With the New Year comes renewed hope for better days ahead. We have vaccines and slowly but surely, they are being distributed. So, while the days past have been beyond difficult, there is some light at the end of this long dark tunnel. For me that will start with the publication in early spring of my latest novel MONICA’S WAR. This is the true (but fictionalized) story of an incredible woman who fought with the Danish Resistance during WWII. Monica Wichfeld was a woman of substance—one who, as she once said, “lived life at full gallop.”
Next month I will give you a taste of her story, posting the opening chapter here, and plans are in the works for some special surprises when the novel launches in March. In the meantime, I hope you will enjoy my historical novel set in 1930’s Yellowstone National Park — THE WINTERKEEPER. Heralded as a true page-turner and suitable for the teen reader in your family, this is a perfect choice for curling up with a nice cup of tea or hot chocolate on a cold winter night.
For those of you who may have thought about trying your hand at writing, I continue to post writing prompts to inspire you on https://annaschmidt.substack.com. Primarily aimed at those who want to write (or are already writing), it’s a fun exercise coming your way a couple of times a month to inspire and encourage your creative thinking. Have fun with it and please share your work if so inclined!
Until next time, stay safe (WEAR THAT MASK!) and may 2021 be a year filled with wonder and joy!
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.
The author draws us into the life of a small western town and the cold of Yellowstone Park in winter, both with predators and allies in unexpected places. The storytelling and scene building are masterful and create an immediacy that keeps the reader turning pages. This is a writer who feels words as well as thinking them. Read more…
The writing style is conversational, the tone dramatic and the characters are not only relatable but also endearing – just the right combination for a young adult novel. There is nothing I didn’t enjoy in this touching novel. Read more…
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.