Anne Allen lives in Devon, by her beloved sea. She has three children and her daughter and two grandchildren live nearby. She was born in Rugby, to an English mother and Welsh father. As a result she spent many summers with her Welsh grandparents in Anglesey and learnt to love the sea. Her restless spirit has meant a number of moves which included Spain for a couple of years. The longest stay was in Guernsey for nearly fourteen years after falling in love with the island and the people. She contrived to leave one son behind to ensure a valid reason for frequent returns.
By profession Anne is a psychotherapist but has long had creative itches, learning to mosaic, paint furniture, interior design and sculpt. At the back of her mind the itch to write was always present but seemed too time-consuming for a single mum with a need to earn a living. Now the nest is empty there's more time to write and a second novel is gestating, but novels take a lot longer than children to be born!
What type of books do you write? Why?
Romantic mystery. I feel drawn to write books that people can relate to. I write mainly for women though men have been known to enjoy my book!
What are your top 5 favorite books?
- Quincunx by Charles Palliser
- Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel
- The Millenium Trilogy by Stieg Llarson (so 3 books!)
If you would have not been a writer, what you would be?
By profession I'm a psychotherapist but if I could start over I'd have liked to have been an academic.
5 books you won't recommend to anyone.
Can't say as I don't read 'bad' books
What are the main challenges related to career for authors/indie authors?
Getting recognized in such a busy field of authors all trying to be successful. It's hard to gain publicity for a book unless you are a known author and very hard for indie authors. They are grateful for websites offering a profile, such as this one.
How long did it take for your first book to go from an idea to a published work?
What is your advice to new authors? Please mention 'To-Do' list, as well as 'Not To-Do' list.
Work on your social networking! It's the way to generate interest for both you and your book. Ideally start a few months before you expect your book to be published.
Write a blog again well before your book is due out. Perhaps review other authors' books or offer author interviews.
Be patient! You're not likely to be an overnight success.
Get as many reviews for you book as you can, particularly posted on amazon.
Expect that the work is now over. It isn't. I think most new authors will agree that they work harder after their book is published than when writing it.
Don't overdo the pushing of your book. Remember the old adage of the 'the water slowly wearing away the stone'.
As a reader, what factors do you consider when deciding whether or not to purchase a book?
It has to be a genre I enjoy, for example: mystery, suspense, romance, crime. If it's an author I haven't heard of I'll focus on the book blurb and reviews before deciding whether or not to buy. I've come across a lot of authors I'd never heard of and thoroughly enjoyed their books- it pays to be open-minded.
What are your future plans ? How many books you plan to publish in next 2 years?
I'm writing my second novel, Finding Mother, now and hope to have it published by 2013. If all goes well, there could be another one the following year. But I'm not a quick writer!
How do you compare- Writing a book vs Painting vs Directing a movie
I would say that painting is putting a story into words, albeit a specific part of the 'bigger picture'. Some paintings need to be viewed many times to see all that the artist was conveying. Writing a book enables the author to go into great detail about people and events. Directing a movie shares a lot with writing and painting, with the aim of bringing to life the visualization of a 'story'.
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