July 4, 2012

Annette Snyder- Nebraska Author and Fifty Authors from Fifty States Blog Inventor

When does a writer start writing?  We’re all forced to write the day we start kindergarten aren’t we?  Or perhaps even before  by our parents. And now there’s head start and preschool—they didn’t invent that until I was out of school all together because I seriously think the system didn’t want to put up with me more than they had to.
 I first got the writing bug by starting a daily journal during my teen years.  That morphed to poems—really bad ones--and an attempt at a mystery novel that remains unfinished.  When I went to college, I took a creative writing class and my professor praised my work.  “You should do this for a living,” was what he wrote on several assignments.  I knew only the top people in writing ever made money in doing it and I wanted to make money.  Then I fell in love and traded my college years for family—and I learned really quickly that there’s no money in that either.  But there is inspiration and, during those diaper changing, baby bottle years, I found a lot to write about. 
So I write about everyday people.  They struggle with regular problems and money like everyone else.   They have things to overcome and most of the time they do—sometimes I kill them off—especially if I don’t like what they’re doing at the time.  I can’t do that with my kids. 
Mostly, my novels are set around my area of the woods—and if you’ve never traveled past Interstate 80 and think Nebraska is flat, you should veer off that main road on your next trip through.  I live in the Bohemian Alps and, though some areas of Nebraska are perfect for farming, many acres are more suited for hiking, climbing and fishing in quaint ponds nestled between grassy hills—anything but flat. 
Brainard has some great places for a small community of 356.  We’ve got a swimming pool, post office and two taverns, two churches, a bank and many businesses.  One of my favorite new places is Makovicka Winery.  http://www.makovickawinery.com  They make their wine using local fruits.  We’ve also got Fox Run Farms http://www.foxrunfarmsne.com/index.html   They grow all sorts of veggies and have this very cool program.  You can select a delivery box each week of what’s in season and they’ll bring fresh vegetables picked right from their acres.  Can’t get fresher than that! 
For a look into my work, visit http://annettesnyder.atspace.com   
There, you’ll find more information on me--links, publishers, events—all that.
While there, check out my current WWII release, Respectable Affair, just out in May and the third in my WWII series published by Whiskey Creek Press.  www.whiskeycreekpress.com  
 If you happen to be in the area of David City on July 11th, I’ll be speaking at Hruska Memorial Public Library over the lunch hour.  http://davidcitylibrary.com/drupal
Comments to my thread this week will be entered into a drawing for an autographed copy of one novel from Each of my three series—One, 1800’s Travis Pass Series Novel, One Viveka’s War Series story set during the WWII years and One novel from my contemporary Packard Family Series.  So, if you take time to comment, you have the chance to win Three Books! 
 I love to travel but time and fortune avoid me for all I’d enjoy and this blog brings it all to my desktop. Visit weekly if you’re interested in other talent across the USA and the area’s where that work happens.
Thanks for stopping by and please take a minute to investigate other authors here.  And, if you're a writing professional and would like to be on my blog, I'm scheduling for next year.  I've got some spots left--just drop me an email and we'll talk. 
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  1. I can't believe how many interesting places and things to do you have in your small community. I'd be visiting the winery for sure. Wish I was there to drop in over lunch at the library. Wishing you the best!

  2. Great post. I love the way you put that - time and fortune avoid me! They sure do avoid me as well. But I am looking for them. I love reading stories of journeys to author-hood. Thanks
    debby236 at gmail dot com

  3. Annette, I enjoyed this, both learning more about you as a writer, but also about your lovely part of the country. I didn't realize. Congrats on all of your books!

  4. I DIDN'T KNOW THERE WERE MOUNTAINS IN NEBRASKA - LOL. It sounds lovely, and you must know everyone in town, but then they probably know too much about you. Your writing teacher was the kind of influence all teachers should be...encouraging and positive. He fell short on the $$$$$, but you can't have everything. Thanks for the blog.

  5. I lived in Omaha for a while--until winter came rolling back in and I headed south to Texas. I have to admit, I didn't explore the state that well. You brought up some very interesting destinations in the state. If I ever get that way again, I'll check them out.

  6. AnonymousJuly 07, 2012

    Enjoyed your post. I am originally from Oklahoma, Texas, and Arkansas, but married a man from California. I will be checking out your books because some of them sound interesting.
    panthers.ravens@yahoo dot com

  7. I grew up in Wyoming and didn't know Nebraska was't all flat. Wow! Congrats on the books!


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