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Anita Waller

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in Sheffield, The United Kingdom
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Patricia Cornwell

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I live in Sheffield, UK. I am retired and have recently fulfilled my lifelong ambition of becoming a published author with Bloodhound Books.
I am married (almost 50 years to Dave) with three children and seven grandchildren.
I am a patchwork and quilting tutor as well as a writer.
My first book was Beautiful and my second, a sequel to Beautiful, is called Angel.

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Anita Waller Thank you so much. If you let me have your email I'll put you in my book of people I notify when new books are due out! It's lovely to hear encouragin…moreThank you so much. If you let me have your email I'll put you in my book of people I notify when new books are due out! It's lovely to hear encouraging words from readers, makes all the stress and long hours worthwhile. Very few take the trouble to contact me. Thank you again x(less)
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I’ll start with the question about where to start with my books. My intention was to write stand-alone novels and my debut novel, Beautifu…more
Hi Laura-Lee
I’ll start with the question about where to start with my books. My intention was to write stand-alone novels and my debut novel, Beautiful, was just that. I had no idea how well it would sell, and I quickly acquired a fan base both here in the UK and also the US. A sequel was requested and so I wrote Angel. I then moved on to 34 Days and the same thing happened! So I wrote Strategy. I then wrote Winterscroft, Captor, Game Players and Malignant, all standalones. My publisher then commissioned me to write a cosy mystery trilogy (which turned into a quartet) that became the Kat and Mouse series. Mainly I write psychological thrillers, but all of my books have been very successful. I would advise reading the Kat and Mouse ones in order, but the others can be read in any order. Just be aware of the two sequels.
Now to the advice! The only way to do it is to settle on one plot and put all the others to one side. Don’t feel you have to stick rigidly to any plans - I never plan, just start with a sentence and see where it wants to go. My editor has led me into a slight routine of around 80,000 words per novel, but that is definitely not set in stone, and research has shown that chapter lengths of around 2000 words are most preferable. My biggest piece of advice is just do it. Don’t overthink it. If you sit down right now and write for two hours, you could very easily have your first chapter. Good luck with it, and if I can be of any further help, just ask. My email is anitamayw@yahoo.co.uk for a direct route rather than good reads which I never use. I was 69 when I had Beautiful accepted. I’m 73 now with 12 books out there all published by Bloodhound Books, and two coming out in May. Anybody can do it, but you actually have to make that commitment.
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“Sometimes you put walls up not to keep people out, but to see who cares enough to break them down.”
Anita Waller, Liars

“I believe, in your life, there is always one person who is so totally right for you.”
Anita Waller, 34 Days

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