Ann Brady is an author of various genres of books including Children’s Picture Books, Historical Fiction and Mystery Short Stories. She is also a mentor and works with writers world-wide reviewing and editing manuscripts as well as offering workshops and training to writers of all ages. She is also a motivational and presentational speaker.
When did you realise you wanted to become an author?
It wasn’t a conscious decision but a natural progression from writing non-fiction for nearly 20 years. When I retired, I decided to write a novel? It took me 18 months and I won a Silver Award for it.
Who are the people that have influenced your work?
Influence in writing comes from a variety of authors, although if I were to choose one author then it would have to be the late Dorothy Dunnett. In her writing it was her great ability in being able to marry fiction and fact in such way, which impressed me as she made it believable. Such as she did in the Crawford of Lymond and Niccolo historical series of books.
What is your process for creating your work?
I have no particular process as such as I write when the ‘mood’ is on me! Unless I am creating a workshop or a presentation piece needed for a specific event; or if I am writing to a deadline.
What genres/audiences do you create your work for?
I love experimenting with different genres as I have always had a wide reading interest. All stories appeal to me. From Historical to Romance to Sci Fi to the unusual, as well as Children’s Stories. To-date I have written Children, Historical, Mystery and Horror but I have other genres tucked away.
Where do your ideas come from?
Anywhere and everywhere depending on what is happening around me. With the children’s picture books, I looked at what was happening with kids I saw when out, adapting what I observed into the stories I created. The same with the other genres. By observing life, you can adapt any situation to suit a story.
What is your favourite work of your own and why?
I recently updated my novel ‘Dear Friends: Letters from Abroad.’ This was the first full-length fiction novel I wrote but I still love reading it. Although having said that, I am in the process of completing my next historical novel which could quite easily become my favourite?
What has been of greatest interest to you in the past week?
Trying to ignore the TV as I catch up on my emails following a tour of Ireland. I have much to catch up on and am eager to complete my new workshops and presentation talks.
What do you do when you aren’t creating your work?
Apart from spending time with my husband I tend to devote my time to research. Often it is either related to Ancestry or to my writing in general. I did recently read a book that took me about two and a half days to finish. Something I haven’t done for a while as I have been reading other authors manuscripts.
How would you like to be remembered?
For having been a good, happy person who made you laugh and who willingly helped people especially youngsters. Oh, and for being a true Yorkshire lass through, through ha ha!
What makes you smile the most?
Waking up each morning and seeing others enjoying themselves without being idiots. Remember, smile and the world smiles with you!
Is there anything else you would like to say?
Writing is a wonderful tool that can kill or cure. I would love to see today’s youngsters (and older people) start being more circumspect in how they use words. One of the reasons why I started mentoring younger writers was to help those who could write find a good way of expressing themselves without hurting others. Hence my reason for setting up kids4kids.org.uk and mentoringwriters.co.uk