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The Chimney Still Stands  

 



Interview with Tammy Snyder

 

This month at the General Fiction book club at B&N.com we are celebrating Pubit, a great no cost way for authors to publish and sell their works in digital format and what better way to do that than by featuring debut author Tammy Snyder and her Pubit novel The Chimney Still Stands.

 

Debbie - Tammy thank you for agreeing to participate as this month’s featured author.


Tammy -Thank you, Debbie, for inviting me. I'm very excited to be here!


D -First tell us a little about yourself.


T - Sure. I'm a 39 year young wife (of 17yrs) and mother of three teenage boys. I'm a Christian, reader, writer, movie fanatic, and I love photography. I've done everything from flipping burgers to being a nanny; from running my own businesses to volunteering in my community. Now, I feel the need to calm down and finally focus on my dream. Writing.

I moved in 1991 from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where I was born and raised, to where I now live in the beautiful Ozark Mountains just down the road from the Buffalo National River in northwest Arkansas that I write about in my book.


D -Did you always want to be a writer and tell us how you found Pubit and a little about that process.


T - Definitely! As far back as I can remember. I'd say the seed was planted long ago when I discovered my love for reading. You could say that, since spending most of my life holed up in one quiet corner or another with my nose in a book, that it'd be inevitable that I'd end up wanting to write one of my own. I can remember being in fifth or sixth grade and being assigned an idea for a story. If you wrote it well, you could sit on the teacher's stool in front of the class and read it. Well, I did great. And, despite my severe shyness and hatred of getting up on front of class, I went up and with, I can only imagine, a red face read my story with pride. I remember then feeling a jolt of excitement for the idea.

Finding Pubit was a happy coincidence. It was a 2010 Christmas commercial for the new NOOK that had me googling Barnes & Noble. That's when I found Pubit. I had already completed my novel in March of 2009 and, failing to find an agent, let it sit collecting dust on my dresser ( I write long hand). In typical “me” fashion I began researching this Pubit and it sounded ideal. Hey, how can you go wrong when someone offers to sell your book for free! So, I followed the directions, filled in this, listed that, download like so and voila! A ten year labor of love had finally made it's mark in the publishing world! I can, now, call myself an author!

 

D - Are you working on another novel and will you continue with Pubit or will you be looking for a mortar and brick publisher?


T - As a matter of fact, I'm researching right now for what will be my first series and I have to say I'm quite nervous about it. Excited too, of course! :smileyhappy: It takes place in a Michigan towns heyday from the late 1800's through the Depression and includes miners, lumberjacks and love stories (no book is complete without a love story!).

I'm not certain yet what I will do to publish them. I know I would love to work with a mortar and brick publisher and see my books in print and eBook form but I will just have to wait and see. One thing I've learned is you never know what's around the next corner. All I can do is pray and leave it in God's hands.


D - Tell us how this novel came to be. I know it takes place near where you live, are there any other similarities?


T - Well, my husband is to blame for this novel. Haha He has always loved to take me for drives and when I started noticing chimney's with square, rock foundations dotting the countryside I started asking questions. That's when he showed me a yellowing and slightly brittle sesquicentennial paper he had with the story of how it all came to be. Of course I said, “What a great idea for a novel!”

Yes, much of what is written is similar to facts such as scenic descriptions, the outside of the courthouse, comments during the courthouse meeting, the waterfall scene...ask me later about the river scene!! There are a great many similarities. All but the characters. They are all of my own creation even though, as with any writer, we tend to use a bit of what we know to build our characters personalities, none are based on any one specific person. 


D - Do you have a favorite author and or genre to read?


T - I always have to laugh at this question because my favorite author changes as the wind blows. :smileyhappy: If I read a book by an author I've never read before and love it, they become my new favorite author! Lol I can tell you I've enjoyed Nicholas Sparks, Nora Roberts, Susan Wiggs and of late, Kathleen Morgan's Brides of Culdee Creek series.

I grew up reading mostly Harlequin Romance and a mass of teenage girly books. I love fiction love stories...historical or modern, Christian or not. And though I don't really read anything but adult fiction, there was a teen series I just loved when I was a substitute teacher called The Shadow Children by Margaret Peterson Haddix. Terrific!!


D - The final question is just for fun – Do you have a bucket list and what’s the number one item on it that you want to accomplish?


T - Haha. Well, besides jumping out of a perfectly good airplane to sky dive, visiting Africa and Hawaii, doing more charity work and a whole host of other things, the #1 on my list is to be a successful novelist. I dream of spending the rest of my life whipping out one successful novel after another and sweeping readers away to other worlds the way I've been swept away. Hey! It's happened for some, right? Why not me. :smileywink:


Thanks Tammy for taking the time to answer these questions and also in advance to agreeing to be with us during the month to contribute to the conversation.

 

 visit the author's facebook page here

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Good morining everyone, only one week to go until we start this month's discussion

B&N's Pubit advertised it on their facebook page, you can see it here

 

http://www.facebook.com/PubIt?ref=ts#!/PubIt

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I'd like to thank Pubit! also for advertising my book as the June feature on their FB page. I am happy to be a part of Pubit! and am grateful for their support!

See y'all on the 6th!

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Debbie, very nice interview as always! :smileyhappy: I feel like I haven't visited in months and it's only been a few days so many posts to catch up with :smileyhappy: Just busy interviewing for a new job and lots of other things but I definitely experienced separation anxiety from this forum!

Tammy, thank you for taking the time to visit with us! I still haven't figured out how I'm going to read this book since I don't have a nook or an iphone or an ipad lol but I will try to download into my computer tonight maybe I can do it that way! I wish you lots of luck in your career as an author and I hope you get to write lots of other stories and find a way to publish them too. If that is what you love doing the most then I have no doubt that you will follow your dream and find a way! As for skydiving I can only tell you one thing..DO IT! :smileyhappy: I did it last year and it was an amazing experience. I would do it again in a heartbeat! I will hopefully be able to join in on the 6th!

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A_G_D wrote:

Debbie, very nice interview as always! :smileyhappy: I feel like I haven't visited in months and it's only been a few days so many posts to catch up with :smileyhappy: Just busy interviewing for a new job and lots of other things but I definitely experienced separation anxiety from this forum!

Tammy, thank you for taking the time to visit with us! I still haven't figured out how I'm going to read this book since I don't have a nook or an iphone or an ipad lol but I will try to download into my computer tonight maybe I can do it that way! I wish you lots of luck in your career as an author and I hope you get to write lots of other stories and find a way to publish them too. If that is what you love doing the most then I have no doubt that you will follow your dream and find a way! As for skydiving I can only tell you one thing..DO IT! :smileyhappy: I did it last year and it was an amazing experience. I would do it again in a heartbeat! I will hopefully be able to join in on the 6th!

 

Hi A_G_D,

Thank you for your comments and good wishes! And, though reading it on the computer isn't as handy as a handheld device you could read curled up on your recliner, I'd sure love it if you'd join us. Might cure your seperation anxiety. :smileyhappy: lol I would only skydive with a buddy on my back...I'm afraid I might panic and forget to pull the cord! haha I bet it's addicting though as I see you already want to go again. Let's make a date to go shall we! :smileyvery-happy:

Hope to see ya the 6th!

Thanks again!

Tam

 

P.S. Good luck with your interview! Hope you get it!!:smileywink:


 

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A_G_D wrote:

Debbie, very nice interview as always! :smileyhappy: I feel like I haven't visited in months and it's only been a few days so many posts to catch up with :smileyhappy: Just busy interviewing for a new job and lots of other things but I definitely experienced separation anxiety from this forum!

Tammy, thank you for taking the time to visit with us! I still haven't figured out how I'm going to read this book since I don't have a nook or an iphone or an ipad lol but I will try to download into my computer tonight maybe I can do it that way! I wish you lots of luck in your career as an author and I hope you get to write lots of other stories and find a way to publish them too. If that is what you love doing the most then I have no doubt that you will follow your dream and find a way! As for skydiving I can only tell you one thing..DO IT! :smileyhappy: I did it last year and it was an amazing experience. I would do it again in a heartbeat! I will hopefully be able to join in on the 6th!


Andreea, Hey great to have you back. I absolutely know how you feel about separation anxiety from the board I definitely get it. I hope you can join us too. Talk to you soon and good luck with looking for a new job.

 

 

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Tammy, just downloaded the NOOK for PC app so I will be joining you on the 6th :smileywink: Couldn't stay away! I hope you don't think I skydived by myself lol OH no no no! I absolutely had an experienced jumper tied to me! But it was still awesome! I'm down for a skydiving date! And thanks for the interview wishes I hope I get it too it's a great opportunity! It's funny but believe it or not my interviewer's name is Tammy lol!

Debbie, it's great to be back! I was actually thinking about something the other day..In august I will be away for 2 weeks. I am going home to Romania to see my family. I haven't seen them in 5 years......anyways, I have no idea how I am going to survive without constant access to the computer. I guess we get pretty addicted to it don't we? :smileyhappy:

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A_G_D wrote:

Tammy, just downloaded the NOOK for PC app so I will be joining you on the 6th :smileywink: Couldn't stay away! I hope you don't think I skydived by myself lol OH no no no! I absolutely had an experienced jumper tied to me! But it was still awesome! I'm down for a skydiving date! And thanks for the interview wishes I hope I get it too it's a great opportunity! It's funny but believe it or not my interviewer's name is Tammy lol!

Debbie, it's great to be back! I was actually thinking about something the other day..In august I will be away for 2 weeks. I am going home to Romania to see my family. I haven't seen them in 5 years......anyways, I have no idea how I am going to survive without constant access to the computer. I guess we get pretty addicted to it don't we? :smileyhappy:

 


YaY! I'm thrilled!!! Can't wait to get started! Ha-I wonder what they did before the buddy system. I guess they just winged it...(no) pun intended :smileyvery-happy:I'm sure you'll get the job now. She has to be terrific! lol Romania, oh how nice and what a wonderful reunion you'll have I'm sure. As for the computer- you might just never want to come back to it! :smileyhappy:

 

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Mind if I come Tammy?:smileywink:
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A_G_D wrote:

Tammy, just downloaded the NOOK for PC app so I will be joining you on the 6th :smileywink: Couldn't stay away! I hope you don't think I skydived by myself lol OH no no no! I absolutely had an experienced jumper tied to me! But it was still awesome! I'm down for a skydiving date! And thanks for the interview wishes I hope I get it too it's a great opportunity! It's funny but believe it or not my interviewer's name is Tammy lol!

Debbie, it's great to be back! I was actually thinking about something the other day..In august I will be away for 2 weeks. I am going home to Romania to see my family. I haven't seen them in 5 years......anyways, I have no idea how I am going to survive without constant access to the computer. I guess we get pretty addicted to it don't we? :smileyhappy:


Well Andreea, I know you'll survive it will be hard and we'll have a welcome back party when you get back on US soil, so you just let us know when that will be and I'll put up the party balloons. But seriously I hope you have a safe and fun trip to see you family

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GS2991 wrote:
Mind if I come Tammy?:smileywink:

The more the merrier GS2991, welcome aboard :smileyhappy:

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Can't wait!!:smileyhappy:
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A_G_D wrote:

Tammy, just downloaded the NOOK for PC app so I will be joining you on the 6th :smileywink: Couldn't stay away! I hope you don't think I skydived by myself lol OH no no no! I absolutely had an experienced jumper tied to me! But it was still awesome! I'm down for a skydiving date! And thanks for the interview wishes I hope I get it too it's a great opportunity! It's funny but believe it or not my interviewer's name is Tammy lol!

Debbie, it's great to be back! I was actually thinking about something the other day..In august I will be away for 2 weeks. I am going home to Romania to see my family. I haven't seen them in 5 years......anyways, I have no idea how I am going to survive without constant access to the computer. I guess we get pretty addicted to it don't we? :smileyhappy:


Well Andreea, I know you'll survive it will be hard and we'll have a welcome back party when you get back on US soil, so you just let us know when that will be and I'll put up the party balloons. But seriously I hope you have a safe and fun trip to see you family


Thank you Debbie! :smileyhappy: That means a lot to me! I will miss everybody but I just can't wait to go and see my family too!! I still have 2 months before I go though..For now we'll concentrate on the wonderful books we have ahead :smileyhappy:, BTW, I told you I donwloaded NOOK for PC and I don't mind it at all! I mean, of course I wouldn't give up my reader or hardcover books for sitting in front of the computer, but I am already done with 8 chapters from our reading this month. Great choice as always! Can't wait for Monday!

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Mind if I come Tammy?:smileywink:

Sure! I was hoping you would. lol Thanks! :smileyhappy:

 

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:smileysad: Sorry Tammy I couldn't get my nook fixed in time for the june read I'll try get it done soon so maybe I can still make a late show!!!:smileyhappy:
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:smileysad: Sorry Tammy I couldn't get my nook fixed in time for the june read I'll try get it done soon so maybe I can still make a late show!!!:smileyhappy:

No problem. And I'm so sorry it's not working for you. I'd be going through withdrawals if mine didn't work! lol Hope you can get it fixed soon...for your sake not mine. :smileywink:

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For those of you who don't have a nook I absolutely recommend downloading nook for pc or for other devices that you might have. I downloaded it for my computer and I didn't mind reading it like that at all! It is also a short read so you won't have to spend too much time in front of your computer! It's definetely worth giving it a try especially since it's free to download! :smileywink: I started reading last week and I was done with the first week's assignment in 2 days! Can't wait to start today!

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GS2991 wrote:
:smileysad: Sorry Tammy I couldn't get my nook fixed in time for the june read I'll try get it done soon so maybe I can still make a late show!!!:smileyhappy:


I'm sorry too GS2991, but we'll be discussing it the entire month so better late than not at all, we'd love to have you comments, and like Andreea said you can also download it to your computer, or iphone ect.

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No PC or phone but thanks anyway. Have fun everybody!!!
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No PC or phone but thanks anyway. Have fun everybody!!!


GS2991, I'm sorry you won't be able to participate..But make sure you check back with us! Debbie has great choices for us every month and they are usually available in all formats!

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