Interview with Anna Maria Jorgensen
What are your favorite books, and why?
Feel The Fear And Do It Anyway ~ Susan Jeffers. We're all a bunch of scardey-chickens, this book taught me how to not let fear hold me back.
The Power of Now ~ Eckhart Tolle. All we have is this moment. Yeah, that one, and this one, too. Even when we want to throttle someone, we know this too shall pass. (Also: A New Earth Now. Though I'm hoping awareness and ego CAN co-exist.)
Man's Search For Meaning ~ Viktor Frankl. This dude found joy in a concentration camp! Hello, ultimate silver lining syndrome!
Anything by Alice Munro. She finds the light in our darkness and compels seeded emotion. I bow to Alice.
Anything by Karen Salmansohn. She writes self-help for people who wouldn't be caught dead doing self-help. And she's funny as hell.
What do you read for pleasure?
elephantjournal.com! Short fiction. Anything on sex, love, health, psychology and relationships. Politics and current events, not so much.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
iPad mini with iBook and Kindle as my main e-reading apps. Save the trees!
Describe your desk
The best espresso shop in whatever town I'm in at the time. (Though I've given up coffee. For now. That will probably change. Soon.)
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
Redneck Ville. Remote logging camps. (See author bio.) A sheltered, innocent early existence of bliss. However, few playmates my age resulted in a curious disconnection and reclusive observatory behaviors with other humans. I hide it well, though.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Connecting with readers. Feeling understood or at least entertaining them with my asinine antics, which are mostly in my mind, but nonetheless are totally laugh-worthy, which feels good. So, I like making people feel good.
What do your fans mean to you?
They mean the f'ing world to me! (I apologize for swearing. But only a little.)
What are you working on next?
Re-re-re-writing a screenplay. Chick flick. Funny shit.
Who are your favorite authors?
Karen Salmansohn, Alice Munro, Eckhart Tolle. (Apparently, I'm not that deep after all.)
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Life! Life is Beautiful. (Watch the movie. Hmm, another holocaust reference here and I'm not even Jewish. Oy.)
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Doing silly things I can write about. Also, I love foraging in the forest: hiking, biking, avoiding bears and ticks. Theatre, opera, quiet jazzy lounges... who am I kidding, I don't do those latter activities, but I so would.
What is your writing process?
I sit. I write.
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Books by This Author
Me: A Rewrite
by Anna Maria Jorgensen
A comedic snippet of Anna’s alias life as she comes face-to-lasered-face with her aging face, furrowing brow, sagging butt and lack of “the one." Searching for authenticity, she considers Botox®, tests male-female friendships and tries to rev up to switch from Gucci to Goodwill in pursuit of creativity and… well, anything else! Warning: Swears, sarcasm, politically incorrect ramblings and TMI.