INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR ANNETTE ROCHELLE ABEN!
Annette Rochelle Aben
Please help me welcome author Annette Rochelle Aben to Jemsbooks.blog 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!
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 another, is 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, http://www.amazon.com/author/
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. http://www.themagichappensnow.com
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.
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:
December 31, 2017
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.
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