About Anna Willett:
Backwoods Ripper is the first novel by Australian author Anna Willett. Raised in Western Australia Anna developed a love for fiction at an early age and began writing short stories in high school. Drawn to dark tales, Anna enjoys writing thrillers with strong female characters. When she’s not writing, Anna enjoys reading, travelling and spending time with her husband and two children.
What inspires you to write?
I developed a love of reading at a young age. When I was fourteen I read my first Stephen King novel and that was it. I’m inspired by many authors, but King stands out as the biggest single influence.
I also find the weird and strange side of human behaviour interesting. Writing gives me an opportunity to explore the hat ifs.
Tell us about your writing process.
I always have at least three ideas for novels floating around in my head. Once one begins to blossom into a story, I start writing.
When I’m writing, I keep a journal. I note the time of day and how many words I produce. I try for two thousand a day, but sometimes settle for five hundred.
I keep notes on all the characters and settings, but outside of that, I rarely plot out the whole story.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Not really. It’s more like thinking for them; deciding what they would do or say in a certain situation.
What advice would you give other writers?
Keep working away at the craft . Read blogs, how to books and articles. Join writers forums and post stories. Read every day and not just one genre, but as many as you can. Don’t expect things to happen quickly.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I decided to approach and e publisher because I thought with lower overheads, they’d be more likely to take a chance on a new author.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think there is a place in the market for hard copy and e books. I still read both. In the future, I think electronic will dominate, but never push hard copy books out of the market completely.
What do you use?: Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer
What genres do you write?: Thrillers/suspense/horror
What formats are your books in?: eBook
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