Interview with Annika from Annika Perry’s Writing Blog
Meet 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 you lovely BLOG.
- 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.
- 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!
- 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!
- How would you describe your own blogging style?
Eclectic! Friendly! Informative! Artistic! Writerly! Photographic! Inspirational!
- 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.
- 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
- 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!
- 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!
- 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!
- 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.
- What do you like to do other than blogging!
Reading (LOTS!), Writing (LOTS!), traveling, gardening, socializing, walking, Pilates – just being!
- 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!
- 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!
- 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.
- 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!
- 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.
- Describe yourself in 3 words.
This is an impossible question … we are all complex beings with so many characteristics!
- 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.
- 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!
Last but not least:
- Please share with us your social media links, in order for our readers to follow you!
I know you want to do the 20 + 1 Interview Questions. I look forward to hearing from you!