Interview with Ann Bayah

How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Goodreads, magazine listings, or word of mouth.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
As I recall, my first writing effort for others to consume was not a book, but a play instead.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Quite frankly, when I'm not writing I'm either cooking or thinking about what to write next.
What is your writing process?
I suppose that I break all the rules when it comes to my writing process. I do not write everyday because I'm not motivated daily to do so. Some days I rather devote to cooking or chilling while watching a movie. I used to start out every writing effort in long hand on a yellow pad, but I tired of trying to read my quickly scribbled notes, so I now use a computer exclusively. I learned a long time ago not to be wedded to my words, so I edit frequently.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I don't recall the first story I ever read, but my mother used to read poetry that I listened to. The impact on me was the images that filled my mind's eye as I listened to her read poetry and comics.
How do you approach cover design?
I used professional artists for both of my books.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
The Bridges of Madison County--a sincere love realized at any age is all the more devastating if lost or rendered forbidden.
The Warmth of Other Suns--heart wrenching and such detail in the telling of each character's saga.
The Great Gatsby--a pleasure to dream of such extravagance.
Almost any mystery by Mary Higgins Clark--She weaves masterful plots and has control of multiple characters in the telling.
Cookbooks--I own far too many, promising myself to one day prepare this dish or that--it's overwhelming.
What do you read for pleasure?
Drama or romance.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Rather not say.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Describe your desk
It may be a bit cluttered when I'm working, but at the end of the day, things must be in order. I can't start the day when presented with chaos.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a rural area where there was not much to do, so I developed a very creative mind. Hopefully I've put this to good use in my books.
When did you first start writing?
I first started writing while in elementary school. Small efforts eventually morphed into larger efforts, and so on, and so on.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I have a story to tell, but I have neither a Hollywood name nor an influential backer, so mega publishing houses would not consider me.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
I'm relatively new to Smashwords.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Perseverance pays off. This is foremost among the lessons I hope readers take away from Behind Crooked Smiles.
Not every smile represents happiness or good feelings. Some times smiles are masks. It is only when seekers delve into the back stories associated with a person's life that they can measure the sincerity of a smile. Is it a heartfelt smile or a frown turned upside down?
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I love getting into the heads of my characters and stepping into their roles. It helps me concoct their dialogues.
What do your fans mean to you?
Fans mean a lot, just as they do for any artist.
What are you working on next?
I'm considering Lindie's next adventure. She is the atypical heroine in both Fractured and Behind Crooked Smiles. Most of the time she's of good character, but she has her moments when she's not so good.
Who are your favorite authors?
Mary Higgins Clark
Maya Angelou
Isabelle Wilkerson
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I feel very blessed, and after a life-threatening episode in 2014, I appreciate more than ever that longevity is not promised to anyone. Thus, I get up and do whatever I have a passion for whenever I can. I also remember that good karma pays off, so I attempt to always treat others as I want to be treated.
What is your greatest wish?
My greatest wish is to have a happy life and to enjoy good times, travel, and good food with a second husband one day.
Published 2015-10-21.
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Books by This Author

Behind Crooked Smiles
Price: $11.99 USD. Words: 51,470. Language: English. Published: October 21, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Drama
Follow the escapades of an unlikely heroine, Lindie Mitchell and her less than ideal family on Maryland's Eastern Shore in the mid 1960s. Behind Crooked Smiles picks up where Fractured ended.
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 100,240. Language: English. Published: September 11, 2013. Categories: Fiction » African American fiction » General, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
Fractured weaves a tapestry of atypical events in the lives of a precocious African-American girl (Lindie) and her family in a fictional, rural town on Maryland’s Eastern Shore during the 1960s. Lindie’s fervent wish is to escape from her family’s country lifestyle and the trappings associated with owning a beer tavern in a backwoods community. Oddly enough, Lindie’s confidant is her journal.