Welcome!Annika Perry


Writing has been a passion since childhood although it is only in the past few years that I have seriously started to write fiction.

In December 2017 I published ‘The Storyteller Speaks’ which is my debut book. This is a collection of short stories, flash fiction, and poetry. My road to publication has been circuitous and aided by the support of my family, friends both within and outside blogging.

In Spring 2014 I won First Prize in the Writing Magazine Short Story Competition which was a joy. Furthermore, I was short-listed for Inktears Short Story Competition in 2014.

The recognition of my writing ability outside of my family and friends was a huge boost to my self-confidence and as a result, I started the mammoth undertaking of writing my first novel. I completed the manuscript early 2016 and am now in the process of editing the book.

In the meantime, I was greatly encouraged to publish some of my numerous pieces of shorter works as a book and this project occupied the latter part of 2017. It was with great excitement and sense of achievement to launch the publication of my first book, ‘The Storyteller Speaks’, in December 2017 with the paperback released in January 2018.

Outside of writing I am actively involved in proofreading new eBooks for Project Gutenberg and find this both rewarding and enjoyable. I enjoy a snapshot of so many various genres of books that I would never come across in my normal life.

Professionally I started working as a journalist after my BA Honours Degree in German Language and Literature at the University of Leeds. After a serious illness, I changed career and got a position as Administration Manager for a busy timber import company.

Currently, I am taking a break to raise my son and this has freed time to write more regularly.

I was born in Gothenburg, Sweden and at the age of six, we moved to the UK where we settled near Ilkley, West Yorkshire.  Since then I have moved many times but now live with my husband and teenage son in a small village in North Essex, UK.

My interests include books and I am an avid reader with a book or two constantly on the go. Life without books would seem unbearable. I follow national and international current affairs with deep interest. I’m a keen gardener, much to the bemusement of my parents as I considered this life’s most boring chore as a youngster. Walking is a vital part of my life, as is Pilates. I follow the teachings of Alexander Technique.

“Live a while in these books, learn from them what seems to you worth learning, but above all love them. This love will be repaid you a thousand and a thousand times.”

Rainer Maria Rilke(December 4, 1875–December 29, 1926)

I look forward to hearing from you and am able to be contacted via:

Blog: https://annikaperry.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/AnnikaPerry68
Amazon Page: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Annika-Perry/e/B0789NNWFX/
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/55576285-annika-perry

“Live a while in these books, learn from them what seems to you worth learning, but above all love them. This love will be repaid you a thousand and a thousand times.”

Rainer Maria Rilke(December 4, 1875–December 29, 1926)

174 thoughts on “About

  1. Baydreamer says:

    Hi Annika,

    I wanted to thank you for sharing my review on your blog, and for also adding a plug for mine. 🙂 The comments were closed, so I wasn’t sure where to write. Anyway, I was happy to help you out, and as I said before, you and your book are both well deserving of any praise. I had hoped what I wrote sounded fine. For some reason, writing reviews isn’t easy, and yet, they are so important for the author to receive.
    This year may be the time for my third book; however, I don’t want to self publish again. I’m hoping to find a small publisher who’ll take a chance on me. I’m still working on the manuscript, but since you’re now a pro at this, if you have any thoughts or suggestions, please send them my way. I would greatly appreciate any feedback. Anyway, have a lovely day, my friend, and enjoy your success. I’m grateful to know you and to read your wonderful writing. ❤💻📒😊

    • Annika Perry says:

      Lauren, thank you so much for your lovely message! ❤️ I closed the comments as otherwise people might feel they are repeating what many have already said about the book – I really just wanted to share your great review. Oh, I agree, they are not easy to write and must admit to only doing so seriously since I started blogging. I really didn’t appreciate how vital they were before I started to write seriously.

      How exciting that you are thinking of releasing your third book this year! 😀 What is it? I would love to hear more about it! I don’t know about being a pro at this but I’ve learnt a lot during the last few years … and now experiencing the post-publish and promotion side of of being an author! If you want to chat more please feel free to email me at annika.perry@btinternet.ccom – I’d love to talk more about publishing, your book etc.

      Interesting you should mention publishers as I’ve just come from a talk between a new author, her agent and Granta editor at a book festival. Listening to them I am seriously wondering whether to try and approach an agent with my main novel this year. It was a very positive talk and I feel they are looking for new authors. As we were leaving I stopped to talk to the agent and she happily accepted a copy of The Storyteller Speaks. Nothing ventured, nothing gained, I reckon but I was shaking afterwards!! 😀

      • Baydreamer says:

        I totally understand, Annika, and that’s what I assumed. I still wanted to thank you though for sharing my review. 🙂 I’ll send you an email, and thanks for offering. AND that is so awesome about talking with the agent and giving her your book! Wow! You just never know. I think the first step is getting your writing in the hands of someone in that capacity, and that’s exactly what you did! My fingers are crossed, so keep me posted. 🙂 xo

  2. Jacqui Murray says:

    Hi Annika–just want you to know I’m featuring The Storyteller Speaks on my blog Feb. 16th. It’s such an amazing collection, I know I’m going to get lots of visitors. Talk soon!

    • Annika Perry says:

      Jacqui, thank you so much! 😀😀 You’re a gem and I can’t wait to see the feature. Thank you for letting me know. 🌻 I just wrote on your last post and you’ve captured Carol’s book perfectly.

  3. Heather says:

    Hi Annika,

    Congratulations on your recent publishing success!

    I am a teacher at a school in Gosfield and I am wondering if you might be willing to come and speak with some of our budding creative writers as I think you would be a really inspiring visitor for them?

    Thanks hopefully. 🙂

    • Annika Perry says:

      Hi Heather,

      Thank you so much! It’s been quite a journey to publishing my first book and I look forward to releasing more in the future!

      I am honoured to be asked to come to the school and speak to some of your budding writers – thank you so much. I would very much like to discuss this with you; perhaps you could email me directly and we sort out a date for me to pop by to discuss this further.

      Many thanks again and look forward to hearing from you.

      my email address is annika.perry@btinternet.com

  4. janetweightreed10 says:

    It’s good to learn about your writing career and background. It sounds like you are now in a position to fully focus on your writing, which is excellent. I have been a painter for the past forty five years. Having written my blog for ten years, I am now delving into, what is for me the unknown waters of serious writing. We shall see. janet 🙂

    • Annika Perry says:

      Janet, it can be daunting to set off on a new direction in life but having written a blog for ten years your have been writing all this time!!😀😀 That is a fantastic start and you will do great I feel. I am thoroughly enjoying this opportunity to concentrate on writing at last…now just have to avoid those distractions!! 😀

      • janetweightreed10 says:

        Do as I do when painting – and writing…turn off phone – unplug landline and don’t answer the door unless you expect whoever it is 🙂 I have done this for years. Thank you so much. Janet 🙂

  5. Klausbernd says:

    Dear Annika
    I love Rilke as well, although he was an extreme egocentric but his lyrics is beautiful and quite often full of secrets and his novel is very special, more lyrical than epic.
    I wish you lots and lots of success with your writing. Well, writing is a lifestyle, isn’t it? And it’s addictive. A life without writing – no way, I can’t imagine living without.
    Wishing you a cosy pre-Christmas time
    Klausbernd an the rest of The Fab Four of Cley

    • Annika Perry says:

      Dear Klausbernd, thank you so for your well wishes for my writing success! 😀 As you say it is a way of life, addictive and I can’t imagine a life without writing! That I have now published my first book feels amazing and slightly surreal…as I’m overjoyed with this and the promotion I also long to hide away and just write!! Feeling torn must be part of it all, I guess! I must admit I know far too little of Rilke and came across this quote…my German literature studies took me other directions however reading up on Rilke I would love to read more of his work. Maybe the novel first? I like the sound of lyrical. I likewise wish you all a very cosy time this week before Jul! Annika

      • Klausbernd says:

        Dear Annika
        well, maybe your agent told you already: Now you should go out to make your book sell, interviews, talk-shows, book signings etc. But you will survive it and it gives you a good idea how your readers see your texts. It may now seem slightly surreal but you will grow into it.
        Rilkes Novel “Malte Laurits Brigge” is a highly unusual novel, it’s like writing should be the art of playing with words and connotations. Actually not that different to his poems.
        God Jul, dear Annika
        The Fab Four of Cley
        🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

  6. Baydreamer says:

    Hi Annika,

    I want you to know that I was about to reply to your comment on my “Finally” poem, and I hit a mysterious key on my laptop and accidentally deleted it. It’s so frustrating. Anyway, thank you for your kind words and hugs. I appreciate them very much. And since I haven’t read your “about” yet, this was a good time. I enjoyed reading about your interests and your book path. Did you get it published? Congratulations in finishing it, too. Anyway, thanks again, and have a lovely weekend. Hugs back, too.

    • Annika Perry says:

      Lauren, thank you so much for coming by to let me know – I’ve done that a couple of times but did find the comments in trash on my comments on admin page (just a thought). I’m glad you got a chance to read it and I’m really enjoying reading your poetry. Yeah, also a positive side to the lost comment is that you had a chance to see my about page. Thanks for the congratulations – it is an amazing feeling to finish writing a novel – the editing has been sporadic but getting there; also I’ve been working on a collection of short stories which is in the final edit stages and will hopefully come out soonish. Many thanks for your lovely comment & visit. Hugs. xx

      • Baydreamer says:

        I just check and it wasn’t there, so I guess it really did get deleted from my laptop. But that was a good idea, and I was hopeful. 🙂 You’re right though, there’s a reason for everything, and I’m glad it brought me to your page. I look forward to your finished book and your short stories. That’s very exciting! Besides my writing and blog, I recently took up guitar again. I used to play when I was younger, so I’ve become inspired again. I bought a new one a few days ago, and am looking into lessons. I’m excited, like a little kid. Anyway, hope you’re having a good weekend. Hugs back!

        • Baydreamer says:

          Hi Annika, I just noticed a spelling error – should be: I just “checked” 🙂
          That’s a strength or weakness, depending on how one looks at it. But, I cringe at spelling or grammar errors. 🙂 Have a lovely Sunday! xo

        • Annika Perry says:

          Yeah! Lauren that’s great about taking up the guitar again and congratulations on your new one! 😀 What do you play? Acoustic or classical? Or perhaps bass? I played classical guitar as young but have always had a longing to learn piano and so have just booked lessons!! It is such an exciting feeling and yes, just like being a kid again! I’m definitely equally nervous as then!!

          PS. I hadn’t even noticed the error…and I’m sure one cringes worst at ones own! I’m going word-blind with editing today and silly things are slipping through which I then find a few hours later – frustrating!

          • Baydreamer says:

            Acoustic, and that’s great about your playing classical and now booking piano lessons. It sounds like the same musical inspiration is surrounding both of us. Have fun, and maybe someday we’ll hear each other’s progress. 🎼🎸😊 Also, you’re right about noticing our own mistakes, and I can just imagine the editing process and going silly. Best of luck with everything! ❤️

  7. Norma says:

    Thank you Annika for following me. 🙂
    I too, love to read books and like to read at least 2 or 3 books together. I thought, I was the only one. Now I’m happy to know that I’m not the only one. So glad to meet you here, Annika. 🙂

    • Annika Perry says:

      You’re very welcome, Norma! It’s strange as it’s only recently I’ve started to have a few books on the go at once – but then I’m learning many share the same habit so you’re definitely not alone! Lovely to meet you too! 😀

  8. Idle Muser says:

    Hi Annika!
    I have got to send you an e-mail but couldn’t find any contact information on the blog. Can you please share your email-id? I need your help/guidance.

  9. nehal says:

    Hi, I was searching for blogs on books and when I came across your blog, I fell in love instantly! I mostly write in my mother tongue Gujarati, an Indian language. I love reading too. I am fond of writing and reading poetry, recently started writing short stories. Happy to follow your wonderful blog now on. Good Luck for your book publication!

    • Annika Perry says:

      Writing is a wonderful creative art form and I’m so happy you’re enjoying it…it gives so much although it’s tough at times. Best of luck with your short stories and thank you very much for your kind encouraging words about my blog and book! 😀😀

      • nehal says:

        I agree, at times I feel there are so many ideas going on in my mind but don’t find time to write them and sometimes the other way round. 😃

  10. navasolanature says:

    Interesting to come across your blog through looking up garden blogs but was intrigued by the writing element. Likewise I am on a final edit and looking at the process of contacting agents. At times it seems daunting and has kept me away from blogging and the garden. I wish you every success and will try and follow your journey.

    • Annika Perry says:

      Georgina, thank you so much for your lovely comment! ❤️ The final edit has been the toughest of all the writing task so far…I’m never satisfied it seems! I’m beginning to realise that everything else will have to be put on hold to actually get it in a state to be ready to publish. What is your book about? Do you have a title? Are you thinking of going the traditional way of publishing instead of indie? Do you have good contacts, leads…always a plus! I’m intending to put the short story collection out through self-publishing (well, with lots of help!!) but will see what I decide for my novel. Since we’re at such similar stages perhaps we can travel this journey together…letting our gardens grow a bit wild for all the insects! I’ll keep a look out on your blog, particularly more so when I’m back in the UK. Best of luck with your book! 😀😀

      • navasolanature says:

        Hi Annika, yes will keep in touch. I want to try and get a publisher before trying self but seems the major ones need you to go through a literary agent. So at the moment I am composing covering letters and synopsis. Have used the 2016 Writer’s year book for links. At the moment I have chosen three to approach and one has some nature writers but mine is Nature fiction. It is a saga from a journey from the south of Spain to the North by two unusual pairings of animals. A Buff tailed bumble bee and a Bee eater are on a quest to save the bumble bee from hotter and hotter summers. The black kite and a weasel need to encourage them to come back but also need to discover what is happening with the weather! It is an imaginative flight of fantasy but about the real creatures that are struggling to survive in a world being constantly disturbed by the human species, known as Outsiders! I am finding it hard to really explain the novel and it is aimed at all ages. So it is good for me to try different ways of informing people about it. I think it is a good idea to publish something prior to your novel but I haven’t really finished some of my other pieces. I always used to start something while working and never complete it. So am glad I have finished this novel but could go on tweaking and editing and adding forever. However I would like to ‘finish’ and continue with the other pieces soon. It’s too hot here now so can’t be distracted too much by gardening except to water! Good luck with yours and do let me know about your novel and how you are getting on too.

        • Annika Perry says:

          Wow, Georgina! That sounds a wonderful premise of a book, unusual and some just cannot be categorised into neat genres. As I’m struggling with any sort of a signal I just wanted to say how much I enjoyed reading about your book and how you’re heading off to look for publisher. I’ll write more about mine later when I’m home! With wifi!! Warmest wishes 😀

  11. Adrienne Morris says:

    I hope you’re well, Annika!
    I’m inviting a few of my favorite blogging friends to be featured in a series I’d like to do about family history in August. Your post could be a poem, a picture, a tie-in to one of your books or anything you come up with that in some way references family history—meaning anything that happened to some family before today—your family, a fictional family, or just your musings about the human family will be accepted. You could also just send me a previous post you’ve done that seems to fit the bill if you’re too busy to write something brand new. 
    I’d just like to show my gratitude for the ways in which all of you have enriched my life.
    If you’re interested just send me an email with your idea. I’d like to have submissions in by July 20th.

    email me if you’re interested in participating at : morris.adrienne21@gmail.com

    • Annika Perry says:

      Many thanks for your lovely comments and lovely to meet you too, Ipuna! 😀 Life events have impacted hugely on getting the book out as planned but with things easing at last I’m hopeful😀 and working away on a third edit…how many does one need to do, I’m wondering?!! Many thanks for your best wishes for my book, they are very much appreciated. ❤️

      • Ipuna Black says:

        I understand! I’m looking for a literary agent right now. I have had some on the “fence” of taking my book. I keep edit and query some more. I think, how many more edits? Ha ha. We are pushing forward, so that is what matters. Our words will be out there to hopefully help many.

  12. Sharon Bonin-Pratt says:

    Annika, I had a suspicion you British and decided to see if your About page confirmed this – and so you are. Though born in Sweden, as I should have guessed by your name – which I love, BTW. So much fun to get to know and become friends with folks around the world through their blogs. Seems I’m a world traveler though I rarely get out of Southern California, and haven’t been out of the States in decades.

    It’s interesting that you mention reading and reviewing books as being a passion as much as writing them. I tend to forget mentioning this even though it was reading great books that convinced me I had to write.

    I wish you every wonderful adventure on your journey to publication of your first novel.

    • Annika Perry says:

      Haha…I’m just trying to confuse everyone! 😀 I feel both British and Swedish which I used to struggle with but have now decided to embrace the best of both worlds! Having grown up in the UK and lived here since childhood I’m not surprised you thought I’m British…but yes, the name is a bit of a giveaway! As America is so large you don’t need to travel beyond its borders to experience many different cultures, history, nature…although it’s always fun to travel abroad. I would love to go to California one day but it is so far on a plane…I was over the moon I managed to get myself to Florida last year!

      Sharon, oh, you must mention reading and reviewing books as well – from your blog I can tell they are an integral part of your being and help to develop and inspire your writing!!

      Wishing you likewise much joy and success as you get ready to launch your book(s?) to publication, Sharon. It’s a helluva journey! 😀❤️

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