Anna Scott Graham

Biography

A California native, I lived in Britain for eleven years, moving back to The Golden State in the spring of 2007. I'm leaving these stories for my grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Right now there’s only a grand-basset to consider, but one of these days, my descendants can peruse all I've sent into cyberspace.

In the meantime, you can too. And thank you so much for reading an independent author.

Smashwords Interview

Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I was completely captivated by Jean de Brunhoff's Babar the Elephant, from his green suit to how he could drive a car. The book was printed in cursive writing, which also seemed magical. Of all the storybooks from my childhood, Babar has never left my imagination, stoking it to the present day (although I have never written about an elephant in a green suit).
When did you first start writing?
In 2006, my oldest child mentioned National Novel Writing Month, and that I might enjoy it. Funny how one's offspring can sense even the deepest desires, perhaps it was all the time spent together homeschooling. But that wasn't when I actually began writing. Like many authors, I always hoped to pen The Great American Novel.

The moment that I realized telling stories was imperative to my well-being came in 1992, watching Callie Khouri accept the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay for Thelma and Louise. From that day, ideas flew thick and fast, but as the mum of three small children, there seemed no time to scribble much more than a grocery list. I did manage a screenplay based on my tenure at beauty college, but scripts weren't my calling. It took over a decade to find the time, and impetus, to write a novel, but in the interim I scratched out countless journal entries, a few poems, and of course more grocery lists. But my daughter seemed to note my love for writing, and when she mentioned NaNoWriMo, I had found the outlet for all those authorial dreams. And maybe having just turned forty might have had something to do with it too.
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A Quilt For Dietrich Bonhoeffer
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Price: Free! Words: 8,340. Language: English. Published: May 13, 2014. Category: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
This volume was written during National Poetry Writing Month, 2014. It chronicles this author’s foray into quilting while studying Dietrich Bonhoeffer throughout Lent and Easter. Other themes such as aging, chemotherapy, and wayward novels find their way into the verses, alongside music, baseball, old photographs, and laundry.
Chips Off The Block
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Price: Free! Words: 43,710. Language: English. Published: December 2, 2013. Category: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
Flash fiction, short stories, novelettes, and a poem or three round out this author’s tenure in the Top Writers Block cooperative. Themes range from loneliness and poverty to out of the ashes and meringue. Yes meringue, along with stitches, pumpkins, trash day, fools rush in and why me? Comedy and romance interweave with tragedy, sometimes within the same tale.
The Pancake That Saved Silicon Valley and other NaPoWriMo Poems 2013
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Price: Free! Words: 9,480. Language: English. Published: April 30, 2013. Category: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
This collection of poems was written for 2013's National Poetry Writing Month, which concluded on April 30th. It includes verses about pancakes and Silicon Valley, ninja hats, roses, love, music, British and California rain, and more than a few nods to writing novels.
50 Years Waiting
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Price: Free! Words: 11,650. Language: English. Published: March 8, 2013. Category: Fiction » Literature » Literary
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Celebrating her birthday, seventy-two-year-old Andrea Falstaff receives an unexpected visitor, her first lover from five decades ago. Yet Thom Sugerman is still thirty-two years old, the same age as when Andrea last saw him. Andrea struggles in accepting the love Thom still carries for her, while her family wonders just who this man is to their matriarch.
Alvin's Farm Book 6: The Timeless Nature of Patience
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Series: Alvin's Farm, Book 6. Price: Free! Words: 124,570. Language: American English. Published: December 24, 2012. Category: Fiction » Literature » Literary
Eric grapples with tragedy on the scale of his parents’ losses, but someone arrives in the Willamette Valley to ease his sorrow. Yet, not one Cassel or Smith is prepared when Tanner falls back into murderous hands. Can family wrench Tanner from the brink, or will chaos once again engulf the residents of Arkendale, Oregon?
Alvin's Farm Book 5: An Innate Sense of Recognition
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Series: Alvin's Farm, Book 5. Price: Free! Words: 75,640. Language: American English. Published: October 31, 2012. Category: Fiction » Literature » Literary
As Chelsea plans her wedding, missing family members cast shadows. Eric’s unstable girlfriend Dana causes distress for Jenny and Sam, but while Jenny battles her marijuana usage, Sam realizes the best place for their youngest is the farm. Dana’s anguish threatens to overwhelm, but other sinister forces bear down on all in the Willamette Valley.
Alvin's Farm Book 4: The Farm at Sam & Jenny's
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Series: Alvin's Farm, Book 4. Price: Free! Words: 79,000. Language: American English. Published: September 14, 2012. Category: Fiction » Literature » Plays & Screenplays
Chelsea’s an accountant, Will pitches for the San Francisco Giants. Sam and Jenny’s offspring aren’t kids anymore, but something is wrong with Jenny’s hip. In 2004, a car accident foreshadows more serious ailments for Arkendale’s residents. While Chelsea pines for Oregon, her younger cousin Tanner falls deeper into drugs, which Jenny chooses not to use for her increasing aches.
For God and Country
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Price: Free! Words: 79,230. Language: English. Published: July 13, 2012. Category: Fiction » Literature » Literary
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When missing actor and tortured dissident Cade Walton appears on Dr. Drew Clemmons’ ward, the tormented physician spirits both to another universe where liberty seems an elusive notion. New relationships emerge, but the fallout of short and long-term persecutions hinders the men’s adjustments, leaving their partners uncertain if the past can be left behind.
September Story
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Price: Free! Words: 81,240. Language: English. Published: April 15, 2012. Category: Fiction » Literature » Literary
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As a child, Jo Adams witnessed her father’s death. When she falls for British actor Jeremy Stewart, old memories drive her from a man equally haunted by loss. Three generations of African American women bear racism’s burdens as Jeremy fights for his sanity, not only the woman he loves.
Alvin's Farm Book 3: Memories of Home
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Series: Alvin's Farm, Book 3. Price: Free! Words: 84,530. Language: English. Published: February 29, 2012. Category: Fiction » Literature » Literary
In 1979, American hostages mirror Sam Cassel’s paternal anxieties, but six months later a volcanic eruption triggers Jenny’s deepest fear. All of Arkendale, Oregon weathers clouds of ash as memories threaten Jenny’s fragile peace. Her devastated childhood is to blame, but without Alvin’s assistance, can Sam and Tommie relieve ancient scars without causing further damage?
Alvin's Farm Book 2: The Thorn And The Rose
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Series: Alvin's Farm, Book 2. Price: Free! Words: 82,410. Language: English. Published: January 15, 2012. Category: Fiction » Literature » Literary
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In 1970s Oregon, Jenny Cope has made a family with Alvin Harris, but their love has faded. Sam Cassel can no longer love Jenny from afar, but when tragedy strikes, Jenny suffers most of all. Can she recover from another destructive loss, or as others founder, will she also succumb to abject disaster?
Alvin's Farm Book 1: Alvin's Farm
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Series: Alvin's Farm, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 89,700. Language: English. Published: December 1, 2011. Category: Fiction » Literature » Literary
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In 1970s Oregon, Jenny Cope’s cloistered ways are tested by a challenged man. Alvin Harris’ simple manners thaw her frozen heart, but horrific childhood memories threaten their happiness. Alvin eases Jenny through her deepest fears as Sam Cassel waits, in love with a woman altering all she meets.
A Slider, Tumbling
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Price: Free! Words: 81,250. Language: English. Published: October 1, 2011. Category: Fiction » Literature » Literary
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During the 2009 World Series, Summer Caravella mourns her late ex-husband, their youngsters still reeling from his death. When Summer invites old flame Dan Bailey for game two, more than baseball is shared. Summer’s kids respond favorably, but not all the dead man’s friends appreciate the last man to see Jody Sims alive.
A Right Turn At Jesus
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Price: Free! Words: 85,360. Language: English. Published: August 31, 2011. Category: Fiction » Literature » Literary
Rock singer Rose Burnett isn’t at all sure about husband Gray’s wishes for another child. As the couple considers adding to their family, Rose battles the gnawing sense a relative is in trouble, alongside an insidious threat neither husband nor wife could imagine.
The War On Emily Dickinson
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Price: Free! Words: 79,090. Language: English. Published: July 16, 2011. Category: Fiction » Literature » Literary
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As mysterious ailments evolve into an insidious scourge, friendship ignites into passion between AIDS nurse Marthe Souza and her bisexual boyfriend, author Kell Vander Kellen. Infidelities sabotage their relationship, but when Kell returns to her realm HIV-positive, he wishes to record their history alongside that of the pandemic, intolerance and fear amid steadfast devotion.

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  • Bed Times! on Dec. 07, 2011

    Vivid imagery enhances a captivating romance set across the centuries. Rose and Oliver shouldn’t cross paths, but one special bed enlivens their hearts. Improbable circumstances merge with a contemporary setting; Suzy Dubot spins an engaging tale.
  • Nut Weevil Screw on Jan. 08, 2012

    Short stories like this are a precious commodity; precise prose intrigues, Nellie surprises, and those letters! I love the letters...
  • Allegiance: A Dublin Novella on Jan. 08, 2012

    A heart-stopping tale of loyalty and love; keen descriptions and tight dialogue frame the action as suspense builds, resulting in a satisfying, poignant conclusion. Domin’s strengths are her authentic characters and sharp eye for detail. Great prose!
  • Bargain Basement on Jan. 16, 2012

    Well crafted with exquisite details; I keep thinking of the trinkets and candles, and those stairs; her poor knees...
  • Cocoa Almond Darling on Jan. 18, 2012

    Distinctive prose winds several years, needlework, and cocoa almonds within an unusual family. Eclectic characters add to the narrative for an engaging story.
  • A Professional's Four Quarters on Jan. 21, 2012

    Wasn't quite sure where this was leading, but pleased to be there once I arrived. Very snappy prose leads to a satisfying end.
  • A Half Jew on Jew Street on Jan. 21, 2012

    Lush descriptions entranced, but the ending was the hammer on the nail. Teeming with delights, Hays' prose shines.
  • The Miracle: Extended Edition on Jan. 23, 2012

    An intriguing situation is handled with grace and consideration for all within the tale and the uplifting conclusion was perfect.
  • Alysse on March 18, 2012

    Touching and realistic; I was on the street with Alysse and her lover, that hair and her coat right in my sight. Honest, striking prose cuts to the chase, resonating deeply. I won't forget this tale.
  • Dying With My Children on April 12, 2012

    Sharp details enhance the setting and characters, with an intriguing, and somewhat appropriate, conclusion.
  • Sliding on the Snow Stone on Aug. 20, 2012

    I was left with much to ponder after reading this, a harrowing but beautiful triumph of the human soul. Stefan’s love for Ukraine and family is his steady heart, as brutal forces attempt to wear down his body. At many times chilling, Sliding on the Snow Stone rings with the warm of familial love, and of love for one’s country. I am so glad I read this book, albeit slowly due to the disturbing but honest scenes set during the 1930s-1940s. Highly recommended.
  • Starlight Army on Sep. 07, 2012

    Gary Weston has crafted a perfect blend of facts and heartwarming humor as Su and her unlikely crew target dog fighters as well as industrial farmers. Weston pulls no punches, exposing cruelties exacted upon domestic and exotic animals with grace and honesty. Su learns a few lessons too; this reader was caught up in a riveting story with an even deeper meaning.
  • The Amazing Abbey Jones on Oct. 14, 2012
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    An amazing tale of an incredible young woman forced to grow up far too fast, but courage courses through her. Abbey's inextinguishable heart drives this story; having first read of her in Starlight Army, I was thrilled, in more ways than one, to learn more about her. Kudos to Gary Weston for imbibing Abbey with such a tender but lasting soul!
  • The Amazing Abbey Jones on Oct. 19, 2012

    For some strange reason, my 5 stars didn't appear with my review. Like David Keith, I'd give more if possible.
  • The Eleventh Question on Oct. 23, 2012

    I started reading this and could not put it down; Arista struggles with bullies and an alcoholic mother, while a young man realizes, but is helpless to ease her pain. Gray’s mix of fantasy and present-day actions heighten the tension, leaving this reader dying to know the eleventh question. I was quite pleased with the results. Highly recommended.
  • Blood Moon on Oct. 27, 2012

    Ethereal but lifelike, this story teems with a warm fullness of the season. The end is magnificent; Elizabeth Rowan Keith is a powerful storyteller. Highly recommended.
  • Barnaby's Shorts (Volume Three) on Nov. 02, 2012

    A wide variety of tales, each with their own beguiling charm. Visiting Worseley, Jethro Moves House, and Dottie's Guy were my favourites in an all-round entertaining collection.
  • Perfectly Plain on Nov. 02, 2012

    Such a tender, well-written tale, with a beautiful sense of what matters most. A story to be enjoyed more than once!
  • Yule at My Feet on Dec. 03, 2012

    Charming and evocative, I felt a part of the celebratory magic that infused a quiet forest. The author brought to life the scents and tastes of a feast, also the joy and love springing from all participants. Highly recommended!
  • The Road to Tucson on Dec. 03, 2012

    This is a heartrending tale with an ending which warmed my soul. The narrator suffers a deep loss, yet a purpose remains. Honest prose left an impression on this reader; highly recommended.
  • A Winter's Tale on Dec. 04, 2012

    A fantastic collection of a gamut of tales which brought a shiver up my spine, also a gleam in my eye, followed by a lump in my throat. Highly recommended for any time of year, but especially as days grow short and temperatures drop.
  • Barnaby's Shorts (Volume Four) on Feb. 21, 2013

    I never know how a story will end, but always I am pleased with the results. Again Barnaby Wilde spins some amazing yarns, my favourites being Cool Running, John Reynolds, The Women's Furies, and Fossicking. Highly recommended.
  • Tales from The Painted Door II: Wallace on Feb. 26, 2013

    Like the bar's regulars, I was on the edge of my seat, waiting for the end, which did not disappoint. Another poignant, well-crafted tale from David H. Keith. Highly recommended.
  • For Now -- After the Quake: A Father's Journey on March 11, 2013

    A poignant and revealing account that I read two years to the date of the earthquake. That small detail adds to my sense of wonder, as Kevin Kato shares in an honest and emotional fashion a nearly inexplicable event. I am so thankful for his willingness to relive this experience, and highly recommend this book. Thank you Kevin for providing one glimpse of what happened two years ago today in prose that will remain within me for ages.
  • Last Flight For Craggy on April 27, 2013

    A rollicking space adventure is blended with an honest view of what could be our planet's future. Well-detailed and at times poignant, Gary Weston deftly paces the tension, as well as the humor, creating endearing characters alongside an intriguing plot. If you've enjoyed Gary's previous books, you are in for a treat, and I'm hoping to soon read more of Craggy, Dawn, and the rest.
  • One Way To Mars on April 29, 2013

    From the moment Andrew Foreman arrives on Mars, nothing is as he assumed. A well-plotted tale that leaves the door open for more, which I appreciated, as Foreman and Monkley grew on me.
  • One Way To Mars 2 on April 29, 2013

    Another wonderful outing for Andrew and Monkley; Gary Weston made this reader feel within the Mars base, setting up the action for third part. A great read!
  • One Way To Mars 3 on April 29, 2013

    A fantastic wrap-up to the series, but a few unanswered questions remain, and I hope more tales for Andrew and Monkley evolve. Well-plotted and full of terrific characters; highly recommended.
  • Another Last Flight For Craggy. on May 25, 2013

    Craggy's adventures continue; fabulous plot twists are balanced by the human element, leaving plenty of questions for another installment. More Craggy please!
  • Craggy's Final Last Flight on June 05, 2013

    A fantastic and touching novel; Gary Weston perfectly balances the humour, tension, and adventure with just the right touch of poignancy. Those on Mars are fighting for their survival, but haven't lost their human capacity to forgive. The Craggy series is a great trio of tales highly recommended.
  • The Phone Never Rings on Oct. 11, 2013

    Perfectly captured are the experiences of one couple, and the realization of true loneliness. A gem of a story; highly recommended.
  • Ghosts of Nyzon 5 on Oct. 11, 2013

    Expect the unexpected in this story, then be prepared for more surprises. Gary Weston knows how to keep a reader guessing, but the results are far more than meets the eye. Highly recommended.
  • Barnaby's Shorts (Volume Six) on Oct. 23, 2013

    An eclectic collection of short tales that left me in giggles, a few shivers, and some aching sighs. Barnaby Wilde never fails to disappoint; all of these stories are highly recommended.
  • An Artist's Freedom on Oct. 27, 2013

    Haunting and beautiful in both prose and theme. I highly recommend this author, and look forward to reading more.
  • Short Shorts & Longer Tales on Oct. 29, 2013

    These tales cover a gamut of themes, intriguing no matter the length. However, if you're looking for happy endings, these might not be suitable. Highly recommended for those preferring their fiction with a ironic bite.
  • She Haunts Me on Oct. 29, 2013

    Evocative and poignant prose stirred deep emotions within this reader, and will not soon be forgotten. Highly recommended, with great thanks offered to Elizabeth Rowan Keith for her gentle but honest manner of expression, and her appreciation for those unable to speak on their own behalf.
  • The Winter Collection on Dec. 04, 2013

    An intriguing collection of cold weather tales that made for delightful and at times suspenseful reading. Highly recommended.
  • Barnaby's Shorts (Volume 7) on Jan. 10, 2014

    Another fabulous collection, with a story for just about every reader. My favourites were 'The Fourth Plinth', 'The Autograph Hunter', and 'Chameleons', and 'A Bed for One Night' was wonderful too. Highly recommended.
  • The Man on the Corner on Jan. 31, 2014

    An intriguing collection, laced with love, wit, heartache and humor, all in the perfect measure. Highly recommended.
  • Long Road to California on Feb. 27, 2014

    An engaging, poignant story that I enjoyed from beginning to end. I especially appreciated being reminded of my blessings, and of the sport references. Descriptive prose highlights the rugged beauty of past and present as the underlying tenderness of love weaves throughout the narratives. Highly recommended.