Interview an Author with Author Annette Rochelle Aben!

It is always a sincere pleasure to welcome a fellow author to Interview an Author on Today, please help me welcome talented author, Annette Rochelle Aben.

Thank you, Annette, for stopping by today to share a little bit about yourself and your books. I am excited to have you here! The floor is yours!

Annette Rochelle Aben

Please tell us something about yourself. 

Well, the basics are, that I am a single senior who shares a house with 2 single senior siblings in the great State of Michigan! Of the 3 of us, I am the wordsmith, and as such writing is how I spend most of my time. I see each moment of my life as an opportunity to be grateful. One of the most wonderful reasons for me to be grateful is the fact that my 86-year-old Dad is still alive and kicking! Want to start a conversation with me? Bring up quantum physics, gratitude, cats, music, or cooking, and pour me a cuppa coffee (keep the pot close at hand). 

jjspina: You have many reasons to be grateful, Annette. Having your father with you is a special one indeed!

When did you know that you wanted to be an author? 

Once the turn of the century rolled around, I knew that it was time for me to try my hand at creating and self-publishing a book. After that first book came out, I knew I wanted to create more. Blogging gave me fodder for many of my books what with all the poetry I was posting. I jokingly refer to the blogging/publishing connection as my circle of life. 

jjspina: With all the writing, blogging and publishing you do, you definitely have a perfect circle of life.

How do you come up with ideas for your stories? 

When I am inspired, I can write. What inspires me? Thank you for asking! Watching the squirrels dashing about. Smelling freshly brewed coffee. Hearing a song lyric. Reading a passage in a book. Listening to the neighbor’s children playing outside. The challenges of everyday life are a big source of inspiration.

Jjspina: I don’t think you need inspiration – you are the inspiration behind your creativity, Annette!

What projects are you currently working on? 

I have the working title of Vision in Verse for a series of books of specific styles. For instance, Vision in Verse- Abhanga, Vision in Verse – Etheree. There are at least 2 others, perhaps 4 more to be included. I am working on the book of Abhanga first. 

Jjspina: I look forward to reading this book and others. I am sure you will be my inspiration to write more.

What hobbies do you have when you are not writing?  

I get lost in my boxes of markers, card stock, stickers, and glitter resulting in cards I send out to family and friends all over the world.

Jjspina: That is lovely, Annette. I too like to create my own cards but just the verses. You go one step further with your creativity. Good for you! I bet your cards are beautiful!

What is your target audience for your book? 

My latest book: Tell Me a Story in 99 words was written with people who enjoy storytelling in mind. I see the demographic as people aged 15 and up. Although none of the books I have written were designed specifically for children I can’t discount the appeal to a curious young person. 

jjspina: I look forward to reading this book. It sounds intriguing to have stories told in 99 words.

Please share your links and where to purchase your books.

Is there anything else you would like to share? 

I want to thank you, Janice, for offering me this opportunity. Your blog posts always bring a smile to my heart. And the variety of books you write encourages me to try something different.

Jjspina: You are most welcome, Annette. Your support and encouragement have been an inspiration to me. Thank you for coming today to share yourself and your work. It was a sincere pleasure having you here. Free free to come back again when you have a new book to share.

If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?

I would head to Traverse City, Michigan to see my poppa! After that, I would love to meet the fine folks I have met in the blogverse. This means heading to at least 3 continents in addition to those I can connect with right here in North America. 

jjspina: I would love to meet you if you are ever in my neck of the woods of New Hampshire. I will have plenty of coffee ready for many a cuppa.

Here is Annette’s book that is being featured here today.

Links to blog & website 

Links to social media

Here is my review of Annette’s book, Tell Me A Story in 99 Words:

This is an imaginative, creative and enjoyable collection of very short stories. Annette has created varied stories in a few words that were filled with meaning and emotions.

Each story drew me in and held me captive until the ending that came so soon that it was like a blink of an eye but at the same time memorable. It takes quite a talent to write a short story that is complete and emotional all in just 99 words.

I highly recommend this book as a quick and unforgettable collection of lovely short stories that you will want to read and read again and enjoy even more each time.

I was gifted a copy of this book and chose to share my review.

Thank you, Annette, for sharing this lovely book with me.

Thank you, readers, for stopping by to read this post and visit with my fellow author and friend, Annette Rochelle Aben. I hope you will take the time to peruse her links to discover her talents in writing.

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Blessings & Hugs! Stay Safe, Stay Well and God Bless!


Janice Spina aka J.E. Spina

Award-Winning Author

Jemsbooks for All Ages!








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.
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63 Responses to Interview an Author with Author Annette Rochelle Aben!

  1. Oh, Janice! Thank you for having me as your guest today AND for the lovely review of my latest book. ❤

    • jjspina says:

      My pleasure, my friend! It was lovely having on my blog! Your book was a wonderful collection of short stories! Thank you for sharing! 💕

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  3. Delightful Annette and Janice and great showcase… congratulations on the new collection.. I can recommend… wonderful ♥

  4. Nice to find out more about Annette. Annette, you’re lucky indeed to still have your dad around, and thanks for always tweeting my posts. I wouldn’t be much of a conversationalist when it comes to quantum physics, lol.

  5. D.L. Finn, Author says:

    What a great interview 🙂 I love you and your siblings live together 🙂 Your new poetry collection you are working on sounds great, I look forward to its release. I have your current on my Kindle and will be reading soon xo

  6. Wonderful interview Janice and loved hearing more about you Annette!! 💖 Great job to both of you! 💖

  7. Darlene says:

    How wonderful to see Annette here. She is such a positive force in our blogging family. I love her gratitude posts. Having your dad still with you is so wonderful, Annette. My dad left us at age 83 fifteen years ago, but my father-ín-law will be 90 next month. I think I’ll make him a party!

  8. Jan, I love Annette’s creativity. She inspires me with her poetry. I’m loving her book of short stories, as well. I wish her every continued success. She works hard at her craft. ❤

  9. HI Janice, it is wonderful to see Annette featured here. She writes such inspiration poetry and I try to visit her blog every day. I have her new book on my TBR waiting patiently.

  10. Enjoyed learning more about Annette at your place today, Janice! She is such a wonderfully creative friend and inspiration to so many. Congrats all around, Annette! Sharing and just grabbed a copy of your new collection, Tell Me a Story… xo

  11. Excellent interview. I enjoyed reading that your 85-year-old father is still with you, Annette. Since I’m eighty one I can appreciate that fact. Thanks for having Annette on your post today. 😁

  12. dgkaye says:

    What a great interview. Hi Janice. I enjoyed learning more here about Annette. Annette is a true dynamo with so many projects on the go. I admire you Annette. You go you! Hugs to both xxx

  13. Lovely review and interview for Annette. Congratulations x

  14. Jan Sikes says:

    What a wonderful interview with Annette! I love the reference to blogging/publishing as the circle of life. I relate to that. I just finished reading Annette’s “Tell me a Story,” and it’s a super enjoyable read!! Thanks for hosting, Janice!

  15. noelleg44 says:

    Lovely interview, Janice, and you are so lucky to have your father still, Annette. I was so busy raising my kids that I think my Mom got short shrift during the last years of her life – something I very much regret!

  16. So lovely to see Annette featured here! Through the years, I’ve come to realize she is one of those incredibly magnanimous souls who flat make the world a better place, and it has been my sincere pleasure to follow her inspirational posts on social media. Annette, long may you thrive!

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