Name: Ann M. Noser
Age: not as young as I used to be, but not as dumb as I used to be, either (haha).
Where are you from: Eau Claire, Wisconsin
A little about your self `ie your education Family life etc
Went to gradeschool, highschool, and undergrad in Eau Claire.
Then went to Vet School in Madison, Wi.
I grew up an only child. Now I have two kids, two dogs, one cat, and one husband (listed in no particular order).
Fiona: Tell us your latest news?
I have one published book (How to Date Dead Guys), and two books on the way. How to Ditch Dead Guys will be published October 2015, and Dead Girl Running next spring.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I’ve always written something: little stories as a child, high school newspaper and poems, cartoons and poems in vet school, newspaper articles on veterinary topics, and now novels.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
When other people started calling me a writer.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
If we ignore the one I wrote in high school inspired by John Hughes’ movies (haha), then How to Date Dead Guys was inspired by an NPR program on the Smiley Face Killers.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?
I’m not sure I’m the best judge for that. I do genre hop a lot, so I’d guess not, but then again I’m sure everyone must have their own style.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
My critique writing group helped me come up with the title. I wanted it to feel like a college course (Witchcraft 101, etc), and by brainstorming we came up with the title as it now stands.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Take responsibility for your own actions and don’t let life pass you by because you’re too scared to take any chances.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic?
The setting is realistic, based on the University of Wisconsin- Eau Claire campus (UWEC).
My goal was to show how a regular person would attempt to become a witch.
Fiona: Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
My father taught at UWEC. A student did drown in the Chippewa River after drinking too much at the Water St. bars. I still remember how sad my father was because of this student’s death. It bothered him for a long time.
Fiona: What books have most influenced your life most? a mentor?
Every book I ever read has influenced me one way or another. My critique group companions were my mentors.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
Beta reading a fairy tale (Myths of Mish) by Katie Teller.
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
So many, but I’m not into erotica or romance. I’m cold blooded. J
Fiona: What are your current projects?
I’m editing Once Upon a Time in Desiderata, an Occasionally Grim Fairy Tale in preparation for beta readers.
Waiting on edits for my WIPs that are already accepted for publication.
Beta reading for others.
Fiona: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.
My husband totally supports me. He’s a keeper. J
Just realized that he is family.
Outside of family, my lifelong friend Colleen Schofield Chmelik has always been my cheerleader. She is the bomb.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
No, I’m sorry but I see veterinary medicine as a career, and writing as something else I love to do on the side.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
Not really. I’m more focused on the next book, and what comes after.
Fiona: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
All the reading I did as a kid.
Fiona: Can you share a little of your current work with us?
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.
Fiona: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Finding the time to do it in an already busy day is the biggest challenge.
Fiona: Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
IMPOSSIBLE question! I can’t pick just one. I love all authors who allow me to turn off my internal editor and just be whisked away on an adventure.
Fiona: Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?
Not yet, just in MN and WI.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
Fiona: What was the hardest part of writing your book?
There’s a great deal to learn when starting out as a beginning writer.
The giant trek up the mountain of knowledge and experience was time consuming and difficult.
Fiona: Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
I learned that I wasn’t necessarily that likable as a college student myself. haha
Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?
Join a writing group. Now.
Fiona: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Keep reading. Hope you consider picking up my book while doing so. J
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
I remember my parents reading the Laura Ingalls Wilder series to me before bed, one chapter a night.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
Fiona: Is there one person pass or present you would meet and why?
I’d love to have my parents back for just one day. I’m not interested in someone famous.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone and why?
I’d rather be cremated and my ashes scattered instead.
Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies?
Trail running, reading (of course), hiking, just being outside.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
Downton Abbey, Masterpiece Theater, Blacklist, Hunger Games, and so many more…
Fiona: Favorite foods / Colors/ Music
Lasagna & Cherry Pie/Blue & purple & red/depends on my mood
Fiona: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done?
Basketball player—that’s just a joke. I’m horribly uncoordinated.
I’m happy with who I am.
Fiona: Do you have a blog/website? If so what is it?
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Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/AnnMNoser