Way down south on Marigny Street in the heart of New Orleans, the land of Catholic intercessions, purgatory, and supernatural superstitions, young Evangeline Chenier dreams of a radiant boy who saves her from a storm. She takes the dream seriously – in her family, dreams are sometimes more than dreams. Sometimes they foretell the future. Sometimes they create it.
Years later, Eva is no longer the same wistful girl but a hardened woman who no longer believes in dreams. Losing faith in her gift, she becomes lost in a nightmare of emotion, mourning her son, separating from her husband, and stewing in a dead-end job. And then fate brings her an unlikely surprise: one of the most famous movie stars in the world, Gabriel Roberts.
Caught by something in his eyes, Eva agrees to show him the real Big Easy on his last night in New Orleans—an evening that turns into four dreamy days spent recapturing lost faith and discovering a love neither expected. Realizing Gabriel is the boy from her childhood dream, Eva must leave everything behind—her husband, her family, her history, and the beautiful city she calls home—and gamble it all for the dream that has saved her on MARIGNY STREET.
Born and raised in New Orleans, Annie has a habit of shortening her words and telling long stories. She speaks with a southern flair and cooks with it too. At the tender age of twenty- one, she hitched up her wagons (took her first plane ride) and moved out west to the big shake (California). Her writing career began one sleepless night when she imagined a gorgeous woman and a man with maniacal hair floating above her like lightening bugs falling from the sky. Curious about them, their story, and why they were floating around in her head, she sat down and penned (typed) her first novel, Marigny Street. A dream come true for her, she hasn't stopped writing since. She loves a damn good love story, always has, no matter what the genre. She is particularly moved by imperfect love that in its own unique way is perfect, the notion of love at first sight, soul mates, and things that are generally out of the norm.
When she's not writing she enjoys dabbling in photography and finding new, inspirational music to add to her collection. She currently (still) resides in the big shake (although her southern roots are calling her home) with her husband, daughter, and their two peculiar dogs, Boudreaux and Tabasco (who, call her crazy, bark with an accent).
For lagniappe (a little extra), a virtual cup of café au lait and beignets, please visit Annie's website: www.annierosewelch.com
She can also be found on Facebook & Twitter.
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Tell me about yourself. My name is Annie Rose Welch. I’m the author of the Saving Angels Series. Marigny Street, Red Dirt Road, and the soon to be released, Lotus Blossom Lane. I’m married to the love of my life. Together we have a daughter who we call Sweet Tart. I’m originally from New Orleans, now living in California. I miss home!
How long have you been writing? I’ve been writing for about five years now.
What’s your story about? Never giving up on your dreams. Believing in the impossible even when the world tells you to do otherwise. Love, love, and more love!
What genre would you consider your book? Romance with a streak of paranormal.
Give me some insight into your main character. She’s a gorgeous soul. Just trying to get through one of the roughest times of her life. She’s strong, much stronger than she gives herself credit for. She’s easy to fall in love with. And I believe most people can relate to her struggles.
What makes your book different from others in its genre? Dreams are a major part of Marigny Street’s storyline. I’m not sure I’ve read anything quite like it. It dares to go places that we only dream of. It challenges ideas that are usually not the norm.
What inspired you to write your book? There were a few things that inspired me to write Marigny Street. Mostly, it was my characters. They came to me from a beautiful place. And I wanted to know more about them. I had to tell their story. It really wasn’t a choice. My characters can be very persuasive when they want to be!
How did you come up with the title? Marigny Street is the street Eva grew up on. The journey of her life led her back home; therefore, Marigny Street seemed fitting.
What’s your favorite part of it, without giving anything away of course? I would say the dreamy feel Marigny Street seems to evoke. It’s slow and entrancing. I’ve always loved that about it. It almost feels like taking a romantic stroll on a breezy, warm day, while the saxophone serenades you with an entrancing tune.
Tell me about your writing process. This is a tricky one. The story, the characters, they almost consume me, and then I allow them to carry me wherever they want to bring me.
Are you a full-time writer? Yes, when I’m not taking care of my family.
What are your writing ambitions? Just to make a difference. If my stories can do that, I’ve accomplished a big goal.
Do you outline and plot your book as you’re writing or does it go where it goes? I write by the seat of my pants. I throw all caution to the wind. I don’t plan and scheme. I allow the story to take me wherever it pleases. I take the journey, just like readers. I feel the story feels more truthful that way.
What is your favorite book? One of my favorite books is Bid Time Return by Richard Matheson.
Are there any new authors that have grabbed your interest? There are so many, I’m not sure I could pick just one!
Are you self published or traditionally published? Do you wish you had gone about the process differently? I’m self-published and loving it! I have creative control over my stories, and even though it can be time consuming (mostly marketing and promoting), it has been more than worth it.
What advice would you give to aspiring authors? This is going to sound cliché, but never give up. Your story is meant to be out there--- you never know, it just might have the power to change someone’s life.
If you could have dinner with any person dead or alive who would it be? Jim Croce! I love his music.
When you aren’t writing, what do you do for fun? Not writing? There goes all my fun! I’m always writing or doing something for my stories. But in my spare time, I love spending time with my family. I love taking long drives. Turning the music up and just letting the world fade away. I also have a hobby, photography. There is something fulfilling about looking through a lens at the world and being able to capture whatever beauty you find.
If you could say anything to your readers, what would it be? Thank you for all of your support! It means so much to me.
What's your biggest fear? Honestly? Flying! I do it, but it scares me.
Who is the most annoying character you've ever encountered in a book, on tv or in a movie? I’d have to vote for my own villain here. Yuma. (From Red Dirt Road)
If you were on death row, what would you choose for a final meal? Crawfish, gumbo, stuffed artichokes, a French fry po’boy, New Orleans snowball, and beignets with chicory coffee… all the good stuff from home!
What is your biggest pet peeve? When people try to cut in line.
If you knew you could get away with anything without consequence, what would you do? Rob a bank!
What is your biggest regret in life? Hmm… I don’t believe I have any. I wouldn’t be where I am today if I had the chance to change anything.
If you had Doctor Who's TARDIS, what time would you travel to? My friend is a HUGE Dr. Who fan. I’ve never watched the show. But I’d love to go back to my childhood. In the 80’s. Good times!
Why? I had a beautiful childhood. I’d love to relive it!
What is the best present you ever received? My baby girl.
What's your secret guilty pleasure movie you don't want to admit you love? The Mirror Has Two Faces.
What is your most prized material possession? Family photographs. Apart from that, my books!