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Writing Where You’ve Been with Ann Charles

Bestseller Ann Charles knows how useful it can be to set your story in places from your life. Having spent many long summers in the old mining town of Deadwood, South Dakota in her youth, her childhood memories of riding dirt bikes through old trails, hanging out at the library, and talking to locals made it easy to bring the town to life in her Deadwood series. Alongside the massively popular series, on which a TV show and movie were based, Ann is well-known for her Jackrabbit Junction and Deadwood Undertaker series, all three of which feature her knack for writing mysterious Westerns. Her latest publication, Catawampus Christmas Carol, is available below.


Ann Charles is a USA Today Best-Selling author who writes award-winning mysteries that are splashed with humor, romance, and whatever else sounds fun.

Ann has a B.A. in English with an emphasis on creative writing from the University of Washington. She is a member of Sisters in Crime and Western Writers of America. She is currently toiling away on her next book, wishing she was on a Mexican beach with an ice-cold Corona in one hand and a book in the other. When she is not dabbling in fiction, she is arm wrestling with her two kids, attempting to seduce her husband, and arguing with her sassy cat. Most nights, you can find her hanging out over at, on Facebook as Ann Charles, or as AnnWCharles on Twitter.

Whether you’re traditionally published or indie, writing a good book is only the first step in becoming a successful author. The days of just turning a manuscript into your editor and walking away are gone. If you want to succeed in today’s publishing world, you need to understand every aspect of the business – editing, formatting, marketing, contracts. It all starts with a good book, then the real work begins.

Join international bestselling author J.D. Barker and indie powerhouses, J. Thorn and Zach Bohannon, as they gain unique insight and valuable advice from the most prolific and accomplished authors in the business.

In this episode, you’ll discover:

  • What Ann misses most from the Kindle Golden Age
  • The power of experimenting as a writer
  • The importance of outlining plot
  • When to batch your writing projects
  • Why historical pieces need to be accurate


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  1. Christopher Wills

    3 years ago  

    Morning guys. Enjoyed the interview today, particularly the part where Ann discussed roping her hubby in to a collaboration as I am considering similar with lovely wifey Denise. She is happy to be my first beta reader although we haven’t tried it yet so we’ll see how that goes.
    I always work on more than one project at a time as a kind of insurance; if one project runs out of steam I am already into another project or two so it doesn’t matter, project A can go into stasis until I want to revive it.
    Interesting view of the future. I never worry about the future, que sera sera. I’ve always thought it’s only worth worrying about the things we can control – is that Stoicism?
    Great interview today.

    1. J. Thorn

      3 years ago  

      Very stoic of you 😉 Thanks, buddy!

  2. Rebekah Bryan

    3 years ago  

    I knew that name sounded familiar! I saw Ann speak at the Chanticleer Authors Conference in Washington state three years ago now. She spoke on worldbuilding and creating diehard fans. Her fanbase is definitely #goals. I remember at the awards banquet after party I told her how much I enjoyed her sessions, but that’s the extent of my interactions with her. Good times!

    1. J. Thorn

      3 years ago  

      She’s a total pro 😉

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