Thursday, 23 April 2015

This Author #AtoZchallenge




Today, I am doing something different. Over the past couple of days, I've started several T themed vignettes for today's post - and they were all just wrong.

So, I thought I'd introduce this author (me!) to my new followers, and maybe say something new to my regular readers.
  • I have no idea what genre I actually write - in fact, I don't think I write in any. I normally use the tagline contemporary stories with elements of paranormal. Or shades of..., hints of... etc. I sometimes think I'm just bluffing my way through.
  • I was about 7 when I started writing, with a marvellous story about a flying golden horse, that I unfortunately threw away!
  • This means I have been writing for over 30 years, and lived through the time when submitting via snail mail and waiting months for a response was common, and self-publishing was really not an option. Everything I've learned about writing and accepting rejection came from that period. I actually cherish it, and the rejection letters I received.
  • I once told someone that I was going to win the Booker Prize when I was 56, and I have written with that goal in mind ever since. Being so sure that will happen has prevented me giving up writing on several occasions.
  • I was never formally taught grammar. I started school in the late seventies when traditional teaching seemed to be unfashionable. I was never taught my times tables either!
  • And finally, if you've been following my challenge posts, you'll notice my real voice is a lot different to my author voice. I don't know what happens - as soon as I start to write, I get very dark very quickly!
So, that's a very small part of me. If you want to ask questions, please feel free! 


Don't forget to check out the other challengers!


44 comments:

  1. Hi Annalisa - what a great idea to let new followers and readers know a little more, while letting us old timers find out a few more secrets of the Annalisa of today .. interesting about going dark when you write ... and that's excellent to hear the Booker Prize is on the horizon .. good motivator .. and yes the prize beckons .. cheers Hilary

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    1. Glad it wasn't too boring today, Hilary. I completely blanked!

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  2. If my arithmetic is correct you have nearly twenty more years to achieve your goal. You can do it!

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    1. Lizy, only 15 years, but I think that's long enough :-)

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  3. Great stuff, thanks for sharing!

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  4. I think a lot of writer's actual voices are very different from their writing voices. My poetry sounds like me but my fiction is soooooooo different.
    Loved learning these facts about you!

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    1. It's good to know I'm not alone. I always wonder what people who read my books after they've read my blog must think!

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  5. A flying golden horse - what every little girl wants.

    The Internet has so changed the face of publishing.

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    1. The funny thing is, I was never into horses! The internet has definitely changed publishing.

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  6. Clearly you channel your deep, dark alternative self from another dimension when you start to write ;) Good luck with the Booker Prize - it's good to have goals! :D
    Tasha
    Tasha's Thinkings | Wittegen Press | FB3X (AC)

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  7. How sad that you threw away the first story you ever wrote. I kept mine and have even shared it on Facebook. :)

    I tend to get dark when I write too. It's more fun. ;)

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    1. I was about 11 when I threw it away, I was embarrassed by it and didn't want my mum to see it. I think I threw a lot of things away :-(

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  8. Don't give up on that Booker Prize!

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    1. I won't, Alex. That dream is part of me now :-)

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  9. I love that your goals have kept you going and that you cherish your snail mail rejection letters. Things really have changed. Keep on writing toward that Booker Prize.

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    1. I learnt a lot from those rejections! I was so lucky to receive so many personalised ones.

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  10. Yes, keep at it! I am glad that I decided to become a writer in the digital age. I don't think I'd have the patience for snail mail correspondence!

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    1. There's something special about posting a submission though - I used to kiss the envelope before I posted it for luck :-)

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  11. Oh I liked this post. I love to get to know my fellow bloggers a bit better. Thanks for sharing these little tidbits about yourself with us!!

    I tend to not really know what genre I write in either, since I am all over the place. My writing, like my moods, changes drastically. I have written stories in almost every single genre there is, with the exception of erotica. That genre makes me blush and I can't get my fingers to type some of those words onto paper, if you know what I mean, lol.

    I have no doubt with your talent and your ambition, you WILL be winning that award one day!

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    1. Lol, I think I'd be the same with erotica, Jaybird :-)

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  12. excellent T post. The Booker is within reason, I think. Twists and turns in your writing path add to the turmoil and doubt, but I see you tap dancing to the finish line. Take care

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    1. Thanks for the vote of confidence - I hope so!

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  13. Nice! Thanks for sharing all this. I'm new to your blog but have signed up and followed you because whatever you have to say, it is always compelling. I am self-taught with grammar I feel as well. When it was all dumped on me in third grade I thought, this is just too much! Your experience from when you were seven reminds me of how I carry a poem around inside me, remembering it word for word from when I was just a teenager. Your prophecy will come true! Believe it.

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    1. Thanks for following. And I'm glad you've been enjoying my posts so far :-) How cool you have a poem memorised.

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  14. You are book club fiction. That's what I would call it.Or Thinker Fiction...is that a category?

    I had such good English teachers. I even had one meanie who made us diagram sentences. But, I think your self-taught skills still beat mine.

    Good luck hitting the goal! I have faith in you.

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    1. Thinker fiction! Not sure it's a genre, but it ought to be. Unless it scares people off, because it sounds like you have to do some work! Thanks for having faith in me :-)

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  15. What a great thing to write about for T, This Author. I didn't know much about you, though I have been to your blog several times, and this tidbit was fun to find out. Lisa, co-host AtoZ 2015, @ http://www.lisabuiecollard.com

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  16. Having passed the age of 56, I'm glad I didn't make such a promise! Hope you get there. ~Miriam

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    1. It's a goal, but I won't be disappointed if it doesn't happen. I know it's a long shot :-)

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  17. I'm hazy on my genre too. I've come to the conclusion I write speculative fiction, as my recent work has leaned towards that, and it covers a lot of things! Been all over the place with my challenge posts though, which has been great fun.

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    1. Yes, your posts have been very varied, Nick, but really well done :-)

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  18. I love to hear details about other writers. They still don't teach much grammar or times tables in schools. I know because of my kids.

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    1. It seems to have turned in the UK - my son has been learning both, rigorously, recently. I tried to help, but it got very confusing :-(

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  19. Interesting! I didn't read a book of any sort until I was in my 40's. I certainly didn't write. I failed my English grammar and literature exams at school; I simply wasn't interested in words full stop! Now I'm a grammar freak! My pet hate is the use of 'different to' instead 'different from' (he-he!)

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    1. What gave you the drive to write, I wonder?

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  20. Hi human, Annalisa,

    My human is sleeping. This means I've taken over the computer and thus, I'm here.

    The passion for the written word was embraced by you as a young child. You've been writing for over thirty years? Good grief, human, you should get some sleep. Sorry, I was being pawdantic.....

    Nice to let your adoring new fans a bit more about your good human self.

    Pawsitive wishes,

    Penny :)

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    1. Thanks for visiting, Penny. Lol, yes, after 30 years, I really should have a cat nap ;-)

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  21. How great to get to know you a little more than just through your well written pieces! I think happy people have a tendency to accept the dark parts of life and move on - we write about it to help others and to keep our own inner dark at bay ;)

    You can find me here:
    ClarabelleRant

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    1. I'm not sure what I would be like on a day-to-day basis if I didn't write!

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  22. Great post - lovely to find out more about you! I once won a 'galaxy' award in year 9 for my writing (we actually got a galaxy ripple for the prize - yum!), and it's been my secret ambition to win a real one ever since :)

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    1. Writing for chocolate?? Now THAT'S the dream! It's those ambitions that keep us going though, don't you think?

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