Welcome, Annie Thompson
Can I offer you a drink? Tea? Wine?
I’d like a cup of tea please, milk but no sugar!
*Hands a cup of tea to Annie*
Can you tell me a little about yourself? (inc if you use a pen name and why)
I’m Anne Thompson; I changed my name to Annie for writing as it has a bit more of a “ring” to it for children. I work in the social care field, mainly in day centres in Ipswich and Felixstowe. I moved from London to Suffolk to help father with my mother, who has a severe balance problem. I joined a writing group at Woodbridge Library and wrote some of these stories around the titles we were given.
What is the title and genre of your book?
It’s called “The Peter Stories” and is a collection of short stories for children. They are mainly about how toys and situations help or hinder him (Peter – a young boy) with daily life. I suppose in a way they’re mini – adventures.
Do you write in first or third person? Please explain why
Most of the stories are in the third person, but the one I did first, “Blue” was in the first person. I think this was because I wanted to try to get into the situation he was in, going through a terrifying experience of being in a washing machine, and how I imagined it to be. I feel third person is better for descriptions and dialogue.
How did you come up with the story?
Each story was based on a title we were given in our writing group, e.g “Come fly with me”, “Against all odds”, drawing on some personal experience, such as a trip to Portugal, and “Brave words” was based on the loss of my grandmother when I was young and what I would like to have done.
Some of the toys were toys I had, and others such as the two bears are my cousin’s “mascots”. ”View of the sea” was for a competition of that title and “School Sports Day” was for an event at my present writing group where we wrote for or about children.
Do you have any tips for aspiring writers?
Write it down as soon as you think of it and carry a notebook at all times!
Listen to conversations and you can get inspiration from text messages (esp wrong ones) etc.
Enter competitions if you can and even if you have spelling difficulties or grammar, write it down, as someone can always help correct it.
What is your writing routine?
Unfortunately I don’t write every day as I work three or four days a week and have three elderly relatives to keep an eye on but I try to do two short stories a month for Felixstowe Scribblers as well as enter a competition every so often if I can and am working on chapter 2 of book 2.
Do you have an editing process?
I read and re – read everything and I have a beta reader who checks anything which may enter a competition or be published, and the Peter stories go to an editor.
What do you enjoy the most/least about writing?
Most – it can be done anywhere and at any time, as long as you have a way of getting it on paper.
Least – you have to believe in your ability and I am not a confident person by nature. I find the selling difficult
Where can people find you on the internet?
Is there anything else you would like to share with your readers?
I hope my stories will make people laugh!
Thank you for a lovely interview, Anne.