Tis the Season
…and what better gift for the readers on your list than an entire collection of holiday stories!
Like so many of you, I enjoy reading all sorts of books — romance, inspirational, historical, mainstream — and I’m a sucker for a Holiday story—love reading them and writing them, as is evident once you scroll through my book page. And for those cold winter nights, curl up with a cup of hot chocolate and my latest novel. THE WINTER KEEPER – a coming-of-age story set in Yellowstone National Park during the 1930’s – available in e-book and print form on amazon.
Whatever finds its way onto your reading list for the next couple of months, I wish you the merriest and happiest blessings of the season!!
PS: Watch for the final book of my COWBOYS AND HARVEY GIRLS trilogy coming 12/31/19!!
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!
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.
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…