Writer, author of quality literature
Ann Fields began her writing career in 1996 with the publication of her first romance novel, After Hours. Since then, Fields has published three additional romance novels, Second Time Around, Love Everlasting and Give and Take. Fuller’s Curse is her debut in the horror genre.
Fields also has published in non-fiction, authoring the book Stop Stalling and Write as well asnumerous articles which have appeared in Teen Graffiti, Basic and other magazines.
Her short stories have appeared in A Legacy of African American Literature and Bouquet: A Delightful Collection of Mother's Day Romances.
Tell us about your novel, Fuller's Curse.
AF: Fuller's Curse is an emotional horror story that follows Deborah Fuller-King as she begins a new project—researching the Fuller family tree. To complete her research, she travels to Partway, Texas where in the 1860s, Charles Fuller, a newly-freed African American slave, founded the town and originally named it Fullertown. There, Deborah's genealogical research reveals some terrifying information about their family—part of it fact, part of it legend. While delving into the facts and hoping to disprove the legend, family members begin to die horrible deaths one by one. Alarmed and frightened, Deborah turns to Mattie Fuller, the one person who knows everything about the family.
Ninety-something-year-old Mattie knows the answers that Deborah seeks, but she's not ready to give up her knowledge. Not yet. She could tell Deborah all about the curse that shadows their family, but to share that information would unleash a hellstorm that would destroy the entire Fuller clan. Instead, Mattie confides the only thing that can be done to save the Fullers—a sacrifice so complete that it would free not only the Fullers, but other cursed families. The question is does Deborah have the courage to complete the saving act and thereby end the Fuller's Curse?
Fuller's Curse will be available in April 2013.
Would you take us on a brief tour of your novel and the world you’ve created?
AF: Fuller's Curse takes place in two primary settings: Partway and Dallas, Texas. The story opens in Partway, the location where most of the pivotal scenes take place. It is also home to a large cluster of the Fuller family, including Mattie and Governor, two of the four major characters, and elders in the family. The other two major characters, Deborah and Hope King, mother and daughter, live in Dallas but travel to Partway often. I don't want to share too much because there's a killer on the loose and I don't want to accidentally leak any clues but I can share that since it is a horror story, Fuller's Curse is dark. There are deaths and lies and raw human emotions. But there is also beauty—the majesty of nature, the overcoming nature of love, and hope in the goodness of mankind. In its essence, Fuller's Curse is a world of evil, destructive secrets wrapped around loving family relationships. It is the story of misguided, flawed people and the impact a single decision can have generations later. The world is not at stake in this story but good versus evil is definitely in play. As well, spirituality figures heavily.
By the way, Partway is not a real town. I made it up although it is based loosely on the small towns which make Texas interesting.
What is the message behind the story? Was it something you specifically wrote a story around or did it develop as your characters came to life?
AF: In this instance, the story came first followed by the message or theme. When I finished this story and started working on the marketing material for it, I realized there was not one theme but several. There's the good versus evil theme I mentioned previously but also there's a few more that I'd rather not share at this point. I'll allow the reader to figure those out and align with the message or theme that resonates more for them.
What is the time span in your novel? Weeks, months, years?
AF: Fuller's Curse covers the time period of May through August, just a few months, during a hot Texas summer.
How much research went into it?
AF:For a novel that is less than 300 pages, I did quite a bit of research. I had to, to better understand accidental deaths, mortality rates, and how to conduct genealogical research. I spent a half day at UT Southwestern in Dallas in a research lab to better understand what scientists do every day. I had a lot of medical questions about the heart that my lovely mother, a retired nurse, helped with. I checked mileage between Texas cities and the performance of a classic Ford Mustang. Some of the research was more fun than others. As long as I live, I don't think I'll ever forget the smell in that research lab. It was awful!
With this book, did you use an outline or just go with the flow? If you used an outline, how detailed was it?
AF: I learned my current plotting and story structure methods from New York Times bestselling author, Elizabeth George. I attended her writing class in 2000 and, in a nutshell, she taught us to develop a concept or idea statement first then develop the major characters. Next, list what we think will be the first ten scenes of the story and finally, create a detailed outline. Since learning this method, I have modified it because I discovered that at some point in the creative writing process (usually 100 pages or less into the story), the characters take control and when that happens I'm demoted from writer to typist. So I guess you can put a tic mark in both columns for me since I start out with a structured approach and end with "anything goes."
How does this book differ from what you have written in the past?
AF: Fuller's Curse is my entry into the horror genre. My previous novels were romances. How does horror differ from romance? According to a friend, "Depending on the relationship, they can be one and the same." We laughed at that until we realized, "Hey, that's true."
Could you tell us what you’re working on now?
AF:Like most writers, I have multiple works-in-progress: a memoir, as yet untitled; the sequel to Fuller's Curse; The Final Goodbye, a women's fiction novel; The New Kingdom, a four-part family saga similar in feel to Roots; and Truths, Lies and Other Stories of Maybe, a collection of stories that range from flash fiction to prose to short stories to novellas. I wish I could tell you which story to look for in bookstores next but honestly, I have no idea. So check my website periodically for updates; it's www.annfields.com.
www.storytellerpublishing.com—Ann’s book, Fuller’s Curse, will be available on April 23, 2013.
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