Interview with Ann Hughes

What do you read for pleasure?
Bookstores are one of my favorite places. I'll go to a bookstore once or twice a week. My tastes are varied in books. I love all the different sections of a books store and explore things in Biographies, New Fiction, Classic Fiction, Non-fiction, Self Improvement, New Age, and Religion. I also check out the best sellers.
When did you first start writing?
I have always enjoyed writing but really started to write a lot more in my late twenties. I seemed to tap into my right brain about then. A writing teacher I took a class from told me I write in a form called "Stream of Consciousness" and that it was a gift and couldn't be taught how to do it. When I write, I see it like I am watching a movie and I write down the scenes I see. In my twenties all these stories started just coming into my head. I guess it was just my muses coming to motivate me to write.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest book is yet to be published. The Book is Called "Friday Matinee" and is about a man and woman who have a chance meeting at a movie house. They have an instant recognition of each other and they don't understand why because they have never met before. Complications and challenges keep them apart but they are never able to forget each other. The story explores the ideas of reincarnation and soul mates. It's a great read and an unforgettable love story.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I am an independent person and also and independent filmmaker. I like the idea of independence and believing in your own writing enough to self publish.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
It has given me a venue to self-publish. Thank you!!
What are you working on next?
I have just finished a fiction novel "Friday Matinee". It is about a couple that have a chance meeting at a matinee movie and have an instant recognition of each other and don't understand why.It is for anyone who believes in love and enjoys a great love story. My next project is going to be a book about "Cats called Cats Are Cool" and shares many different cat (tails) tales. I am adding other people's cat stories as well so if you would like to contribute email me at wiseowlpro@aol.com.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
When I'm not writing I am often reading. I also like to spend time traveling and writing songs and poems on the piano and the guitar. I really enjoy spending quality time with my children and grandchildren too. My husband is my favorite. He is my confidant, comedian, lover, and friend and I really enjoy spending time with him pretty much doing anything. We enjoy traveling, working with our horses, laughing and talking, discussing spiritual topics and solutions to world problems, and attending plays and concerts. I also enjoy writing plays with him and running story sketches by him. He is a great mentor.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up with the best of both worlds. I lived in the city in the winter and enjoyed dance, music and art lessons as a child. We lived in an area full of woods that my sister,cousins and I explored, played, and built huts in. In the summer I lived in the country in Idaho and rode horses, swam in rivers, and hauled rocks on the dry farm. I enjoyed the beauties of nature in both Idaho and Utah. I come from a long line of writers and thinkers. My grandmother and mother were both writers and avid readers. My mother wrote poetry and won contests for her poetry. My grandmother wrote fiction and essays. I remember my grandmother loved going to the library and would bring home a huge stack of books to read. I wondered as a child if she read all of them. I remember my grandmother encouraging me to read books like Pride and Prejudice and The Agony and the Ecstasy. As a child I loved books about horses, and stories by the Story Princess. I also enjoyed Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys. I also fell in love with Jack London and read many of his stories about dogs.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy of writing for me is sharing my stories and ideas with others. I love to go into my thinking or imaginary world and create. I find great satisfaction in the creative writing process.
Who are your favorite authors?
I like stories that have strong heroines. That is why I enjoy Thomas Hardy so much. I am not that loyal to certain authors. I just love reading a well crafted book and like to explore all different authors writing and many different genres of writing as well, from biographies, to self-help, to metaphysical, to fiction, and non fiction. One of my favorite books is "A Wrinkle In Time" by Madeline L'engle.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Thinking inspires me to get out of bed every day. I think a lot about society and our world and wonder about ways that would make us a stronger country and society. I am concerned about the lack of spirituality and a belief in a higher power. Society seems confused and unsure of the meaning of life. I am working on a new book called "Spiritual Direction For Our Time". As a minister of the Universal Life Ministry, I see a great need for there to be something to give the world hope, a moral code, and a direction to moral and ethical living today and for our posterity.
Published 2013-10-24.
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Books by This Author

Better Parenting Today
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 21,250. Language: English. Published: March 27, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Parenting » Reference, Nonfiction » Relationships and Family » Parenting / child rearing
Better Parenting Today outlines the responsibilities parents have to help our children in these perilous times. Children are bombarded with many influences which are very counter productive to their mental, physical and emotional well being. We must accept the responsibility of parenting - to effect the future of society and be an advocate and guide to the world’s greatest asset, our children.