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Welcome once more to this little space of my blog. Today we are going to meet another interesting author: Anne-Marie Klein. If you like books and music, she is the best author you can choose. Get to know her!


  1. Describe yourself.
My name is Anne-Marie Klein. I am a Canadian teacher who took a year off to write some novels. I am also a voracious reader, an injured tennis player and swimmer, and a lover of travel and spending time with great friends and good food. I share an old farmhouse in Toronto with my husband and our three cats and one dog.

  1. What is your favourite fruit flavour?
I love all the berries, and at this time of year, they are fresh from the fields!

  1. What is your favourite day of the week?
I love Saturdays because the weekend newspaper lands on the porch, and I can read it at my leisure over two days. It’s also dog park day, which makes my pooch very happy.

  1. Which is your favourite time of the day?
I like the end of it. We have a hot tub in the yard that we unwind in just before bed. If the sky is clear, you can see the stars out and it’s just a beautiful way to finish the day.

  1. Are you a morning person or a night person?
Neither. I think I’m an afternoon person.

  1. What is your favourite breakfast meal?
Coconut yogurt (I know Cinta is screaming at the idea of coconuts!) with fresh berries and granola.

  1. What is your favourite colour and why?
Black is a perfect canvas to throw anything over. I’m also big on reds.

  1. Which is your most favourite book ever?
I have so many, but in terms of forming my love for stories, growing up and reading Tintin and Astérix were huge influences. I still have all my books from childhood.

  1. What kind of music do you like?
I love all sorts of music, but as you will see when I talk about my books, I am a huge fan of classic rock- The Who, Queen, The Beatles, ELO, Genesis, Supertramp, Pink Floyd.

  1. Which is your favourite genre of films?
Good question, to which I have no answer. I think comedies are the hardest to do well, but I like all sorts of different genres. The only ones I am not too keen on are super violent, because you cannot undo an image from your mind once you’ve seen it.

  1. Which is your most favourite place in this Earth?
Any warm beach where I can jump into a lake or the ocean.

  1. Which animal would you want to be and why?
I would love to be my dog. He has a really sweet life.

  1. If you could have a luncheon with any 3 people (real or fictitious), who would you choose and why?
I would love to sit with Pete Townshend and talk with him about why he inspired my books. Likewise, I’d like to go back in time and sit with my father, who passed away in 2001. We used to sit and have coffee together while we chatted about everything and nothing, and I miss that.

  1. If you were granted 3 wishes, what would you ask for?
I’d love to be able to go back in time and tell my younger self not to do such stupid things like playing hours of tennis on consecutive days because my knees and shoulders would pay for it. I would love to see a world where there was less hunger, poverty, and misery, both for humans and animals alike. Finally, I’d love to be able to slow time because life is passing much too quickly and there is so much still to experience.

  1. If you were stranded on a lonely beach, what are the 5 things that you would want to survive?
Music. I would want either a radio or some kind of recording device with my favourite bands playing. I would also want it to be a warm, sunny beach.

  1. If you could be anyone, who would you be?
I’m happy being myself.

  1. What is the one thing you wish you could change in yourself?
I wish I were better at stilling my mind. Ideas and random thoughts jump all over the place on any given day, and it would be nice to be calmer sometimes.

  1. What is the one thing you wish you could do if given the chance?
Time travelling. It would be interesting to jump forward and back.

  1. What would you do if you won the lottery?
I would quit my teaching job, not because I don’t love it, but because I think it’s wrong to keep someone who needs the work from having it when I don’t. My life would then be about travelling, writing, and spoiling my dog.

  1. If you knew that this was your last day on Earth, how would you spend it?
I’d probably be somewhere warm, reading and listening to music.

  1. Were you a naughty kid or a nice kid?
I was nice to my friends, but a bit naughty at school. I didn’t like school, even though I always had good grades. I think it was because it went too slowly for me and I was always daydreaming better adventures, and so I rebelled sometimes and got in trouble.

  1. What was the happiest moment in your life?
There have been many, but i was thrilled last January to finally hold the printed copyof  my first novel in my hands. It was like having a baby.

  1. Where do you see yourself 5 years from now?
I see myself a few years away from retirement and moving towards being a full-time writer and traveller.

  1. What is the weirdest/craziest thing you have ever done?
I once took advantage of my brother’s airline job and flew to London from Toronto for the weekend in the middle of the school year, as a teacher.

  1. What is your definition of an incredible weekend?
Great weather, some kind of social evening with friends, and time to read and write.

  1. Which is the best holidays you have ever had?
Our trip to Italy in 2010 was incredible, because there was so much beauty in what we saw there. The other trip that stands out for me was going to Scotland in the summer of 2001. My father had been sick for three months and had just died, and we scrambled to get flights (and the airline brother helped!) and a vacation arranged. It was a beautiful trip through some gorgeous landscapes and meeting such lovely people. It allowed me to find joy after such a difficult time, and for that, I will always remember it fondly.

  1. Have you got a phobia you want to share?
I actually get very nervous just before taking off in an airplane, but obviously, I don’t let that take me over. I scream when I see a mouse, even though they are cute.

  1. What makes you angry?
I get angry when I see abuse or neglect, especially if it involves children or animals, because they cannot defend themselves. I also have an intense dislike for people who lack generosity, especially when it is people who have so much.

  1. What do you do when you feel sad?
I either let it run its course, or I listen to my favourite music to feel better.

  1. Who or what inspires you?
I am inspired by people I hear or read about who follow their dreams and don’t let others tell them No.

  1. Congratulations! Now you can freely rant about your book(s) and/or projects.
I have two books currently out in a rock and roll series called Behind Blue Eyes, with two more to come. The series is based on The Who’s song, but I have imagined my sad man, made him a young, troubled musician who has come to Toronto from his home in England, carrying heavy secrets and wanting to start a new life. The books are about him and his band’s rock and roll dreams, and all the obstacles and burdens that he faces with them. The series is set in Toronto and London, and is my love letter to my hometown and to my love of rock and roll.

My first two books, BBE: Love Reign o’er Me and BBE: Love Ain’t for Keeping, are available in papaerback and as e-books. You can find their links at behindblueeyes.ca by following the links there.

Thank you, Cinta, for giving me the opportunity to share a bit of myself with your readers!


 


Comments

09/11/2012 7:26am

Great interview, Anne-Marie, and I wonder if I will ever not love Queen (doubtful), and now I want coconut yogurt and fruit, darn it! Anyway, I think you're awesome and I loved the first chapter of your book. I can't wait to see what's ahead for the shy, young musician and the bold girl who terrified him at a music store. :)

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09/11/2012 1:17pm

Thanks, Elise! I actually just had some coconut yogurt because it's suddenly really warmed up here today into the mid to high 20s and I wanted something refreshing. Threw raspberries and blueberries in for good measure.

Another Queen fan, hurrah! They have always been my favourite band, and they were the first group I ever saw live. Freddie Mercury spoiled me for everyone else that came after him, and no one ever matched his range and stage presence.
I smile when I think of the roller coaster you are about to go down with the book series. The first two books are perfect companion pieces for those of you who like your rock fiction, as #2 picks up immediately after book #1 and really completes the story. #3 and #4 will do the same thing, really, but in the next decade or two.

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09/11/2012 3:23pm

I love that you want to time travel!

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09/11/2012 8:51pm

Charity, wouldn't it just be the coolest thing to have that power? Instant novel research, too. :)

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09/15/2012 3:37am

I want to be Anne-Marie's friend!!!! You're awesome and I like the same things as you do. ha. Coconut for breaky! YUM. Asterix is still a love of mine (don't tell the grown ups), timetravelling, ideas bouncing around ..... brilliant! ENJOYED :)
Good one Cinta.

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09/15/2012 9:21am

We are friends. What we all need now is to fly off somewhere and go hang out together for a week with this new gang of buddies.

Asterix was my other favourite Belgian/French BD. One of the great bonuses of growing up in a French household was the richness of the comic book culture. The downside of reading Tintin and Asterix in French was that I had no idea who the Thompson Twins were named for!

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09/15/2012 7:44am

Anne-Marie, loved the fact that you took a year off to write and the bit about flying away for the weekend just because :) Carpe diem style.

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09/15/2012 9:24am

Thank you, Monica, for your kind words.

I had three good friends die when I was in my early 30s (I am hitting the big 5-0 in a few months) and it shocked me into re-assessing a lot of things. I dusted off my original manuscript of BBE (written when I was 17 and long forgotten as a unfulfilled dream) and started to go chase that dream. Carpe diem has been my motto ever since, because life is indeed short and you never know what can happen.

My other motto is from my dog's daycare: Wag more and bark less. ;)

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