Anne Gambling


I am a writer, a mother and many other things besides depending on the viewer’s perspective. My works of prose fiction - composed either as short story or novel - seek to explore the human condition, existing in, of and with the world. These fictions I support with contemplative essays and poetry through which the prismic diversity of life can be engaged within different aesthetic frames. Underlying all my work, however, is the sole intent to contribute to the conversation on peace, and to share my understanding that love is the foundation toward a more peaceful and compassionate world, respectful of all. Learn more by visiting my web presence:

Smashwords Interview

Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Gosh, I have no idea but it was probably something 'animal' like Black Beauty. I specifically remember the shock of reading Jonathan Livingstone Seagull at about 10, however. It was so completely deep and 'beyond' - I felt like I'd been punched in the chest but I couldn't figure out why. I actually wrote several chapters of a Newfoundland dog story in a similar 'voice' before realising it was useless to try to emulate perfection. :-)
How do you approach cover design?
For The Taste of Translation, the cover image was very important. It is a work of art by the father of a friend, who generously gave me permission to reproduce it. The painting spoke to me from the first moment I saw it in a retrospective exhibition of his work, and I knew it contained the same principles my book espouses - that we are one humanity with many faces woven into a rich carpet of sacred traditions across the world.
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Where to find Anne Gambling online


Anything but Still Lives: The Worlds of Edward Hopper
Price: Free! Words: 30,300. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: September 25, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
This collection of short fiction takes nine iconic Edward Hopper canvases and imagines a narrative beyond the frame of each ‘still life’, leading the reader on a journey through the interwar and later years of Hopper’s women, whose lives are anything but still, and whose experiences transcend the cultural and historical constraints of their all-too-human condition, as conjured by Hopper’s art.
The Taste of Translation
Price: Free! Words: 137,550. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: September 5, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
A Muslim princess learns to die to self, a Christian translator learns there are other ways to write, and a secular exile from the Bosnian War learns to open to her past in order to embrace the future. Across a shifting landscape spanning Europe and North Africa, and bridging more than six centuries, their pilgrimages to the centre of being tell a single story – of what it means to love.

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