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Sunday, 27 October 2013

Spotlight on Sunday with Guest Author Ann Marie Meyers

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CHILDREN'S AUTHOR


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Spotlight on Sunday

featuring

Ann Marie Meyers

with her novel


'UP IN THE AIR'







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Publisher: Jolly Fish Press
Date published: July 6, 2013

Book Blurb:

With themes of confidence, trust, guilt, and forgiveness, Meyers has crafted a novel that will inspire children and adults alike. Ever since she can remember, ten-year-old Melody has always wanted to fly.

And when she leaps off a swing in the park one day and lands in the mystical realm of Chimeroan, her dream finally comes true. She is
given a pair of wings. She can fly! Life cannot be any better.

Yet, dreams do come with a price. Even with wings, Melody realizes
she cannot outfly the memories of her past. The car accident that has
left her father paralyzed, and her unscarred, still plagues her with guilt—
she believes that it was entirely her fault.

In Chimeroan, Melody is forced to come to terms with her part in
her father's accident. She must choose between the two things that
have become the world to her: keeping her wings or healing her father. 

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Author bio:  

ANN MARIE MEYERS grew up in Trinidad and Tobago in the West Indies. She has a degree in languages and translates legal and technical documents from French and Spanish into English. She lives in Toronto, Ontario, with her husband and energetic daughter. Meyers is an active member of SCBWI and facilitates a children's writing group twice a month.


Link where you can see everything:   www.upintheair.jollyfishpress.com





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Author Interview: 

Hi Ann Marie and welcome to my blog on this very blustery Sunday morning! 

When did you decide to become an author? 
Actually I don’t think I decided on any conscious level. It had never occurred to me to become an author, but then one day in my teens, I started writing a journal and the very first thing I wrote was: “I want to be a writer”. This came out of left field though I didn’t act on it until years later.

Can you tell us a little about your latest novel/release?   
Up In The Air is a middle grade fantasy. It is about a young girl, named Melody, who has dreamed of flying all her life. When she was five she was in a car accident with her father, who was left paralyzed. Ever since then, Melody has felt it was her fault (I won’t say why here as that would be a spoiler) and has wanted to fly away; to escape the guilt.
Then one day, she lands in the magical land called Chimeroan, a place where dreams, your deepest desires, come true. Melody gets wings. She can fly! But Melody soon finds out that she cannot ‘outfly’ her problems.  

What’s your most favorite thing about writing? 
The excitement and joy of creation. I love shaping an initial concept into a larger, deeper story, filled with characters, plot, drama, etc.

 What’s your least favorite thing about the writing process? 
Getting stumped over a plot or character dilemma, and not being sure how to proceed. I’ve learned though to be more patient and to have the belief that the solution will come, in time. 

Are you a pre-planning plotter or a go with flow writer? 
I’m definitely a ‘go with the flow’ kind of writer. I like to let the story take shape in the way it wants, and to a large degree this includes tone and voice, and then afterwards I start the rewrites and the reshaping.  The one time that I sat down and spent hours plotting a novel, my characters decided they didn’t like my ideas and kept taking off in different, and more exciting, directions. I’ve learned to trust my ‘gut’ in this area. 
   
If you could have one super power, what would it be? And would you have a superhero suit too? 
I would fly! With wings, of course. No superhero suit, just something warm and cozy for when I’m up in the air.  

How do you come up with titles for your novels, do you get the idea for the story first or does that come after you have the title?   
There’s no set rule in this area. Sometimes I think of a title when the initial idea occurs to me. Other times, the title shows up in the story as I write it. I never force a title; and if I can’t think of a good one I ask my amazing Writer’s Groups. 
  
Which method of writing do you prefer for your first draft?

a.      Hand-write the first draft 
b.     Laptop 
c.      Desktop 
d.     The walls in your office! LOL 
Desktop! 
If writing isn’t your main profession, what is? 
I am also a freelance translator, and translate legal and technical documents from French and Spanish into English. 
Which would you prefer if your novel was selected by a TV/Film Company:- A TV Series or a Movie deal?
 A Movie deal! Though I can also see the story being developed for a TV series. [I can dream, can’t I?]  

In these hectic times and endless multi-tasking, how do you make time to write? 
Ideally, I try to write at least one to two hours a day.  The best time for me is right after my daughter leaves for school. Then once I have finished my writing then I can move on to the other aspects of life.  Of course, this all falls by the wayside if I get a translation job, since I have very tight deadlines and have to focus on the translation exclusively until I’m done. 

What’s the best job you’ve ever had? 
I was a sales representative in the Trinidad and Tobago Tourist Board, based in Manhattan. I loved being able to travel and meet people. 

Growing up, were you: 
a)    A total bookworm devouring everything in sight 
b)    More of a comic book kid 
c)     Preferred pictures over words 
d)    Completely disinterested in books altogether 
I was a total bookworm!!! 

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Very many thanks to Ann Marie for sharing a little of her life and writing! 

Her book looks amazing and with a cover like that, how could you not love it?

See you tomorrow when I'm here again with a fabulous Blog Tour

Have a wonderful Sunday


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