#FierceFriday Interview with Award-Winning Author, Annette Rochelle
Meeting Annette Rochelle
#FierceFriday is a weekly feature on Everything’s Coming Up Rosie (ecurosie) – celebrating all the incredibly inspiring and kick-ass women out there! With that, I am excited to share this week’s interview with Award-Winning Author, Talk Show Host & Blogger Annette Rochelle.
We first met about year ago when she stumbled across my blog. I was a guest on Rochelle ‘s Blog Talk Radio and you can listen to that interview here. Going back and listening to that interview, I was so awkward but it was a fun experience nonetheless! Annette is an amazing lady and I am thrilled that I can return the favor and interview her today.
In this week’s interview, some of the highlights are Annette’s internet radio programs, angel messages, books that have influenced her, how she designed and ran a television studio and much more!
Share Your Story – Annette Rochelle
Please tell us a little about yourself. And what are some of your interests outside of blogging and writing?
Hi, I’m Annette Rochelle, born and raised in the great State of Michigan, here in the United States of America. I’ve done a bit of traveling, seen some of Canada and several other states. A couple of my favorite places in Canada are Toronto, where one can get lost in the diverse cultural experiences to be had. When you go, be sure to visit the Royal Ontario Art Gallery! Also, if you are into LIVE theater, then be sure to head to Stratford, Ontario and get your Shakespeare “fix”. Here in the states, I love the sights and sounds of Chicago, Illinois (the deep dish pizza is amazing). And be sure to check out Louisville, Kentucky, where you could spend two weeks and still not see everything. When I am not writing, I am probably cooking, doing my internet radio programs, http://www.blogtalkradio.com/perspectivepower making jewelry, hanging with friends at Farmer’s Markets or coffee houses and enjoying our three cats!
How did you begin blogging/your career?
I’ve had a couple blogs over the years but this one http://www.annetterochelleaben.wordpress.com is the one I have developed. A friend of mine actually created it, then called me and told me that she made a blog for me… So I filled in some pages about my books, artwork, radio show and videos. I knew that I wanted to share the Angel Messages I receive daily (and have since longer than I can recall) so the Angels have their place on my blog as well.
Where do you like to write?
I love to write in my studio. Here I have my laptop, music, art supplies and plenty of windows to distract me when I need some inspiration. Oh, this happens to be in my home. That being said, I can write anywhere. I carry pen and paper with me everywhere and there are notebooks and ink pens scattered strategically placed throughout my living space.
Is there anything you must have in order to write?
I prefer to have background music, which these days is country (I know, people who have known me have just done a double take as I have never been a C & W enthusiast). My go-to is Mozart in the cd player. And I can write when there is merely the silence of the backyard critters. Something to drink nearby is a must and that is generally coffee, tea or water.
What books have influenced you most, both as a person and as an author?
When I was a child, I read books that talked about how other people lived. Some fiction, mostly non-fiction. This subject matter continues to be the greatest influence for me as a person and a writer. I am a huge fan of reference books, for years, I collected dictionaries. Since 1992, I have been drawn to books with a spiritual theme. This was the time when I realized that there were other people who could see ghosts, hear spirits and connect with Angels. From that point, I wanted to read as much about what other people knew as I could.
Is there something specific you do to improve your writing?
To improve my writing, I edit other people’s writing for an international digital magazine. That may sound weird but by being able to help others tighten up their articles, it makes me much more aware of how my writing looks and sounds. That wasn’t why I started doing that, it was just a job I was honored to be offered but it has turned out to make me a better writer.
What’s been the biggest challenge in your career so far?
The biggest challenge I have found in my career as a writer is to be comfortable in all aspects of the process of creating the end product. I was used to editing non-creative writing but felt that my poetry should simply be presented as originally written. Heck fire, what I have discovered during the creation of the poetry books I have published, is that sometimes a re-write makes it flow better.
How have you grown your readership?
When I began writing for The Magic Happens, the digital magazine I now edit, I noticed that I was gaining a following. Also, by building relationships with other bloggers, I have watched a following grow. So I would have to say that using the internet has helped me more than anything else.
Describe your perfect Sunday.
The perfect Sunday to me, is when I waken with a song in my heart, a smile on my face and continually find experiences throughout the day to me singing and smiling. If you toss in some yummy food, good music, strong coffee and perhaps, someone else with which to share, I am good! Check that, I’m thrilled!
You just can’t live without? And why.
Gee whiz, I would have to say that I cannot live with appreciation for every moment of every day. Why? Because I took so much for granted for so long that I didn’t even realize the importance of my life’s choices.
What would you say is your biggest achievement?
To date, my greatest achievement, in the business world, is that I designed and ran a television studio for the City of Monroe, Michigan in 1990. I was honored to be their CEO for 4 ½ years. http://mpactstudio.org/ They are still in operation, 22 years after my departure. In the past year, they built a brand-new, digital studio and added a radio station. Every person they have had running the studio since I left, was at one time, one of my students. It’s a great feeling! Oh and believe it or not, the summer before personality Steven Colbert started his new late night television show, he came to the studio and taped a show. Monroe Public Access Cable Television received international exposure. You can actually go to YouTube and see the segment. Way cool! Way cool!
What does your writing future hold for you?
While I am not specifically sure what my writing future holds, I know that I have several new books in the works. One that is set to go live any moment and several I have lined up for release throughout 2017. Other than books, I have the articles I write for The Magic Happens and posts I create for my blog. Sounds like I could add something new and exciting… I’m up for that!
Finally, if you could share three of your biggest life lessons with ecurosie readers, what would they be?
I would love to share 3 of my biggest life lessons with everyone. In no particular order. Everyone is worthy of love, simply because they breathe. Being happy is more important than being right. Only love is real!
You can find Annette Rochelle Here
Michigan native, Annette Rochelle Aben was born to write. An award-winning author, she currently has six self-published titles available on Amazon and Kindle. Annette also edits the digital magazine The Magic Happens.
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