Thursday, January 3, 2013

New Author Annamaria Bazzi Joins the Bloggy

I've always been very gratified to help indie authors and aspiring authors on their personal road to publication.  Many people were there for me when I was just starting out and their advice and suggestions and experiences have been invaluable to me.  I'm thrilled that my blog has become a place where the aspiring writer can get critically needed information on how to do what it is we do....after we type the words "the end".

Therefore is is always such a pleasure for me when an indie author I know gets her first taste of publishing.  My friend today on the blog is just such a person.  Annamaria is likely still walking on a cloud from her first ever publication and she is just revving up.  Please join me in welcoming newly-published AUTHOR, Annamaria Bazzi to the bloggy.  

Hello Samantha’s readers, before I even start, I’d like to thank Samantha for having me as a guest on her wonderful blog.

I’m Annamaria Bazzi and have wanted to be a published author since the age of eight. Go figure! It took a lifetime to get here. That’s only because real life took over and I had to stop dreaming and writing to raise four daughters and one husband. No, I’m not done raising all of them, but after a twenty-some-year career as a systems analyst in computers, writing software for large corporations, I had enough of long nights, no weekends and short vacations.

I used to dream of contracts with Simon & Schuster, HarperCollins, or Random House, but the big six aren’t interested in new authors anymore. Their strategies have pushed many serious writers to the Indie world.  I’m proud to say I’m releasing one of the two short stories for the readers to sample before releasing my first novel, an urban fantasy.

The voyage has been very interesting and at times frustrating. The hardest part of this journey has been finding an editor that would be a perfect fit. One that would push me to my limits and help me to grow while making sure the plot has no holes, inconsistencies, no character flows, etc.  it’s very important to find someone I could work with, someone that would be honest and one I could build a relationship with. It’s very important to me to publish quality—a well edited story with an interesting plot and characters the reader can relate to.

I don’t have a specific genre I write in, although the short story ‘A Simple Matter of Justice’ is a paranormal story. I had fun writing. 

Here is a small blurb:
Brutally murdered, Samantha discovers her life doesn’t end with her death. While in spirit form, she speaks with a wolf, which offers her a chance to bring her killer to trial…but there are strings attached. Even so, she accepts his proposal, and together they hunt the city. However, when the man responsible can’t be located, she worries the wolf’s proposal might be more than a simple matter of justice.

My daughter designed the cover for me, and it was a pleasure working with her. Thank you Amanda.

Someone once asked me if I’ve ever fallen in love with one of my characters. I think that sometimes it is impossible not to fall in love with your characters. Some have a distinct way of entrenching themselves deep in your heart and it becomes difficult to let them go when the novel is completed. I have two such characters I still can’t let go, so I’ve gone off and designed a small series around them once I completed the initial novel. I don’t think I ‘m alone in this.

A Simple Matter of Justice will be followed by another short story to give the readers a taste of my style before I release my novel, Trapped in a Nightmare, an urban fantasy.

I also enjoy writing YA fiction, and will be releasing a short story I hope they’ll enjoy.

Thank you Samantha, this was fun.

And it was fun for us to meet you as well, Annamaria.  I wish you all the best in your publishing journey and all I ask is that you pay it forward for all the as-yet-unpublished authors you know.

If you would like to connect with Annamaria, she'd love to hear from you.
Connect with her here:
Twitter: @AMBazzi


  1. Samantha, this was great! i had fun, and am looking forward to a time when we'll be working together again :)

    1. Absolutely. That's what this blog is here for, authors like you. Best of luck with the next release!

  2. Congratulations, Annamaria, on the new release and also that it has inspired ideas for a series! Best of luck to you. Oh, and I agree, it is important to find an editor you are compatible with. Maybe one of the hardest things to find!

    1. You are so right, Chantel. The relationshio between the writer and her editor is sacrosanct. I am trying to get a few editors to post here on the bloggy; hope you stick around for them.

    2. Thank you, Chantel.
      i have seveal novels that need to be edited so i can publish them, but new ideas keep flowing and i can't ignore them