Describe your childhood. What were some of your favorite activities? Games?
My childhood was an adventure that began when my father kidnapped us and took his three children, my brother, sister and me, to Italy. I met strangers that soon became my loved family, you know, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and many cousins. I had two sides to my personality, the creative kid that made up fantasy games to play with cousins, and the tomboy who could outrun any of my brother’s friends, he’s two years older than me.
It was in Italy that the passion for writing sprouted, but because I was an excellent runner, one my father and PE teacher recognized, I was kept after school to train in the high jump and sprint. I’ve never been a long distance runner. Unfortunately, for my career in sports, my mother was able to get her hand on her children and without a passport or permission from my father, kidnapped us back to the United States. Once back, my mother forced me into the mold of a young woman through ballet and piano lessons. It wasn’t until high school that I found a teacher, Mrs. Allen, who recognized my talent for telling stories and creating characters.
Goodness, what drama you endured as a child. At least you got to grow up in two different cultures. Did you dream of being a writer or something else?
I started writing in secret at the age of eight, writing little stories I hid in my drawer. They were for my eyes only. It wasn’t until high school that I started to write for others to read, and it all began because of one teacher who recognized some hidden talent I had a hard time seeing. After that, though, I took creative writing all through college. Real life caught up with me, and I found myself with a real job, a husband, a house, and soon followed the four jewels of my life—Amanda, Amelia, Alessa, and Ariana. I started writing again when I finally had a chance to quit my job and stay home to raise my treasure.
That’s wonderful. I know you grew up in several cultures and are multi-lingual. Has that helped your writing adventure?
My adventure through life never really stopped… the greatest adventure and challenge has been my marriage. I’m a hard fast Roman Catholic, but married a Lebanese Moslem I met at Wayne State University. Not counting religion, the cultural differences alone are enough to send anyone into a never-ending whirlwind. Believe me, it’s pretty dizzying. The challenge of raising children, especially girls, can be a dividing monster. We managed, and next July will be our twenty-eight wedding anniversary.
My adventures definitely influence my writing. Most of my main characters find themselves in other worlds where they must make major adjustments to survive.
Congratulations! You’ve certainly lived a multi-cultural adventure. I bet it gives you a lot to write about. Any advice for upcoming authors?
If your dream is to be an accomplished author, you need to put your name out there, in the form of a blog, way before you intend to publish. Dedicate your blog to promoting other authors, their fans will come to your blog. With time, they will recognize your name and when you publish, they will try your book.
It is very important to have an editor comb through your work, quality is most important. Also, a professional book cover is a must. Most of all, don’t ever give up on your dream. Take classes to improve your craft, and surround yourself with supportive people.
Great advice, Annamaria. Tell us about The New Girl in Town.
The New Girl in Town is the second book in the White Swans series. The series is comprised of short stories not novels. This idea came to me because my youngest swears she doesn’t read because novels are just too long. Some of her friends believe as she does, time instagramming if far more important. I also see this series benefitting working people who have a limited amount of time to dedicate to reading.
In the New Girl in Town, a new character joins the cast to make for a more interesting story. She’s the opposite of Kendíka, and one to stir up a different kind of trouble.
All it takes is a wish upon a star, and Jillian finds herself in a Regency world she only read about in romance novels. She wakes in an exciting world of adventure and challenges but didn’t expect the new life she received. A maid? OMG!
An ambitious girl, she schemes to rise above her station and become a lady with a title and wealth. She’ll go to any lengths to achieve her goals—even risking the anger of her captors, the hazy eyes always gazing down upon the ancient world. Will her attempts to climb the social ladder get her into trouble?
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Although born in the United States, Annamaria Bazzi spent a great deal of her childhood in Sicily, Italy, in a town called Sciacca. Italian was the language spoken at home. Therefore, she had no problems when she found herself growing up in a strange country.
Upon returning to the states, she promised herself she would speak without an accent.
She attended Wayne State University in Detroit Michigan, where she obtained her Bachelor of Science in Computers with a minor in Spanish.
Annamaria spent twenty years programming systems for large corporations, creating innovative solution, and addressing customer problems. During those years, she raised four daughters and one husband. Annamaria lives in Richmond Virginia with her small family where she now dedicates a good part of her day writing.
You can visit Annamaria at:
https://www.facebook.com/Author.annamariabazzi facebook page
Links to Annamaria’s book
White Swans: The New Girl in Town
White Swans: A Regency Era