Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Author Anne Brooke on Why She Writes

Anne Brooke is a favorite of mine. She is a born storyteller and her books always engage. Below, she tells us what inspires her...

Why do I Write?
by Anne Brooke
I write because it helps me make sense of the worlds in my head. All my life I've made up stories and writing them is the only way to release them. It's also the only way to find out what happens at the end, as I never know when I begin.

I also write to give a voice to the very strong gay male voice in my head. He's always been there - in a variety of guises and characters. And writing him down helps me get in touch with that side of myself more. And it's probably cheaper than therapy - as I have no real idea why a middle-aged straight woman has a young gay male voice in her head, but life is full of variety indeed! And, these days, I wouldn't be without him ... Though sometimes I do talk to him and find he answers back. Perhaps I should book that appointment after all?
Anne Brooke’s fiction has been shortlisted for the Harry Bowling Novel Award, the Royal Literary Fund Awards and the Asham Award for Women Writers. She has also twice been the winner of the DSJT Charitable Trust Open Poetry Competition. Her latest novel is The Hit List, an m/m romantic comedy about family, work and the unexpected chance for love. She has a secret passion for birdwatching. More information can be found at her website. Purchase her latest novel, The Hit List, here.
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