Interview with Annalisa Conti

When did you first start writing?
I started to write when I was a teenager, fantasy stories of brave female knights and smart pirates. Fortunately, none of them was ever published, and they are all now probably lost under decennial dust.
I started to write my first novel, All The People, at the beginning of 2014, when I was in a challenging period of my life and I needed something to escape from reality. My fears and my troubles were channeled into a very introspective and intimate novel, which helped me express some things I didn't want to say out loud.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Like all my books, something happened in my life and it gave me the inspiration for my latest novel: I wanted to share my thoughts and my insecurities, mixed with some purely fictional elements.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
What I love the most about writing is being able to explore the infinite possibilities that reality can offer. In our own lives we need to make choices every day, and live with their consequences, wheres in a book anything can happen: my characters can follow dreams that I have abandoned years ago, they can go to places where I've never been, they can teach me new lessons about life itself. And sharing all of this with whoever cares to read my stories is my greatest satisfaction.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
For me it's been a mix of many factors, from the excitement of entrepreneurship to the need for independence, and being able to speak with my own voice.
What are you working on next?
I'm working on the upcoming episodes of The W Series, my collection of short stories, my ongoing long-term relationship!

I am also starting to work on a new novel #WomensFiction
Who are your favorite authors?
I have a few favorite authors, and the fact that they're very different probably tells something about me.

I love Ernest Hemingway for his effortless prose: words flow free on his pages, and instantly pull the reader in his world. Plus, he has seen the world at its best and its worst, and his experience is unique.

I love Philip J. Farmer for his creativity: he wrote some of my favorite sci-fi books and sagas, where he planted the most mind-blowing ideas I've ever found in literature - a world where all humanity comes back to life, and you can meet Mark Twain, Sir Richard Burton, German Nazis and ancient Romans? A flat world built in levels, where you need to climb the central pillar to access higher levels? Countless alien species and planets with the most unbelievable beings? Farmer responds to my definition of genius.

I love Elena Ferrante for her story telling: she can build and follow characters through years and decades like nobody else I've read. Her people feel like some of the women and men I could have met in my own life, and this is what makes her works so powerful.

I love Gillian Flynn for her courage: she free-falls into human darkness, exploring the worst and the most hidden flaws we all hide, somewhere inside us. She has a gift for creating powerful and terrifying protagonists.
What do you read for pleasure?
Science fiction is by far my favorite genre, but I read anything. Friends and family always offer me many books, because everybody knows how much I love reading. Right now I just finished / am reading / am about to read:
- "Inferior: How Science Got Women Wrong - and the New Research That's Rewriting the Story" by Angela Saini [all women and men should read this one!]
- "A dance With Dragons" by George R. R. Martin [because I need to fill this Game of Thrones gap year]
- "Little Fires Everywhere" by Celeste Ng [for the inspiration]
Describe your desk
I like to have my working space as clean as possible, so there's not much on my desk. My computer and the mouse sit at the center of my table, the king and queen of the court. On the right, my notebook, filled with my bad handwriting and a ton of multicolored post-its with things to do, to remember, to forget. On the left, a few writing-related books: Plot & Structure by James Scott Bell, Story by Robert McKee, a few more. On the far right corner, a lamp that I never use, as I normally don't even realize it's gotten dark outside. On the far left corner, a roll of Scotch tape. I'm not sure why.
What is your writing process?
It all starts with an idea. It can be a spark of a story, the eyes of a character, a sentence somebody needs to say in my book, a title.
It then grows inside me, it expands as I take notes and I keep thinking about it; it becomes a plot, or a defined character. I keep going with the flow: the story comes out of my fingers as I research the internet, characters come to life.

I usually start writing when I have a decent idea of the first half of the story: the rest is born down the road. When the first draft is finished, I take a break before editing, which is a very detailed and precious job. I might think about cover art at this point, to refine it when the book itself is finalized.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I have a Kindle for when I travel, and the Kindle app always open on my phone - for subway rides or short breaks.
Published 2018-04-09.
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Books by This Author

What A Gift
Series: Superhero Stories: The W Series. Pre-release—available December 14, 2019. Price: $3.50 USD. Words: 3,530. Language: English. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Graphic novels & comics » Superheroes
This is the fifteenth episode of THE W SERIES, a collection of short stories. W is a superhero like no other. Reviewers say it is “a classic action story but somehow very different from anything else”, with a “writing style packed of action and visual clues as if it was taken right out of a Marvel comic strip”.
Waste
Series: Superhero Stories: The W Series. Price: $3.50 USD. Words: 4,610. Language: English. Published: September 15, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Graphic novels & comics » Superheroes
This is the fourteenth episode of THE W SERIES, a collection of short stories. W is a superhero like no other. Reviewers say it is “a classic action story but somehow very different from anything else”, with a “writing style packed of action and visual clues as if it was taken right out of a Marvel comic strip”.
Water Under The Bridge
Series: Superhero Stories: The W Series. Price: $3.50 USD. Words: 4,160. Language: English. Published: June 15, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Graphic novels & comics » Superheroes
This is the thirteenth episode of THE W SERIES, a collection of short stories. W is a superhero like no other. Reviewers say it is “a classic action story but somehow very different from anything else”, with a “writing style packed of action and visual clues as if it was taken right out of a Marvel comic strip”.
Wounds
Series: Superhero Stories: The W Series. Price: $3.50 USD. Words: 4,140. Language: English. Published: March 15, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Graphic novels & comics » Superheroes
This is the twelfth episode of THE W SERIES, a collection of short stories. W is a superhero like no other. Reviewers say it is “a classic action story but somehow very different from anything else”, with a “writing style packed of action and visual clues as if it was taken right out of a Marvel comic strip”.
White Christmas
Series: Superhero Stories: The W Series. Price: $3.50 USD. Words: 3,510. Language: English. Published: December 15, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Graphic novels & comics » Superheroes, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
This is the eleventh episode of THE W SERIES, a collection of short stories. W is a superhero like no other. Reviewers say it is “a classic action story but somehow very different from anything else”, with a “writing style packed of action and visual clues as if it was taken right out of a Marvel comic strip”.
Wherever Whenever
Series: Superhero Stories: The W Series. Price: $3.50 USD. Words: 3,900. Language: English. Published: September 15, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General, Fiction » Graphic novels & comics » Superheroes
This is the tenth episode of THE W SERIES, a collection of short stories. W is a superhero like no other. Reviewers say it is “a classic action story but somehow very different from anything else”, with a “writing style packed of action and visual clues as if it was taken right out of a Marvel comic strip”.
Work Hard, Play Harder
Series: Superhero Stories: The W Series. Price: $3.50 USD. Words: 3,750. Language: English. Published: June 1, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General, Fiction » Graphic novels & comics » Superheroes
This is the ninth episode of THE W SERIES, a collection of short stories. W is a superhero like no other. Reviewers say it is “a classic action story but somehow very different from anything else”, with a “writing style packed of action and visual clues as if it was taken right out of a Marvel comic strip”.
Nine
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 81,750. Language: English. Published: July 24, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General, Nonfiction » Relationships & Family » Motherhood
Amber Gillingham is an accomplished journalist in New York. When she finds out she is pregnant with her first child, her rational mindset collides with everyone else’s uncontrollable excitement for the news and their plain acceptance of its imminent life-changing consequences. Now, Amber has to find a way to maintain her balance, trying not to lose herself, her husband, or her job.
Way Worse
Series: Superhero Stories: The W Series. Price: $3.50 USD. Words: 3,550. Language: English. Published: March 28, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General, Fiction » Graphic novels & comics » Superheroes
This is the eight episode of THE W SERIES, a collection of short stories. W is a superhero like no other. Reviewers say it is “a classic action story but somehow very different from anything else”, with a “writing style packed of action and visual clues as if it was taken right out of a Marvel comic strip”.
What Could Go Wrong
Series: Superhero Stories: The W Series. Price: $3.50 USD. Words: 3,690. Language: English. Published: March 28, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General, Fiction » Graphic novels & comics » Superheroes
This is the seventh episode of THE W SERIES, a collection of short stories. W is a superhero like no other. Reviewers say it is “a classic action story but somehow very different from anything else”, with a “writing style packed of action and visual clues as if it was taken right out of a Marvel comic strip”.
Way To Go, Guinn
Series: Superhero Stories: The W Series. Price: $3.50 USD. Words: 4,050. Language: English. Published: March 28, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General, Fiction » Graphic novels & comics » Superheroes
This is the sixth episode of THE W SERIES, a collection of short stories. W is a superhero like no other. Reviewers say it is “a classic action story but somehow very different from anything else”, with a “writing style packed of action and visual clues as if it was taken right out of a Marvel comic strip”.
Why Me?
Series: Superhero Stories: The W Series. Price: $3.50 USD. Words: 4,280. Language: English. Published: March 28, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General, Fiction » Graphic novels & comics » Superheroes
This is the fifth episode of THE W SERIES, a collection of short stories. W is a superhero like no other. Reviewers say it is “a classic action story but somehow very different from anything else”, with a “writing style packed of action and visual clues as if it was taken right out of a Marvel comic strip”.
Where To Go Next
Series: Superhero Stories: The W Series. Price: $3.50 USD. Words: 4,430. Language: English. Published: March 28, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General, Fiction » Graphic novels & comics » Superheroes
This is the fourth episode of THE W SERIES, a collection of short stories. W is a superhero like no other. Reviewers say it is “a classic action story but somehow very different from anything else”, with a “writing style packed of action and visual clues as if it was taken right out of a Marvel comic strip”.
Wild Is The Night
Series: Superhero Stories: The W Series. Price: $3.50 USD. Words: 4,280. Language: English. Published: March 28, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General, Fiction » Graphic novels & comics » Superheroes
This is the third episode of THE W SERIES, a collection of short stories. W is a superhero like no other. Reviewers say it is “a classic action story but somehow very different from anything else”, with a “writing style packed of action and visual clues as if it was taken right out of a Marvel comic strip”.
Woman In Black
Series: Superhero Stories: The W Series. Price: $3.50 USD. Words: 3,960. Language: English. Published: March 28, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General, Fiction » Graphic novels & comics » Superheroes
This is the second episode of THE W SERIES, a collection of short stories. W is a superhero like no other. Reviewers say it is “a classic action story but somehow very different from anything else”, with a “writing style packed of action and visual clues as if it was taken right out of a Marvel comic strip”.
Wrong Day For A Kill
Series: Superhero Stories: The W Series. Price: $3.50 USD. Words: 4,230. Language: English. Published: March 28, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General, Fiction » Graphic novels & comics » Superheroes
This is the first episode of THE W SERIES, a collection of short stories. W is a superhero like no other. Reviewers say it is “a classic action story but somehow very different from anything else”, with a “writing style packed of action and visual clues as if it was taken right out of a Marvel comic strip”.
Africa
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 43,470. Language: English. Published: October 3, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General, Nonfiction » Travel » By region
An adventure to the end of the world: a woman loses everything and finds herself again in a journey through reality
All The People
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 61,480. Language: English. Published: September 19, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General, Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
Who is really Sylvia Fischer? Psychoanalyst Alexander Williams will have to unveil the truths and the mysteries behind his patient’s disappearance.