Hello and Welcome!

Like so many of you, I enjoy reading all sorts of books — romance, inspirational, historical, mainstream — even young adult! (LOVED The Book Thief!) I also enjoy writing in different genres, as is evident once you scroll through my book page.

Having recently met my deadline for the final book of my COWBOYS AND HARVEY GIRLS series, I am focusing my attention on making sure all my faithful readers know of the publication of my latest novel. THE WINTER KEEPER – a coming-of-age story set in Yellowstone National Park during the 1930’s – is available NOW in e-book and print form on amazon. I hope you will read it, enjoy it, and post a review on amazon, GoodReads, or your social media page!!!

In the meantime, I’ve begun posting some updated stories from my earlier works. The first — A MATCH MADE IN HEAVEN — is available now in e-form for just 99 cents!! And, don’t miss the first in my new series about the Harvey Girls. TRAILBLAZER has already received high praise from Publisher’s Weekly and Booklist.

Whichever of my novels you choose, I thank you for considering my work — you have a LOT of stories to choose from, and I am honored you have chosen mine. I would love to hear from you through Goodreads, Amazon or just CONTACT ME here!

All best,
Anna

Q & A with Anna - Click here

1. You are the author of over 40 novels and novellas. Is there a theme that runs through all your novels or a message you wish to communicate?

A: Empathy, unity, and power of diversity are our core strengths as human beings and these qualities are what I am constantly exploring in my novels.

2. Tell us about some of the people who have shaped your writing journey.

A: When I was a kid, my Dad managed a movie theater, so I went to the movies a lot. Even after we moved, and my dad went into another line of work, movies were our preferred entertainment. As I teenager I collected the cast recordings of every Broadway musical and then when I was a junior in college, I spent the summer in NYC at a theater program. I went on to get my masters in Theater Arts. As a result, I write as if my characters are actors on the screen or stage.

3. Can you provide us with some insight into your writing routine?

A: I am constantly writing. If there is one unique thing about my style, it is that I love doing research and for me everything is research — music, books, overheard conversations – it’s all fodder for the mill. Something else that is a bit unique to my ‘routine’ — I love chaos. I write in public places surrounded by people; I love the action and the voices and the snatches of conversation.

4. What advice would you give aspiring writers?

A: Read! Read! Read! And please, diversify your reading. Step outside your box!

5. What’s next on the horizon for you?

A: I have been writing genre fiction (romance, Westerns and inspirationals) for some time now. Recently I finished the manuscript for my first true ‘mainstream’ novel — a coming of age story about a ‘winter keeper’ in Yellowstone National Park in the 1930’s. In addition, 2019 will see the publication of the first two stories in my COWBOYS AND HARVEY GIRLS series. These stories were great fun to research and wrote and I hope readers will enjoy this trio of feisty women who — along with their Harvey Girl sisters — changed the West!

Jo Schmidt

Schmidt seamlessly integrates actual events, and courageous real-life individuals… with her fictional characters and their story, to produce a strong tale of hope and love in the face of insurmountable obstacles.

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