Interview with Anita Askew

What motivated you to become a writer?
I think the motivation came from the fact that I was always able to express myself on paper, and at a very early age I realized I was good at it. I was able to express myself in a way that I couldn't in a face to face conversation. So naturally, writing became an outlet for me.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The fact that I'm able to share my work with others and get feedback so that I can become a better writer.
Who is your favorite author?
That's a tough question. How does someone choose a favorite, when there's so many?
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I definitely do a lot of reading, and listen to a lot of instrumental music. Usually when I'm not writing though, I'm thinking of my next story or how to better the current story.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, I was 12 years old. I had decided I was going to write a story because I was going to be the next New York's #1 Bestseller. So I wrote a scary story and took it to school to showcase my talent. I got good feedback and bad feedback. Apparently I was too repetitive. I rolled with the punches though, and kept writing. I still have that story too. I keep it as a reminder of how far I've come. Re-reading it definitely keeps me humble.
When did you first start writing?
I was 11 when I first started writing poetry. I have always been a fan of rhyming words, but I found out that I wasn't so great at creating them. When I was 12, and I wrote my first short story, I realized I had a knack for writing. So I put my poetry to the side, and stuck with short stories. Although, from time to time, I still do write a non-rhyming poem or two.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I don't remember the first story I ever read, but I do remember the first story I ever read that made me want to write novels. I was 15 years old, and the story was "Iqubal," by Francesco D'Adamo. It was one of those stories that impacted you and made you want to change the world. Another such story is, "Soldier X," by Don L. Wulffson. Both stories came to life for me, and made me that much more determined to be a writer.
Published 2015-03-09.
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Books by This Author

Marked, Marred, and Remarked
Price: Free! Words: 6,660. Language: English. Published: April 27, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
A castle. A forest. A king. A ruler. I have to make a choice. A choice that will cost my allegiance forever. They say I can't have the best of both worlds. The darkness calls my name. It calls to my heart and gnaws at my mind. Chained and lost to my own selfish desires. The light engulfs me and reminds me of the peace I once felt. It's a battle of the two wills. What side will I choose?
The Consequence of a Choice
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,370. Language: English. Published: March 4, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Social Issues
A party. A few too many drinks. A drive home. A crash. A death. A funeral. Every action you take has a reaction. Every choice you make has a consequence. What would you do or say if you were the cause of an accident that killed your best friend?