Annette Gisby


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.

Smashwords Interview

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 :)
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The Chosen
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 52,380. Language: British English. Published: June 16, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay
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.
Silent Screams
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 69,190. Language: English. Published: February 9, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
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.
New Zealand with a Hobbit Botherer
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 77,460. Language: English. Published: June 9, 2009. Categories: Nonfiction » Travel » By region
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.

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Smashwords book reviews by Annette Gisby

  • Render 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 ;)
  • Dangerous Moonlight 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.
  • The Travel Auction on Oct. 19, 2012

    I was feeling very under the weather when I started reading this book and it was a perfect pick-me-up. Even with a sore throat and a cold, it was hard to feel miserable while reading of Jonathan and Kate (the second's) adventures in South America. Jonathan has paid lots of money for his trip of a lifetime, Kate the first was supposed to pay him back, but now that they've split, she's not going and not paying for the trip either. Jonathan has a severe nut allergy which could kill him and he's got a phobia about needles so he needs someone else to administer the adrenaline if he accidentally ingests any nuts. The airline won't let someone else travel on Kate Thornly's ticket, so he sets up an auction on eBay to find another Kate Thornly to go on the trip with him. The first few bids he gets are hilarious, I was really laughing out loud at the pensioner Kate Thornly who wanted to make sure that she'd be able to draw her pension abroad, and he wonders if he's done the right thing. Of course, it would be a very short book if he didn't pick one of the Kate Thornlys to go with him, so he decides on Kate the second or KT2 as she's referred to later in the book. It's told in alternating points of view between Kate and Jonathan, both in first person. The banter between them is enjoyable, and they both have quite a bit of baggage with them, although not of the luggage variety. Their pasts are part of who they are and help flesh them out. Both are well-drawn characters and I was impressed how Mr. Green got into the mind of Kate here, she was very believable as a character in her own right, not just there to be a love interest as is the case with some other novels. The novel is fast paced, with plain, simple writing that makes it easy to sink into. All the places in South America are so well described that it makes you want to pack up and go on your own adventure. Green's love for the places he's visitied (I presume) shines through in the book. It's unpretentious, it's just like being on holiday with two friends. Does romance blossom between our two intrepid travellers or do they remain friends? You'll just have to read to find out because you don't want to miss any of their adventures or the people they meet along the way. A wonderful read.
  • Pirates of the Poesasian on Jan. 17, 2013

    3.5 stars rounded up to four. This book was difficult for me to get into. While well-written with interesting characters and a sound plot, the style of writing did not appeal to me. The language was a bit too flowery, the prose a bit too purple for my taste. I much prefer simpler, plainer language. This book would have seemed quite at home in an English Literature class to be studied and dissected, but as something to read for enjoyment's sake, it fell flat for me. This is just a personal opinion, lots of people do enjoy that style of writing. There is adventure on the high seas, murder, magic and mayhem. The world building is good, from the squalor of seaside inns to life aboard ship amongst the pirates. Baus becomes more of a likeable character the further into the book we go, at first I wasn't too sure about him. Give it a go if you enjoy a good adventure tale with pirates and rogues galore.