Q&A with Anne Marie

Q. In your novel, Dragonflies at Night, which character do you most relate to and why?
A. Even though I didn’t lose my parents until my adult years, I relate the most to Savannah because I totally understand her fear of receiving a cancer diagnosis. I went through surgeries and treatments for breast cancer in 2002 and again in 2011, so I can tell you that her fear is very real.

Savannah is also an introvert who loves solitude, the theatre, and her two cats (among other things!). Needless to say, those are also parts of me! Also, I just love her attitude about celebrating life, and all of her party ideas for her Life Celebrations business. She is creative, and I identify with that part of her as well.  It’s funny… at one point, Ben points out to her that she is an introvert who loves giving parties. And that he is an extrovert who is a terrible host. Just one more way that these two are a perfect match!

Q. If you could be magically transported into Dragonflies at Night for one day, what role would you play? How would you alter the events of the story?
A. If I could magically enter the story of Dragonflies at Night, I think I would be a new staff member of Savannah’s Life Celebrations business.  It would be fun to be in on the creative planning sessions for a new party, and to be part of a team endeavor that includes Savannah, Andi, Jeremy, and the two recent college graduates—twin teens named Summer and Winter. I’m not sure I would alter the events of the story, though. I would just like to be part of that creative team.


Q. What do you do for work when you’re not writing?
A. I own my own business, KaleidoSoul, that offers online and in-person learning about the process of SoulCollage® (an intuitive process for personal growth and creativity created by Seena Frost). I love my work at KaleidoSoul because it is making a difference in so many peoples’ lives all around the world. At this time, I’m not a full time writer. I do set aside two hours a day, four-five times a week to work/play on whatever current book I’m working on. I have discovered that a lot can be accomplished this way!


Q. What is one thing you would give up writing to have (or to have back)?
A. I can honestly say that there is nothing I would give up writing for!  Writing is in my blood, in my bones, in my soul. It is such an intricate part of me that if I had to give it up, it would be like giving up my very essence.

Let me know YOUR thoughts in the comments below. If you could jump into the story of Dragonflies at Night, which character would YOU choose to be, and how would YOU alter the story?


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