Author Interview & Book Giveaway: Before Happily Ever After by Ann T Bugg

Welcome to Ann T. Bugg

Ann T. Bugg is the Queen of her castle in southern Minnesota where she lives with her Knight in shining armor (who has come to her rescue more than once) and her own little Princess Valerie. The pets in her magical kingdom come in all shapes and sizes, as do all the critters that make their way out of the enchanted forest. Horseback riding, long walks with her dogs (Otter & Dottie pictured above) and embroidering are on her list of hobbies, but writing will always be her first love.
(Ann T. Bugg is the pseudonym for author June Kramin. For more on her women’s fiction, visit


What inspired you to want to become a writer?
My 3rd grade teacher was a wonderful cheerleader for me. Creative writing was always my favorite subject. She always read everything I did to the class & would say “You’re going to be a writer someday.” I’m sorry I waited until I was 40 to listen to her.

Is there a song you could list as the theme song for your book or any of your characters?
If I had to pick one – Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believing” would be it. It fits the theme of the series as well as being a favorite song of both of my characters – Valerie & Samantha (who are my daughter and her best friend. Names have not been changed to protect the guilty. 😉 ) When I was doing research for the 8th book in the series, we were at the Science Center in St Paul, MN. As I was standing there people watching, waiting for inspiration to hit, the song started to play. I had to wander around to find it’s source. My daughter was on an exercise bike making an old radio play. It was funny that was the song to come on. Of course that scene made it into the book. 🙂

What is your favorite Quote?
We don’t stop playing becuase we grow old, we grow old because we stop playing.

Can you see yourself in any of your characters?
The mom in my series is me. She talks to the animals & drives Val’s dad crazy, she laughs at her own jokes, and is obsessed with keeping all the pieces of her Polly Pocket sets together. 🙂

Auntybug – that’s why I’ve chosen the pen name of Ann T Bugg for the series. (Adults just call me Bug)

Favorite places to travel?
Home is Hawaii so I’d have to say there. Its not for the weather – it’s my friends and family that I miss.

Favorite music?
I always say my superpower is my love for 80’s music.

TV or Movies?
We are big movie people. We cancelled cable in our home about 7 years ago. We’re just not reality TV fans & it seemed like that’s all that was on.

Print or Ebook?
E book for sure. I was one for dragging my feet about not wanting an e-reader. Now I prefer it by far to print books.

Chocolate or Vanilla?
Vanilla. I don’t like chocolate in any form.

Sweet or Salty?
Salty for sure. I’m not much of a candy fan but potato chips are my downfall.

City or Country?
Country. We have lived on small hobby farms for the past 10 years. I have 3 horses & a pony. I could never go back to city living.

Gum or Breath Mints?
Gum – although I have a friend that says for as little as I keep it in my mouth, I should switch to mints to get my monies worth. 🙂

Spontaneity or Planning Ahead?
Absolutely by the seat of my fanny. I’ve taken off for many long trips in a days notice.

Favorite quote from a movie?
Not sure for myself but for Marcus my narrator, I stole “Chicks dig scars”, when he describes that he’s okay with the chip on his hat. I’m not a football fan but really liked the movie “The Replacements”.

Through the Mirror and into Snow

When best friends Valerie and Samantha discover a magic mirror in Val’s 100-year-old barn in southern Minnesota, they eagerly go through it. Immediately they run into the young Snow White, who has just escaped the huntsman. The girls vow to help her find her father, knowing the dangers that await. On their journey, the fun-loving double-trouble duo quickly discover they are caught up in the middle of their favorite fairy tales.
Having the knowledge of the stories as their only weapon, Val and Sam help two other princesses, make a surprising friend and discover they have a fairy godmother of their very own.

Into the Forest and Down the Tower

It’s time for Samantha’s summer visit again. Both she and Val are anxious to see if they will take another magical journey through the mirror. After learning of a problem with one of the horses, Odette makes her appearance and tells the girls it’s up to them to help him.
What Charlie needs is something that can only be found in their magical land. It can’t be given to them; they have to solves riddles and discover the answers themselves. A family of elves guides them, but even elf powers are limited when it comes to what stands between the girls and what they seek.
Trolls and unicorns were everything they imagined and more, but rescuing Rapunzel from her tower was an added bonus they never saw coming.

Giveaway Details
1 copy of either Through the Mirror or Into the Forest
Print open to US only, Ebook open Internationally
Ends 6/5/12

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