Annalisa Crawford

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**** 3rd Place winner of the Costa Short Story Award 2015 ****

I live in Cornwall UK, with a good supply of beaches and moorland right on my doorstep to keep me inspired.

I write dark contemporary, character-driven stories, dealing with the confusion, deceit, surprise and enjoyment of life; adding paranormal elements when the reader is least expecting it. I write mostly about relationships: romantic, parent-child, waitress and customer, killer and victim, teenager and the poster on her wall. I am endlessly fascinated by the way people treat each other.

I have been winning competitions and publishing short stories in small press journals for many years.

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Annalisa Crawford Tea, chocolate, wine, coffee shops and staring aimlessly into space are tools of my trade :-)
Annalisa Crawford A short story - I'm getting back to my roots after a few years of concentrating on longer projects.
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“When I was little – eight or nine – I used to scare myself by looking up at the stars. You can see hundreds, thousands. The more I looked, the more I could see. Have you ever done it?”
Josie shakes her head.
“On really clear nights you can see the Milky Way… and the world suddenly seems so small. And I thought, if the world is that small then I must be just a speck, smaller than a speck, totally insignificant in a universe I couldn’t even begin to understand. So I chose to believe that I do matter, that everyone matters.” The waitress leans back in the chair and laughs at herself. “And, yes, I do realise it makes absolutely no sense at all, before you say anything.”

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“She didn’t look back. I remember that more than anything else. She didn’t look back. I wanted to mean more to her than that. I wanted her to turn, because I was sure she’d change her mind. And perhaps she would have, and that’s why she didn’t.

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“In my world, Adam would like the shy girl who sits quietly in the corner and avoids the gossips and giggles; the girl who works solidly with her head down and her hair falling about her face. He'd like the girl who doesn't care much about make-up and clothes, and whose beauty shines through every time she smiles and laughs. He'd find her mysterious and fascinating.”
Annalisa Crawford, Cat and The Dreamer

“In my world, Adam would like the shy girl who sits quietly in the corner and avoids the gossips and giggles; the girl who works solidly with her head down and her hair falling about her face. He'd like the girl who doesn't care much about make-up and clothes, and whose beauty shines through every time she smiles and laughs. He'd find her mysterious and fascinating.”
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“The was never a single point when I questioned what we were doing... It wasn't real. At no point did it seem as though tomorrow wouldn't happen.

Cat and The Dreamer”
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“When I was little – eight or nine – I used to scare myself by looking up at the stars. You can see hundreds, thousands. The more I looked, the more I could see. Have you ever done it?”
Josie shakes her head.
“On really clear nights you can see the Milky Way… and the world suddenly seems so small. And I thought, if the world is that small then I must be just a speck, smaller than a speck, totally insignificant in a universe I couldn’t even begin to understand. So I chose to believe that I do matter, that everyone matters.” The waitress leans back in the chair and laughs at herself. “And, yes, I do realise it makes absolutely no sense at all, before you say anything.”

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“She didn’t look back. I remember that more than anything else. She didn’t look back. I wanted to mean more to her than that. I wanted her to turn, because I was sure she’d change her mind. And perhaps she would have, and that’s why she didn’t.

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“I think I’m greedy, but I’m not greedy for money - I think that can be a burden - I’m greedy for an exciting life.”
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