Join us as we peek behind the scenes of our new anthology, ON TIME. Learn more about A.K. Snyder in her featured interview.
ABOUT THE STORY
What inspired your story?
Years ago, I read a news story about a hair stylist who spent hours unraveling the matted hair of a teen fighting depression, after other stylists said nothing could be done but to shave her head. I still think about that girl. How did she finally reach out for help? What would take to send that message, and what kind of person would act on it?
Can you tell us a little bit about your protagonist?
Vicki only recently found stability in her life and. When a library patron sends vague email requesting books to help someone get off the couch, she recognizes the desperation. It’s a cry for help. And maybe if she can figure out how to help, it can start to repay her old debt.
What is the most interesting thing about the world you’ve created?
I love the connection between three women who have almost nothing in common but a strength of character.
What genre or mix of genres does your story fit into?
How have your personal experiences influenced this story?
Words are incredibly powerful, and the reading the right book at the right time can change the course of a life. I use books as medicine, just like the characters of this story.
What would you like readers to take away from your story?
When you need help, reach out. And keep reaching until help arrives.
What was your favorite part of the story to write and why?
The stylist became such a real person to me. I really wish she existed so I could become her client.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
What is your writing survival checklist? (Aka, what helps your write the best: music, snacks, coffee, complete silence, a stress ball, a cat, or an outline, etc.)
- An idea I’m excited about.
- A single person in mind who I want to read the story.
- A deadline.
I can make any environment work if I have those three things.
What has influenced you most as a writer?
The shift in technology has created incredible opportunities for storytellers. Binge TV streaming, true crime podcasts, Instagram poets—we are consuming stories in so many ways, all the old rules are thrown out the window. There is a media option for any story we want to share. We just need to find the right method for sharing it with the audience who most needs to find it.
What font do you prefer to write in?
Do you have any writing blogs/vlogs/podcasts, etc. that you would recommend?
The Creative Penn is wonderful for industry news served with a side of “you can make this work for you.”
A.K. Snyder writes personal narratives that challenge and inspire. She lives with her husband in Florida. If she’s not writing, she’s most likely kayaking the local rivers, working in the garden, or walking her beagle around the neighborhood while chuckling to an audiobook on her headphones.