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Annika Perry

East Anglia, UK

Welcome!

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)