After hiking some of the trails in the Asheville area, an idea sparked for book using that setting. Asheville is a quaint mountain, with rolling hills and remote country cabins hidden in the woods. A perfect place for my book, Smoky Mountain Investigation to take place.
The idea for my book, She Came to See the Snow, was sparked when were planning a trip to Colorado one year.
But it’s not just places. It’s characters in classic books. Ann of Green Gables and Gilbert Blythe, Jo March and Freidrich Bhaer, Mary Lennox and Colin Craven spark many ideas as my own characters develop. Since I write love stories, watching an old classic movie is a great way to spark new ideas.
Threaded through my books are bits and pieces of my life. Places I’ve been, people I’ve encountered, emotions and memories. I love to explore the unknown, try new foods, travel to new destinations, talk to and enjoy friends and family. All of these things continue to spark my creativity, and sometimes just a phrase that I’ve heard or a situation is enough to start my mind churning. And once that happens, creative thinking kicks in and characters come to life. Getting into the heart of those characters is what drives a story!
Annslee Urban grew up watching old-time romance movies, which she attributes to her passion for sweet romance, true love and happy endings. A daydreamer at heart, Annslee began her writing journey when the youngest of her five children started high school. For several years she worked as a freelance writer for newspapers in her community and has written for magazines and online publications.
Raised in the foothills of Arizona, she survived temperature shock when she moved to Western Pennsylvania, before setting in North Carolina with her husband and children. Aside from writing, Annslee works part-time as a registered nurse in the Behavioral Health field. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers, and has served as on the board of Carolina Christian Writers.
When she isn’t writing, Annslee enjoys cooking, traveling to faraway places, playing with grandbabies and all things chocolate!
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