Book Title: The Jewel of Nirel
Author: Ann Snizek
Release Date: July 27, 2013
Genre: YA Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Length: Over 86,000 Words
Publisher: Snow Flower Enterprises
Presented by: As You Wish Tours
Tour Schedule: The Jewel of Nirel
Interview with Ann Snizek
How do you like your coffee? I’m not a huge coffee person. My favorite is a mocha-china from the Coffee Beanery. I actually can’t stand Starbucks. LOL
If you were a sandwich, what type of sandwich would you be? A grilled cheese! LOL I have a strange sense of humor. (kinda’ cheese at times) And my brain gets fried from work a lot. :P
What is the strangest job you've ever done? As far as actual jobs go… I think the strangest for me was life insurance agent. Yeah, can you picture me doing that? I can’t. LOL
If you could be invisible for a day, would you use your invisibility for good or evil? It would have to be good. I would feel too guilty if I did something bad… besides, I’d probably get caught anyway.
Other than invisibility, what skill or talent would you like to have? I would like to be a shape-shifter and turn into various creatures… mostly a Dragon or some type of Big Cat.
What is the most embarrassing thing that has ever happened to you? You really want me to tell you? I’m not going to tell you the MOST embarrassing thing because that would just be embarrassing! However, when I was in fifth grade, during gym class, I fell down and split my pants open. Devastating! And that isn’t the worst. ;)
If you could commit one crime and get away with it, what would it be? I’d probably go vigilante on certain criminals I know of.
What is your favorite Ice Cream? It used to be Ben & Jerry’s but since they sold it, it doesn’t taste the same. So, now I go with Haugendaus.
If you could be a fictional character from film or literature, who would you be? Either Lessa from Pern or one of Doctor Who’s companions.
If you could rule the world for a day, what would you change? Congress’ budget.
For the people of Tunuftol, and other countries on the planet Nyssa, names found them starting at twelve months old… at the earliest. Along with the names came certain skills or powers. Depending on what you did with your powers determined what type of person you were, and sometimes affected future names. Therefore, names had great importance in Tunuftol, and Krissa had more than a few… nine to be exact. Her full name was Krissa Lysandra Rue Alverna Harley Mya Magryta Freya Wittek, which is quite a mouthful.
The dangers haven't ended for our friends yet. The weather is starting to warm and the war started last fall is under way. Journey with Krissa and the crew as they struggle to keep their world safe and find their place in it.
I grew up in Vermont mostly and now live in Virginia with my family (those still at home). My husband and I have a blended family of seven kids. My childhood was spent moving around a lot. (non-military) About five years ago, we started home-schooling our youngest children. Now there are only two remaining in home-school. I have tried to nurture the love of books in our children and now our grandchildren -- always nurturing their imaginations. Recently, I have become active in our community with literacy, starting a local (and online) creative writing club and volunteer tutoring at the Adult Learning Center.
I struggle with Fibromyalgia and PTSD. So, have to be careful not to overdo things... I don't always listen to my own advice. I have a dry, sarcastic and corny sense of humor and always try to look at things optimistically. (again not always successful) However, I feel that if I don't give up -- for long -- then things will work out for the best eventually.