Recently we asked author Annie Seaton 10 quick questions about her life as a writer. Annie lives near the beach on the east coast of Australia (lucky thing!) and is passionate about the Australian environment. This is evident in her latest book, Kakadu Sunset, a contemporary romance set in the beautiful Kakadu National Park.
We are so grateful to Annie for being our first author chat here at SR! We love hearing from anyone who loves books as much as we do, and who better to ask than someone who writes them?
When did you realise you wanted to write books?
My earliest memory is when my mother took me to a library when I was four! I wrote my first book when I was eleven.
How extensively do you plan your novels?
I don’t. I have an idea and setting, then my characters develop and the action happens! I call myself an organic writer.
Where do you write and when?
I write weekdays from 7.30 am till 3pm…and occasionally on weekends if there is nothing else happening.
What were your favourite books growing up?
Anne of Green Gables, and the Famous Five!
What are you reading and want to recommend at the moment?
Jenn J McLeod…The Other Side of the Season
What do you like to do when you’re not writing (or reading)?
I walk the beach with our dog and spend time in my garden.
Are you working on another book at the moment? What can you tell us about it?
I am currently in edits for Book 2 of the Porter Sisters series: Daintree Sunrise, and am also a third of the way through writing Book 3, Kimberley Moonlight. I am loving Kimberley Moonlight, the setting is glorious!
An obsessed worker, I am also writing a paranormal suspense called The Green Trees, and a light contemporary about an editor!
You write beautifully about the Australian landscape, what is it that you love about it?
I guess it is because we live in such a beautiful country with diverse landscapes from tropical beaches to isolated deserts, to urban landscapes. We have so many places to visit to have different experiences all in our own land.
What advice do you give aspiring writers?
Be passionate and determined, and you will succeed.
And, of course we couldn’t resist asking you about libraries! You seem very passionate about them (we are too!) and once moonlighted as an Academic Research Librarian. What is it that you love about libraries?
No moonlighting there … being a librarian was my dream career and I did it for twenty years before I became a teacher. I hold a postgraduate degree in Library Science too.
Thanks so much Annie! We really loved getting a glimpse into your life as a writer and wish you all success with the new novels you are working on.