Title: Never Let Go
Series: Faithfully Yours #1
Author: Anne Carol
Genre: Adult, Contemporary Romance
Publish Date: November 25, 2014
Is it possible to find your soul mate on the other side of the world?
Beth Johnson is an ambitious high school senior from suburban California with a secret passion for writing. David Somers is a charming young Englishman who wants nothing more than to play guitar in his up-and-coming rock band. Though worlds apart, when fate brings Beth and David together in London in the summer of 1979, sparks fly. After Beth receives upsetting news from home, she finds herself drawn to David’s warm character, and an all-consuming love develops. Theirs is the kind of love one never forgets, and as Beth’s stay in London nears the end, the young devoted couple must face the inevitable question: will their romance fade with the passing of summer or will they realize their promise of never letting go?
This is the first installment of a four-book series, Faithfully Yours, chronicling Beth and David's romantic journey.
Anne Carol grew up reading, writing, and listening to English rock bands, obsessing over one in particular. Continuing her fascination with rock stars, she married a bass player and they now have two sons, also budding musicians. Besides reading, writing, and music, she also loves traveling, going to dance class, watching teen dramas, and exploring social media websites. Anne lives in Northern California, where she enjoys wine and chocolate every night as she works on her next novel.
Please welcome Never Let Go author Anne Carol to Diane's Book Blog.
What is your favorite part of the story, Never Let Go?
There are many scenes in my book that make my skin tingle, but my favorite has to be the moment Beth, my main character, lays eyes on David, the charming guy who captures her heart. Sometimes when I can’t sleep at night, or I’m just plain bored, I still picture that moment in my mind like a scene from a movie.
What inspired you to write your first book?
I started writing an early version of Never Let Go when I was 11 ½. The story came to me as a byproduct of my obsession with an English rock band. At the time, I was only writing for my own entertainment and that of a few close friends. But over the years, I just couldn’t seem to shake the story from my head; it begged to come to the surface again and again, even years after I’d written anything. After my return to fiction reading – about four years ago – I got an overwhelming urge to dig out that old story, polish it up, and put it out there for people to read and enjoy.
Who or what inspired you to be a writer?
For me, writing has always been my method of self-expression. I wrote little stories as a child, complete with illustrations! And through my pre-teen and teen years and into college, I was an avid journal writer. Unfortunately writing took a back seat to my accounting career from post-college up until about four years ago. After a friend recommended a popular book series (Twilight), I fell back in love with reading, and soon after, could no longer suppress the urge to write.
Now that I’ve started writing, I can never go back. It’s a need – even if only a handful of people enjoy my writing – I will write for the rest of my life.
What's your favorite book-turned movie?
Nicholas Sparks’ “The Notebook”. It has the perfect blend of romance, passion, angst, and drama. It’s a timeless love story in a beautiful setting - one of the few movies that can bring me to tears.
What is your typical day like?
I’m a busy mom of two adolescent boys, so my mornings are spent scrambling to feed them breakfast and get them off to school on time. I work at an accounting firm (as a CPA) two days a week, so on those days I go straight to the office, where I plow through spreadsheets and tax returns for 8 hours – all the while trying to ignore the characters who are constantly chattering in my head!
On the days I’m not at my accounting job, I’m at home multitasking: working on my book, cleaning house, doing laundry, taking care of the family calendar, etc. I also try to squeeze in yoga or running at the gym before rushing off to fetch my kids from school.
Weekday evenings are spent with music lessons or water polo practice for the boys. Two nights a week I go to my favorite dance class at the gym. Working out every day is extremely important to me because it helps reduce my anxiety, which I’ve been plagued with since childhood.
Can you share a little of your current work with us?
~ “I never want to let go of you,” I choked out. “This is one of the hardest things I’ve ever done.”
We both stood up and gazed at each other one last time before he brought me in for a tight embrace. I could’ve stayed in his arms all night, but being mindful of the time, he let go of me all too soon, giving me one final kiss. “Love you forever.”
We smiled at one another as he started down the steps, going backwards so he could keep his eyes trained on me. Finally, as I stepped inside the house, he waved and blew a kiss. As I watched him walk away, a lump formed in my throat which I feared would remain until next summer. ~
Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Over the past month, I’ve been blown away by the response from readers who are actively seeking new authors. I appreciate that you give new indie authors a chance! There is so much incredible talent out there, and it means a lot to us when you choose to read our stories. So, thank you for reading!