Interview with Author Annette Rochelle Aben!



Annette Rochelle Aben

Please help me welcome author Annette Rochelle Aben to Segment, Interview an Author!

Hi Annette, it’s lovely to see you. Thank you for coming. Please step up  on the stage. The lights are on you!

Tell us something about yourself:

Believe it or not, this is one of the most difficult questions for me to address. What someone else might find interesting about me might be the very thing I do NOT mention. So, here goes.

I’m a grown-ass woman who has come to the realization that I know less about life than the day I was born. At least, I have the ability to know that this is not a bad thing. Much of this awareness comes from having my two adult siblings as roommates. Life with them teaches me that the difference between simple and complex is all about choosing between wanting to be happy or being right. Ergo, I live a life of choices every day.

jjspina: Now that is really challenging. I don’t know if I could live with my two siblings. I think you have a wonderful grasp of life and knowledge for which you don’t give yourself enough credit. I think you are fabulous! Love the baby photo, Annette! Even then you look determined and ready to take on the world! Haha!

Annette babyBaby Annette

When did you know you wanted to be an author?

That’s a trick question for me, as I have written since I could hold a pencil but it never dawned on me that I wanted to write and publish a book of my own until this century. I created a book, an award winning book, back in the 80’s but that was by accident, not on purpose. And it wasn’t for me, it was for my employer. In 2009, I self-published Perspective: It’s all about replacing one thought with another. That was when I realized that being a writer was going to have more influence on my life than I ever imagined.

Jjspina: Congratulations on that award. I find your books fascinating and intuitive.

Share your books and a synopsis of each

Perspective: It’s all about replacing one thought with anotheris filled with thought provoking prose, poetry and photographs.

Choose, the 2 step-plan, is actually a workshop I presented about choices we can make in our lives and how we can take action to make those choices a reality.

Angel Messages A Wing and A Prayer, is filled with my photos of Angels, poetry and prayers.

Angel Messages Two would be the sequel to the other Angel book but this is all photographs and poetry.

PhoKu, visual perspective haiku, my first attempt at writing haiku for photographs I took.

A Haiku Perspective 2015, A Haiku Perspective 2016, A Haiku Perspective 2017 and A Haiku Perspective 2018 are collections of “haiku style” poetry I wrote the years before.

BooKu, Halloween Haiku is a compilation of my sister’s yard art and haiku with a sense of humor.

A Tanka Picture Book is filled with photographs I have taken to which I added tanka poems I wrote.

Go YOU, some encouragement when you need it is pages of encouraging statements to bolster your energy.

All my books can be found through my Author Central Page,

Jjspina: These are all wonderful selections to enjoy.

What projects are you currently working on?

Gee whiz, I’ve so many ideas for books that I could spend 24/7 putting them together. However, at the moment, one of those taking shape is the sequel to my Halloween Haiku book,BooKu, titled: Son of BooKu This features new photos of my sister’s Halloween yard art and my snarky “haiku style”remarks. I am not a Halloween person, so this is my contribution to the celebration. Also, I am planning an early 2019 release of Think Tanka: vision in verse. I have learned to love writing tanka and have amassed nearly enough to fill a book. What is in the distant future? A cookbook, a children’s book and I’ve been kicking around putting together a book about final arrangements; yes I mean funerals, et al.

I am also a contributing writer, podcast host and the Editor of the digital magazine, The Magic Happens. Since the magazine changes every month and I load new podcasts frequently, I imagine that this would fall into this category.

Jjspina:Good luck with all these upcoming projects, Annette. I was on your podcast and had a wonderful time. You are a fabulous interviewer and host. You put this nervous ninny at ease so much that you couldn’t stop me from jabbering away. Sorry about that and thank you for the fantastic opportunity.

Hobbies when I am not writing?

I make jewelry and have for years. Years ago I stated making clip on earrings because severe allergies to metals demanded I allow my pierced ears to close up. It was hard for me to find earrings I really liked, so I made my own. My favorite jewelry piece to make is a bracelet. Whether ankle or wrist, I can whip one out in no time. Yes, I sell them and have sold my creations for years. Something else I have made and sold are rosaries. I am not Catholic but I love making rosaries for others. Perhaps I was a Nun or a Priest in a former life.

jjspina: How lovely, Annette. You must get great pleasure out of working with your hands to make these items. And, maybe you were a clergy in your former life.

Thank you, Janice for allowing me to be a part of your interview series.

Annette’s Links:

Thank you, Annette, for coming to share a little about yourself and your lovely books. You are quite a talented and inspirational author and person. I was honored to have you here today.

Here is my review of Annette’s book, Perspectives, on Amazon:


5.0 out of 5 starsLovely Uplifting Words of Inspiration!

December 31, 2017

Verified Purchase

This book is chock full of inspiring words, phrases, poems and feelings. This reader felt warm hugs and positive thoughts after reading this lovely book.

The author is a positive person who eloquently displays her incredible spirit with her words. Anyone who reads this book will want to think that anything is possible if you only believe in yourself.

Annette Rochelle Aben is a truly inspiring author that I recommend to anyone who needs guidance and a positive spirit in his/her life.

Thank you, readers, for stopping by today to read about this talented author. I hope you will take some time to check out her books and peruse her sites and listen to her podcasts. You will be thoroughly entertained.


Reading is good for your health! Get healthy and start reading!

Please leave some love for authors by reviewing their books wherever you purchased them. We authors will love you back!

Blessings & Hugs!


About jjspina

Janice is an multi-award-winning author with 41 books: 20 children's books for PS-Gr 4, 12 middle-grade/preteen, two young adult books, written under Janice Spina, and 6 novels, and a short story collection written under J.E. Spina. She is also a writer of poetry, blogger, avid reader, reviewer and a copy editor. Janice has always loved writing and started very young writing poetry, then stories. Her books have received 33 Book Awards and a few finalists awards. All Janice's books are available on, Kindle, B&N and other online book sites. One of her sports' poems was published in The Lawrence Eagle Tribune in October of 2008. She is currently working on book 3 of a YA fantasy series an and book 2 in an angel series. There will be six books in all in this series. She hopes to work on a series of four books in a crime/mystery genre that will be offsprings of her thriller, Hunting Mariah. There are books in the works about a dog for ages YA. Her hobbies are crocheting, sewing, walking to keep fit, hula hooping, tap dancing, going to the movies with her husband, and spending time with her five grandchildren. Janice loves to hear from readers and appreciates reviews. Sign up on her blog for a copy of her newsletters under Contact Me. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband who is her illustrator and cover creator.
This entry was posted in Annette Rochelle Aben, author interview, Author Interviews, Haiku, Writing, book reviews and publishing, poetry, children's books, YA and novels and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

78 Responses to Interview with Author Annette Rochelle Aben!

  1. Oh my goodness.. you made this so painless. Thank YOU for this opportunity. Smiling all the way… ❤

  2. Pingback: Interview with Author Annette Rochelle Aben! | Annette Rochelle Aben

  3. Margot Kinberg says:

    This is a great interview! And I love the baby ‘photo, too 🙂 Delighted to see you here, Annette!

  4. Mary Smith says:

    Wonderful interview with a delightful, talented woman. Love those bangles.

  5. Reblogged this on Smorgasbord – Variety is the spice of life and commented:
    One of our community’s favourites.. Annnette Rochelle Aben is the guest of author Janice Spina as part of her author interview series. Lovely to learn more about Annette… and love the jewelry that she makes… talented lady all round…

  6. !Great interview – and, ‘no trick quetions’! ♥

  7. Colleen Chesebro says:

    Love your interviews, Jan! Hugs to Annette. She’s a special lady and Sister of the Fey. ❤️

  8. It was a treat to see Annette here, Janice. Her responses were pure Annette and a joy. Thank you

  9. It’s a pleasure to learn more about Annette. She’s a fascinating person.

  10. Reblogged this on Art by Rob Goldstein and commented:
    An interview with Annette Rochelle Aben on

  11. Great interview, Annette and Janice. Annette was a cute baby. My Mom and Dad live with my family so I understand the need to make choices every day – to conflict or not. Much easier not to.

  12. Ritu says:

    You rock sis!
    Janet thanks for interviewing Annette! She us a superstar!!!

  13. What a wonderful interview. Thank you again, Janice!
    The image of “baby Annette” shows – i think – there was a writer born. I hope you all will also read Annette’s “self care awareness”-postings she had done since some days. Best wishes, Michael

  14. Chuck says:

    I’m a fan and follower of Annette. She hunted me down and convinced me to be on her podcast. What an experience and I appreciate this opportunity and all the support Annette gives to me. But I’m not the only one, she goes out of her way to read and support many other writers and bloggers. Even with her busy schedule putting out her own blog post, she has time for others. I’m not a lover of poetry mainly because I don’t understand it, but I enjoy Annette’s “Go You” post. Thank you for promoting Annette. HUGS around.

  15. Adele Marie says:

    A wonderful interview. xxx

  16. What a lovely interview Annette and Janice. I love Annette’s daily angel posts. 🌼

  17. Vashti Q says:

    Hi Janice! Yay! Annette is one of my favorite people! I’m happy to see her here and enjoyed learning more about her. Thanks for hosting, Janice!

  18. Jennie says:

    Wonderful to get to know Annette. She is amazing. Thank you, Janice.

  19. A lovely interview, ladies. When I saw that baby photo of Annette, I thought ‘A Star Is Born’, and so it was.
    Thanks for all the support you give to everyone, Annette. I really enjoyed doing the podcast with you, and I love you because you always seem to be full of positivity.
    Thanks for asking the questions, Janice.
    Hugs to you both.

  20. Lovely interview with you Annette. 🙂

  21. Pingback: Janice Spina interviews Annette Rochelle Aben! | Sue Vincent's Daily Echo

  22. Jordan says:

    Greetings Annette,

    This is such a wonderful interview pf you. Glad to meet you and learn more about you and your writing. You have such a positive outlook on life. Cheers!!

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.