About Ann M Streetman:
A degree in journalism and a lifelong communications career introduced me to wonderful people and projects in public affairs, public relations, and association management. But that is behind me.
Now I write romance, a non-fiction book now and then, and children’s books which I illustrate with my own photos and graphics.
Since I am a stickler for accuracy, I do many hours of research into the places and times of my fictional characters.
They are flawed people, oftentimes challenged by difficult circumstances in their lives. Redemption and forgiveness are recurring themes in my novels.
I hope you’ll come along to enjoy the twists and turns in the lives of my characters as they find their way.
What inspires you to write?
My life experiences which include interaction with people and places I have lived and visited inspire me to write. Because my experiences are not exactly like any other person's, these are stories only I can imagine and tell.
Tell us about your writing process.
I am not a "seat of the pants" writer. I develop an outline that changes as the story develops. Because I use both a PC desktop and Apple tablets to outline and write, I use OneNote because it works on all my devices. I can make a quick note on a chapter synopsis on any of my most used devices, which are everywhere in my house.
I do not write every day. After I finish a book, I usually don't start another one right away. I do all those things I did not do when I was pressing hard on that book. When I am in a book process, I like to write at least 1,000 words a day. I have often written 2,000 words a day, and on rare occasions 3,000 to 4,000 words a day. When I start a fresh writing session, I read and edit the previous day's work.
How do you develop your characters?
I create the main characters before I do any plotting. I put on paper when they were growing up, what they were doing in high school and college, and what real world events might have had an impact on their lives. I don't fully know the characters until they start interacting with each other. On my happiest writing days, the characters take over and do things that I had not planned. That's when I know my book is worth my efforts and may be worth a reader's time and imagination in making the story come alive.
Who are your favorite authors?
When I was much younger, I read a lot of Danielle Steel. I love Walter Isaacson biographies and action writers including Vince Flynn.
What genres do you write?: contemporary romance, children's books
What formats are your books in?: eBook
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