Anne Louise Bannon on Who to Take Out

Anne Louise Bannon is the author of the Old Los Angeles series of historical mysteries and the Operation Quickline series of cozy spy novels. You can find out more about her on her website, annelouisebannon.com, or by clicking here, read her last post here, and buy her books here. A couple, three months ago, I was chatting with a good friend of mine who also is a big fan of my Old Los Angeles series. I was telling him about Death of the Drunkard (book #5) which was due to come out soon, and he asked if he first needed…

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Anne Louise Bannon on Life With a Mystery Writer

Anne Louise Bannon is the author of the Old Los Angeles series and the Operation Quickline series. You can find out more about her on her website annelouisebannon.com, or by clicking here, see her last post here, and buy her books here. My husband, Michael, is both amused and appalled by my body count. I know he's amused because when he's asked what his wife does for a living, he replies, "Oh, she kills people." And I can see why he's appalled. Most guys, when they come home from work, aren't usually regaled with which character bit the dust that…

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Anne Louise Bannon on Not Being Perfect

Anne Louise Bannon is the author of the Old Los Angeles and Operation Quickline series. You can find out more about her on her website annelouisebannnon.com, or by clicking here, read her last post here, and buy her books here. I sew a lot of my clothing. Or I should say that I try to. The reality is, I'm not that good a stitcher. I make a lot of mistakes. Sometimes they show, and when they don't, I'll often let them go. And, yes, there are mistakes on the two projects in the photos above and below. I promise, the…

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Anne Louise Bannon on 40 Years With the Same Characters

Anne Louise Bannon is the author of the Old Los Angeles series, the Operation Quickline series, and the Freddie and Kathy 1920s series. You can find out more about her at her website, or by clicking here, see her last post here, and find her books here. My friends tell me that one of the things I should be proud of as a writer is that I'm prolific. And I'm always afraid that me being prolific is discouraging to my other writing friends. The reason I'm prolific is probably because of my background as a journalist. Daily, or even weekly deadlines do not give…

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Anne Louise Bannon on The Writer’s Day Off

Anne Louise Bannon is the author of the Old Los Angeles series, the Operation Quickline series, and the Freddie and Kathy 1920s series. You can find out more about her at her website, or by clicking here, see her last post here, and find her books here. Given that most writers work a day job as well as write their novels, it might seem a little odd that writers need a day off from writing here and there. I know I do. But part of that may be that I mostly write and do research full-time. Also, I work on…

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Anne Louise Bannon Asks How Do You Plan for the New Year?

Anne Louise Bannon is the author of the Old Los Angeles series, the Operation Quickline series, and the Freddie and Kathy 1920s series. You can find out more about her here, see her books here, and read her last post here. I love the beginning of a new year. There is something about the blank pages of a calendar that fills me with hope. The past two years have been pretty strange, thanks to COVID. But during all that time there have been plenty of ups as well as downs. On the loss side of the ledger, I lost three…

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Anne Louise Bannon Asks How Do You Use Your Past?

Anne Louise Bannon is the author of the Old Los Angeles series, the Freddie and Kathy 1920s series, and the Operation Quickline series. You can find out more about her here, see her books here, and read her latest post here. Way back in my errant youth, I was going to be an actor. I majored in theatre as an undergrad, then went on to get my master's degree in the same subject. After graduating (and producing a child), I took acting classes and met a young woman who produced plays in what was then called an Equity-waiver house. Actor's…

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Anne Louise Bannon asks Where to Begin?

Anne Louise Bannon is the author of the Old Los Angeles series, set in the 1870s. You can read about her here, see her books here, and read her last post here. Sigh. It's time. Folks have been bugging me about book number four in the Old Los Angeles series, so, it's time to get it written. My mother-in-law, in particular, made it clear that she's not getting any younger. I mean, it's seriously cool that my mother-in-law is one of my biggest fans. She does have a point, however. She's not that old, but she is not getting any…

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Anne Louise Bannon asks Where Are You Funny?

Anne Louise Bannon is the author of the Old Los Angeles and Operation Quickline series. You can find out more about her here and read her latest post here. I figure with the holidays coming up, and COVID still rearing its ugly head, it would be nice to write something funny. Or about being funny. The problem is, I'm not very good at being intentionally funny. I can write funny scenes in my stories. Heck, even Death of the Chinese Field Hands, which is possibly the darkest book I've ever written has several scenes that are quite humorous. But sitting…

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Anne Louise Bannon asks Why do you Hide Under a Blanket?

Anne Louise Bannon is celebrating the release of the third book in her Old Los Angeles series, Death of the Chinese Field Hands. Find out more about Anne here. Smoke outside my house. Yuck I hope that by the time you read this, the sky over my house will be blue and I will be able to open the windows again. You see, I live in Southern California and you may have heard that the entire freaking state is on fire. Well, not the entire state. But one of the bigger fires is burning in the foothills to the northeast…

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