Interview with Anna Bauer

When did you first start writing?
Writing has been a hobby of mine since I can remember. I wrote a variety of short stories in elementary and middle school, and had always dreamed of writing a full novel one day. I started pursuing this dream during my first year of college when I discovered a topic that meant a lot to me based on the experiences I had and the people I spent time with.
What's the story behind your latest book?
The Lighthouse on the Wall is the first book I have completed. It started out not as a book at all, but as a series of journal entries I jotted down throughout my first year of college, a year in which I began struggling with depression and self-harm. One day I began taking these journal entries and altering them into a first-person narrative, combining them with alternating sections of counseling sessions I attended and memories that I have acquired over the years, and the rest is history. The Lighthouse on the Wall is not, however, an autobiography; rather, it is a realistic fiction story inspired by my own experiences.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Writing, in my opinion, is the answer to everything. I write when I am happy, when I am sad, when I am overwhelmed, when I am inspired, when I am confused...I write when I feel anything. I think the greatest joy I find in writing is translating whatever is going on inside my head and using language to express it in a way that almost always leaves me with more ideas and answers than I started with.
What do you read for pleasure?
I am a huge fan of realistic fiction. I love the concept of taking an idea and expressing it in a way that a large range of readers can relate to. To be honest, I never grew out of my coming-of-age story interest from middle school: I still think these stories have such a sense of genuine sweetness to them, and they cover topics that I feel are important for younger readers in particular to be aware of.
Who are your favorite authors?
My favorite authors range anywhere from Sarah Dessen to Stephen King, so I don't necessarily have a specific writing style that I favor. I love the idea of reading a variety of writing styles characteristic of different authors because I can correlate them with my mood and relate them to different situations in my life or the lives of those around me (except for Stephen King; that's generally not as applicable for most people).
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
When I'm not writing, my ideal day consists of reading with a cup or three of coffee, spending time with family and friends, and playing clarinet. I'm also an exceptional fan of driving long distances with the radio blasting classic rock.
Published 2016-06-01.
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Books by This Author

The Lighthouse on the Wall
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 81,060. Language: English. Published: July 7, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Literary
The Lighthouse on the Wall follows the experiences of Alex, a driven and introspective teen who begins struggling with depression and self-harm during her first year of college. This story seeks to address tough topics often affiliated with today's youth, and to remind struggling individuals that they are not alone in this battle.