Complementing my interviews, today’s Author Spotlight, the two hundred and seventy-first, is of young adult mystery-suspense-adventure novelist, non-fiction author and interviewee Ann Goldfarb. If you would like to take part in an author spotlight, take a look at author-spotlights.
After a decade of freelance writing for Jones Publishing and Madavor Media trade magazines, New York native and Arizona author Ann I. Goldfarb ventured into the realm of writing young adult mystery-suspense-adventure novels.
Her first novel, The Face Out of Time, received an award in 2011 from the Arizona Authors Association and her recent novel, Light Riders and the Morenci Mine Murder, just took second place in the 2013 Purple Dragonfly Book Awards, sponsored by Five Star Publishing. Winners are recognized for “the highest standards in publishing and writing talent.”
Prior to embarking on her writing career, Ann spent most of her life in education, first as a classroom teacher and later as a school principal and staff developer in upstate New York. Motivating and engaging her students was a must as an educator and a passion as a writer. Fueled by a need to encourage reticent readers to pick up short stories, poems, and novels, Ann works with local schools and libraries to provide workshops and presentations, each designed to get students reading. When she is not working with young adults, Ann teaches writing for the adult education program in Sun City West, Arizona.
With temperatures reaching over 109 degrees in the summer, swimming has become her favorite recreational activity. But the cooler winter months allow her to enjoy hiking in the nearby White Tank Mountains and walking her recently rescued dog, “Streetboy,” in her West Valley community, located 20 miles from Phoenix.
She and her family enjoy frequenting many of the local coffee shops in her area and discovering new and interesting bakeries and pastry shops. After all, what’s a good book without a cup of coffee and a delicious snack?
And now from the author herself:
I don’t know who came up with the idea that writers have a specific schedule for sitting down at their desks (or wherever they translate their thoughts into words) to work for a designated amount of time. Frankly, I’m lucky if I can string together more than two hours in a row. It’s not that I don’t want to be engaged in creative thought, but the demands of my part time paying jobs (yeah, I can’t rely on book sales alone to survive) coupled with family, pets and household needs pull me in all sorts of directions.
If only I could be as disciplined as J.A. Jance. Do you know that she actually wrote from 3:00 – 5:00 A.M. every day when her children were in school? I felt so guilty when I heard her mention that at a conference three years ago. Good grief! At 3:00 A.M. the only thing I want to see is the inside of my eyelids, and preferably from deep or REM sleep!
When I first moved into my neighborhood in Arizona’s West Valley, the woman across the street said, “I’m so impressed. Every morning at 4:30 A.M. I see your lights on in the front room. You must be busy writing one of your novels.” I should have let her believe that, but I just couldn’t lie.
“Actually, my desk isn’t in the front room. It’s in the back of house and the only thing I’m doing at 4:30 in the morning is cleaning the kitty litter boxes. That’s what’s in the front room.” If I don’t clean the boxes at the crack of dawn and again at 10:00 P.M., my cats will inevitably seek out someplace else to do their business. I’m disciplined all right but only when it comes to issues like sanitation!
So when do I write? Whenever I can. At coffee shops, waiting for an oil change, at doctors’ appointments and even at the dentist while the Novocain is starting to take. In fact, I almost pushed the panic button during an MRI because I finally figured out the dialogue I had been struggling with for weeks. I said almost. Sometimes common sense just has to prevail.
But the best moments of all are the few quiet ones when it’s just me at the computer with no obligations for the rest of the day. Unless of course, I forgot to clean the litter.
When seasoned sleuths, Ryn and Aeden learn that the body of their friend’s great-grandfather has just turned up encased in mud, they decide to tackle one more mystery. Unfortunately they find themselves caught in a time loop between 1952 Missouri and the Ice Age. Worst of all, someone has traveled back in time with them, posing a greater threat than any of the prehistoric animals they face.
I have a new publisher, Two Cats Press, a small independent company located in Surprise, Arizona. It will take a while but copies should soon be available in brick and mortar stores in the Unites States. If I gain a good readership, then perhaps my books will make it into shops in the U.K.
My novels are YA but adult audiences do appreciate the nuances and references that are often overlooked by younger readers. My website, timetravelmysteries.com, features a blog and storyboards for each of my novels as well as purchase information, calendar events and updates. In addition, “Time Travel Mysteries” is on Facebook and would really like as many “LIKES” as possible so stop by!
Thank you, Morgen, for including me on your blog Spotlight and introducing me to all the readers in your community. I genuinely appreciate it!
You are very welcome, Ann. It’s great hosting you again.
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