Please welcome Tony A. Smith, author and blogger, to my Interview an Author segment of Jemsbooks.
Please tell us something about yourself.
“I worked as a construction manager and developer in Texas and Michigan for many years and recently retired from AAA after a long time career there. I have one daughter and have been married for thirty-three years to my sweetheart. I enjoy fishing and reading good books and currently make my home in the Broken Arrow, Oklahoma area. I enjoy writing good stories that people can learn something from and that will help them in their own life.
When did you know you wanted to be an author?
It was probably when I was in eighth grade. My eighth grade English teacher used to give us creative writing assignments and then she would pick certain papers to read aloud to the class. She read a few of mine in class and I loved it when my friends admired what I had written. I also started writing letters to the editor ninth grade which were published in the Oklahoma City newspapers. I have just really enjoyed writing ever since I was a young boy.
What process do you use to write?
I usually start writing my stories by hand by utilizing spiral bound notebooks. It just seems like I can think a lot clearer when I use the notebooks. I start out with a basic outline in my mind and try to commit that to paper. I also try to gather any research information I may need for the book at that time. Then I use my basic notes, outline, and research and start the writing process on my computer. Once I start using the computer I plug in my headphones and listen to instrumental Christian music or something by Enya while typing out my stories. The words just seem like they flow better when I do that.
Oklahoma Ride Guideposts for Life
Oklahoma Ride is a non-fiction memoir where I share stories about my life and growing up in my home state of Oklahoma primarily. The stories are life lessons that I hope others can learn from.
Ride on Time Matters of the Heart
This a true book about the details of my widow-maker heart attack and what led up to that life changing day. In this book I share with others what I learned and some steps that they can take to prevent a similar event that may occur in their own life.
My Letters from the Heart
This is a non-fiction book written in the form of a series of letters to those people in my life who have had a significant impact. My hope is to encourage others to do the same and to leave behind a legacy that will live on in the form of words after they are gone.
Teddy the Talking Cat
Teddy the Talking Cat is a children’s book written from Teddy’s perspective on life. He shares how his family takes care of him and fun things he likes to do every single day. Children learn a lot about cat care and what cats are like.
Cowgirl the Smiling Doggie
Cowgirl is a children’s book about a little smiling dachshund that loves her family. She teaches children about the things dachshunds’ like to do like bark, sniff, run, jump, and smile. She even teaches them a few German words along the way.
How do you come up with your ideas or stories for your books?
My ideas come from things that I have experienced in my own life, people I know, or have known that I might want to relate to others about.
What projects are you currently working on?
I have two projects I am working on now. The first is a children’s book called “Katie the Kid Changer” which is about a little girl who wants to change the world in magnificent ways.
The other is a book of recipes and stories associated with by Italian father-in law who loved his family and loved to cook for his family. The book will be called – “Papa’s Family Recipes”.
What do you expect to accomplish in 2015?
I hope to complete the two books I am working on in addition to several other children’s books that I have in mind.
Is there anything else you would like to share today?
I would just like to thank you, Janice, for allowing me to share a little about my life and books. I believe that GOD has blessed each one of us with certain talents that we are to use and share with others. I am thankful that he has given me this time and opportunity in my own life to be able to give back and to share.
Links to websites
http://tonyasmithauthor.com/ Tony A. Smith Books News and More
Links to purchase books
Oklahoma Ride Guideposts for Life – http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00IJOASBA/
Ride on Time Matters of the Heart – http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00MGXQUL2/
My Letters From the Heart – http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00PX4CO66/
Teddy the Talking Cat – http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00526OTX8/
Cowgirl the Smiling Doggie – http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00SZ63K40/
Thank you, Tony, for stopping by. It was a true pleasure to learn about you and your fascinating books.
Thank you, readers, for dropping in to read about another talented author and his work. Please take some time and check out Tony’s books and websites. You will not be disappointed. He has a lot to offer and interest everyone.
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