Anna Questerly

Anna Questerly
Bookseller and bibliophile turned author, Anna Questerly writes medieval fiction and fairy tales for smart kids and young hearts. For adults, she creates Utopian fantasy as A.J. Questerly.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Even With Our Extra Second, Not Enough Time!

If you're a Facebook or Twitter friend, you probably already know why I haven't been posting on my own blog.  Such exciting things are happening, I'm getting to the point of needing a full time assistant or a strait jacket. I'm not sure which.

First, I'm getting more and more speaking and books signing engagements. I can't seem to say no to these requests, they are always a lot of fun. I'll be speaking later in July for The Christian Writers of the West, which I'm looking forward to. Here's a link to their site: http://www.christianwritersofthewest.com/

Last week, I spoke at a meeting of the Scottsdale Society of Women Writers and had a great time with those gals. They loved the Indie 800 project and are really pushing for location closer to Scottsdale. I can't blame them. There are only two bookstores left in the entire town. One of the writers is a journalist, and she offered to write articles about each of our Charter Members to promote it!

Which brings me to the second thing, the Dog-Eared Pages Indie 800 project. We've received bunches of submissions already. My board and I are diligently researching and reading works by authors to determine if they qualify to join our Indie 800 Club. So far we've approved four members and raised $20,000 toward our goal of $4,000,000. We still have a long way to go, but I can't tell you how excited I am at the caliber of authors applying!

Here's the link if you'd like to know more: http://bit.ly/1IgC0xZ

If you get a chance, check out books by Alan Black, Kris Tualla, and Michele Venne either at Dog-Eared Pages for signed copies or on Amazon. You'll see what I mean.

Third, even though summer is a slow time at the bookstore, there's still plenty to do. Stocking shelves, pricing books, cleaning books, cleaning the store, culling books for the bargain room. Doing the newsletter and all of the social media marketing.

Finally, I've been getting a bit of writing in. I've been invited to contribute a few stories to a Flash Fiction Anthology. Turns out these short little stories are almost as tough to write as a novel! Who knew? Anyway, it's fun and I'm honored to have been included. I'll let you know when it's available.

That's it for now. I've gotta get back to reading submissions for the Indie 800 applications! Yeah, I know; it's a tough job.

Happy 4th of July to you all. Stay safe and have bunches of fun!
Anna



Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Authorpalooza!

I'm so excited to be signing with a dozen amazing authors this Saturday from 1:00-4:00 at Doge Eared Pages in Phoenix, AZ!  Stop by if you're in town.

Also, for those of you interested in what it takes to build a fictional world, here is my interview with World Builder's Anvil.  If you've never heard his podcast, it's fascinating to listen to how other authors build their worlds. I've learned  a lot from this series. https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/worldbuilders-anvil/id956705643?mt=2

I'm still working on my top-secret project, and so far, all is going according to plan.  I can't wait to share it with all of you!

My new line of journals is doing well both on Amazon and in our store. A new one, I designed for a friend's wedding, is really catching on. It's a newlywed journal to document their first year and makes a great wedding gift. If you type 'Questerly' in the Amazon search bar, you should be able to find it along with all of the other new designs.  Again, let me know in the comments if you'd like me to do a specific theme for you or someone you know.

I'm loving this warmer weather and will be complaining about the heat in about a month. To my friends in the rest of the US, I hope spring has sprung where you are and you're taking the time to watch the greenery sprout and the flowers bloom.

Take care, my friends.

Anna

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Working on a Top-Secret New Project!

Hi, my friends. I'll be offline for a few weeks. I'm working on a new project and should have exciting news soon.  Hope all is well with you guys!

Anna

Friday, March 27, 2015

It's Meet My Friends Friday! This week's guest is Alan Black

Happy Friday, my friends!

I'm so excited to introduce you to one of my best buddies, Mr. Alan Black. Alan is not only a friend, but is also one of my beta readers and has given me so much help with my writing, I can't thank him enough.

I snapped this picture when we were at the Tucson Book Festival two weeks ago. I think it captures his fun and quirky personality pretty well. He is, as they say, a card. Which card, you ask?  The joker, of course. By the way, Alan and I will be signing at the Book Vault in Mesa Saturday 3/28/15 from noon til 4:00 along with Kris Tualla, Deena Remiel, and Gini Koch. If you haven't met them yet, try to stop by if you're in the area. It's a great store.  If you're not in Arizona, I'm sure I'll get them on here one Friday soon, so you can meet them, too.



If you have a sense of humor, I'm sure you'll find his books to your liking.

Take it away, Alan!

I've been writing novels since 1997 when I started Eye on The Prize. My writing tastes are as eclectic as my reading preferences. I admit that I love writing much more than editing and the whole publishing process. Marketing of my work leaves me as baffled as the whole string theory thing.

I was born in central Kansas and grew up in Gladstone, Missouri. I graduated from Oak Park Senior High School and eventually earned a liberal arts degree from Longview Community college. I spent most of my adult life in the Kansas City area. The exception came at the orders from the U.S. Air Force when I was stationed in Texas, California, Maryland, and Japan. My wife and I were married in the late 70s and moved back to Independence, Missouri, but now we live in sunny Arizona. The dry desert air stimulates my creativity more than the juicy air in Missouri (pronounced here as 'misery') and I've yet to shovel sunshine out of the driveway.

My desire to write started in the second grade. I was given an assignment to write a short story about Greek mythology. My teacher took the time to call my parents and express her appreciation of the story. Although neither of my patents remembered the incident, it had an impact on me, eventually leading me to write Eye On The Prize, taking two years to complete. I've gotten faster since then completing a recent manuscript in three weeks

One of the things I was most exited about was becoming a #1 bestselling author on Amazon and Kindle for Metal Boxes, a young adult, science fiction, military, action adventure. I have published eight. I'm a self-published multi-genre writer. One writer friend called me 'timeless' because I wrote historical books, novels based in the present and tales of the future. My main goal is to write story driven novels with scifi novels that are more character and action driven than focused on science, story driven historical that are not history lessons and entertainment based literary fiction.

My vision statement: "I want my readers amazed they missed sleep because they could not put down one of my books. I want my readers amazed I made them laugh on one page and cry on the next. I want to give my readers a pleasurable respite from the cares of the world for a few hours. I want to offer stories I would want to read."

Feel free to ask any questions in the comments or connect with me at AlanBlackAuthor.com












Friday, March 20, 2015

Meet My Friends Friday with Lauren Lynne

I first met Lauren on Twitter, and with both of us writing for young adults, we soon became fast friends on Twitter and on Goodreads. I can't wait to meet her in person some day. Maybe even hold a signing for her at Dog-Eared Pages!

Anyway, her series is intriguing and I wanted to know what motivated her to write it. So I asked. Here's what she says:

I work in low-income (Title 1) schools as a substitute teacher. I was moved by male reluctant readers. I have a personal love of underdogs and the characters Harry Potter, Percy Jackson and Alex Rider. I wanted to reach out and engage young and sometimes troubled youths and to connect them with a character that struggles everyday to do the right thing and make the most of his situation. My protagonist never claims to be perfect and often doubts himself. Some people see him as a troublemaker and others as a hero.

My young adult novels teach about living with consequences, talking things out, trusting in yourself as well as thinking of others and not just yourself. There are also underlying themes of anti-bullying and anti-gang.

I gave Owen, the protagonist, the special ability to be able to sense bad things that had happened to people. He is then driven to make them right, or at least better. He develops a genuine desire to help others. It is both Owen’s nature and destiny to be “good”, to fight against people who hurt others.

I hope that helps.
Thank you for your interest and if you would like to know more… please visit my website.

http://thesecretwatchers.com


Don't you just love her covers? :)

You can touch base with her on Twitter at @LaurenLynneYA or on Goodreads or Facebook. Stop by and tell her, "Hi!" when you get a chance. She'd love to hear from you.



Friday, March 13, 2015

Meet My Friend, Karen Cafarella!

Happy Friday! Today, I want to introduce you to my friend and fellow book-lover, Karen Cafarella. Unfortunately, I forgot to ask her for a photo, so I'll try to give you a glimpse of her. I secretly believe she's a sprite. Really! She's just a slip of a woman with a pixie hair cut, sparkling eyes, and a wide, welcoming smile. As soon as you meet her, you know you're going to like her. Like I said, she's a sprite!

I've known Karen since we opened Dog-Eared Pages. She was one of our very first customers and has always been supportive of our author events and our store in general. She paints, writes, and teaches yoga. As a matter of fact, when she first began teaching yoga, I was part of her 'practice class' and we held classes in the bookstore before we opened until she received her license.

She's also an organizing guru, so I asked her to write a bit about that since we probably all need a bit of help there.

Take it away, Karen!

Writing and Organizing! ! ! by Karen Cafarella

I am an Organizer by heart. For as long as I can remember I loved to keep things in
order. I understand not everyone is that way but you can be organized and feel at ease
with these few tips.

When people think about organizing, they think about getting the closet in order or the
kitchen, bathroom and garage in order; but what they don’t think about is the computer.

With most of us using our computers for just about everything we do from grocery lists
to writing poems or short stories or novels; our computer can get disorganized. So here
are a few tips to help:

If you are like me and still enjoy writing in a notebook, since they are much easier to
carry around; and you only keep a few pages in that notebook either transfer it to your
computer or scan directly onto a USB drive. As much as I love to write, my organizing
brain says I don’t need to keep all those notebooks and lets face it they can be hard to
store. Scanning is one of the easiest ways. It keeps all your writing in one place.

At times I do keep poems or stories on my computer for entering a contest. This way
they are readily available. In that case I set up folders. Instead of all your writing in
one folder separate by categories, short stories, poems & haikus and novels. If you
have a novel started but never finished and decided to work on another one, keep those
folders separate. Name them so it will be easy to locate when you want to work on
them. You can also keep a folder just with ideas in them.

Other parts of your computer can get cluttered at well. E-mail, go through daily if you
can and only save what is important. What needs to be saved for future reference put
in drafts, this way the messages don’t get deleted by accident. Favorites, go through
those every few months. We put so many sites on our computer to look at but most
times forget or never get around to it. By looking at them every few months it helps
keep the computer clean and organized.

Remember whatever you are organizing a little bit at a time goes a long way.



If you're interested in checking out Karen's book, you can pick up a signed copy at Dog-Eared Pages in Phoenix or on Amazon