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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Sparrows Nest Concert 2017

The Waveney Author group were invited to appear at the Sparrows Nest Concert and authors ADP Sorisi, Sandra Delf, Franky Sayer, Suzan Collins and Davina Baron rose to the challenge. Not that it was a challenge of course, it was a beautiful event and here are some of our photos.

All five of us

L-R: Suzan Collins, Sandra Delf, ADP Sorisi, Franky Sayer, Davina Baron.

Aisha having make up put on  Aisha signing her book for author Crispin Hook

ADP Sorisi having make up done then signing her book for author Crispin Hook.

Vivienne   Vivienne~story telling

Davina Baron dressed as a cat and reading her book to children.

Franky Franky signing her first sale

Franky Sayer signing her debut novel

Me Bubbles

Suzan Collins                     Blowing bubbles

Sandra running off from The Cats and Curiosity Book Shop  Sandra Delf

Sandra Delf

Thank you to everyone who bought the lucky dips (money to Alzheimer’s Research UK https://www.facebook.com/ARUKLowestoft/ ) and thank you to everyone who stopped to chat to us and bought signed copies of our books.

If you missed this event and/or wish to see these authors (and more from the Waveney Author Group) the majority of our authors will be appearing at the East Anglian Festival of Culture ‘Meet the Authors Weekend’ at The Hatfield Hotel

Eafoc-Meet the Authors Weekend~9th & 10th Sept 2017

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