My final post of the day is a Meet the Author interview with the lovely Anna Franklin Osborne. We’re talking embarrassing moments, reinventing herself, writing her story in the school car park, her most recent book Walking Wounded, and more….
Historical fiction and short stories
Tell us a bit about yourself:
I have always been an avid reader, but never wrote beyond teenage tortured poetry – you know the type!! Then I went through a patch of ‘what am I doing in my life’ as a mother of young kids with 2 jobs – I needed to reinvent myself. My husband encouraged me enormously so i started with short stories – with him pushing me to write a book (which I felt I did NOT have in me). Then one day, we were on a D-day beach and I was telling my kids about our family history – and Neil looked at me and said ‘you DO have a novel in you..’ and that was how Walking Wounded began.
How many books have you written and published?
I have published one book (Walking Wounded) and one short story (Pivotal Moments, part of Emma Mitchell’s amazing collection of stories for Help For Heroes called When Stars Will Shine). I have another story coming out in her next publication and novel two began shaping up during lock-down…
How long does it take you to write a book?
It took me a year to write WW, a year to edit it and a year to get it published. I wrote it in daily 15 minute bursts on a tablet in the school carpark waiting for my kids!
Which of your characters would you want to be stranded on an island with, and why?
I would want to be stranded with May from WW – she was my grandmother and I would want to ask her..’WHY?’
What other jobs have you done other than being an author?
I have been a chiropractor for 30 years (so am not fully encased in PPE) as well as a clinic tutor at the AECC_University College.
Other than writing, what else do you enjoy doing?
Other than writing – I love sailing. And anything to do with mucking about on boats – any size, any type, anywhere!
What’s the most embarrassing thing that’s ever happened to you (that you’re willing to share?!)
The most embarrassing thing that ever happened to me was falling over backwards on a tube in London because of my enormous back pack – I was 17 and had never been on the tube… I scuttled off at the next station only to find I had dropped my ticket! The fine was NOTHING compared to the mortification of lying on my back like an up-ended cockroach…
What is your favourite time to write, and why?
My favourite time to write is very specifically linked to a certain favourite place in France. A lovely campsite in a pine forest that I first visited at the age of 3… waking early, making coffee, and sitting in the early morning sun and writing for a straight hour or so before anyone else wakes! Pure bliss. ‘When this is all over’ i am going straight there!
Do you plan what you are going to write or do you just… write?
I found that writing is incredibly absorbing in a way that reading was as a child… i don’t plan, I simply write – which is why I am absolutely certain I could never write anything with a twist! I often toy in my head about what line I would like to take next – then once I start, sometimes it evolves in that direction, sometimes not. At least it keeps me interested in what might pop up!
And finally, tell us about your most recent book and where we can find it?
Born at the end of the First World War, a young girl struggles to find her own identity in her big family and is pushed into a stormy marriage through a terrible misunderstanding from which her pride refuses to let her back down. As her own personal world begins to crumble, the foundation of the world around her is shaken as Germany once again declares war and her brothers and young husband sign up with the first wave of volunteers.
Walking Wounded tells the story of those left behind in a Blitz-ravaged London, and of the web of loyalty, guilt and duty that shapes the decisions of the women awaiting the return of their men-folk as the war draws to a close.
Spanning the period from the Armistice of the First World War to the exodus of the Ten Pound Poms to Australia in the 1950s, Walking Wounded is a family saga whose internal violence is mirrored by the world stage upon which it is set.
Purchase Links: Amazon UK ~ Goosewing Publications (for signed copies)
Where to find Anna online: Twitter ~ Goodreads
final words from chelle…
Thank you so much Anna for coming over to Curled Up With A Good Book and talking to us. I love that your husband supported you, and out of it came a book! Falling over on the tube sounds mortifying!! I hope you carried a lighter backpack following on from that! Your French campsite sounds wonderful, what a beautiful place to wake up and write. And finally, your book sounds fab – as we know I love a bit of historical fiction and I love that your Grandmother features, so will make are you add to my Wishlist!
If you have any questions or comments for Anna, make sure you drop her a line using the links above, or comment below
Have a wonderful day all and I’ll be back tomorrow.