It is always a sincere pleasure to welcome a fellow author to Interview an Author on Jemsbooks.blog. 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!
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. http://www.amazon.com/author/annetterochelleaben
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 http://www.annetterochelleaben.wordpress.com
Links to social media https://twitter.com/YouAreTheExpert
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.
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Oh, Janice! Thank you for having me as your guest today AND for the lovely review of my latest book. ❤
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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Delightful Annette and Janice and great showcase… congratulations on the new collection.. I can recommend… wonderful ♥
Thank you so much, Sally! ❤
Thank you, Sally, for stopping by! Annette is a lovely lady and so talented! It was a pleasure to have her on my blog! 💕
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.
I agree, Stevie! My dad is the world to us kids. (kids?) Happy to tweet. Quantum physics? You’d be surprised at how normal the whole principle is! ❤
Not for me, lol.
Thank you, Stevie, for stopping by! I am with you about quantum physics too! Ha! Annette is a lovely and talented lady! 💕
She is. Quantum physics is just not my thing, lol.
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
I have never enjoyed my sibling more! ❤ Thank you for the support, Denise. Most appreciated.
Siblings that is… (lol)
Thank, DL, for stopping by! ❤️
Wonderful interview Janice and loved hearing more about you Annette!! 💖 Great job to both of you! 💖
Thank you, Cindy, for stopping by!
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!
Oh, I shall toot a horn for your FIL! Thank you for your visit and the kind words, Darlene.
Thank you, Darlene, for stopping by and for your kind support of this wonderful lady! Yes, she certainly is a force! Hugs xx
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. ❤
Hey Sis, thank you so much! I appreciate having so many talented “teachers” from which to learn more and until I wrote this book, I didn’t realize exactly how much I needed to learn. AND I am still learning. ❤
Me too! The best part is we can all learn together! Congratulations. I’m so proud of you. ❤
Thanks for stopping by, Colleen, and for your support of this lovely lady. Hugs xx
You’re so welcome. She deserves the kudos for her hard work. ❤
Yes, she does! Hugs x
Thank you, Colleen, for stopping by. Yes, she is an inspirational lady and so talented and creative. She inspires me to do more too! Hugs x
I agree, Jan. Hugs back. ❤
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.
Thank you for your generous support! I am so blessed to be a part of an amazing writing community. ❤
Thank you, Robbie, for supporting this lovely lady. She writes beautiful and inspiring poetry! I agree! I enjoyed reading her latest collection of short stories! Hugs xx
Hugs back, Janice.
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
Thank you, Bette, for stopping by. Annette is a lovely, caring and kind lady. She had been so supportive of me and books. She is also so creative! I enjoyed her book very much! I’m sure you will too! 💕
Bette! Thank you for your support!! ❤
Thank you, Bette, for stopping by to support Annette. She is such a wonderful support of her fellow authors! Hugs x
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. 😁
Aw, John! We are finally all senior citizens together and it’s a hoot and a half. Thank you for staunch support!
Thanks, John, for stopping by and for your support of Annette. Hugs xx
My pleasure, John, to have her here to show her how grateful I am for her unending support of me too. I can’t believe you are 81? Where does the time fly, huh? I am going to be 74 this year. Yikes! Let’s keep moving and grooving, John! Hugs xx
Yes moving is good. Thanks, Janice.
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
I am most grateful for your support, Deb! Thank you too, for the kind words. ❤
Thank you for stopping by and for your kind words of support for Annette! She is a talented and lovely lady! Hugs to you too! Xx
Hugs Annette ❤
Thank you, Debby! Yes, Annette is a creative lady! She is also a wonderful support of her fellow authors. It was my pleasure to have her on my blog to show my gratefulness to her. Hugs xx
Wonderful. Hugs Janice xx
Lovely review and interview for Annette. Congratulations x
Thank you, Marje
thank you for stopping by and for your kind words, Marje! Hugs xx
Pleasure Janice. Hugs. xx
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!
Thank you, Jan! I appreciate the support. ❤
thank you, Jan, for stopping by and for your kind words. Hugs x
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!
We never really got to know him that well while we were growing up but over the past 20 years, we have developed a rock-solid friendship with him. ❤
Thank you, wonderful, Annette! You are blessed! Hugs x
Thank you, Noelle. It is difficult to do it all when you have a family who needs you. Hugs x
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!
Thank you, Claire, for stopping by and for your kind support of Annette. She is a a special person, I agree! 🥰
Thank you most kindly, Claire. I truly appreciate your support.