Anni’s Blog

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Medieval Research – Getting Real!

For me, fantasy stories need amazing descriptions and unusual sensory details as much as they need great characters and plot. After all, Gollum wouldn’t have been half so interesting without his strange hissing voice and the weird gollum sound he made when swallowing and Ironman would have been much less […]Read more »

First draft of new book completed

I am so excited that my latest book has just reached the end of the first drafting stage. It is a more complex and multilayered book than I have ever written before with many new characters. At the moment it has a working title that I don’t want to share […]Read more »

Under the Skin ~ Michael Faber

Isserley seeks out well built male hitchhikers and incapacitates them. Her reasons for doing so are gradually uncovered and they are a lot more complex than they initially appear. SpoilerThis is a novel that turns meat eating and the meat industry on its head.The men are being collected to be […]Read more »

The Buried Giant ~ Kazuo Ishiguro

Beatrice and Axl are two elderly Britons who want to see their son before they are too old. Their search for him causes to discover much about themselves, their country and to meet other people, whose lives and purposes entwine with their own. They meet the aged Sir Gawain, nephew […]Read more »

The Quality of Silence ~ Rosamund Lupton

I found it hard to put this book down! It tells the story of Yasmin and her profoundly deaf ten year-old daughter Ruby who go on a perilous search for Ruby’s father in Northern Alaska during the winter. It’s a thriller that draws you into its icy web and I […]Read more »

The Host ~ Stephanie Meyer

I’ve never read the ‘Twilight’ series, so this is my first encounter with Meyer’s work. I picked it chiefly because it was written in first person and in the past tense and I wanted to see what I could learn from it about this style. I am full of admiration […]Read more »

Hag-Seed ~ Margaret Atwood

This is one of the Hogarth Shakespeare project’s books, a series of fiction books based on the works of Shakespeare. Others include Macbeth by Jo Nesbo, The Winter’s Tale by Jeanette Winterson and Hamlet by Gillian Flynn. Felix Phillips is a middle-aged theatre director and actor, who was staging a […]Read more »

Third Act Blues

Editing the third part of ‘The Witch Woman’s Prophecy’ is proving to be the least enjoyable part of writing this novel. One of my writing buddies has told me that I have hit ‘The Dip‘ as defined by Seth Godin. Sometimes I feel that I’m not making any progress at all, and […]Read more »

The Craftsman ~ Sharon Bolton

Devoted Father or Merciless Killer? His secrets are buried with him. Thirty years ago three missing teenagers were found dead after being buried alive. Larry Glassbrook was the creepy, Elvis-lookalike, coffin-maker convicted of the crime by young WPC Florence Lovelace. After Larry’s death, the disappearances begin again. Was Larry the […]Read more »