Ann Chiappetta


Ann Chiappetta is a writer, poet, and essayist. Her writing has been featured in dozens of small press poetry, fiction, and nonfiction journals and anthologies including the Pangolin Review, Poesis Poetry Journal, Dialogue Magazine, Magnets and Ladders literary magazine, and Breath and Shadow, a magazine of disability Literature. Ann hopes to make meaningful connections with others through writing.

Smashwords Interview

What motivated you to become an indie author?
I wanted to find out if the rumors that the first book is the hardest to publish were true. What I mean by that statement is that I needed to test myself, find out if I could handle the pressure and stress of being a published author. I am glad to say that the experience has been wonderful and I’ve proven to myself that I could do it.
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Hope for the Tarnished
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 68,670. Language: English. Published: February 22, 2022. Categories: Fiction » Coming of age
(5.00 from 1 review)
Young Abbie tries to cope with her parents’ divorce, a new neighborhood, her mother’s mental instability, and the drug addiction of one of her two sisters. More stable adults, school, and sports provide friendship and escape. As Abbie matures, she discovers whom she can trust. Eventually, greater maturity and love with the man she has always wanted liberate her at last. Set in the 1970s and ’80s.
A String of Stories: From the Heart to the Future
Price: $3.50 USD. Words: 38,600. Language: English. Published: March 1, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
A demon deer and a ghost cat. Sibling rivalry and sexual awakening. Self-image and self-confidence. The chance for an offworlder to breathe free at last on a new planet. Those are just some of the diverse themes of these remarkable stories. Some endings are happy, some are sad, and some are intriguingly open-ended. But once you step inside the author’s world, you cannot emerge unmoved.
Words of Life: Poems and Essays
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 12,790. Language: English. Published: March 9, 2019. Categories: Poetry » American poetry » General
Beautifully and powerfully, the author writes about both the light and dark sides of life. Here are poems and stories about nature, blindness, social isolation, families, dogs, delightful scents, and the power of the muse. Just as in her first book, Upwelling, there is no fluff here. To read Ann Chiappetta’s works is to feel them deeply, appreciate them mightily, and remember them forever.
Follow Your Dog: A Story of Love and Trust
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 40,420. Language: English. Published: October 24, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Autobiographies & Memoirs
Follow the author as she moves from an unhappy early life and her unstoppable loss of vision to happiness and fulfillment as a guide dog user, wife, and mother who works as a V.A. counselor. This touching, informative, beautifully written book will surely resonate with many besides guide dog raisers, trainers, and handlers. Includes stories and photos of her most beloved dogs, past and present.
Upwelling: Poems
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 3,390. Language: English. Published: September 13, 2016. Categories: Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
Guide dogs, death, and a disturbing dream. Marriage, memories, and intriguing mysteries. Eroticism, abortion, and a wonderfully poetic essay. In this collection of 23 of her short, highly accessible poems from several decades, Ann Chiappetta explores an enormous range of emotions and topics. Travel with her as she moves from illness, death, loss, and grief to renewed hope, security, and serenity.

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Smashwords book reviews by Ann Chiappetta

  • Fifty Years of Walking with Friends on Feb. 18, 2021
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    An in-depth story about the author's life written in a strong and creative voice. I learned so much about Deanna, how she grew up and her values at a time of cultural extremes. She described the 1960s and early 1970s with a real and personal narrative and with sensitivity. Her inner strength also reveals itself in many circumstances that may have left others at a loss, but not Deanna. While her dogs are always a partner in her writing, I felt that she wrote about them with a sincere and kind heart and balanced their stories with her own and it was well done. This is a book that will leave the reader with a smile, reflect on what is treasured and how respecting self and others encourages love, happiness and fosters hope.