Author name: Anna Chant
Genre: Historical Fiction
Books: I am writing a series of books called Women of the Dark Ages. All are standalone novels telling the stories of the often forgotten and uncelebrated women of the era. I have recently been shortlisted for the UK Novel Writing Competition. Kenneth’s Queen, The Girl from Brittia and Three Times the Lady.
Bio: I was born and grew up in Harlow, Essex in the UK. After studying history at university I spent a year in Germany before training as a teacher. I currently live in Devon with my husband and three sons. I published my first novel, Kenneth’s Queen in 2016 and have fallen in love with the Dark Ages and in particular the part played by the women of those tumultuous times. I plan to tell the story of as many as possible!
Favorite thing about being a writer: I enjoy all aspects of creating my book. A lot of research needs to be done before I start writing and this often feels like a treasure hunt as I never know who or what I might find. I love using that research to create the characters, most of whom really existed. The minor characters can be as fun to create as the main ones, particularly if they are the more famous figures of the age. My last book featured a very young Alfred the Great and creating his character was one of my favourite parts of writing that book.
Biggest challenge as an indie author: Like a lot of indie authors I struggle with promoting my books. Discovering advertising platforms and using social media effectively has proved to be a steep learning curve and it’s a learning process which remains ongoing!
Favorite book: There are far too many to just pick one! My favourite historical novel and the book which most influences me as a writer is Katherine by Anya Seton. My favourite book of all time is JRR Tokein’s Lord of the Rings. My favourite books that I’ve shared with my children is a series called The Worlds of Chrestomanci by Diana Wynne Jones.
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