Name Ann M. Noser
Age Aren’t people supposed to lie about this at some point?
Where are you from Eau Claire, Wisconsin (originally) Rochester, MN (currently)
A little about your self `ie your education Family life etc
I grew up an only child, with all that this entails. My father was a Physics professor, my mother a librarian. Both read to me at night, instilling in me a true love of books. I went to school what seemed at the time like forever, so that I could become a Veterinarian. In fact, that’s how I started writing again—by penning animal health related newspaper articles. Then my interests expanded.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news?
Book two in the Under the Blood Moon series (How to DITCH Dead Guys) is due June 2015 by Curiosity Quills.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I’ve always written, on and off, but not seriously until the last five or so years.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
Perhaps when I first saw my name in print somewhere other than the high school newspaper I wrote on a lifetime ago.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first PUBLISHED book?
An NPR program on the “Smiley Face Killers”.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?
Not sure if this means what’s on the actual page, or how I set about to perform the act of writing. I don’t have a magic drink or location or time of day. Writing is squeezed in where and when I can, but there’s always the drive to write, which must be satisfied (to the disruption of sleep at times, I fear).
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
My critique group helped me come up with the title for How to Date Dead Guys. It was a long process. I agonize over titles at times—I’m sure this annoyed my poor CPs to no end. J
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
- Live your life rather than just watching by the sidelines.
- The very real danger of drinking and water activities should be respected.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic?
The setting is realistic, since the story unfolds on the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire campus. The genre is urban fantasy, which is paranormal, but I’d like to believe the story is at least believable, if not completely realistic. J
Fiona: Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
I attended UW-Eau Claire and did work a tutoring job on campus to make ends meet. The NPR program on the theory of the “Smiley Face Killers” inspired a good portion of the story line, but the river victims are not based on any real drowning victims.
Fiona: What books have most influenced your life most? a mentor?
Every book I ever read has helped me, whether I loved it or not. Therefore, every author I’ve discovered is my mentor.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
How to Stay Alive in the Woods by Bradford Angier.
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
Yes. Just enjoyed Abbie Williams’ Heart of a Dove. Next on my list (after a few beta readings) are Queen of Someday by Sherry D. Ficklin and Compulsion by Martina Boone.
Fiona: What are your current projects?
A YA dystopian entitled Dead Girl Running.
Book 3 in the series, called How to DESTROY Dead Guys.
Fiona: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.
My critique group is awesome.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
I see it as one career, but I won’t give up veterinary work. Not yet.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
The two typos on the Acknowledgements page. Gah!
Fiona: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
I’m sure the towers of books I read every summer vacation encouraged it.
Fiona: Can you share a little of your current work with us?
I’m afraid this would be spoilerish, but instead perhaps I should mention that I’ve been invited to attend an Alzheimer’s poetry event coming up this spring. (My mother has Alzheimer’s, and this horrible disease is the main topic of my poems)
Fiona: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Finding time. Unfortunately, I did not receive a “time-turner” for Xmas.
Fiona: Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
Impossible to answer. Would vary day to day, week to week. I love too many to have a favorite.
Fiona: Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?
Only in my mind.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
Alexandria Thompson. Isn’t she marvelous?
Fiona: What was the hardest part of writing your book?
Being honest with myself about the main character.
Fiona: Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
That Corvettes don’t ever have back seats, which I think is lame.
Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?
Listen to everybody else, but don’t forget to listen to yourself, too.
Fiona: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Hope you enjoy your trip down the Chippewa River.
Be careful what you wish for.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
Impossible question! J
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
Stupid Hallmark commercials. This never happened until I first became pregnant. My hormones ruined everything. Now I’m a mess. Animal videos which try to make you weep are the worst!
Fiona: Is there one person pass or present you would meet and why?
I’d prefer to just be able to talk to my parents again. I have no need for famous people.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone and why ?
I’d rather be cremated and strewn in the woods.
Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies ?
Trail running, reading, walking the dogs—do endless piles of laundry count as a “hobby”?
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
Downton Abbey, Black List, Masterpiece Theater
Fiona: Favorite foods / Colors/ Music
Lasagna is the boss. / Blue and purple. / Depends on my mood.
Fiona: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done?
I’m already doing it—veterinary work, although Physical therapy would also be really interesting, as would working in the Peace Corps.
Fiona: Do you have a blog/website? If so what is it?