Anna immediately adored her new half-brother.
Following his rocky beginning – including
a bout with colic – Quinn Talmadge thrived. He transitioned from a fragile baby
into an adorable toddler, resembling Troy with one exception: he had Alex’s
distinctive violet eyes, complete with long, perfectly fanned lashes.
Both children were quick to turn
over, sit, crawl, and talk, but Quinn still made no attempt to walk at eighteen
months. Alex’s in-laws and friends assured her each child matured at their own
rate, and Quinn being a boy may have weighed in on the delay.
Alex took him to the pediatrician
and insisted on a full battery of tests, convinced something was wrong with her
“Quinn's tests revealed nothing
abnormal,” the doctor informed her. “He’s doing well for a child born
“He hasn’t made any attempts to
walk. Are you sure his legs are all right? My daughter-"
“Some children clear hurdles without
difficulty while others struggle and bounce back most of the time. Quinn will
walk when he's ready. Life isn’t a race, Mrs. Talmadge; it’s not supposed to be
a race. You’ll be surprised what your son achieves if you don't rush him. My
only suggestion is to take Quinn home and let him progress at his own
Let's learn a little more about our author here.
L. Anne, what inspired you to write? When did you decide you wanted to become an author?
I did a lot of writing for fun when
I was a child. My first published work appeared in a local newspaper when I was
18. I was on my high school's newspaper staff and literary journal club. You
could say the writing bug bit early, but I didn't take an actual shot at it
Aside from occasional freelance
work, I write novels full time, aiming to get out a new book once every six
months or year.
Aside from occasional freelance work, I write novels full time, aiming to get out a new book once every six months or year.
Sometimes things pop into my head and I think, “This would make a good book!” Other times I’m inspired by actual life events. Depending on what I’m writing at the time, story lines can either be planned out or naturally go its own way. For the Power Play Series, I kept notebooks full of ideas.