Interview with Anne Wrightwell

Who are your favorite authors?
I have so many, it's hard to answer. I love Charlaine Harris, I particularly admire the way that her heroines feel like different people, with some authors, you feel that you get an identikit hero or heroine whatever book you pick up. I also love Janet Evanovich and the way she creates, funny, memorable characters. I've got to mention Jane Austen as 'Pride and Prejudice' is one of my top three classic favourites although I hate "Mansfield Park'. I admire Agatha Christie for her plots and twists. Oh and Jasper Fforde, I love his Thursday Next series and his new series, "Shades of Grey". I bet he's not happy with the similarity to a certain other book. And Ursula K Le Guin, both science fiction and fantasy. The list is endless and I could go on forever.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The thought that I get to do some writing (and play on the internet).
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
To me, the greatest joy is being able to create your own universe where you control what happens. Also, to try out different ideas and see where they take you.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I have many ways to waste my time, reading, going out with my husband or my friends, watching TV, watching films, going to the gym (occasionally - note to self to go more), playing with my cat, surfing the internet, reading, No, I haven't put reading twice by mistake.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
A variety of ways, smashwords, amazon, whsmith online, a couple of websites like bargain ebook hunter etc that send me daily notifications and even bookshops. I don't have great eyesight and some print books are in just too small a pitch to read comfortably so if I see one I like in a bookshop like that, I make a note and I'll buy it as an ebook if available.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes! It was a children's book called 'The Adventures of Emma' and it was a novel set in the time of King Arthur. It was pretty derivative and probably not very good but I was still gutted when my father threw out the manuscript as part of having a clear out while I was at university. I might try and rewrite it some time (and hopefully make it a lot better!)
What is your writing process?
I start a story in two ways. I either get the title and work an idea up from that or I have the idea and go on from there. I tend to do lots of versions of the story and start to get feedback after the first couple of drafts from my twin sister and a few other friends whose opinion I respect. I've also started using Critique Circle, an online review website which is great.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
That is really difficult, I've read so many novels and short stories. I think the one that made me start writing was 'The Land of Green Ginger', a children's story about Aladdin after he married his princess. It is very funny.
How do you approach cover design?
I've only published one book so far. I was very lucky, the husband of my writing partner, Rose Bishop is an artist and he designed the cover for us. We wanted to make sure we followed the guidelines for amazon and for smashwords but also have a simple, eyecatching design. I hope we succeeded.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
This is so difficult! I have lots of favourites!
'Pride and Prejudice', Jane Austen, one of the best rom coms ever in my opinion. She was so sharp about her characters.
'Catch 22', Joseph Heller, I read this when I was thirteen and have loved it ever since.
'The Snow Queen', Joan Vinge, a great science fantasy novel with ecological elements well ahead of its time.
'1984' George Orwell, a fantastic classic. The fact I hate rats might have something to do with it as well!
'The Day of the Triffids', John Wyndham, I love the beginning of this novel.
Describe your desk
At the moment, my desk is a mess! I am planning to have a good tidy up really soon but for now, it has my mac mini, monitor, printer, external hard drive, pc, KVM, ebook reader, calucltor, mug, pda, papers, notebook, books, need I go on?
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in SELKENT, South East London Kent (SELKENT is actually used as a district). So I have always been very close to London but had the benefit of living in a green area. I only realised that London is not the centre of the universe to everyone when I moved to Manchester in the North West of England to study for a degree.

I think it has influenced my writing in that I am very interested in urban fantasy because that feels natural to me.
What's the story behind your latest book?
It's not my story, it's Jane Austen's famous Pride and Prejudice but I am adapting it to show it from a different angle. What if the characters in the book swapped genders?
What do you read for pleasure?
I think the honest answer is I will read anything except war, full on horror stories and true crimes. And even with war, I will read fantasy ones such as Harry Turtledove's excellent alternate history novels. However, I do prefer paranormal, fantasy and alternate history novels.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
My friend and I set ourselves a challenge to write and self publish a collection of stories and the result was The Little Book of Quirky Christmas Stories
What are you working on next?
I've just finished an adaptation of 'Pride & Prejudice" which I'm going to call 'Pride & Prejudice, The Other Way Round. It's based on a universe I created in my short story, 'Mother Christmas' where the genders are reversed. For example, Mr Darcy is Miss Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet is Elijah Bennet. I'm hoping to publish it soon.

I'm also currently working on ‘Prudence and Passion’, a novella about Mair Bennet and his romantic adventures set in the Pride and Prejudice, The Other Way Round world.
Published 2015-07-02.
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Books by This Author

Dribs and Drabbles
Price: Free! Words: 4,660. Language: English. Published: September 13, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
"Dribs and Drabbles" is a collection of short stories, arranged by length, including twitter fiction, drabbles and flash fiction. The stories are either completely original tales, retellings of classics or rebooted fairy tales.
The Interview
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,520. Language: English. Published: April 7, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
A short story about a young woman who attends a mysterious interview.
Pride and Prejudice: The Other Way Round
Price: $1.49 USD. Words: 127,220. Language: English. Published: July 3, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Classics
Pride and Prejudice: The Other Way Round tells Jane Austen's classic story but with a twist. It is set in a universe where gender roles are the other way round.
The Little Book of Quirky Christmas Stories
Price: $1.25 USD. Words: 18,700. Language: English. Published: March 10, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - multi-author, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
Not stories for children This is a collection of short stories for the holiday season, written especially for those who like Christmas with a twist. These quirky Yuletide tales that put a different spin on some of the clichés of the festive season. Warning: these stories contain Father Christmas, Christmas Trees, Christmas dinners, presents, reindeer, snowmen, witches, elves, and snow!