Today I have the great pleasure to welcome Romantic Comedy/Mystery author Anne R. Allen, who also runs an award-winning blog about writing. She also has a giveaway at the end of the interview!
I didn’t set out to write mysteries, but dead bodies kept showing up in my plots. Also a lot of jokes. Especially the kind that come from romance gone wrong. (I think romantic comedy is way undervalued these days. Jane Austen wrote it—and so did William Shakespeare.)
Because of the romantic humor—and probably because I started writing at the height of the chick lit phenomenon—my agent at the time tried to market my work as chick lit.
But it never quite fit. It’s not Bridget Jones humor. It’s pretty sophisticated—sometimes very dark—and most of my heroines are too mature to qualify as “chicks.”
My new publisher finally helped me realize I write mysteries with rom-com elements rather than romance with mystery elements.
I’d say my work is more like Janet Evanovich for English majors.
How much research goes into your books, and how do you tackle that?
It’s another rom-com mystery, but longer than a standard whodunnit. The working title is THE ASHTRAYS OF AVALON. Spanning five decades, it’s full of Baby Boomer nostalgia. The theme is the myth of the Golden Age—and how it never existed. Every age had its drawbacks—like sexism and cigarette smoke.
Meanwhile I’ll be doing all that research for THE LAST PLANTAGENET taking Camilla back to the English Midlands (the setting of SHERWOOD, LTD.) where she meets up with what may or may not be the ghost of Richard III.
SHERWOOD, LTD was inspired by Anne's hilarious experiences with her first publishers, an outlaw band of Englishmen following their own self-styled Robin Hood. Right now, the ebook is FREE on KOBO and Smashwords. It is also available in paperback from Amazon.