About

Welcome!Annika Perry

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

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 before deciding which way to seek publication.

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 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 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)
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154 thoughts on “About

  1. 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! ❤️

  2. 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! 😀

  3. 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.

  4. 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. 😃

  5. 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 😀

  6. 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.

  7. 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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