Annette Gisby grew up in a small town in Northern Ireland moving to London when she was seventeen. Being a very small town there were no bookshops and a small library. When she’d devoured every book she could get her hands on in the library, she started writing her own stories so she would always have something to read later.
When not writing she enjoys reading, cinema, theatre, walks along deserted beaches or wandering around ruined castles (great places for inspiration!)
She still lives in London with her husband, a collection of porcelain dolls and stuffed penguins and enough books to fill a small library. It’s diminishing gradually since the discovery of ebooks but still has a way to go.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a very small town in Northern Ireland. So small, in fact, that it didn't have any bookshops. We did have a small library but it wasn't long before I'd been through every book I wanted to read, and even some I didn't! I started writing my own stories so that I would always have something that I was interested in to read. I only ever write stories that I would enjoy reading too. I don't write for a particular market or trend, as it were.
When did you first start writing?
I can't remember a time when I didn't write :) As a child I had lots of notebooks filled with all my story scribbles and when I was eleven, my parents got me a manual typewriter for Christmas. The 'S' key on it always stuck, so every word with an 's' would appear in either subscript or supersript. It was annoying in a way, but it never made me stop writing. I did try and avoid words with the letter 's' in them, but soon gave that up!
I played with dolls as most girls do, but in my head they were all actors in the plays I had in my head and I used them to act out stories, borrowing my brother's action men when I needed a leading man for my lady :)
Prince Severin of Arcathia has been brought up to put duty before all else and as the only son of the King and Queen, it is his duty to marry and produce an heir. His parents want him to marry an Oscian princess to cement that tentative peace. Unfortunately Severin isn't interested in princesses. Now, if he had his pick of princes that would be another matter.
Recently released from a mental institution, Beth Gregory accepts a job as a live-in secretary/PA to the reclusive painter Josh Warrington. Beth's long red hair fascinates him from the first moment he sees her and Josh wants her to be his Rapunzel for a series of fairy tale paintings he's working on.
After years of suffering, the revelation that she is now pregnant with her abuser's child was too much for Jessica Miller. She tried to end it all with a knife in the bath.
She was saved in time, but now Jessica is learning that survival is only the first step to healing.
What should you do if your spouse becomes addicted to the Lord of the Rings movies and swoons at the very mention of Orlando Bloom's name? (Thud. Quick, fetch the smelling salts.) How about taking the advice of a strange apparition that reveals itself in a dream, who recommends touring New Zealand in an effort to prove that its sheep pastures aren't really filled by frolicking Hobbits.
on March 03, 2010
That was a wonderful short story. Despite being short, the characters were well drawn and you stepped into their world for a while. I'm not sure I would have classed this as erotica though, they don't do much besides kiss ;)
on Feb. 25, 2011
Wonderful male/male romance in a historical setting. I loved this one, Mel Keegan has a knack for writing great characters and fantasic world-building. Adventure, romance, intrigue, this one had it all.