Interview with Ann Stanley

What are you working on next?
I'm primarily focused on finishing a book of short stories, which will include new works, as well as a few of my favorites from shortfictionbreak.com. Four partially-finished novels are percolating in the background. Two are pure fantasy, the other two are more literary.
Who are your favorite authors?
This is a difficult question to answer because I love so many different authors and could go on and on forever. Isabelle Allende, Barbara Kingsolver, T. C. Boyle, Jody Picoult, Ann Patchett, Virginia Wolff, and Deborah Harkness jump instantly to mind, but that's a poor list. As you can see, most of these are women, but I like books by men as well.
I read voraciously. Most of what I read is fiction, but I enjoy books about science and the environment.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Skiing, bicycling, walking my dogs, hiking, petting my dogs, reading, and playing music are my hobbies. Plus, I have a "day job" as a massage therapist and help run an Acupuncture/Massage clinic.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I'm a big fan of our local library, which has a wonderful collection of ebooks, free to be downloaded at any time of the day or night. I'll get on and browse the available books. Lately, I've been working my way through all of the five star books and will soon start into the four star books.
Other ebooks seems to come to me randomly, perhaps because I've seen a great review on someone's blog, or someone I know has written the book. Sometimes, I'll do a search on an author I love, or a topic of interest.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes. It's embarrassing to no end, but I recently came across it. I wrote it in third grade, about a turtle we found and brought into the house. She (or he?) escaped, and the story is about what happened after she left our basement.
What is your writing process?
Great question. when I figure it out, I'll let you know.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Oddly, I do. It was the first Dick and Jane book. Then I read the second one and by the time I turned six I'd read about fifty from that series. Those books opened a magic door into an imaginary world, and I loved escaping into it. It was like discovering I had wings and could fly.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I read on my iMac. I like the Kindle app, but have lately been reading more books in other formats. I'm not terribly picky. Whatever gets the words into my brain is fine with me.
Published 2015-03-08.
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Books by This Author

Mosaic, A Compilation Of Creative Writing By The Cartel Collaborative
Price: Free! Words: 39,640. Language: English. Published: March 8, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - multi-author, Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
Mosaic is a collection of short stories and poetry by Margie Deeb, Stef Gonzaga, S. J. Henderson, Brian Rella, James Lee Schmidt, Ann Stanley, Lee J. Tyler and Christy Zigweid. The pieces range from serious to light-hearted. Inspired by The Story Cartel class, each author brings their own unique style, offering something for everyone.