Ann Ross bringing newest Miss Julia book to Forest City

May. 19, 2013 @ 05:38 AM

Southern author Ann B. Ross is returning to Fireside Books and Gifts in Forest City on Monday at 6 p.m. to talk about her latest book in the Miss Julia series. She will sign books for patrons.

"Miss Julia Stirs Up Trouble" is the 14th title in her series. Forest City is among numerous cities on her current book tour.  

On her website, Ross tells readers she has "tried to make each book stand alone so that a reader can start with any one of them, but of course I couldn't repeat everything in each succeeding book."

Ross said in a series, characters and their relationships with each other do change and grow, and she tried to show that over the course of the books. She said because of that fact, many readers recommend starting with the first book.

 "On the other hand, if you happen to pick up a book 'out of order' and enjoy it, there's no reason you can't read the rest of them, either in or out of order," Ross said.

About the book

"Miss Julia Stirs Up Trouble" tells the story of Miss Julia enjoying a well-earned respite by her new fireplace. While the logs crackle, Miss Julia takes a rare moment to admire the colorful trees in her garden—and doesn't even worry about adding raking to the to-do list. Such quiet moments are rare in Miss Julia's life, and all too soon she discovers that, alas, autumn leaves aren't the only things falling. James, Hazel Marie's housekeeper, has had a nasty tumble down some stairs. How can Hazel Marie feed and take care of him—not to mention a husband and two babies—when she barely knows how to boil water?

"Miss Julia jumps into help by convincing the ladies of Abbotsville to put on their aprons and give cooking lessons. Not only will they each share a favorite recipe with Hazel Marie, they will each demonstrate how to prepare their chosen dishes. Miss Julia soon has a bevy of eager chefs signed up, and is relieved that Hazel Marie will have food on her table each evening to feed her growing family and, especially, the sometimes irascible Mr. J.D. Pickens, who seems to be spending too much time away from home.

"An internet scam, a crabby patient on bedrest, an overwhelmed lady of the house with a family to feed and an unexpected guest with questionable intentions? It’s a recipe for trouble. And as usual, Miss Julia cooks up a plan—and serves up a delight."

About the author

Ross lives in western North Carolina and is the mother of two daughters and one son, and the grandmother of four grandsons,including twin boys, and two granddaughters.

 When her children were in college, she decided to complete her own education, enrolling in the University of North Carolina at Asheville where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in literature. She continued her education by enrolling in the English Department of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she earned both the Master’s and Doctor of Philosophy degrees. Afterwards, she taught literature and the Humanities at the University of North Carolina at Asheville.

Ross says her best  writing time is in the mornings When she is actively writing, she writes every morning, seven days a week for three to four hours.

"In that way, the story stays fresh in my mind and seems to flow better," Ross said. When a speaking event or bookstore appearance interferes with that schedule, it takes me a while to get back into the story and into the routine. I can't write at all, other than occasionally jotting down an idea that occurs to me, when I'm on tour because the days are so full. I'm often scheduled to be in a different city every day for several days in a row."