Life begins at…

Annie Thompson second book cover~on Amazon

Author: Annie Thompson

ISBN: 978-1723847905

Title: Life begins at eighty: Twenty quirky tales celebrating maturity

A group of spirited senior citizens have some crazy adventures. Eleanor and her friend Roy have some interesting experiences with misunderstandings and misheard expressions. Their friend the retired Colonel will have you chuckling with his zany schemes, and the seven main characters have as much fun as in their youth. From their experiences in the optician, to the second hand bookshop and the GP, to days in the countryside and a short trip to Spain, they will keep you amused and wanting to read more

Author, Annie Thompson

Welcome, Annie Thompson

Anne Thompson

Can I offer you a drink? Tea? Wine?

I’d like a cup of tea please, milk but no sugar!

Cup of tea at Coconut Loft1

*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.

Annes front cover

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.

Annes front cover


Author Sue Thompson

Welcome, Sue Thompson…

 Author pic~head and shoulders

Can I offer you a drink? Tea? Wine? Beer?

Ooh, tea would be nice.

*Hands tea to Sue*

Can you tell me a little about yourself? (inc if you use a pen name and why)

I came to writing very late but since I moved to Suffolk in 2013 I felt I wanted to share my experiences with others who may be thinking of relocating. I write in my own name because the stories are about my own experiences.

What is the title and genre of your book?

It is called Harmonicas Round my Hat, as the music scene in Suffolk is very close to my heart and this refers to a very special day in my life, the day I decided to become an author. I suppose you would call it a memoir, hopefully in the vein of Driving Over Lemons by Chris Stewart.


Do you write in first or third person? Please explain why

I write in the first person as the book largely happens in real time, like a diary, and is written from my own point of view. Now that I am writing my second book I find this suits my style and the ‘author voice’ that I hear in my head when I write.

How did you come up with the story?

I just recounted the amusing events and characters that became known to me over our 4 years in Suffolk. When my husband was very seriously ill in 2015 I kept a diary which covered everything that happened in minute detail including texts from friends and my daily moods. It kept me sane and helped me make sense of events when thankfully this episode was over. I also wanted to thank everyone who looked after both of us at this time.

It has a lovely cover, did you have any say in what you wanted the cover to be?

I designed the cover myself using two photographs which I thought summed up the spirit of our beautiful new home. My brother-in-law, who was a professional photographer, helped with the technical side. I also wanted to use quotes from friends on the cover as it is such a personal book and their help meant a lot to me.

Sue Thompson cover

Do you have any tips for aspiring writers?

Become obsessed. Keep the thought in your head that you are an author and eventually you will be one.

What is your writing routine?

I carry a notebook around and jot down ideas, amusing things people say, lyrics to songs when we go to performances, anything I might use later. I find that if I wait until I have lots of ideas it is easier to write than if I just try to come up with a story. Then I write it in longhand in my special notebook. I don’t put anything on the computer until I have a whole chapter I am happy with.

Do you have an editing process?

I can’t edit as I go along, I have to do a chapter at a time or I don’t feel that I have achieved anything. I try not to over-edit as then my style gets lost and the writing feels stilted.

What do you enjoy the most/least about writing?

I feel happy when the words are just flowing and I feel that I am involving the reader in my book. I don’t like typing onto the computer, it makes my back ache!

Where can people find you on the internet?

I’m not much good with technology so I tend to stick to Facebook, but I do use this a lot, probably too much….



Is there anything else you would like to share with your readers?

Thank you to everyone who has bought my book. My second book is about the pub/festival/folk scene in Suffolk so if you see me at any events scribbling in my notebook you’ll know why.

I am appearing at the East Anglian Festival of Culture in the Ambassador Room at the Hatfield Hotel in Lowestoft on Sun 10th Sept and would love see my readers there.

Thank you for a lovely interview. It’s been fun.


Authors give their time FREE!

Authors Ann Bowyer, Jo Wilde, Lucy Rayner and Suzan Collins joined others across the country and gave their free time to help write a book to raise money for Alzheimer’s Research UK.

This book is now published and ALL royalties will go to Alzheimer’s Research UK.