JESSICA THERRIEN

From Imagination To Publication

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Interview with Author, Ann Marie Meyers


Hello! Today I'm interviewing the lovely Ann Marie Meyers...just a few fun questions to get to know her. First, here is a little about her book, Up In The Air:

Ever since she can remember, ten-year-old Melody has always wanted to fly.


And when she leaps off a swing in the park one day and lands in the mystical realm of Chimeroan, her dream finally comes true. She is given a pair of wings. She can fly! Life cannot be any better.


Yet, dreams do come with a price. Even with wings, Melody realizes she cannot outfly the memories of her past. The car accident that has left her father paralyzed, and her unscarred, still plagues her with guilt—she believes that it was entirely her fault.


In Chimeroan, Melody is forced to come to terms with her part in her father's accident. She must choose between the two things that have become the world to her: keeping her wings or healing her father.


Release Date: July 6, 2013
Pages: 200
Publisher: Jolly Fish Press

Now a little about Ann Marie...

My first job was...

a bank cashier at CIBC in Trinidad.

If I wasn't a writer, I would likely be...

a computer programmer.

I collect...

all sorts of cat-related mementos. I don’t know how this started but now every birthday and Christmas I receive at least one addition to my collection.

My favorite word is...

‘laughter’. This is the origin for so many possibilities.
  
The single best piece of (writing related) advice I have ever gotten...

Follow your dreams. A life without dreams is a life without hope.

I have always wanted to...

sing so I joined a choir and am now fulfilling that aspect of my life.

The best thing I have ever read, (but did not write) is...

Actually there is more than one, including:  
            - what is now known as C.S. Lewis’ ‘Chronicles of Narnia’
            - J.R.R. Tolkien’s ‘Lord of the Rings’ Trilogy

People often tell me that I...

have an extremely vivid imagination.
  
I find inspiration in...

just about anything. The best sort of inspiration occurs when I least expect it and when my mind is relaxed eg: while I’m jogging, drifting off into sleep, hanging out with friends.

The best thing about being a professional writer is...

being able to create stories and find fulfillment in the creation. I also love the freedom I have to write anywhere, anytime, any place.

I spend way too much time...

worrying about stuff. I definitely need to trust more and I’m working on it.
  
It really bothers me when...

 people try to convince me that their way is best. 

The worst thing about being a professional writer is...

sitting in front of the computer way too much instead of interacting with people.

One mistake that most aspiring writers make is...

to give up their job (if this is their sole or main source of income) in order to write. What is even worse than waiting to hear back from an agent is to not know where the next check will come from. This produces stress, and stress can inhibit writing.

If I knew the apocalypse were coming in 24 hours, I'd...

get my family around me and hold them close.
  
You'd be surprised to know that I...

can read a 300 plus page book in one day.

Thanks for the interview, Ann Marie :)

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