Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Blog Tour ~ Ann Snizek ~ The Jewel of Nirel

Book Title: The Jewel of Nirel
Author:  Ann Snizek
Release Date:  July 27, 2013
Genre:  YA Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Length:  Over 86,000 Words
Presented by:  As You Wish Tours
Tour Schedule: The Jewel of Nirel

Building a Book Series from Start to Middle

Some authors build a story, I let the story come alive and tell itself. I'm just the lucky one, chosen to be the secretary.  I start writing and go where it leads me.  Life has many twists and turns in it and I think my stories reflect that quality.

Every story has a beginning middle and end.  Each book has a beginning middle and end.  With book three, I’m getting the feeling that we are only in the middle of this epic journey.  While I have an idea where it is going, I don’t yet know how it will get there.

Since I don’t have an actual outline – they never work right for me – I “fly by the seat of my pants” and I believe I can see the end.  Hopefully, you are all enjoying the ride with me and don’t want it to end yet either.

I think one of the key parts of watching a series come to life, is just knowing what direction it is going in and where you want to be when the ride stops.  Of course, we meet and influence other people along the way, but that gives room for other stories to branch out.

Life is all around us and the imagination is endless.  It takes a lot of work and dedication to perform as a secretary for such a long series, but the rewards are terrific.  I don’t know how many times I’ve had to scrap parts of the story simply because I got something wrong.  Thankfully, I have the opportunity to edit and revise and edit and revise and then repeat that a few hundred times before I release it for others.

Having a good support team is an immense help.  Sometimes just talking a situation through is enough to clear the mind.  Even if it isn’t, having people who support my secretarial endeavors is extremely precious to me.

Join me and the group of friends from Tunuftol as their journey continues!


For the people of Tunuftol, and other countries on the planet Nyssa, names found them starting at twelve months old… at the earliest. Along with the names came certain skills or powers. Depending on what you did with your powers determined what type of person you were, and sometimes affected future names. Therefore, names had great importance in Tunuftol, and Krissa had more than a few… nine to be exact. Her full name was Krissa Lysandra Rue Alverna Harley Mya Magryta Freya Wittek, which is quite a mouthful.

The dangers haven't ended for our friends yet. The weather is starting to warm and the war started last fall is under way. Journey with Krissa and the crew as they struggle to keep their world safe and find their place in it.

I grew up in Vermont mostly and now live in Virginia with my family (those still at home). My husband and I have a blended family of seven kids. My childhood was spent moving around a lot. (non-military) About five years ago, we started home-schooling our youngest children. Now there are only two remaining in home-school. I have tried to nurture the love of books in our children and now our grandchildren -- always nurturing their imaginations. Recently, I have become active in our community with literacy, starting a local (and online) creative writing club and volunteer tutoring at the Adult Learning Center.
I struggle with Fibromyalgia and PTSD. So, have to be careful not to overdo things... I don't always listen to my own advice. I have a dry, sarcastic and corny sense of humor and always try to look at things optimistically. (again not always successful) However, I feel that if I don't give up -- for long -- then things will work out for the best eventually.





  1. Thank you for having me on your site today!!!

    1. You're welcome! Hope the release is going great!


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