Mary Ann Poll: Ravens Cove

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Author Interview

1. How did you choose your genre? My genre chose me. I originally began writing murder mysteries. As I wrote, my mysteries took on a supernatural element. I discovered my imagination and passion for writing took off when I added supernatural, goosebump producing elements to my stories. What made you write this book? I played with writing a novel for several years. Finally, I promised myself I would write a novel from beginning to end. I joined National Novel Writing Month. Ravens Cove is the result.

2. Writers write what they know, and must observe the world. Are you a first born, middle or last child and how does this shape your view of the world? I’m the third of four. Since I was the last girl, and the only baby for eight years, I have some of the qualities of a last child and some of the qualities of a middle child. I am basically tenacious and love to laugh. The tenacity is helpful in writing and marketing. The ability to laugh helps me to not take myself so seriously—especially when I’m feeling discouraged or just want to give up.

3. Where is your favorite place to write? My favorite location to write is Anchor Point, Alaska. It is on the Cook Inlet and the view is breathtaking. I loved sitting in our RV, looking at the mountains and volcanoes, and writing. Since I moved back to Texas my favorite place to write is my office. I’m surrounded by inspiring knickknacks and photos and, of course, my fur babies. My view isn’t as amazing as my one in Alaska, but I am still blessed with observing birds, squirrels and all the beautiful greenery around me from my office window.

4. How do you feel about killing your darlings, and what do you do with the remains? Most of the characters who die are not my main characters. I always feel empathy, and even sadness, for what these characters face, even if they deserve it.

5. You are introduced to your favorite author. Who is it, and what is that one burning question you must ask them? I have several favorite authors. For this interview I’d choose Frank Peretti. My question is, “Why did you stop writing the Piercing the Darkness books at three? There could have been so many more.”

6. Inquiring minds want to know…tell readers something about you that no one knows. I have battled Lyme disease, Epstein-Barr, severe carpal tunnel syndrome and depression. All of these have been challenges to overcome and, at times, I felt so bad I thought I’d never write again. God has given me the strength to pick myself up, brush myself off and start again. So, no matter how bad I feel, I know that as long as I’m breathing, there is always hope.

7. You are stranded on a deserted island with only a back pack for company. What three items are in your survival pack? A pair of tweezers, a good size knife and a flare gun.

8. If you could have one super power in your existence, what would it be? The ability to honestly see the invisible world around us.

9. Favorite snack? Toll House Chocolate Chip Cookies.

10. Indy 500 – Do you know how to get where you’re going or do you drive the speed limit? When I’m writing, the book is in my head and I’m going at Indy 500 speed. Words rush out and onto the paper. My writing is 90% thinking and research and 10% of the time is devoted to getting the book on paper. That 10% is like lightning. I usually have the first draft completed within three weeks.

Ravens Cove

by Mary Ann Poll

GENRE:   Supernatural Thriller


Welcome to Ravens Cove, Alaska, a tiny town nestled in a small hollow on the majestic Cook Inlet. A town familiar with storytelling—after all, Alaska abounds in rich legends. In Ravens Cove, though, legends have a tendency to come to life.

Meet Josiah Williams, the peculiar stranger whose warning to lifetime residents Kat Tovslosky and her cousin, Sheriff Bart Andersen, raises more questions than answers; a man whose dark past and knowledge of the murders make him a suspect more than an ally. Join Kat and Bart as an unlikely troop forms (including a very unwelcome FBI agent) to discover the identity of a killer. The unearthing of which will throw the reluctant warriors into a battle for their very lives and the lives of all who call Ravens Cove home.


Josiah marched to the back of the church, lifting his hand, waving it back and forth to part the black mist covering the door.

It shot to one side before he walked through, a dark curtain blown by an invisible wind.

The dark mist, Atramentous by name, vibrated with hatred, then fear at what he saw. An angel of God stood beside this man.


The angel turned and nodded. “Atramentous.”

Atramentous bent his head to avoid the blinding light. After they passed, he raised his head, formed an invisible mouth, a deep red chasm where the black mist had been. A guttural, gurgling roar spewed out to sound the alarm, sending sleeping birds flying into the sky crying in terror.

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

I’m Mary Ann Poll, America’s Lady of Supernatural Thrillers and charter member of Author Masterminds. The first question most people ask is, “What is an Iconoclast?” Iconoclast means, “The destroyer of religious beliefs or symbols.” I took this definition and applied it to the supernatural realm, which is how the Iconoclast Thriller series was born. My books revolve around the battle between good and evil. They also revolve around the heroic acts of ordinary people who must face extraordinary, even unbelievable, circumstances.

I draw from real-life experiences, as well as my imagination, to create these supernatural thrillers. My love for a creepy, goosebump-creating ghost story and my love for Christ come together in these books.

I am a proud pet lover, which is also reflected in my writing. In my off time, I enjoy gardening, swimming and spending time with beloved family.

I pray you enjoy reading Ravens Cove as much as I enjoyed writing it. Blessings in Christ!

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