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More About the Author
Ann's writing career began in the early eighties when two mysteries were published as original paperbacks: THE MURDER CURE and THE MURDER STROKE. A few years later, her first hardcover book was published: THE PILGRIMAGE, an adventure story set in the nineteenth century. All three books are now out of print, but occasionally a used copy of THE PILGRIMAGE appears on Amazon.com for sale.
The publication of the first Miss Julia book, MISS JULIA SPEAKS HER MIND in 1999, set Ann on a full-time writing career. This book went through six reprintings in less than a year, and was ranked #9 on the Independent Booksellers' seventy-six most highly recommended books for 1999. In addition, the book was named to the Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers list. The paperback edition of the same book was listed in The Best Books of the First Five Years by BookSense, as one of the titles independent booksellers most enjoyed handselling. The book was also published by Readers Digest Condensed Books, appearing in twelve foreign languages.
MISS JULIA TAKES OVER was one of seven nominees for the Book of the Year Award (2001) by the Southeastern Booksellers Association.
All of the books in the series are available on audiotape and in large-print editions, and are also available through The Literary Guild/Doubleday Book Club. All of the books, except the newest one each year, can be found in paperback editions.
MISS JULIA THROWS A WEDDING, MISS JULIA HITS THE ROAD, MISS JULIA MEETS HER MATCH, and MISS JULIA'S SCHOOL OF BEAUTY have all appeared on the New York Times Extended Bestseller List.
All of the books in the series will be published in German, Japanese, and Croatian editions, as well as on audiotape (in English) and in large print editions.
Inspiration for the escapades of Ann's much-loved character, Miss Julia, comes in all manner of ways -- a chance remark by a friend or family member, an incident she happens to see, in a dream, or by being reminded of something in her past experiences. It is always deeply satisfying to her when scenes in the book she is working on suddenly seem to fit together to make a good story. She does not outline or make detailed plans before starting a story. She does, however, have a general plot in mind before beginning to write, but this usually entails only the conflict and the final resolution, with few ideas of how they will be worked out. So, with just the beginning and the end of a book decided on, Ann relies on the characters themselves to fill in the middle with first one subplot after another. This, she says, is the joy of writing -- when a character suddenly does or says something unexpectedly, leading her to funny and surprising 'mini-scenes' that seem to delight readers.
Ann was once asked by an interviewer how she knew when something she'd written was good. She replied, "I know it's good when I fall off my chair laughing." From that response, we can be sure that she enjoys writing about her characters as much as we enjoy reading about them.
Top Customer Reviews
I enjoyed this installment in Ross' humorous Southern fiction series, set in North Carolina. I read the first 13 books straight through, finishing late last year, and opening this book was like a chance to sit back down with good friends I haven't seen in a while. I laughed out loud while reading! Personally, I would have enjoyed more Miss Julia & Co. and fewer recipes, but the story was great, and Miss Julia's comments at the end of each recipe are quite entertaining. While this would be a good story and good cookbook read alone, reading this series in order (Miss Julia Speaks Her Mind is first) would be my recommendation, as the characters develop and change so much throughout.
As much as this is one of my all-time favorite series, I wasn't too enthusiastic about this installment. The first half of the book is taken up with various series regulars demonstrating recipes, followed by the actual recipe itself. It's not until about the 50% mark that the storyline actually kicks in, and the book started to feel like a "real" Miss Julia installment instead of a between-the-books novella.
Now I know that these books have never been particularly plot-driven; they are character studies (and excellent ones, I might add), but usually we're introduced to a bit of a mystery or "purpose" that gives these wonderful characters something to do. I felt this was lacking in this installment.
Was I sorry I read this? Of course not! It had its entertaining moments, with the usual fine characterization and Miss Julia's witty and insightful narrative. There were some very humorous moments and some trademark "Julia-isms" (as I've come to call Miss Julia's various words of wisdom).Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Another great installment in Ann's series! I started reading them because my name is Julia - I've continued reading every book in this series because they are funny, mysterious,... Read morePublished 24 days ago by Weiss guyz
I have enjoyed every Miss Julie book that Ann Ross has written. Hope she continues to write more. AnnettePublished 4 months ago by Annette Dean
One my favorite characters. Have enjoyed many an adventure with her.Published 4 months ago by Linda J. House
I can understand why, having churned out 13 books, one a year, the author might want to shake things up a bit. And that's what Ann B. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Leslie
As always Miss Julia come out on top. I love these characters. Light-hearted fun.Published 6 months ago by Barbara A. McBrayer
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