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Local author finds space to write

Annette Collins to hold book signing at Niskayuna Co-op sampling event

Annette Collins, of Rotterdam, will be featured at Niskayuna Co-op’s Sizzling Summer Sampling on Saturday, July 21.

Annette Collins, of Rotterdam, will be featured at Niskayuna Co-op’s Sizzling Summer Sampling on Saturday, July 21. Submitted photo

— “By nature I am a highly emotionally person, so I like to be able to put words to it,” she said. “I like to put it out there so that other people who feel the same way about different things in life can relate to it.”

A lot of the deep emotions conveyed in the story are those Collins believes most people often keep within themselves and don’t talk about with others. She can’t remember a particular trigger for the story behind “Thin Space,” but she said her conversations with friends are often focused on relationships.

The story starts off on a dramatic note, with a tragic accident changing the course of several people’s lives, and the story then follows a young woman’s journey to find meaning in her life. Fate moves the woman to reunite with her lost love and each faces the difficult choices on the journey.

Collins said the first half of the book is more of a romantic novel before the mystery begins to unfold.

Growing up in a creative environment is how she believes her interest in writing is started.

“There are a lot of people in my family who are very creative,” she said. “It was always something that was supported.”

Being a stay at home mom, Collins said some of the most challenging parts of writing the book were “staying in the moment.” She also made extensive efforts to make sure the reader wouldn’t have any questions by the end of the mystery.

“I paid a lot attention to all the little things that were dropped along the way and make sure that I addressed them,” she said.

As far as her future writing endeavors go, she is already in the initial stages of planning a sequel to “Thin Space.”

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