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I’m so excited to share the news that my new historical suspense novel, BluebirdFlying Backward, written as Anna Michaels is available today! Bluebird comes on the heels of reader favorite BREAKDOWN, the contemporary suspense series I wrote in collaboration with three of my most beloved friends.
Why the genre and name shift? I hear that question a lot, and the answer is neither short nor simple. Perhaps the best explanation for why I write in so many genres is that my own reading habits are wide-ranging and I’ve been writing for a very long time—thirty-four years, to be exact. Change was inevitable. I devoted the first ten years to romance, primarily comedies. As my stories began to outgrow the genre and I began to chafe at the confines of that market, I spread my writing wings into other markets…and took another name, two in fact, to identify those books as different from my usual fare.
When you see Anna Michaels on the cover of a novel, you will know that you’re getting historical suspense. You’re going to plunge into a sprawling, complex story set against a specific historical backdrop that will be interwoven with the fictional story. You will also know that the story will be suspenseful. Sometimes a heinous crime—murder, kidnapping--is at the heart of the story, as in Bluebird Flying Backward. Sometimes the suspense is more subtle, as in When We Grew Wings, the full length bonus novel that comes with Bluebird.
I love writing. I love tapping into a flow of words that sometimes spills onto the page like a river gone wild. Historical suspense novels allow me to swim in deep water, to fully explore every nuance of character and story. They also allow me to dig into history until I discover a thread I can weave into a novel that seamlessly blends fact with fiction.
Bluebird Flying Backward grew out my research into the Lindbergh baby kidnapping of 1932. When I discovered a little known fact (telling would be a spoiler) that led me back to another horrific event in 1925 where several of the victims were known but one was unknown, I knew I’d found a story I had to tell.
Writing this novel was pure joy! Bluebird will take you from the Jazz Age to the Lindbergh baby kidnapping. It will take you into the skies with Lindbergh and my female protagonist, Riley ‘Sam’ Samuels, an independent woman far ahead of her time. It will pull your heart strings and keep you turning pages. Fact and fiction are interwoven so closely, it might leave you wondering who is real and who is not. Most of all, I hope it makes you want to tell all your friends to get the book…and then leave you holding your breath till the next one. Crossing the Jordan, I think. Visit my website and sign up for my newsletter to learn more.
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Peggy Webb is the USA Today bestselling author of more than 90 novels. The Mississippi author loves gardening, playing piano and singing in her church choir. Visit her at www.peggywebb.com and follow her on Facebook and Twitter.
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