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.
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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