So this Wednesday I will be covering the talented Ann M. Noser! Come take a look into her world, but first check out a few questions I had to ask her.
-There are stories in my head just waiting to come out. Writing them down is almost a relief.
Why did you become an author?
-During my schooling, I wrote on and off for fun or to express myself. Now that I'm a "responsible" adult (job, marriage, kids, etc.) I didn't really write much until I started writing veterinary related articles for the local newspaper in an effort to educate people about proper litter box care, seasonal toxins to be wary of, the dangers of feeding chicken jerky treats from China, etc.
What makes you different from the rest?
-I don't always write in the same genre. Besides writing veterinary related articles, I also pen running articles, and Alzheimer's poetry/short stories.
My to-do list dictates that I try to cram 48 hours of living into a day instead of the usual 24. I have chosen a life filled with animals. I train for marathons with my dog, then go to work as a small animal veterinarian, and finish the day by tripping over my pets as I attempt to convince my two unruly children that YES, it really IS time for bed. But I can't wait until the house is quiet to write; I have to steal moments throughout the day. Ten minutes there, a half hour there, I live through my imagination.
Like all busy American mothers, I multi-task. I work out the plot holes during runs. Instead of meditating, I type madly during yoga stretches. I find inspiration in everyday things: A beautiful smile, a heartbreaking song, or a newspaper article on a political theory. For example, a long drive in the dark listening to an NPR program on the SMILEY FACE MURDERS theory made me ask so many questions that I wrote HOW TO DATE DEAD GUYS to answer them to my satisfaction.
I'd love to have more time to write (and run, read, and sleep), but until I find Hermione Granger's time turner, I will juggle real life with the half written stories in my head. Main characters and plot lines intertwine in my cranium, and I need to let my writing weave the tales on paper so I can find out what happens next.
College sophomore Emma Roberts remembers her mother’s sage advice: “don’t sleep around, don’t burp in public, and don’t tell anyone you see ghosts”. But when charming Mike Carlson drowns in the campus river under her watch, Emma’s sheltered life shatters. Blamed for Mike’s death and haunted by nightmares, Emma turns to witchcraft and a mysterious Book of Shadows to bring him back. Under a Blood Moon, she lights candles, draws a pentacle on the campus bridge, and casts a spell. The invoked river rages up against her, but she escapes its fury.
As she stumbles back to the dorm, a stranger drags himself from the water and follows her home. And he isn't the only one. Instead of raising Mike, Emma assists the others she stole back from the dead a pre-med student who jumped off the bridge, a desperate victim determined to solve his own murder, and a frat boy Emma can’t stand…at first. More comfortable with the dead than the living, Emma delves deeper into the seductive Book of Shadows. Her powers grow, but witchcraft may not be enough to protect her against the vengeful river and the killers that feed it their victims. Inspired by the controversial Smiley Face Murders, HOW TO DATE DEAD GUYS will ignite the secret powers hidden deep within each of us.
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/AnnMNoser
Goodreads page: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8124757.AnnMNoser