When I started this blog I said that I hoped to feature other writers here from time to time. So I am delighted that my very first guest is the acclaimed writer of children’s books, and romances, Ann Evans. Ann has also written ‘how to’ books on writing, runs regular writing classes, and has been a source of encouragement, advice, and inspiration to me since I started out as a writer.
- What is the title of your latest book?
My latest full length book is a YA time slip thriller entitled Celeste. It’s set in Coventry (my home city) in the present day and the Medieval past. It’s about a girl – Megan Miller who moves to Coventry with her parents and starts a new school. She soon starts to get feelings of deja vu. Things become more worrying when she starts to have fragmented dreams and flashbacks to a past life. To a time when she had been called Celeste.
And then Megan believes some ominous presence is haunting her, following her, whispering in her ear. And always the same question, where did you hide it?
Megan becomes entwined in a frightening and heartbreaking world as she slips uncontrollably between her present life and her medieval past. She’s afraid that a new friend is actually a past enemy – and evil has followed her through the centuries.
I’ve also been busy writing books for reluctant readers, published by Badger Learning. There’s been Kicked Into Touch and Spend Like a Celebrity, plus I’ve had the fun of writing some horror stories: Nightmare, Red Handed and Straw Men. Also a heart-rendering story called By My Side, which has everyone in tears – even me!
- What are the most challenging aspects of being a writer? And the most rewarding?
For me the most challenging thing is finding enough hours in the day to do everything I want to do. And the most rewarding is seeing the finished product – a book or a magazine article published. And it’s also incredibly rewarding when someone tells you that they’ve read and enjoyed your book.
3. What is your top tip for an aspiring writer?
Persevere! Never give up. If you want to be a writer, then write and keep on writing regardless of the rejections. I had seven books rejected before my first one was published. I would also say read as much as you can and learn from other authors.
4. What are you working on at the moment?
I’ve got a number of projects on the go. I write regularly for various magazines, so I’m always working on articles. But fiction-wise, I’m writing two more reluctant reader books. I’m also working on a romance, a children’s book and what I hope will be a psychological thriller.
- What do you like to read?
I have a wide taste in books, from crime to time slip and romance to autobiographies. Amongst my favourite authors are Lee Child – who comes from my home city of Coventry, and Barbara Erskine who inspired me to write a time slip novel.
6. Where can readers find you?
My website: http://www.annevansbooks.co.uk
Buy links: Celeste paperback:
Ann’s books for reluctant readers are available from Badger Learning, Amazon and all the usual outlets. http://www.newresourcesforschools.co.uk/reluctant-readers/