Wednesday, February 14, 2018
I read a lot when I was young and had more time. As I got older, adult life kicked in with school, family, work—we all know the drill. I had no choice but to put my love for fiction on the back burner and reserve it for times between mountains of laundry, juggling two jobs and baseball games.
One day, my Father-In-Law told me, “I’ve got this old computer. I want you to have it so you can write.” I had no idea what he was talking about so I played solitaire for a few weeks.
A day after receipt of the computer, my dearest friend and I discussed how our families arrived in the United States. I said, “What a great story that would make.” I scribbled the idea on a paper towel so I wouldn’t forget and transferred those ideas to a file on my computer. I used the paper towel to clean spit-up later.
So--My first novel, Travis Pass, was born from an idea inspired by a casual conversation, scribbled on a piece of trash and typed on a donated computer.
After writing Travis Pass, I wrote Sally Murphy, Liberty Road, RockCreek, Albert’s Rain, Arpetta Honor and Whiskey Shots 1—all in an 1800’s era series. The characters kept popping up in my head. Just recently, I got an idea for another story during era so that may be my next project.
After I decided to put my 1800’s characters away, until recently that is, I thought of my grandmother and her interesting life. I wanted to write a version of that and the idea for Viveka’s War, Eureka Springs and Respectable Affair came to light. That’s my WWII trilogy.
I just couldn’t ignore Amen Packard, my contemporary, firefighter hero from Intimate Flames and, when I finished his novel, the seven siblings decided I needed to write their stories as well—I’ve got two finished. Going Twice is the third and I’m just finishing up final edits before I submit to publishers.
A walk to the post office, a visit with a friend, standing in line in Wal-Mart buying socks, driving to work, seeing an old building on a corner, those are some places I find stories. I scribble the ideas down—generally on pieces of trash I can easily grab—still.
Occasionally I write for my local and regional newspapers and also write essays for friends, family and community related things. I do lots of writing at my awesome real job as well.
As far as literary training, I’ve got none past one college creative writing class. That professor told me I should write for a living - I still have the project on which he wrote the comment.
I ran into him a few years back and I confessed he probably didn’t remember me—how many students had he taught at UNL between 1980 and 2018? I gave him my business card that lists my website, blog and such and offered a short account of my writing career path. I thought he was going to cry but even more, it offered me the boost I needed at the time to keep chugging along, even though I haven’t scored the a New York Times Best Seller—yet.
Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/author/authorannettesnyder
Monday, February 12, 2018
Tuesday, January 16, 2018
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Wednesday, January 10, 2018
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Happy self-care! And Happy New Year!