The Write Focus

3:33 / Interview with Anne Louise Bannon / Mixed Miscellany Summer Series

August 10, 2022

History and setting offer rich ideas for Anne Louise Bannon. When characters begin speaking to her, she knows that she has a winning series.


  • 0:04 Opening, Anne Louise Bannon and the turbulent LA County history, the setting of one series
  • 2:00 Newest release: Death of an Heiress (see buy links below)
  • 3:15 Anne’s interest in LA County’s history
  • 7:12 Inspired by a history lecture
  • 10:05 Cabot Cove syndrome; stumbling into a rich setting; characters who begin speaking
  • 15:15 Anne’s publishing journey, finding the protagonist’s voice
  • 20:35 Her writing process
  • 23:03 Best tool for writing?
  • 26:44 Hard vs. Easy: promotions and visual elements vs. dialogue and character voice
  • 31:18 Switching from series to series
  • 32:31 Maintaining productivity
  • 34:20 the Chicken story
  • 37:07 Closing

Record date June 17, Friday; release date for her newest novel June 18, Saturday

Anne Louise Bannon is an author and journalist who wrote her first novel at age 15. Her journalistic work has appeared in Ladies' Home Journal, the Los Angeles Times, Wines and Vines, and in newspapers across the country. She was a TV critic for over 10 years, founded the YourFamilyViewer blog, and created the wine education blog with her husband, Michael Holland. She is the co-author of Howdunit: Book of Poisons, with Serita Stevens, as well as author of the Freddie and Kathy mystery series, set in the 1920s; the Operation Quickline series; and the Old Los Angeles series, set in the 1870s. Her most recent title is book four in the Old Los Angeles series, Death of an Heiress. She and her husband live in Southern California with an assortment of critters.


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