Anne Wrightwell

Biography

I live in London with my husband. I am an identical twin, which gives me the right to look down on mere fraternal twins.

I have been writing stories since my teens and wrote a novel aged thirteen. Sadly, this literary gem was lost to history when my father had a clear out while I was at university.

'The Little Book of Quirky Christmas Stories' is my first self published book. It's a collection of short stories themed around Christmas written by myself and my friend Rose Bishop. My second book, is an adaptation of Pride and Prejudice, called ' Pride and Prejudice, The Other Way Round'.

My third book, 'Murder and Mittens' is a first draft of a novel I wrote during NaNoWriMo 2015 (National Novel Writing Month). I am currently editing it. My fourth book, "A Town Called Daryadne" is a first draft of my 2017 Nanowrimo novel. It's joining the queue for editing.

I recently had a drabble (100 word short story) 'Twisted' published on www.101fiction.com and I will have a short story, "Dead Mermaid on Eel Pie Island' appearing in the anthology, 'Magic CSI' and another short story, 'The Mysterious Mr. Fox' appearing in the anthology 'Emerging Horizons' in 2018.

Smashwords Interview

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).
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Where to find Anne Wrightwell online


Books

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: $2.00 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.

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Smashwords book reviews by Anne Wrightwell

  • Ellie Doyle and the Anti-Vampire League on Dec. 10, 2014

    i really liked this short story, the characters and the twist at the end. I would like to read more stories about Ellie Doyle and her world.
  • The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes on Sep. 19, 2017

    I liked the idea of the Sherlock Holmes stories being recast so that the men were women and the women meant. It worked pretty well and made you think about roles dictated by gender. I was also impressed by his introduction. My only minor quibble is that I found Sherlock jarring as a feminine name but that's probably just me. I could be tempted to read/buy some of the other classics reworked by L.E. Smart but not if I can't read a sample first.
  • The Hound of the Baskervilles Retrained on Sep. 19, 2017

    I like stories where the genders have been switched. This was fun to read and see how roles are affected by gender. I wasn't that struck on Shyrlock as a name but that's a personal preference.
  • Shalaby and Fecklace Spend the Night in an Unnatural Manor on Sep. 27, 2017

    An amusing Steampunk detective romp. Shalaby, the shabby private detective with preposterous ideas and Fecklace, the feckless aristocrat are very engaging. The plot is clever and well worked out as well.
  • Marley Was Dead: A Christmas Carol Mystery on March 14, 2018

    I enjoyed this book and feel sorry for the author that it didn't sell very well so he's made it free. I thought it was a clever idea - Marley was really murdered and the retired inspector had to both solve that crime and prevent the murder of Scrooge, which worked and it was pretty well written. I didn't spot any anachronisms or American words used instead of British ones, which always make me wince. I thought the historical setting seemed authentic and I liked the way he showed that poor people in Victorian Britain were leading lives of quiet desperation. I liked Inspector McFergus and didn't find him whiney. I did wonder why the author just didn't include a young Sherlock Holmes rather than have him in it under another name. I also liked the inclusion of characters from other Dickens stories such as Bill Sykes. I would have liked to have seen a little more of Scrooge in the story. All in all, very enjoyable if you like novels that are based on classics.