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?

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Annie-Thompson-1419027841730124/

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

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Peter-Stories-Annie-Thompson/dp/1976212731/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1512853765&sr=1-1&keywords=annie+thompson+the+peter+stories

 

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Author Diana Bettinson

Welcome, Diana Bettinson…

Di B

Hello. Lovely to see you

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

A nice cold white wine would be lovely

 

 *Hands a cold white wine to Diana*

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

Most of my working life was with the Citizen’s Advice Bureau firstly as a debt counselor and later as a welfare rights worker mainly for cancer patients. I have always jotted down the odd poem and knew I had a story or two in me.

What is the title and genre of your book?

 GARI is aimed at the older child but adults seem to be my main audience the life story of a mini cooper.

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

Partly the book is in first person as the car is telling his story but things that go around him are in the third person.

How did you come up with the story?

The idea was boiling in the back of my head for several years and for 50p I bought an old workshop manual at a fete which gave me a lot of background information. My husband is a mechanic so gained some information from him and Gari grew from those small seeds.

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

Yes I did and I love the cover. Hope the readers do too.

 Di B front cover

Do you have any tips for aspiring writers?

Just keep writing and reading. Whatever takes your fancy. We all have stories in us.

What is your writing routine?

Not so much of a routine but I find it all consuming when I feel a story coming together and become single minded about it.

Do you have an editing process?

I guess I do as I read, re-read, read out loud and edit from those processes. I also have other people read and give me constructive criticism which is very useful.

What do you enjoy the most/least about writing?

When the words are flowing and the ideas are popping up I love to just sit and write. Sifting the waffle out and moulding the story is fun as well and meeting such lovely people in the writing group is a bonus. But when a story grinds to a halt for some reason that is the bit I hate.

Where can people find you on the internet?

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Diana-Bettinson-Author-page-158069648021521/

Twitter: @Dibett

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

Just thank you to all those who have followed me and supported me. Keep up the good work

I am appearing at the East Anglian Festival of Culture at the Hatfield Hotel in Lowestoft on Sat 9th Sept and would love see my readers there.

Thank you for a lovely interview.

Thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule.

Di B front cover

Available in paperback and Kindle

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Diana-Bettinson/e/B06W9KGM7N/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1502231782&sr=1-2-ent

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….

FaceBook: https://www.facebook.com/Sue-Thompson-Author-1784360638472543/

Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Harmonicas-Round-Hat-Sue-Thompson/dp/1545419027/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1500915538&sr=1-1&keywords=sue+Thompson

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.

 

Author: Alan Kemp

Welcome, Alan Kemp….

Alan Kemp~head and shoulders

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

 Beer, please.

 *Hands a beer to Alan*

Glass of beer

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

I worked in construction for nearly 20 years before becoming a lecturer, I am now a high school maths teacher but enjoy restoring vintage caravans as a hobby.

What is the title and genre of your book?

My book is titled Callahan the Camper van and is a Children’s picture book.

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

I write as though I am Callahan and experiencing the sights, sounds and feelings he is.

How did you come up with the story?

I often attend VW rallies and love to look at the restored vans, this was the inspiration for the story.

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

I chose the cover from a number of illustrations I had commissioned.

Alan Kemp~front cover on Amazon

Do you have any tips for aspiring writers?

Never give up and know your limitations.

What is your writing routine?

When I have an idea I just jot it down, then when I have a quiet moment I put the meat on the bones.

Do you have an editing process?

When I think it is finished I get my wife Tracey to proof read it, then I split it into pages around what I think would make a good illustration, finally I put ideas down as to what the illustrations should be before sending it to my illustrator.

What do you enjoy the most/least about writing?

I like using my imagination to picture and feel the adventures that I develop for Callahan. 

Where can people find you on the internet?

I am currently on Facebook, Amazon, YouTube and Twitter

Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Callahan-Camper-Van-Alan-Kemp/dp/1537663607/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1500546404&sr=8-1&keywords=callahan+the+camper+van

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Callahan-the-Camper-Van-191220104676479/

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x-yucfkK7s8

Twitter: https://twitter.com/?lang=en-gb  

 

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

My sons were raised on Thomas the Tank Engine and I feel this has had a large influence on the adventures of Callahan. I am currently working on book 2, Callahan and the Warrior asp Gang.

I am appearing at the East Anglian Festival of Culture in Lowestoft on Sat 9th and Sun 10th Sept and would love see my readers there.

Thank you for a lovely interview….

You’re welcome and thank you for taking time out to tell us about your fabulous book and we look forward to hearing when book two is published.

Alan Kemp~front cover on Amazon

Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Callahan-Camper-Van-Alan-Kemp/dp/1537663607/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1500546404&sr=8-1&keywords=callahan+the+camper+van