Getting to Know the Author: Anne Stenhouse

Welcome, Anne. Let’s learn more about you …


ImageImageHullo Glynis and thanks for inviting me to visit.



What is your genre? Why did you choose it?


I write historical romance with a humorous edge and a lot of sparky dialogue. Why? It’s what I enjoy reading and having written plays, I love writing dialogue.


Do you work on more than one manuscript at a time?


No, but there are a few I might go back to.


Do you work with a writing/critique group?


No, but I have had help and advice from the Romantic Novelists’ Association New Writers’ Scheme and from individual friends.


Can you remember your first reading book?


Not clearly. It did have Jack and Jill doing improbable things.


Do you nibble on snacks while writing? If so, what is your chosen treat?


Oh Dear. Tunnock’s Tea cakes really ought to sponsor me…


Tidy desk or a bombsite? Describe your writing area with us.


I’m incurably untidy, but do lose stuff when I file it properly – because I have no belief I will have done that. The computer is not on the floor – I don’t think I want to say anything else.


Are you published in the traditional manner or self published? Share your journey.


I’m e-published by MuseItUp of Canada who read and assessed Mariah’s Marriage and then offered a contract. They provide copy and line editing and Imagecover art. I wrote plays for many, many years and then decided to go back to novels which I had tried in an earlier time. I joined the RNA NWS and Mariah’s Marriage was my fourth attempt. There’s a fifth which is out with a different type of publisher for consideration. There’s nothing quite like that e-mail offering to take your first book.


Who would you say have been the three most influential authors in your reading/writing life?


Jings! Kenneth Grahame, The Wind in the Willows; L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Greengables and Georgette Heyer, her regencies.


What advice would you like to share with other writers/authors with regard to preparing a manuscript?


I was a little surprised by the criticism I received from an American house to the effect that my book wasn’t ‘polished’ enough for them. On closer inspection, it wasn’t. While you do need to draw a line and send stuff out, you also need to edit, edit again and then maybe edit some more. Take out all the superfluous ‘thats’ and ‘justs’. Never start a spoken sentence with ‘Well,’ – all these things that we do unconsciously leap off the page when an editor is considering your ms against one that is clean. It really helps to put it away for a month and go back. When you go back you’re reading with a reader’s eye.


If the movie rights to your novels are purchased, who would you like to play your main characters?


In my second novel, Bella’s Betrothal, I’d like Karen Gillan to play Bella and Toby Hemingway for Charles.


I was on my way to the supermarket, when … Do you have a tale to tell relating to an everyday, boring event?


I was driving back from work one afternoon during the week in July when the Queen visits Holyrood Palace. There were a couple of motor-cycle cops in front of me and every roundabout was clear. We sailed south in record time. Only when I reached the junction of London Road and Broughton Street, did it become clear I’d been following Prince Philip’s official car!

Oh my! What a journey.


My blog;


My author’s page at MuseItUp:


My first book on amazon:

ANNE STENHOUSE writes dialogue heavy historical romance with humour and a frisson of danger. Anne loves  words. Reading them and using them greedily, she can’t truly remember a time when she couldn’t escape into the pages of a book and certainly can’t remember when she couldn’t talk and ask questions. Anne is a published and performed playwright. She studied both English and History at University in Edinburgh and finds it a great joy to combine these two disciplines in her novels. Being a playwright means Anne loves dialogue and knows a piece is going well when she ‘begins to hear the characters talking to each other’. She has been a civil servant, full-time Mum, and for a while, a worker in an Addictions’ rehabilitation unit. Anne lives in Scotland with her husband and dancing partner of over thirty years. Their children and a grandchild are close by. B’s B UK B’s B us

About Glynis Peters Author

I write Historical saga style novels featuring mystery and romantic twists. HarperCollins/HarperImpulse publishers of my novel, The Secret Orphan. I live in the UK, in a coastal town in Essex. When I am not writing, I enjoy making greetings cards, Cross Stitch, fishing and the company of my little granddaughters. I also write Victorian novels under my own name, Glynis Smy,
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17 Responses to Getting to Know the Author: Anne Stenhouse

  1. Margot Kinberg says:

    Glynis – Thanks for introducing us to Anne.

    Anne – Thanks for sharing a bit about yourself. I think it’s great that you’ve written plays as well as novels. No wonder you find dialogue so enjoyable to write. And I couldn’t agree more. Editing is critical! I wish you much success.

  2. Those are good influential authors to have, Anne!

    • Anonymous says:

      Hullo William, It is interesting how often all three come up. I read Wind in the Willows as a set text in S1. I’ve been loyal ever since and given to all my young connections. Anne

  3. Good morning Glynis. I’m glad your power is reconnected. Photographs and news of the storm show a lot of devastation. Thanks very much for hosting me here and it is me making the above replies to Margot and William. Don’t know why google has decided I’m anon!

  4. rosgemmell says:

    Lovely interview Anne and Glynis. I’m half through enjoying Bella’s Betrothal at the moment, Anne!

  5. Enjoyed the questions and the answers – and Bella’s Betrothal.
    Just off to check how often my characters say ‘Well … ‘

  6. Great blog post Anne. I enjoyed Mariah’s Marriage and will look forward to reading Bella’s Betrothal!

  7. Leona Pence says:

    Great post, Anne. I know what you mean about all those unnecessary words.I thought I had most out, but boy, did my edititor disagree. I also used too many pronouns and he said/she said tags. Hopefully, it gets easier to omit them in a first draft.

    As soon as things slow down from my release of Hemphill Towers, I’m going to read both your books. I love Historical Romance best.

  8. Hullo Leona, thanks for dropping in. Good luck with Hemphill towers. I think it released while I was still on holiday. I think you do become more conscious of the speech tags thing and of ‘that’, ‘well’ and ‘just’ with experience, but I’m very grateful to Judy Roth, my editor, for her vigilance. I hope you enjoy the books. Anne

  9. Suzanne says:

    Great interview, ladies. Lovely to find out more about you and your books, Anne. And I hear you on the Tunnocks Tea Cakes :0)

  10. Glynis Smy says:

    Thanks for visiting and commenting for Anne. Hit and miss with the power so I couldn’t get to comment but grateful to those who did.

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