Five Minutes with the Author

Lady Hamilton


An Interview with

What project are you currently working on?
My latest is Keeper of the Grail. Imagine Regency England when Camelot is not a myth, but history. The Round Table rules instead of Parliament, people go on quests, and the Holy Grail is kept in the Tower of London with the Crown jewels. Someone has to be in charge of the Grail. That someone is the Keeper of the Grail. He has way too much to do, but he takes on Sarah Frampton’s problems as well.

What is your favorite snack?
Chocolate ice cream, chocolate chip cookies, chocolate anything

I have heard from numerous authors that chocolate is the staple of their diet. Is it in yours?
I don’t eat chocolate, do I? Never! I live on liver and spinach.

Will electronic readers ever take the place of the humble paperback?
The paperback is not so humble. It can hang out at the beach, eat sand, and keep on chugging.

If you could be one of your characters – Who would you be?  And why?
I don’t want to be any of my characters. They work too hard.

Who or what influences you when you write?
Little ol’ Subconscious drives me to the keyboard and the chocolate.

When you have writer’s block how do you break free?
I am not sure I get writer’s block. When I lose the urge to write, I back away. When I manage to get back to the keyboard, everything flows again.

Who is your perfect hero?  And why?
I love alpha males who can climb down from the mountaintop and cuddle. In my books, the hero of Round Table Magician comes closest to alpha. In Keeper of the Grail, the hero is alpha, but he downplays it in public.

What do you do for inspiration?
I pick up ideas all over the place. Keeper of the Grail sprang from my second book, Thwarting Magic.

Is there a genre of book you would like to write but haven’t yet?
I’ve written it, just haven’t published it yet. Call it historical semi-fiction -- a true story that is so obscure, no one remembers it, but it is too good a story to pass. Someday, a publisher will recognize the manuscript’s worth.

What kind of research do you do for your books?  Do you enjoy the research process?
I hop all over the Internet to check points. Yes, I usually enjoy it, but I also get distracted and bogged down.

What is your favorite movie of all time?  The one where you can watch it and still get affected at the same spots each and every time?
Blazing Saddles. It’s a perfect blend of slapstick, social commentary, and sarcasm. I laugh.

If you were stranded on a deserted island, what 5 things would you have with you? *mind you, you do have a strong hunky man to help you with things*
1) A generator for limitless supply of electricity
2) Everything the generator needs to supply that limitless supply of electricity
3) A self-stocking refrigerator/freezer that runs off the generator
4) A microwave oven that runs off the generator
5) A computer with Internet access via satellite that runs off the generator. That way, when I get bored, I can email someone to come get me off the desert island.

Who would you want to be tied to for 24hours?
Tie me to whatever hunky man has the fly swatter and isn’t afraid of wasps.

What is your favorite way to relax after a hard day working and writing?
I read, needlepoint, and drive my daughters crazy.

What is the one era you would love to go visit and why?
Regency England, provided I can be rich, gorgeous, and a member of the ton. God forbid I should be a rag picker or a parlor maid.

Have you ever faked sick?
Having attained a ripe age where I control my life, I don’t have to any more. When I was a pipsqueak, I did it once in a while.

Do you believe in love at first sight?
Not really. One doesn’t know enough about the person to love.

What is your perfect pizza?
Square, not too much sauce, plenty of cheese and toppings I can pick off if I don’t feel like eating them. Of course, Viggo Mortensen served it to me.

Do you have a celebrity crush?
Since everyone loves him, Johnny Depp doesn’t count, so no I don’t have a crush.





If you could change your name, what would you change it to?
I wanted to have my books written by “A Lady” but my publisher went nuts.

Out of all your books, do you have a favorite one? 
My favorite has not been published yet: Keeper of the Grail. The hero is alpha, but he doesn’t act it. The heroine is like me, poor girl. The plot is really neat.

What character out of all your books is the closest to your personality?
As I just said, Sarah Frampton, from Keeper of the Grail, is like me: bossy.

Have you ever been nervous over reader reaction when a new book comes out?
Every time. I don’t have any problem writing the stories, but then I realize that everyone in the world can read and judge them. What if they decide I am weird - crazy - dull?

How much does reader response mean to you over your books?
It’s not everything, but I sure love good responses. Good sales is best. :)

What do you hope readers get from your books after they read them?
A tiny bit of thinking and a whole lot of smiles.

If you could make a movie of any one of your books which one would you choose and who would you cast at the h/h?
Round Table Magician. I think it would translate well to the screen and Colin Firth would make a great Lord Brinston. Johnny Depp could do a cameo as Lord Hurst. We need a new actress to be Lady Martha if Kate Winslet isn’t available. Can’t you see Kate telling Colin that anything he can do, she can do as well?

Who is your favorite author?
Who writes Calvin and Hobbes?

What is the weirdest thing a reviewer has ever said about one of your books?
One reviewer swore I didn’t know the time period I used for the setting. I write Regency paranormals and the book was set in 1814. Once I got over the panic attack -- My God, she is killing my book! -- I was able to put it in prospective. She was plain dumb.

What is the nicest thing a reviewer has ever said about one of your books?
The reviewer said my books were fast becoming her favorite series. Of course, she might hate all series, so…
“… this is a book to savor … definitely an ace..”
“The author has a wonderfully descriptive style…”
Those are nice, but my all time favorite is…
“Talented author Ann Tracy Marr has used her creative imagination to blend history with fantasy to give the reader a great read. This tale is more than a simple romance as lived by an intriguing cast of characters you'll enjoy meeting. She has added a mix of mystery to the magic that will entice you to keep reading, wanting to know what happens next.”
Do you have a bucket list? If so, what are 2 things on it?
One thing and one thing only. Somehow, I am going to England. I might have to sleep on a park bench, dine on bread and water, and walk everywhere, but I will be there.

What is your favorite color besides YELLOW? I know everyone loves yellow.
I don’t love yellow if it is a shirt and I have to wear it. I hate looking jaundiced. Coral -- I can wear anything coral.

Boxers or briefs?
Prizefighters or lawyers? I’ll never tell.

Red Pill or Blue Pill?
Blue pills all the way. Red pills give me heartburn and heartache.