Anne Pfeffer

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Award-winning novelist Anne Pfeffer grew up in Phoenix, Arizona reading prodigiously, riding horses, and avoiding rattlesnakes and scorpions. After living in Chicago and New York, she escaped back to the land of sunshine in Los Angeles. She has worked in banking and as a pro bono attorney, representing abandoned children in adoption and guardianship proceedings. Anne has a daughter living in New York and is the author of four books in the YA/New Adult genres.

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It’s usually something small that catches my interest. I start with that and then spin out a story.

In my latest book, the idea for the Trail…more
Hi John:

It’s usually something small that catches my interest. I start with that and then spin out a story.

In my latest book, the idea for the Trail of Terror came from the road I lived on for fifteen years in the Hollywood Hills. It was a rutted, one-lane track that ran along the side of a canyon past our home and up to a beautiful lot with a view of the city. A single mother lived there with her daughter. Sometimes our homes seemed to me these perfect, secluded hideaways from the world, but on a really dark, stormy night, mine, at least, felt lonely and vulnerable.

Our neighbor was a social creature who always had friends coming up and down the road for parties and gatherings.

I thought it would be fun to write about a single mother living in this setting; thus, the birth of Nicole Adams and her son Justin in What We Do for Love. Nicole, Justin, and my other characters were invented by me and, beyond the initial premise, have no resemblance to any real people; similarly, I made up the events of this book from my imagination.

So, although the people and events of this book are fictitious, you can rest assured that the Trail of Terror is real. I’ve lived there.

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As the author of three indie novels, I was looking for ways to expand my base of readers. This blog’s very own Jane Friedman suggested that I try Wattpad, an online writing community where authors post their work for free. In April 2014, the site reported 35 million unique visitors per month, which is a lot of exposure for one little indie book,... Read more of this blog post »
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“That’s when I realized it. I liked this girl. A lot. I liked her super-moist double chocolate chip cupcakes. I liked how kind and patient she was with the guests, the way her forehead crinkled when she was thinking about a problem. I liked her low, soft voice and that long ribbon of platinum-blond hair. I liked the way she looked at the world, as if it were an okay place, where good things were actually possible. ”
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message 7: by Anne

Anne Pfeffer I know, I was puzzled too, when I saw that, so I pushed the friend button.
Hope you're starting to get warm there in Chicago!

message 6: by Fred

Fred Thanks so much for friending me, Anne, kinda puzzled we weren't already friends, but yay! Love you, love your books!

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Anne Pfeffer Crystal wrote: "Anne,
Just finished The Wedding Cake Girl what an amazing summer read. Now I can't wait to indulge in your other books as well. Fantastic writing style!
Thanks again for the amazing read!

Thanks so much for your fantastic review. I'm so glad you liked the book. Thank you for being one of my earlier reviewers -- it helps so much to start out with a bang!

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Anne Pfeffer Terra wrote: "Good morning, Anne! I read about your book on the Goodreads Giveaway. Totally something I would read, but I know it's going to make me cry. It sounds fantastic and it's nice to read something ot..."

How nice of you to write! I would love it if you read my book. By the way, I noticed you live in Scottsdale, AZ -- that's my hometown, although I haven't lived there for years! Say hi to the place for me.
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Terra Timmons Good morning, Anne! I read about your book on the Goodreads Giveaway. Totally something I would read, but I know it's going to make me cry. It sounds fantastic and it's nice to read something other than book on vampires, faries and all that. I'm adding it to my Christmas list!! Have a wonderful day and Happy Holidays!! ♥

message 2: by Anne

Anne Pfeffer Absolutely -- I'd love to!

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Laura Hi Anne! Thank you for the friend invite! I am really looking forward to reading Loving Emily, but in the meantime let's book gossip! :D

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