Name Annamaria Bazzi
Age Never knew a woman to reveal so freely her age
Where are you from I was born in Grosse Pointe Michigan, but spent many years of my childhood in Sciacca, Sicily
A little about your self `ie your education Family life etc
After returning to the states, I vowed I’d have no accent. I succeeded.
I started college right after graduation and attended Wayne State University where I not only got a BS in Computer Science, but I met my future husband.
At present I live in Richmond, Virginia with my husband and four daughters and son.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news?
I just started working outside the home, after raising Ariana to the ripe age of 15. She’s my youngest. I work at a dentist office Monday through Thursday and then have a three-day weekend to enjoy with my family.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I started writing and really enjoying it at the age of eight. The writing was a release explosion of my imagination and it somehow gave me a high.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I’ve always been a writer, but just became an author.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
My real first book or my fake first book? The first complete novel I wrote at the age of sixteen and lost it when I moved from Michigan to Virginia. The first children story I wrote the following year, The Treasure of Hity Bity Tatú. This turned out to be a great book my children loved to hear me read and they all asked me to read it to their classes. I became the mystery guest reader while they were in elementary school.
Fiona: What books have most influenced your life most? a mentor?
I really think that the books that have influenced me the most are Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte and Little Women by Louisa May Alcott.
Fiona: What are your current projects?
Since I’m trying to break into the romance arena, I’ve signed up for a few romance box sets. The first one to come out is Christmas Pets & Kisses, 16 new sweet romances with adorable pets. I’m bundled with such authors as Helen Scott Taylor, Nancy Radke, Rachelle Ayala and much more.
I’m currently working on a wine themed romance for another box set coming out in 2016. The next box set will be a historical time travels set and then I’ll move on to a multicultural box set.
Fiona: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.
Outside of family I’ve had a few that have helped me along the way that deserve to be mentioned and they are Rachelle Ayala, Chantel Rhondeau, and Sharon Coady, who are also part of the Christmas Pets & Kisses box set.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
I’ve always dreamed of writing as a career, but so far it’s not been a very fruitful business.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
If you’re referring to a book that’s already published no. On the other hand, I’m making some significant changes to my wine novella.
Fiona: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
It’s always been a need to release my imagination.
Fiona: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Making sure I’m always showing the character’s deepest feelings.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
At present, I’m working with Ada Frost, a wonderful designer who understands my vision for each book cover I’ve entrusted to her.
Fiona: What was the hardest part of writing your book?
For my first romance, I found it difficult to show the main characters’ feelings. It was difficult getting deep within their minds and hearts.
Fiona: Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
I actually learn something from every book I write. From my latest, which is part of the Christmas Pets & Kisses box set and my debut romance novella, I learned that it is much harder to write a romance than I ever imagined. With this said, I also found it intriguing because romance novels need so much more feelings than a science fiction or fantasy adventure.
Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?
It’s always a matter of believing in yourself and never giving up even when things look dismal with no avenue to success.
Fiona: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
I write from the heart and they are stories that in someway have something in them that happened to me, making them like children to me.
Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies?
I love painting on canvas. Second to writing it’s the most relaxing thing for me to do.
Fiona: Do you have a blog/website? If so what is it?