Wednesday, April 3, 2019

INTERVIEW: Children's Travel Book Author Anna Othitis

Anna Othitis
New Jersey

Good morning, Anna, and welcome to Vision and Verse, the site for art and book lovers. Can you tell us a little about what you've written?

I have written a series of children’s books “My First Travel Books” and two Greek recipe books. I decided to write because I love teaching young children and giving them my knowledge. Children have to be taught to read from a young age and they love books, they have curious little minds. 

What is your favorite genre to write?
I love writing children’s travel books and Greek recipe books.

Favorite food.
Being Greek myself, I love to cook and enjoy the authentic Greek food cooking with olive oil.

Tea or coffee?
I enjoy my tea and will have my Greek coffee once a day.

Pizza or ice cream?
I prefer an ice cream now and again.

Wine or beer or soda?
I do not drink those.

Where would you like to visit?
I would love to visit the Seychelles one day with its natural beauty.

Favorite musical artist. 
I love listening to Enya. 

Do you listen to music when you write?  What?
I enjoy listening to soft music by Enya it is very soothing and relaxing.

What makes you laugh?
Peoples expressions and some crazy dress ups I might see.

Favorite work of art or sculpture.
Anything by Leonardo Da Vinci

How old were you when you started writing?

I started writing at a young age, but I only published a few years ago when I came to the USA. The children were curious and had questions of the world beyond them, they did not realize and know that there was a world bigger than theirs.

Do you plan out your book with outlines and notecards? Or just write?
I plan my book with notecards and outlines.

Describe your perfect evening.
A relaxing evening at home with my husband and family over diner enjoying the fun stories that we reminisce from back home, Zimbabwe, Africa.

Where do you get your inspiration?
I draw my inspiration from our son Captain Frankie who worked at his dream career and a commercial pilot. He is the main character in our children’s travel books and from my family in general as well as my autistic student children that I love to teach and read to, they love to listen to stories and about the world beyond them.

What do you do when you get a writer's block?
I will relax and take a break and listen to music.

Who is your favorite author?
None in particular I read various books, mostly true-life story books. 

Best book you ever read.
Mills and Boons when I was a teenager, loved the series.

Last book you read.
David Livingstone I presume

What would you do for a living if you weren’t a writer?
I love my work as a Professional ABA therapist and will continue working with special needs children.

Who is the one person who has influenced your personal life the most and why?
My youngest son Frankie for his determination and hard work to be successful in life and with his dream career that he continues to succeed with. 

If you could sit down and have a conversation with ONE person, living or dead, real or fictional, who would it be and why?
With a Greek philosopher, they had wide knowledge and myths to tell in true life’s experiences.

What advice would you give someone who aspired to be a writer?
Be proud of your work and never let anyone bring you down you have a unique talent and work on it, never give up your dream to write. “Be bold and be brave”, my favourite quote in life.

Do you have some links for us to follow you?

Amazon Author Page: 

Links to all your books:

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