About Ann M. Noser:
Growing up an only child, I learned to entertain myself. During summer vacations, my greatest form of exercise consisted of turning the pages of a book. Now I’m all grown up, and full of stories half-written in my head. I have to write them down so I can find out what happens next.
What inspires you to write?
The stories that bubble up inside, wanting to come to the surface.
Sometimes a newspaper article or radio broadcast will inspire me to develop a whole new world in my head.
Other times, the need to convey the truth about something–for example the truth about how Alzheimer’s Disease truly affects the victim and the victim’s family–compels me to write as well.
Tell us about your writing process.
I’m a combination pantser/plotter, often writing up a loose outline that I don’t expect to follow too closely.
When ideas come to me at inappropriate times–when I’m out at work or elsewhere, I email myself messages to save until I can get home and get back to work on a project.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Mainly I play the game “What Would This Character Do?” to make sure I’m true to the image I hold in my mind. Would they say X? Would they do Y?
What advice would you give other writers?
Find a supportive critique group that gives constructive feedback. Don’t write in a vacuum, but make sure the feedback you get is helpful.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
New authors should explore all opportunities (self-pub, small press, agents and the Big 5) to see what works for them. I’m not one to tell someone else there’s only “one way” to get published.
For me, a small press was the best fit. Individual attention but freedom to explore marketing venues and writing in other genres as I choose.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think it will continue to grow and change in ways no one can truly predict.
What do you use?: Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?: New Adult, Urban Fantasy, Paranormal, Fairy Tale, Dystopian, Poetry
What formats are your books in?: eBook, Print, Both eBook and Print