Ann Turner (Martin): Love for history
Meeting the Rising Writer No. 4
She has agreed to a virtual interview with me this week so don’t hesitate to learn a little more about her today.
Thank you, Ann, for agreeing to an interview.
When did you start writing?
I have liked to write since I was at secondary school when I was about 11 or 12 years of age. During English class, we’d be asked by our teachers to write essays; everyone would write one or two pages, and I’d write five or six. I would imagine my favourite pop star or actor in a situation and write about them. I simply had, and still have, an over-active imagination, and anything sets me off.
Which authors inspired you?
I also totally admire Philippa Gregory. I have her entire saga of The Cousins War, which covers the War Of The Roses, again here in England, this time in the 15th century (the last king in this dynasty was Richard III whose remains were found under a car park in Leicester a few years ago). Philippa’s writing is robust and very strong and is always about strong women. I say I would like to be compared to Philippa Gregory, however, I am my own writer, and I write in my own style. But to have my name mentioned in the same sentence as hers would be a great honour for me.
What are you currently working on? How did you begin working on it?
Give us an insight to your main character. Who is he or she? What is his or her purpose?
What genre do you enjoy the most, and what draws you to the genre you write?
As you may well gather, I write historical fiction; I find history very exciting, as what has gone before in any country’s history makes us all what we are today. Though during my school days, I hated history. All we seemed to learn was that the Egyptians built the pyramids, Henry VIII had six wives, and Adolph Hitler started the Second World War. It was reading Murder Most Royal, as I mentioned earlier in this interview, that the literal a thunderbolt struck me, and history was amazing and exciting!
Are you reading any books right now? If so, what are you reading?
Usually I read physical books; I like the feel of them, but right now I am reading my firs E-book on an iPad that I treated myself to. I am reading Hilary Mantell’s Wolf Halland Bring Up The Dead Bodies, the story of Thomas Cromwell, Henry VIII’s most loyal and most ruthless servant. I have to admit, using an iPad for a book makes it easier to carry in my bag than an actual book, so I’ll be torn once I have finished this book. Do I go back to my first love, a book, or the new kid on the block, an iPad?
You seem to have an extreme fascination for Henry VIII.
That’s great. I love it! What inspires your writing
Anything. Everything. From listening in on a conversation on the bus to or from work, a line in a programme on television, or a documentary about a historical theme. Sometimes a person I might see sparks an idea for a character, even if I have no story to place them in.
What/who are your favorite or most reliable support groups?
I find Authors’ Tale, here on Facebook a good support group, everyone gives honest opinions, I do also look at The Writer’s Circle. Due to personal reasons at home, I am unable to join local writing groups, so a lot of my work is done solo, like I said, these Facebook sites do help me.
Thank you so much for taking time to talk with me, Ann. It was wonderful to learn more about you and your writing, and I love the story you have to tell about your journey in the writing field. It’s something I enjoyed learning about. I’m excited to read more of your work, too, after what I read from your post.
Thank y’all for your time; I hope you enjoyed meeting Ann as I did. If you haven’t, I encourage you to share these posts because these are opportunities, as writers, to introduce yourselves to the world.
I hope y’all have an amazing day. May God bless it and many more in the future.