While living in England, Anne Steinberg’s first novel, Manroot was published by Headline Review in London. Manroot was heralded as an important first novel in 1994 and included in the Headline Review’s prestigious “Fiction without Frontiers,” a new wave of contemporary fiction that knows no limits. Eight modern storytellers were featured: Anne Steinberg, Margaret Atwood, Iain Banks, William Gibson, Peter Hoeg, Roddy Doyle, and E. Annie Proulx. It was an auspicious beginning to a long and varied career for Anne Steinberg, who went on to write several acclaimed novels, Every Town Needs A Russian Tea Room, the story of a wealthy socialite who falls in love with a penniless young Russian immigrant who is haunted by a bizarre shameful secret, The Cuckoos Gift, First Hands, and An Eye For An Ear. She is also coauthor of The Fence, written with her grandson Nicholas Reuel Tolkien, the great grandson of J.R.R. Tolkien. Nicholas is a filmmaker, director, and published poet. The Fence is a chilling story of a magnificent Gothic fence forged by a despicable blacksmith and infused with evil.
Anne was a partner in the world famous vintage clothing store, Steinberg & Tolkien, on Kings Road in Chelsea. After a successful run for over 20 years, the shop closed, and she returned to the US. Approaching her eighty-second birthday, she now writes, reads, and studies antiques, American Indian history, animal welfare, mythology, and folklore legends.
Anne recently re-released Manroot in kindle format. It was published March 2014 and is available for sale on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Manroot-Anne-Steinberg-ebook/dp/B00J1BPZJA
What inspires you to write?
In many cases its the locale, something different than I’m used to.
Tell us about your writing process.
Once I have an idea for a book it keeps rolling around in my head for days weeks or even months. When satisfied that I have a viable narrative I begin writing in long hand, then I send it to my typist who types it and returns to me a typed copy. I read it several times indicating where it needs work. Once satisfied I begin again in longhand inserting or deleting areas, and rewriting until I am pleased with the finished work.
What advice would you give other writers?
If you truly believe in your heart you have made your story as good as you can make it …then just persist and don’t give up.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I published Manroot in 1994 through Headline Review in London England with a method I am certain would not work today. I sent it unsolicited over the transom where it was found in their slush pile and miraculously was chosen for a prestigious promotion, FICTION WITHOUT FRONTIERS, with 7 other famous writers. When the book was out of print and rights reverted back to me I published it on Kindle with 3 of my other books. I am in the process of putting all my titles on there, a total of 8.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think the publishing industry is moving towards online. Sadly I think the future is where the physical book will become an oddity, an antique of sorts, per se.
What do you use?
Professional Cover Designer
What genres do you write?
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print
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