Title: Ann, Not Annie
Author: Sage Steadman
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Young Adult
Expected Release Date: September 22, 2017
Ann, not Annie, is tired of her nominal existence and has vowed to turn things around by dating the hottest guy in school, Jacob Waters. Easier said than done since Jacob isn’t even aware she exists. The truth is, due to Ann’s lively temper she spends more time in detention with the rest of the school rejects than she does fantasizing about Jacob Waters wearing spandex.
Her best friend and devout alien believer, Lisa, doesn’t like the changes she’s seeing in her BFF. Neither does Danny Feller, a fellow detention inmate and resident lost boy who has started keeping an extra watchful and unwanted eye on Ann.
When a chance encounter in an empty hallway changes everything, Ann finds all her dreams coming true and she is well on her way to living the perfect life she’s always wanted. But appearances aren’t always what they seem and Ann is going to have to face not just cold hard facts, but also her past.
Growing up I loved Lois Lowry. “The Giver” and “Number the Stars” were two of my favorite books. But then I stopped reading Young Adult and didn’t come back to it until I was in college and someone recommended I read Laurie Halse Anderson’s novel “Speak.” The book opened up YA literature for me again and shortly after that I picked up John Green’s “An Abundance of Katherines,” from the bookstore shelf and that was it for me. I was hooked.
When writing a book, what is your favorite part of the creative process(outline, plot, character names, editing, etc)?
I love almost all of it. I love every part where I get to be creative. From the first spark of inspiration, to discovering the characters and creating an outline, to writing, to rewriting, to cover design to ad design. Anything that requires creativity, i’m in. The only thing that can get tedious is the editing. Those are long days.
When reading a book, what genre do you find most interesting/intriguing?
I love so many. I really read all of it. It’s less about genre and more about what the book is about. I love true to life stories. I’m much more of a contemporary reader than a fantasy. And if there is humor in it, then sign me up.
If you could co-author with any author, past or present, who would you choose?
I don’t even know if I can answer this because I’m sooo not worthy (see answer to question 1). I’m co-writing with Lauren T. Hart on something right now though and it’s a lot of fun because we have the same dry sense of humor and can build on each other’s ideas. I love getting a chapter back from her that she’s re-written because she’s managed to take my idea and make it 10x funnier. If you haven’t read her book yet, The Aeon Star, I highly recommend. After you get my book, of course.
Have you always wanted to write or did it come to you "later in life"?
It did come later in life…I’ve always written, but it never occurred to me that I would want to do it as a career. I knew I always wanted to help people and connect with them so I got my Master’s in Social Science so I could do counseling, which I still love to do but It’s not something I can do full time. I need lots of time to be in my own little world.
Sage Steadman was awarded a master’s degree in social work from the University of Utah. While pursuing her passion for writing, she worked as a licensed mental health therapist. She published her debut novel, “Snowflake Obsidian: Memoir of a Cutter,” in 2010 under her pen name, The Hippie, and since, re-released the second edition under her real name. The novel has been deemed an “idyllic” read, filled with love, humor, romance and heart. She is also the co-author of the gritty and inspiring historical fiction novel, “Upon Destiny’s Song,” alongside classical guitarist, Mike Ericksen, and has penned an article on teen cutting for Canadian Magazine, “Edmonton’s Child.” She has recently produced a stunning and thought-reflecting novella entitled, “The Waking Dream.” Sage is heralded as a talented writer who tackles her novels with a witty, raw and honest approach. She currently lives near Salt Lake City, Utah with family.
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