Ann Mock lives in Tallahassee, Florida, with her husband, Dave. She and her husband have four children and five grandchildren. She and her husband enjoy ballroom dancing and have gone dancing at least three times a week over the past twenty years. They also enjoy traveling, particularly cruising, where they get to dance. The river cruises in the United States are a particular favorite of theirs.
“The Union of the North and the South was a delightful story full of secrets. When I thought I had discovered the first secret, then another secret came to light. This made the story fun for the reader. I enjoyed the love story and trying to figure out who the bad guy was in the story. I listened to this story as an audiobook and the narrator did a wonderful job with the voices. She even delighted me with a song toward the end of the book called: I Dream of Jeannie with the Light Brown Hair.” –Review by Linda Weaver Clarke
Welcome to my blog, Ann. Please tell us about your novel, The Union of the North and the South.
The Union of the North and the South is a romance and suspense Christian novel set in the South in the 1870's. This is a story of Laura who overcomes personal tragedy, but is forced to hide a secret that, if revealed, will cause her great heartache. She experiences a number of crises that challenge her faith and encourage her to make her former enemies become allies while she deals with her secret. Can she find the strength to forgive as well as love again?
Where did you get your inspiration for this story?
Twenty years ago I visited a Southern mansion in Vicksburg, Mississippi, that had survived the War Between the States because it had been used as a hospital for wounded soldiers. I was fascinated by a Union cannonball that had been fired by the Union navy during the siege of Vicksburg. The cannonball was still lodged in the door frame over a century later. This inspired me to start my novel, The Union of the North and the South.
What kind of research did you do?
A few years ago I traveled on a Mississippi steamboat which gave me fresh ideas that allowed me to finish a novel I had started over twenty years ago. I also visited a number of mansions that helped me in recreating the settings of some of the scenes in the novel. My husband is also a history professor and helped me so much on the historical aspects of the book.
Tell me about one of the main characters and what you love about him or her?
My favorite character is Jenny. She is a delightful child that is full of hope and happiness.
You're right. I really liked Jenny, too. Where is your website so my readers can check out your recent and past books that you have written?
Thank you so much for this interview, Ann. I thoroughly enjoyed your book. I hope my readers will check it out.