Interview by Rebecca Pettett
Featuring The Galactic Exploration Collection
Rebecca: What was the first story you wrote about?
Ann: I’ve been writing from a very early age, so it’s hard to remember what my first story was. My first good story was written for a writing contest in fourth grade and was called “Noella” after the main character. I’m proud to say that it made it to the finals.
Rebecca: Where is your favorite place to go for inspiration for a story?
Ann: My favorite place to go for inspiration would probably be outside on a nice, sunny day. It could be on my porch or somewhere in my yard.
Rebecca: What is your favorite part of the writing process? What is your least favorite?
Ann: My favorite part of the writing process, I think, is getting to develop the characters and just coming up with a story in general. My least favorite part is revising, because it is EXHAUSTING!
Rebecca: What is the hardest thing for you to capture on a piece of paper?
Ann: A water buffalo! Just kidding ;) My real answer would be that it is hardest for me to come up with a good ending to a story.
Rebecca: What main piece of advice would you give a new writer?
Ann: One thing to do if you want to become a good writer is read well-written books. Usually, I prefer the older, classic books that have stood the test of time. Another important thing to do is practice writing. When you write, your writing doesn’t have to be super long, just write often and your writing will become better.
Rebecca: For some last minute fun: What do you like to do in your free time?
Ann: I really enjoy singing and I also love to read.
Rebecca: And what is your favorite dish to eat?
Ann: Hmmm...there are so many good ones. One fun dish that my family sometimes eats is taco boats. It’s a yummy mixture of taco-like ingredients put into a soft tortilla shell shaped like a boat! Another good dish is the mashed potatoes that my mom and grandma make at Thanksgiving time. They use the same recipe and it tastes SO GOOD!