Friday, September 8, 2017

Writing Inspiration by Sage Steadman, author of Ann, Not Annie plus Giveaway

Writing Inspiration
by Sage Steadman

The thing about inspiration is it can come from anywhere. Sometimes just watching a movie that I end up really liking can inspire me to write. Even if the movie has nothing to do with what I’m writing.

When I was writing “Ann, Not Annie” I was working as a therapist in county mental health. Sometimes my inspiration would come from a client who was still able to maintain a great sense of humor despite all the struggles they were facing. And you can see this in the book. Even though “Ann, Not Annie” deals with some heavy subject matter, the humor in it carries you through, making it an easy and enjoyable read.

I feel like sometimes inspiration has more to do with tapping into that creative energy than it is about picking up ideas from places. Not that I haven’t used things from my history or experience to write a scene, but when i’m experiencing inspiration it can come from anything. Nature, a book, a song, a painting etc. Being around creative people and experiencing other people’s creations always inspires me in some way. I talk about “The Artists Way” a lot because I feel like Julia Cameron understands the artists journey and how to nurture that journey. She talks about one of the essentials in nourishing the creative self is to take yourself on “Artists Dates.” Where you go out by yourself and enjoy other people’s art. Whether it’s at a museum, art show, movie, or even just going to a unique retail store and looking at hand carved jewelry boxes. The idea is about opening yourself up to that flow of creativity that manifests all around us. 

Ann, Not Annie
Sage Steadman

Publication date: September 20th 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult

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.

Author Bio:
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.