Hi! I’m Ann Marie and my love affair with words has spanned a lifetime. I raced to high school English class and left home in pursuit of a degree in Journalism and Mass Communication. I have been lucky enough to write slogans for Fortune 500 companies, write and design promotional materials for the Ronald McDonald House, and own my own communications consulting company. But . . .
And, it’s a big “but,” I never tried my hand at what I’ve always really wanted to do – write fiction . . . until now.
In January 2017 I had a major case of writer’s block (and overall apathy, if I’m honest) and after trying everything I could to snap out of it, short of throwing my computer out of the window, I realized it was time for something different. Maybe playing around with a little fiction writing would help loosen things in the ‘ol noggin.
I opened my computer and started to let one of the stories in my head flow out onto the page. And, it flowed and flowed and flowed . . .
Long story short I took it as a sign — that I should write a fiction book, not that I’m crazy – though that did cross my mind, too.
So, now I’m giving my long-held dream some breathing room and writing everyday. You can follow along on my blog. I share the struggles and triumphs of jumping into the deep end of one’s passion pool – and what I’m learning about creativity and living a creative life. When my book gets a little closer to completion I’ll share some of that with you as well. (You can sign up for my newsletter or check out my social media feeds on the Home page, in the right-hand column.)
As for me, outside of sitting hunched over a computer at the local library:
- I’m equally at home on a yoga mat AND yelling, “How about playing some de-fense?!” at a NBA game.
- I’m told my first words were “So Pretty!” and I’d like to think I’m still actively looking for the beauty in everything.
- My closest confidant is Boston terrier named Rudy. He’s the best listener I’ve ever met.
- I love the first light of day, sitting by the ocean, and understanding what makes everybody (including my characters) tick.
- My life is infinitely better because my husband is in it. His smile alone has gotten me through some very tough days . . . and some very blank pages.
- Myers-Briggs tells me I’m as close to an extrovert as an introvert can get.
- And, as scary as this writing journey can be some days, I believe it is totally worth it!