Ann Snizek Interview
IBB: Tell us a little about yourself.
Ann Snizek: I’m a writer of multiple genres for all ages, both fiction and nonfiction. I’m an eclectic person and this exhibits in all aspects of my life. As a graphic designer, I create designs for apparel and other sublimation products as well as book and magazine covers that I sell. My husband and I have our own homestead where we raise various farm animals including pigs, goats, and sheep. I’m a former homeschooling mom and I’ve been certified as a ProLiteracy tutor volunteering at my local adult learning center. I’ve experienced a lot in my life and consider myself a survivor, not a victim. I draw on my past and present for inspiration and look to the future and all it holds. As a believer in the power of attraction, I strive to find the good in all I can and I’m extremely grateful for all the wonderful things I have in my life.
IBB: What made you decide that you wanted to publish your writing?
Originally, I wanted to have my book in my hand – to say “I made this” without anyone being able to take that accomplishment away. With that goal accomplished, I’ve continued to set more.
IBB: You’ve got as many words as you need; tempt a reader to try out your work.
AS:I write from the heart. I believe in powerful character development and connecting with my readers. When writing fiction, I want the readers to feel like part of the story, invested in it. For picture books, I try to capture the child’s imagination and build on their excitement for books. When writing nonfiction, I want to encourage the reader to find a solution that works for them and never talk down to them or over their heads. My nonfiction must be practical and useful for me to be satisfied. I love books, writing, and learning as much and as often as I can.
IBB: Were there any particular parts of the writing/publishing process that you struggled with?
AS:As with most writers, I struggle with many aspects, depending on the project, but visibility has been my hardest point. I believe in my books. I believe that if people really read them, they will enjoy them. However, people don’t buy what they don’t know exists. So, I work hard within my abilities to make this happen.
IBB: Where do you like to write?
AS:Somewhere I can see outside. I love nature and enjoy the relaxing power of life happening around me. My desk is in front of a window and whenever possible, I leave my office door open to the outside also.
IBB: Is there anything you must have in order to write?
AS:Aside from a computer and/or paper & pencil? My go-to reference books: dictionary, thesaurus, baby name book, and often times The Medicine Wheel: Earth Astrology by Sun Bear and Wabun
IBB: What books have influenced you most, both as a person and as an author?
AS:There are so many amazing books and authors out there. Some of the most influential in my life have been A Wrinkle in Time, Anne McCaffrey’s Pern series, David Eddings books, and Dr. Seuss.
IBB: What is the one thing that has helped you develop most as an author?
AS:Stepping out of my comfort zone and pushing myself to do better every day. Writing as often as possible and taking a step back to look critically and realistically at my own work has helped tremendously also.
IBB: What do you want to achieve most from your writing?
AS:Most… To inspire and encourage the passion for reading and writing. I also plan to have at least one #1 best seller! I’d love to get some awards also. I haven’t entered any contests yet, but one day…
IBB: Is there something specific you do to improve your writing?
AS:I don’t know how specific, but I always push myself to improve. I look for honest feedback and any way I can find that might help me.
IBB: If you had a direct line to someone who loves or hates your writing, what would you say?
AS:I’d thank them (either one). I’d love to know what it is they love/hate, but if they love or hate it, at least they’ve read it. And I appreciate that.
IBB: If you could give one piece of advice to an aspiring author, what would it be?
AS:Constantly strive for excellence, but understand that perfection is relative.
IBB: Tell us how you created such enticing cover art.
AS:I try to connect with the story, but I also love art. So, often times I simply play with graphics until inspiration strikes. I try to create something that I’d want to buy, or that my children and grandchildren would want to buy.
IBB: How often do you read? What genre?
AS:Daily! I mix it up according to my mood or if I need to do specific research for a project. Whatever genre I choose, I have to read every day. I love reading YA speculative fiction the best though!
IBB: Thanks for taking the time to answer our questions. Best of luck in the future.
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