Interview with Ann M Streetman

When did you first start writing?
With a degree in journalism, I have enjoyed a career in public relations, public affairs, media relations, manuscript book editing, and association management. All of those jobs involved storytelling. When I was 20-something and unemployed, I wrote short stories and a little poetry. I spend most of my time writing e-books for adults and children.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest book is Patricia on the Line. It is Book 3 of Love on Life's Zip Line. Patricia and John experience zigs and zags of complicated second chance love, risking themselves for an uncertain outcome. It is the book that inspired the previous two books in the series. I hope you will enjoy it as much as I enjoyed writing it for you.
What are you working on next?
I am considering writing Book 4 of Love on Life's Zip Line. The heroine of that book, if I write it, is the most fascinating character in the family of Love on Life's Zip Line. That woman just won't shut up and be still.
Do you like to write series?
For years, I avoided writing series books. It seemed like too steep a hill to climb, but I have changed my mind. A series lets me develop characters over time. For example, in my new series Love on Life's Zip Line, some characters recurr throughout the books. They are at different places in their lives in particular books of the series. In one book, a hero and heroine may be the main characters, but they may be the minor characters in later books in the series. I'm pretty much hooked on writing series.
Who are your favorite authors?
For biography, my favorite author is Walter Isaacson who has intrigued me with the lives of Steve Jobs and Albert Einstein. For thrillers, I loved Vince Flynn (so sad to lose him). I also admire the storytelling skills of Brad Thor and David Baldacci. They are masters at absorbing their readers with plots full of details, twists, and turns. I will never be as good as they are at their craft, but they inspire me to be a better writer.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I am a lifelong professional communicator. Today the leading edge of publishing is the indie author movement. I cannot bear not to be there. I am also an entrepreneur. Indie authorship is entrepreneurism on steroids. Gatekeepers are minimal in the movement. If I can create a good story that people want to read and if I work hard at being discoverable, I can succeed. If I don’t, I am not a victim, just a person who needs to learn to write a better story and build a better author brand.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Creating characters and plots from bits and pieces in my mind and from my life experience is real joy.
I also love writing books for pre-K and very young readers. For those titles, I combine my photographic and design skills with age-appropriate words to create a whole lot of fun.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Thank goodness, every day is different. Some days chores cannot be postponed. At other times, my focus is on helping friends or family. Now and then I get out of bed with a big smile on my face because I have just figured out how to fix a problem with my current plot. Chores can wait.
What themes, if any, are recurring ones in your work?
Forgiveness and redemption are recurring themes in my books including my new series Love on Life's Zip Line. I also write about forgiveness and redemption in the love stories of The Italian Ski Instructor, Redeemed, and Craig's Hometown. Oftentimes my plots involve characters from different cultures and faiths. This is the case in many of my novels and my short stories including “The Immigrants,” in my short story collection The Hospitality Connection and “The Job,” in my short story collection The Patriotic Connection – Life and Love in the Forties. My characters are flawed people, oftentimes challenged by difficult circumstances in their lives, but they do not see themselves as victims. They know it is up to them to make things work in an imperfect world.
I may write a lot more stories, but Antonio Di Costa, the handsome Italian man who returned from Afghanistan without one leg, is likely to be my all-time favorite character. No doubt, there will be other characters with challenges who will find their way, with grace and charm. But Antonio Di Costa. Well, this guy is just special. If you don’t know him yet, I invite you to take a look at Redeemed.
What motivates you to write?
No one else has had the exact same life experiences as I have. Those experiences and my personal responses to them have given me a point of view that informs my characters and plots. If I don’t write these stories, no one else will. No one else can.
What happens when you finish a book you've been working on for months?
When I finish a book, I give myself a few days off to do the chores and pleasurable things I had neglected while I was pushing so hard to finish the book. Then I go through the process of updating my working documents for the book: the backstory, the chapter list, and other items. I always enjoy seeing how the characters sent the plot into some places I had not anticipated. If it's not a series book, I start missing my daily interaction with them. If it's a series book, I enjoy seeing how these characters have changed over time. The character arcs for Patricia and John in Love on Life's Zip Line amazed me. In finishing all my books, I acknowledge that the characters now belong to you, the reader, who will give them new life according to your own experiences and imagination. I'm looking forward to hearing from you.
Published 2015-10-14.
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Books by This Author

Words on my Chair
Series: Picture Words. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 760. Language: English. Published: November 6, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Children's Books » Concepts / Size & Shape
This new Picture Words book will be a fun read for you and your little one who is exploring the world one day at a time. Identifying specific shapes, as well as spelling and counting them, will entertain and educate. Your beginning readers can use the book to exercise their growing skills. My goal is for you and your little ones to have as much fun with this book as I had in storytelling.
Patricia on the Line
Series: Love on Life's Zip Line. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 68,170. Language: English. Published: October 2, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
This is Love on Life's Zip Line Book 3. John just kept surprising Patricia. He remembered little things about her and about their life together. He was like the sexy sweet man she had fallen in love with in college. Could he be the man she had spent so much time hating and avoiding and keeping from their daughtger and granddaughter? Could she trust him? Should she take a chance on him again?
Words on your Bed
Series: Picture Words. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 700. Language: English. Published: August 12, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Children's Books » Readers / Beginner
This book is meant to exercise your little one's ability to associate words with photos of familiar objects. Pre-K children will enjoy the interactive aspects of the book such as identifying specific clothing objects and spelling them. Beginning readers can use the book to practice their growing skills. My goal is for you and your little one to have fun with the book.
Ashley on the Line, Love on Life's Zip Line Book 2
Series: Love on Life's Zip Line. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 70,760. Language: English. Published: September 12, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Ashley is in control of her happy single life until medical student Mark Barrow points at her and tells her to call 9-1-1. She makes the call and watches him give CPR to a passenger on their subway train. He is focused on his career and haunted by the death of his lover. Ashley discovers that love on life's zip line is the messiest and most complicated experience of all, but it is oh so worth it.
Melissa on the Line
Series: Love on Life's Zip Line. Price: Free! Words: 51,600. Language: English. Published: June 1, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
(4.00)
Melissa is back in college focused on finishing her degree. Jason, a former Marine, introduces himself the first day of their statistics class. He's facing a challenge that frightens him more than anything he experienced in the Marines. Their love story exemplifies the analogy, "Love on life's zip line is the messiest and most complicated experience of all, but it is oh so worth it."
Craig's Hometown
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 70,350. Language: English. Published: August 27, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Kathryn Sinter had run away from home because home wasn't what she thought it was. She had chosen Seattle because she liked seafood and flowers and it was as far as she could get away from her soon to be ex-husband without drowning in the ocean. Her plans for re-invention did not include a man, but Craig Hameston, a recently retired diver in the Royal Canadian Navy Reserve, was hard to ignore.
That Man in Siena
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 70,780. Language: English. Published: December 16, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General
When Laura went to Italy to celebrate her 60th birthday, she was not looking for a man. But there stood Raffaele Balducci, a talented potter, jazz guitarist, father and grandfather. His face was pleasantly wrinkled from many years under the Tuscan sun. He had lively brown eyes and dark wavy hair sprinkled with gray.Their attraction was swift and strong. They were old enough to know how love works.
The Italian Ski Instructor
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 70,650. Language: English. Published: May 3, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Shaken by an unwanted divorce, Jennifer was not ready to get involved. Then she met Matteo Soldati, a handsome guest ski instructor. He would soon be going back to Italy and then on to Switzerland where he taught at Davos and St. Moritz. It was unlikely that they would ever see each other again. But things changed. This novel is a good read for people who like sweet romance in unexpected places.
Redeemed
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 70,550. Language: English. Published: December 21, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Kimberly had assumed he was a man crushed and embittered by his war injuries. Instead, Antonio Da Costa was a sexy, playful man with an inviting smile and a boyish twinkle in his eyes. When she closed her eyes, she could see him standing in the doorway, wearing a yellow shirt tightly stretched across his shoulders and broad chest. She hoped he would come to the diner often.
The Hospitality Connection
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 9,900. Language: English. Published: October 1, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » American
Hospitality can be as simple as giving food, drink, or shelter to friends, family, or strangers. Sometimes it is much more than that. For the characters in these stories, hospitality was important to the giver and the recipient. If you have experienced hospitality in unexpected times and places, you will identify with them.
The Patriotic Connection - Life and Love in the Forties
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 15,960. Language: English. Published: September 12, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Short stories
Young love is a powerful gift that comes in unexpected places and times. The stories in this collection give glimpses into the lives of young men and women who came of age during World War II.Their lives and the lives of their families were turned upside down. Many of them lost everything, and some of them found new joys. They had in common a love of life and a deep patriotism.
Words in Your Sandbox
Series: Picture Words. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 840. Language: English. Published: February 20, 2012. Categories: Nonfiction » Children's Books » Readers / Beginner
This book is for little ones on the brink of reading and very young readers who like to exercise their new skills. They will enjoy associating words with photos of familiar objects. It's interactive and just plain fun.
The Victrola
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,200. Language: English. Published: December 17, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Short stories
The Dallas County Archives show important events occurring in Dallas in 1927: Sergeant Alvin York and Charles Lindbergh visited the city. A rash of robberies shocked the citizenry. The extraordinary thing that happened to Mary Dalton has not been recorded until now.
Words on my Plate
Series: Picture Words. Price: Free! Words: 540. Language: English. Published: November 17, 2011. Categories: Nonfiction » Children's Books » Cooking & Food
(5.00)
Looking for an ebook to enjoy with your little one throughout the year? Words on my Plate is a simple book that will engage toddlers, pre-K children, and very young readers. They can grow with the book as their understanding and skills develop. They will learn to associate words with familiar foods and have a little fun along the way.
Celebrating Seasons
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,690. Language: English. Published: October 24, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Entertainment
The grandmother in Celebrating Seasons engages young Tommy's processes of observation and imagination in their exploration of seasons. Photos by the author illustrate seasonal changes and activities.It's a fun read that will start a child's journey toward understanding fall, winter, spring, and summer.
Animals Outside Our Window
Price: Free! Words: 460. Language: English. Published: October 21, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Animals
This book is meant to delight the adult reader as well as the little one who listens and sees it on an ebook device. The remarkable animals who did indeed stop by my window deserve most of the credit for this effort. It is short enough to hold the attention of a pre-k youngster on the go. The unusual perches of my squirrel and wren visitors will perhaps evoke a chuckle from the reader.
PR Basics in a Connected World
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,090. Language: English. Published: September 28, 2011. Categories: Nonfiction » Reference » Writing skills, Nonfiction » Career Guides » Media
This book is for you if one of these scenarios fits: (1) you just inherited the PR function on top of your other responsibilities; (2) you are headed back into the PR job market after several years; (3) you want to acquire some PR savvy for a prospective new job; (4) you have a communications degree, but have never worked in PR; or (5) you are new to PR and want a few tips from a veteran.
Venturing into Digital Storytelling - A Grandmother's Guide
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 10,910. Language: English. Published: August 7, 2011. Categories: Nonfiction » Art, Architecture, Photography » Fine art
If you want to create stories the family can enjoy on contemporary digital devices, this how-to book is for you -- grandmother or not. You can turn boxes of photos, old documents, audiocassettes, and 8 mm movies into stories. Or, you can start with existing video and digital photos. It's all about the storytelling.