Say Hello to Anna Shenton

A big hello to author, blogger and Facebook aficionado – Anna Shenton. Anna and I met via her writers’ page on Facebook and I wanted to get to know her better. So, here we go.

Anna, tell us a bit about yourself.

Born in a village in Staffordshire, England I experienced an interesting upbringing via my English father, and German mother -together with two elder siblings Ilona and Steven, and later, Ingo, a surprise brother from Germany.

Interesting names: I would like to know more about them sometime.

I live in Staffordshire with my lovely retired policeman hubby. We love to travel with our touring caravan. We share a fantastic family of six sons and daughter-in-law’s, and millions of adorable grandchildren, no shortage of inspiration.

Did you say caravan? Small wonder we clicked on Facebook. Not that OUR caravans are anything like this one – LOL.

The Facebook page Anna organises
(with the help of Fiona Morgan and Anne Williams) 

Share with us how the writing process works for you

I write purely as a hobby, no set rules to how I work. I rely on what, where and when. I’ve never experienced (what shall I write feeling, or I must do this). Having said that, I hold much optimism for the future and revel in the freedom of writing. A home study course with the Writing School of London helped with publication of Star Letters, Fillers, and Articles in various magazines including Writers Forum.

Indie-publishing is my ideal. I’m free, no deadlines, no criteria, no rules. Thus far I’ve created – Seduced by Mind Tricks being my debut romance novel, followed by Lust for Survival a collection of short stories, Writing Spelled Out a guide on how to start writing, and my recent release 76 Silver Street a historical romance novella.

Freelancing is always lurking at the back of my mind, too. Scanning through magazines often tempts me to submit feature articles. If they’re accepted, great, if not, I’ve enjoyed writing it.

I love social media and through it I’ve made many new friends – writers and readers alike. But it can be ‘time suckage. What do you think, Anna?

My heart has warmness to the social network. Without it I wouldn’t have learnt so much, neither would I have met so many wonderful people. Controlling usage is the key; I don’t allow it to takeover! Many opportunities are there for the taking and I do believe building a social network reputation is essential for all authors! I’ve enjoyed building a Facebook page, and creating the writers authors & readers closed group, almost 1,000 fabulous supportive members.

Tell us who or what inspired you to become a writer –

My flair to create comes from my family. My late uncle, a famous artist, and my late father, a pencil/cartoonist who contributed to the Daily Mirror. My late brother wrote his Debut Novel (Notes in the Margin) which unfortunately, wasn’t published. I hope to get this published one day donating proceeds to cancer. My Sister writes a very popular frugal blog too (Mean Queen) she is amazing. The freedom of writing, expressing your inner self and creating is something I would hate to lose. I breathe inspiration from everyday life.

If not a writer, then what 

Thank you Lizzie, for the opportunity to answer this question. It holds so many diverse answers. Naturally life itself is foremost, family, sharing and savouring precious moments.  Thereafter, I’m lucky enough to have time to travel with my touring caravan, to tranquil places taking my pencil drawing subjects with me. I mainly draw portraits, self-taught, from photographs and find it rewarding.  Outdoor life suits me too, so lots to do beyond writing.

A sequel to 76 Silver Street is at its infancy, title coming later.

Blurb – Although she had a roof over her head, Rosa Brown couldn’t abide Dan’s drunken coercive behaviour as his housekeeper anymore. Aunt Mildred’s call from her hospital-bed sends Rosa sneaking out of town, to take over her aunt’s rundown boarding house. Met by Jack Howard on arrival, in Pemberton 1905, Rosa’s heart plummets when her eyes meet with the dingy filthy place and Jack’s dark devilish impudent manner, who thinks she’s mad and has no intention of helping to get the place up and running before it goes bust.

Rosa is shocked when faced with all the ruffians and commoners knocking on the door and struggles to keep Jack’s hands off her. Sprucing the place up and filling it with respectful paying guests, proves harder than expected.

Now, filled with fear for her aunt and her own wellbeing, will Rosa ever find true love and be free from trouble?

Reviews

Jenny Lakin – 5.0 out of 5 stars Fast paced romantic novella of lives in the early 20th century suburbs of working Manchester . The story is fast paced and keeps you reading, I read it in one go.

S. M. Wragg – 4.0 out of 5 starsLively, believable characters. Sets the scene well at the turn of the 20th century. Running away from an abusive relationship, young and feisty Rose Brown has been left in charge of a run-down boarding house by her aunt, who is ill, a happening that brings her into contact with a variety of lively, believable characters. I enjoyed this book and I’m looking forward to reading the sequel.

Lady Rochford – 5.0 out of 5 stars 
This is a time when life is cheap . . . Manchester at the turn of the last century is no place for a girl like Rose. Just when she thinks she’s found safety and love she needs to draw on all her reserves of strength in order to survive. She needs a way out of the slums; and a call from her aunt provides her with just that.

Thank you Lizzie, for the kind invitation to write a guest post for your blog. It’s a delight to be here. I hope to make this post as fulfilling, interesting and joyful as I can!


Photo by Gratisography on Pexels.com

You can connect with Anna Maria at –

https://authorcentral.amazon.co.uk/gp/profile

https://www.facebook.com/annaswritingpage/

https://www.facebook.com/groups/writersauthorsreaders/

76 Silver Street – Kindle edition  https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07JGQGYRQ

paperback coming soon

About Lizzie Lamb

I write contemporary women's fiction mostly based in Scotland with hot heroes, feisty heroines and always a happy ending. Along with three other authors - Adrienne Vaughan, June Kearns and Margaret Cullingford - I formed the New Romantics Press under which all our books are published. I have published five books since 2012 - check out my Amazon page: viewAuthor.at/LizzieLamb

Posted on January 26, 2019, in Lizzie's Scribbles and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 9 Comments.

  1. Thank you Lizzie for your invitation to your blog, I feel quite at home here, with it’s warmth and passion. I will be popping in occasionally to keep up with all your wonderful posts X

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    • Thank you Anna. I have enjoyed reading the posts on your Facebook page and getting to know more authors, readers and writers because of it. You are very welcome to me page.

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  2. Fascinating life story and CV! So interesting to learn more about Anna. A lovely post!!

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  3. Did I mention that this is my 200th Blog Post? Quite a milestone for a writer. Do have a look back at some of my other blog posts and my novels.

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  4. Lovely to meet Anna here and find out more about her. I hope she wore tartan when she visited your blog. Anna does so much to support authors and deserves the spotlight.

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  5. (Third time lucky to post) Brilliant blog and huge congrats on your 200th Lizzie, always a great read! And lovely to meet Anna. I love the fact you both adore your caravan capers and find lots of inspiration for your wonderful novels along the way. Good luck with the latest book Anna! (I know Lizzie’s having fun writing her new one too) X

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    • Yes. It worked this time. Thanks for popping along Adrienne and your lovely comments. It will soon be time to get the caravan back out again and to go away and write. On 10 1/2 thousand words hope to crack on with it next week.

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