Annette O. Liron
My love of reading began with a copy of Wind in the Willows. One of many books given to me for my seventh birthday. Magical. Reading has always been one of my greatest pleasures. The urge to write was a constant force in my life. Unfortunately, the need to have a career and earn a decent living, necessitated my dream being put on hold. Blogging-sites, websites, e-books, writing for online magazines, self-publishing...all destined to the future.
A long, successful career in beauty and fashion although fulfilling, the urge to write remained as strong as ever. I was forever writing in my head and filling notebooks with ideas for short stories and articles. In my early fifties, I decided on the now-or-never approach and signed up for a writing correspondence course. The best thing I ever did. Within a matter of weeks, I had sold my first article. The rest, as they say, is history. My career as a successful freelance writer took off. My CV includes writing for international magazines, newspapers and eventually the deputy editorship for a glossy magazine. I taught creative writing for five years, something I really enjoyed.
I have decided to scale back on the freelance side of writing and concentrate on short stories and flash fiction.
In additions to writing, my passions are travel, music, the performing arts, cooking, history.
Annette O. Liron in 60 seconds
When did you start writing?1991 Jersey Channel Islands
What do you love about short stories?Short story writing is a challenge, no room for waffle , every word has to count and move the story forward. Short stories and flash fiction are considered the most difficult form of writing.
Do you write in other forms?non fiction / how-to articles
What distracts you from writing?Research : I overload my brain with interesting facts and tend to over research.
Outside of writing, what are your other passions?World travel / politics / cooking / animal welfare/ the performing arts/ music
What is your favourite book?The Grapes of Wrath
Who are your favourite writers?John Steinbeck, Hilary Mantel and Margaret Atwood
Where is your dream location?Canada / the Rockies
What one item would you put into Room 101?bad language in films
Do you have any advice for new writers?read, read, read...write, write, write...believe in yourself and write something every day.
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