Tell us a little about yourself!
Hi! I'm Anna, I'm twenty eight years old and I live in Bristol, which is in the south-west corner of England. There are a few great loves in my life: dinosaurs, cake, wearing pretty dresses, writing stories, Draco Malfoy, Kings of Leon's cover of "Dancing on my Own"...
I am probably known best for being an insatiable ball of grumpy energy and stoutly refusing to grow up.
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In Thirty Things, Nate and Finn check of a list of 30 things to do before Finn turns 30. What would be on your list?
What a brilliant question!
I'd really like to take my dad to one of the NFL games that gets played at Wembley in London later this year.
Other than that, visiting a lot of places, I suppose. I really want to go to Egypt, but the political situation there at the moment means I've put that trip off for a few years. I've never been to the Far East, so there, too. And a few places in the US - San Francisco is a big one for me. I'd love to do a road trip across the states!
Tell us about something you've already checked off your list. Was it everything you thought it would be?
Right now I live by myself in a brilliant flat in the centre of Bristol, which is a gorgeous city in England. It might seem like a small thing, but for someone who values her independence like I do, it means a lot.
This year I've also earned enough from selling my books to do some brilliant things with my friends and family. That's what makes publishing worthwhile for me - getting to pay it forward and having wonderful experiences with people I love.
While traveling the country, Finn and Nate visit some amazing places. Where have you been that has stuck with you?
New York, for sure. I love cities that have energy, and New York has that by the bucketful. I love Greece, too, I've been there on holiday a few times. Greek food is fantastic too, which is always a bonus!
If you could only do one of the things on your list, which would it be?
Go to more music concerts. Even rubbish ones. I love gigs but I just don't do enough of it. This year I've got tickets to One Direction which is going to be AMAZING. I'd like to line up a few others ;)
What items would be on your writing bucket list?
Well, a New York Times Bestseller, obviously! Honestly, just having this career has meant more success than I could ever have imagined.
I feel like the only thing left for me to do is to 'come out' to my mum and tell her what I write. She's the most wonderful, supportive mother in the whole world, but I haven't felt like the time was right to talk to her about it yet. It'll happen eventually, I'm sure.
Which books are on your TBR Bucket List?
I have so many books on my bookshelf waiting to be read. I'd love to read Margaret Atwood's Oryx and Crake series straight through to try and unravel some of that - I've read all three books, but over the span of about ten years. I'm sure I've missed stuff!!
To be completely honest, I read very little these days. I work full time, and still manage to put out four or five books a year, so most of what I read is my own stuff in edits! I do like audiobooks, though. I listen to those on my way to work and at the gym.
Anna has a new book coming out from Dreamspinner Press on March 20th! Here's what she had to say about it:
It's a Young/New Adult story called Signs.
After spending most of his life in special schools, Caleb Stone now faces public high school in his senior year, a prospect that both excites him and threatens to overwhelm his social anxiety. As a deaf teenager, he’s closed himself off to the world. He speaks a shorthand with his parents and even finds it hard to use American Sign Language with people in his local deaf community. But Caleb finds comfort in his love of photography. Everything he can’t express in real life, he posts on his Tumblr.
Struggling to reconcile his resentment for his father's cruelty with the grief of losing a parent, Luc Le Bautillier scrolls through Tumblr searching for someone who might understand his goth look and effeminate nature. When Luc reblogs a photo by Caleb, sparking a conversation, they both find it easier to make friends online than in person.
Luc and Caleb confront their fears about the opinions of the outside world to meet in New York City. Despite Caleb’s increasing confidence, his parents worry he’s not ready for the trials ahead. But communication comes in many forms—when you learn the signs.
Sales Link for Signs:
Dreamspinner Press: http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=6171
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