AnnWrites – Stranded With A Ghost

Who Is AnnWrites?

I started my career as a trainee copywriter, writing newspaper ads. I worked with many small ad agencies in India for seven years and then I started getting online work via Elance. It’s the writing flea-market of the web. I felt as if I’d hit a sort of glass ceiling, nobody wanted to pay extra for someone with a lot of experience. So I turned to novels. I still haven’t decided if I want to disclose my real name.
I went anonymous in 2010 or so. A bunch of students got arrested over their facebook posts. While the Supreme Court ordered their release, I was spooked and have stayed anonymous ever since.

How Did You Get Into Writing?

The way most writers do…We never consciously plan to start writing stories, it just happens. I started writing poems at the age of eight and I remember pestering my mom for more topics to write about. But I used to tell everybody that I wanted to be an artist. Then I won a story writing contest in a popular children’s magazine at the age of 11. That seemed to settle it and I decided to be a writer, since I never ever won a prize for anything else.

How Did The Story Come About?

I wish I could say that I dreamed of a dimpled, grey-eyed cutie and he began to tell me this haunting story of his life….Nope. Didn’t happen that way.
I came to wattpad to get some readers for my humorous children’s book, The ImPerfect Kid. I love to read childrens books. I still haven’t outgrown them in my forties 😉
But I realized that few readers on wattpad cared for my book. So I made a brief survey of popular books and decided to write a sleazy romance. I added the paranormal element just because I like dark, mysterious men. I saw that readers like the hint of paranormal suspense and decided to step it up chapter by chapter. Eventually I realized that I couldn’t write those sleazy romances even if I tried, so I removed a lot of sex scenes and focused on the paranormal and suspense elements.

Future Plans For The Story?

For now, I just want to complete it! Saying anything more would be like counting your chickens before they hatch.

Favourite Authors?

JK Rowling, RL Stine,Dr Seuss, Enid Blyton, Neil Gaiman, John Green, RK Laxman….

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