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Interview with Annika from “Annika Perry’s Writing Blog”

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Interview with Annika from Annika Perry’s Writing Blog


First of all, thank you so much for inviting me to take part in your recent addition to your blog, Esmé! It’s an honor and delight to be here! To the questions! 

Interview with Annika from Annika Perry’s Writing Blog

All about your BLOG: Tell us about your lovely BLOG.

  1. What is the name of your blog and how did you decide on your name?
    The name of my blog is simply ‘Annika Perry’s Writing Blog’. As a potential future published writer, I wanted my name to be easily recognizable and part of the title. To emphasize my particular interest, I added the ‘Writing’ element.
  2.  What prompted you to start on this blogging journey?
    For a while, I’d heard about blogging but was unsure what it was about or how it could be relevant to myself. Whilst completing a creative writing course my tutor encouraged me to use social media to raise my profile. Not keen on FB, I was immediately taken with the freedom of blogging – the variety of articles, stories, pictures to be shared, and the wonderful interaction between bloggers. I was hooked!
  3. To date, what blogging achievement are you most proud of?
    The most wonderful and unexpected consequence of blogging has been the special friends made here on WP. The connection and communication between us all are what makes blogging a unique and fulfilling experience! The warmth and depth of these friendships shone out as I released my first published book. Without one request for help with promotion, bloggers were taking it upon themselves to ask me onto their blogs for interviews, guest posts, reviewing my book, and the shout-out on Twitter continued so long I feared I’d become a bore! If I may, can I to add my heartfelt, sincere and warmest thanks and appreciation to everyone involved … it has meant much to me!
  4. How would you describe your own blogging style?
    Eclectic! Friendly! Informative! Artistic! Writerly! Photographic! Inspirational!
  5. What excites you most about blogging?
    Originality! Trying to come up with fresh lively new ideas for posts, creating newly written pieces, researching articles! Furthermore, I love stumbling across unusual, inspirational posts that stay with me for days, weeks, reading books recommended by bloggers or becoming addicted to songs shared by others.
  6. What platforms do you use and why?
    After my initial research into blogging, I quickly came across WordPress. I found it an intuitive system to use with lots of online help to set up my blog. Since then I’ve started using Twitter, which I enjoy. I’m also on Goodreads where I share reviews and use to keep track of books I’ve read through the yearly Reading Challenge. As I don’t want to spread myself too thinly and feel I couldn’t devote any more time, I have opted not to use any other social media platforms
  7. What genre/topic/theme do you blog about? Do you ever deviate from that theme?
    It’s probably easier to say that there isn’t any set theme, topic or genre to my blog! And therefore, none to deviate from! Of course, I share about writing and editing my first full-length novel.  My first published book, a short story collection entitled ‘The Storyteller Speaks’, developed from the wonderful encouragement and support of other bloggers and its creation and promotion featured on my blog. Other writing matters include sharing my short stories. I also love writing travel articles, posts about art, visits to a cathedral, museums, walks. Furthermore, I’m an active member of NetGalley and enjoy sharing reviews of their and indie books. Some weeks I will take time out with an inspirational post, or one about nature…anything and everything is possible!
  8. How often do you blog per week or month?
    Again, nothing is written in stone! In the beginning, I was blogging 3-4 times a week, and with fewer comments to answer and fewer blogs to visit this was no problem. However, once my blog grew, with more comments and many more blogs I wanted to read, that number of posts a week became untenable. I realized it is asking a lot of followers to read so many regular posts. Nowadays I will post 1-2 times a week, fewer if away on holiday! Furthermore, circumstances in my life may occur and I will be flexible with my posting schedule as I want to do justice to mine and other blogs!
  9. Do you have any wisdom or tips regarding blogging to share with us?
    Be flexible! My blog started out with the sole aim to share my journey of writing my first novel! This worked well for the first few posts but I quickly realized the readers (and I) would become bored with this single-minded take of the blog. I soon introduced other topics, interesting posts and quickly saw an exponential increase in followers and likes!
  10. Do you participate in linkup parties? How do you feel about it?
    Can I be honest and say I struggle with these?! I understand the concept, but they feel slightly false and are also time-consuming. Having said that, I did partake in a virtual Christmas party one year, checking in now and then whilst wrapping presents, sharing songs, recipes … on ordinary working days, I just wouldn’t have the time.

All about YOU: Tell us something about you, the real YOU.

  1.  What do you like to do other than blogging!
    Reading (LOTS!), Writing (LOTS!), traveling, gardening, socializing, walking, Pilates – just being!
  2. Where do you reside?
    I live in a pretty village in the South East of England. There is a wonderful sense of community and we look out for each other. The village has the archetypical village green, with a cricket pavilion, a wood, lake, village hall, local shop – all within walking distance!
  3. Are you an indoor, or outdoor person?
    Both! I adore summer, long to be outside and feel the rejuvenating sun. I hunger for the open green spaces and the sea which refresh and nurture the soul. However, I enjoy the cozy snug atmosphere of inside during winter evenings … taking time to do nothing but read and relax, hot chocolate to hand!
  4. Do you still work, and if so, what is your trade/profession?
    After university, I worked in journalism as I had a passion for current affairs and I was advised this was the best way to fulfill my ambition to be a writer. Later I worked for many years for a timber agency, which involved lots of interesting travels abroad as well as meeting people from all walks for life! Recently I have had the chance to pursue my dream of writing full-time and it felt amazing to publish my first book in December last year.
  5. Do you wish to be 20-something or the age you are now and why?
    I’m loving the age I am! So much happier, well, settled. In my mid-to-late 20s, I had a serious illness which was frightening, debilitating and changed my life. It was tough to be ill for so long, seeing my friends stride forth in life whilst I was unable to follow suit – although I’ve more than caught up!
  6. What makes your day a good and happy one?
    It never fails to lift my spirits if I see those I love themselves happy and smiling. Also, if my writing is going well, my heart sings with joy.
  7. Describe yourself in 3 words.
    This is an impossible question … we are all complex beings with so many characteristics!
  8. Share with us 3 interesting facts about yourself?
     – I love organizing! Anything – family events, finances, purchases! It must have started young as at only four-years-old, I organized the Great Escape from my nursery playground to the woods nearby … the kind helpful assistant found us soon afterwards!
    – I can be very stubborn … but have learned to be more skilled and deft in handling this!
    – I once read a Chekhov book – in the original Russian! I can barely remember a word of the language nowadays.
  9. Do you have any other tidbits to share with us about yourself?
    I’m partial to a bit of Greek or Scottish dancing … there’s no party quite like a good rollicking ceilidh.

Esmé, thank you so much for having me on your blog and it’s been a joy to answer your searching questions!

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110 thoughts on “Interview with Annika from “Annika Perry’s Writing Blog””

    • Dear Janice – thank you so much for dropping in and leaving a comment. Janice, I have to ask, would you be interested to also participate and share a bit of your blogging and story with us?

  1. What a wonderful interview, Annika! I love getting to know more about my blogging friends! Your bright personality shines through. I’m with you on the reading (LOTS) and writing (LOTS–except for the every-so-often slog that slows me down) and gardening (veggies only, please 😀 ) Have a great week!

    • Hi Julie – glad to meet you here and thanks for your time to pop in. I am so glad to get to know so many new blogging friends and would love to showcase you all one at a time here, so please let me know if you would be interested. Looking forward to hear from you

    • Julie, we’d compliment each other perfectly in the garden – nowadays flowers, bushes etc only. This year I’ve totally given up trying to grow veggies – it was always with varying success and I used to feel so low pulling up dud potatoes, ruined carrots! Considering the current heatwave I’m glad I didn’t attempt anything as it’s a struggle keeping the flowers alive! Now, your veggies always look delicious and ready to present in a show! Thank you so much for your kind comment and it’s impossible to read too much and a joy to write — most of the time! With you on the occasional slog!

    • Jo, I am smiling at lovely comment – one I had to read a few times to ensure it was about me! I am so glad my joy of life shines through … it’s taken me a while to enjoy the here and now – my mother’s hints etc are finally paying off! 😀

  2. What a wonderful interview with Annika. I love her positive uplifting posts and always know I’m in for a treat when I visit her blog. Lovely to find out even more about her here.

    • Hi Miriam, For some strange reason I am unable to connect to your site by clicking on your name above. I would love to read and check out your blog and know if you would be interested in sharing your blogging story here with us. Please let me know, I look forward to hearing from you

    • Miriam, likewise! I feel just the same when heading over to your blog and know I will leave feeling uplifted, with my thoughts stirred, my creativity niggled into action! Thank you so much for your kind words! Wishing you a lovely week! Xx

  3. I Like to read about why other bloggers blog and what others do when they aren’t blogging so I really enjoyed these questions and answers. I enjoy Annika’s blog because somehow you do feel you are reading an authentic persons blog – and the little gems of extra-curricula informaiton just add more interest and depth to the blog-character of Annika Perry.

    • Tea by Leaf – sorry, I am unable to connect to your blog, to get your name.. Thanks for leaving a comment and visiting here. As I am unable to connect, I am ever more so interested to learn more about you and your blogging., so how about you let me know if you would be interested to participate in an Interview. I look forward to hearing from you as you have truly peaked my interest.

    • Hi! I am most certainly an authentic person and I’m glad my blog reflects this … I never want it to be just about me! I loved Esme’s questions as they covered both the blog and the personal … giving a flavour of me. I’m so glad you enjoyed reading this! Ps. I saw Esmé’s comment to you and I must add my intrigue too as I am not sure of your name but wonder if that is the way you want to keep it. Otherwise I make a point of addressing everyone individually. Warmest wishes 🌺🌼

    • Andrea, everyone has little unusual stories and the sign of a good interviewer is the ability to draw these out! Esme manages that with great skill and astuteness with her questions … now I will never live down those years of Scottish dancing!😀

  4. Wonderful interview, Esme! Some of your views on blogging, Annika, are quite similar to mine. And I enjoyed to read about your personal side as well. I could see, with a smile, you organizing the outing from the nursery to the big, dark woods.

    • Hi Tony. Thanks for stopping by andI would love to know if you wpuld be interested to also participate and share some info via an interview. Please let me know. 🤞

    • Tiny, I particularly enjoyed both the blogging and personal elements to Esme’s interview – we are all so much more than our websites! I am not surprised that our approaches to blogging are similar and glad to give a smile about my nursery adventures! I was quite old before I grew out of my tom-boy years and would actually willingly be in a dress or skirt!

  5. Wonderful interview, Esme and Annika! Although I’ve followed Annika for awhile now, it was interesting to learn more about her and how her blogging adventure began. I was saddened to read how ill she was in her twenties, but am so glad she’s healthy now and thriving in the beauty of life, all that it offers, and in writing. I look forward to her second collection of short stories, too. Magic is found in her writing no matter what form; even her comments are magical! Congrats to you both!
    ~Lauren 💗🌼

    • Lauren, my heart is smiling at your wonderful comment — thank you so much! ❤️💐 I honestly love reading blog posts and writing comments and following the ensuing discussions … it means a lot to me. It was incredibly hard to be so ill just as I was setting out in life … but with hindsight I realise it must have been even worse for my mother, her worry and concern over me, trying to help and trying to get help! All well and happy now; it’s just nearly impossible rationalising everything at the time.

      It’s been a joy to get to know you here on WP, Lauren – sharing comments, thoughts, writing! Wishing you a beautiful Sunday! xx

    • Hi Lauren. Thank you for taking time out before your trip to leave a comment. Hope you enjoy the fresh mountain air and come back refreshed. and ready for some more blogging. Please, will you consider to be part and share your blogging stories and some of you here in an Interview with us. I look forward hearing from you upon your return.

  6. You are so wonderfully diverse, Annika. So many things you named are like me, and then others, not-so-much. Can’t imagine me doing a Scottish dance. 😉 I love the sound of the cozy village where you live.

    Regarding blogging, I agree 100% on your number 3. I love the points you make there. Your number 9 is a great point. I did find that once I became more flexible with blogging, it went much smoother.

    Thanks for sharing more of yourself. Have a lovely weekend.

    • Lori, I think being a virgo makes me want to plan and schedule my life in advance and when I started blogging I had this timetable for posts etc. Which only worked for a month or two…flexibility made all the difference and took away the self-induced stress. I’m glad you found this approach has made blogging smoother for you too.

      Ahh…I like the sound of being diverse and would never have thought of myself in that way – thank you! The Scottish Dancing is brilliant, slightly mad and I literally have gone spinning off the floor!! 😀 I loved it but alas it seems you really need to be in Scotland – I’ve tried other groups in England and it’s been flat to say the least!

      I hope you’re having a wonderful weekend…it’s glorious weather here again and after two days travelling a treat to be home and able to enjoy the garden. hugsxx

    • Hi Lori. Thank you so much for your visit and comment here on this awesome Interview with Annika. I visited your blog as well and love what I found there and would like to know if you may be interested to share it with us here in an Interview. Please let me know, as I will love to have you here.

  7. What a great interview, Annika. So nice to see you featured on Esme’s Salon! It’s nice to learn more about you. I hope you are working on more short fiction – I look forward to that! It’s also nice to know that there is someone else out there who is stubborn ;). Sometimes my family and I “argue” about who is the most stubborn. I’m right up there but I have many close contenders! Happy reading and writing and thank you, Esme, for posting this interview!

    • A big thank you for visiting here and sharing your thoughts. I think all of us can be stubborn from time to time! Please do not be stubborn, and allow me to do an interview with you as well. What do you think?

    • Barbara, I’m smiling at your family discussions on who is the most stubborn – this sounds very familiar! A bit doesn’t harm, I reckon and is really resilience … isn’t it?! I am sketching out short story ideas – something I wasn’t intending to do but can’t stop myself. I’ll see if they become any good…a typical writers insecurity comment!

      I saw Esme’s invitation for you to do an interview with her – I’d love to read your answers and learn a lot more about you. Hope you have a chance.

  8. Love this interview with Annika. It’s so interesting to learn how you’ve developed your skills as a blogger and writer. One feeds the other but they are two very different approaches to writing. I also quickly discovered how writing about only one book was way too small a sphere of interest for a blog. It’s very hopeful learning how supportive the online community has been for your work.

    Great interview, Esme. You drew the best out of Annika.

    • Hi Sharon. Thank you and welcome here. So glad to meet you. I would love to get to know you better so am hoping that you will agree to also participate with an Interview. Please let me know and I will be happy to feature you and learn more about you. I look forward to your response.

    • Sharon, thank you so much for your lovely comment and your last sentence indeed gives rightful praise to the interviewer – Esme’s questions and style were superb and a lovely approach to discuss the personal as well as bout the blog.

      Writing fiction and writing posts/comments is a huge difference but I agree, doing both has improved my writing all round. Like any craft it improves with usage and in the beginning I was very cautious writing comments, overthinking my sentences – my confidence and flow has developed massively.

      Wishing you a lovely Sunday. hugs xx

  9. Wonderful interview, Annika and Esme.. I could relate to the need to reduce the number of posts per week. It’s really hard to keep up otherwise. I’m glad I’m not the only one who’s had to cut back. And I had to read your answer to #1 three times. I thought it said, “Reading (LOTS!), Writing (LOTS!), traveling, gardening, socializing, walking, PIRATES.” Ha ha ha.

    • Diana, now I’m chuckling at your comment! 😀😀 I like the idea of pIrates instead of Pilates … particularly the mad game played in special occasions for PE Lessons – charging full speed around the sports hall, clattering over the equipment, being chased by the Pirates and out if touched or if touching the floor! That was fun! Oh well, Pilates seems rather sedate in comparison!

      Before cutting back on blogging I was becoming seriously stressed – particularly as I tend to write long comments! Many thanks for your great comment .. I’ll be smiling all day! Happy weeknd! 😀

    • Jan, your lovely commetn makes my heart sing…thank you so much!❤️ I don’t know any way to be but honest and it’s a joy to get to know each other better through interviews such as these.

    • Hi Jan – what an impressive blog and really interesting posts. Firstly, thank you for visiting my humble blog and leaving a comment here on Annika’s Interview.
      WOW – I will be honored and would love you to share with us a bit of your blogging and stories through an Interview. Please let me know if you would be interested.

    • Hi Evelyn, thank you for popping in – Glad to meet you. In order for us to get to know you better how about you also participate and do an interview with us? Please let me know, as I would love to have you on board here as well.

    • Thank you Evelyn! 🌺 It’s lovely to have met you here on WP and interviews as these help us to learn even more about each other! I just reread your about page and had to smile at your ‘allergic to snow’ … I could say the same about rain! 😀

    • Hi Jill, Now you’re taking. All of you lovely writers have a week writing retreat with Annika.
      And also, I would like to hear from you if interested to do the Interview. Drop me an email then we can discuss it further.

    • I think you both might be on to something – a retreat in the village would be fantastic!! Or even better, in Sweden … an idea that has been playing in my mind… Jill, thank you so much for reading and your lovely comment – it was a great interview with a perfect balance of the blogging and personal questions.

  10. A lovely interviews, ladies. It’s always nice to learn more about others we connect with. Annika, the village where you live sounds positively idyllic and picturesque!

    • Hi Mae, Thanks for popping in again. I think we all agree with the idyllic place of Annika.
      Have we already discussed you doing an Interview? Should you be interested please drop me an email, I would love to set you up

    • Mae, I agree, it’s interesting to learn about each other through interviews like this. The village was one I’ve always wanted to live in since moving to the South East – and I couldn’t believe our luck when finding the house – near to the wood! Heavenly! It meant buying a house we had to totally redecorate etc but have loved doing all the work and making it our own!

  11. I really enjoyed this lively and positive interview. I am already a fan of Annika’s writing
    so it is an added bonus to learn so much about her likes and dislikes . Surprise tidbits like
    having learnt Russian, loving Scottish and Greek dancing.

    Her views on blogging are also well thought through and sound very workable to me.
    Altogether a warm and life embracing interview.


    • Hi Miriam – thank you so much for coming over and visiting and learning more about Annika. Will you honor us and do an interview here then we can learn more about you as well??

      • Thank yu Esme, I just saw your ur kind invitations to an interview.
        I have to warn you, yours would be the first and as you know I write primarily
        poems. So no book ….as yet.
        I am honoured and would do my best to answer your questions.

        Let us discuss the time frame you have in mind. September and on would be o.k. wigh me.

        • Miriam, this will be awesome, Drop me an email via my About ‘ contact’ page and I will then send you the necessary over and we can discuss any questions you may have. Whoop, looking forward to your email and participation. ♥

    • Miriam, thank you so much for your wonderful comment and it’s always a joy and honour to read your thoughts! I am so glad you enjoyed learning a bit more about me. I do miss the dancing, even more since doing the interview with Esmé! Oh, it was fun to learn Russian – up to A-level standard in a year with at least six hours Russian a day on top of German and Management lectures etc! Only a handful of words are retained alas but I do remember the alphabet!

      Esmé’s questions were terrific, taking in the personal alongside the blogging aspect of my life. It would be lovely to learn more about you through this interview? A hint…😀❤️

      • Yes, Miriam, what do you think, I would love it should you consider to participate. Drop me an email and I will be delighted to have you do the Interview. ♥

  12. I’ll admit to having only recently found Annika’s blog – through the Senior Salon, which proves how well that works! I really enjoy her writing and her recent post on the LV18 Museum in Harwich brought back so many memories for me. Many thanks for this interview, this is such a good series!

    • Clive, the ever gentleman. Thanks for your kind words re the Senior Salon and our very first blogger that took part in this Interview series. Thanks so much Clive

    • So lovely to meet you too, Clive and I’ve enjoyed your memories that you shared on my LV18 posts. This blogging lark not only brings people together across the world but also across time and memories … enjoyable and rewarding! Thank you so much for your kind comment.

  13. Fantastic interview! I met Annika in blogosphere and love her for her warmth that she dispenses through her words. It is nice to know more about her. Thank you Esme for interesting questions.

    • Thanks for coming over Balroop and your nice comment. Would you be interested to be part and also be featured here in an Interview??

    • Awww…thank you so much for your kind and generous comment, Balroop. It’s been a joy to meet you too here on WP! Blogging is such a rewarding experience and I love meeting everyone from around the world, from all walks of life! I would love to read some of your answers to these insightful questions – hope you consider Esme’s suggestion. Happy weekend to you both. Hugs. Xx

      • Yes, Balroop should you wish to join drop me an email and we can discuss it further. That will be awesome. Thanks Annika, 😊😊

    • Robbie, I am just the same … the sign of a great interview is if they ask the questions you’d like answers to! Esmé does this perfectly with these interviews! It’s interesting how it is often not the same answer to the questions why we start a blog and why we continue with one!

  14. Esmé, thank you so much for this interview!! The questions were terrific and a joy to answer … resulting in fun trips down memory lane as well as looking deeper into my writing and blogging! A delight to be here! Wishing you a lovely weekend, Esmé! 🌺🌸🌻

    • Hi Annika – Thank you for being part of this series. I just love it and feel I now know each blogger a little better and wish to thank you for taking the time to answer and sharing your stories here.

  15. Thank you for a lovely positive interview. I love Annika’s posts and I see the care she takes in commenting on fellow bloggers posts.
    I liked your Great Escape memory. What fun! 🌼

    • Hi Brigid, Thanks for your lovely comment and visit here. Always good to see fellow bloggers visiting again,

    • Brigid, warmest thanks for your lovely comment … I always enjoy chatting away here on WP
      and it means so much to me! Oh yes, the Great Escape incident is now folklore amongst the family!

    • Yeah!! 😀😀 Alas, there isn’t much opportunity for either where I live now. I joined a Scottish dancing group with a friend in the nearest town and it was dire … everyone so miserable and serious. The ‘leader’ had one poor lady in tears with his screaming -my memories will have to suffice until my what visit to Scotland!

  16. Annika is a fabulous writer. I have particularly liked reading her book as well as her vacation posts.

    • Hi Bernadette, Thank you for visiting and leaving a note. Hope you’re doing well and yes I am wondering if you would like to do the Interview as well. You have so much to offer from Haddon musings. What do you think?

    • Aww…thank you so much, Bernadette! 🤗 You’ve made my day and I’m over the moon you enjoyed my book and like the travel posts so much … better get writing some more of those! I love researching and writing them too. Wishing you a good weekend,my friend! Hugs xx


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