Name Anna Questerly
I write historical fiction and fairy tales for smart ten year olds as Anna Questerly and escapism for adults as A. J. Questerly. I also run a bookstore (Dog-Eared Pages) in Phoenix, Arizona and get to pick the brains of amazing authors almost every day.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news?
One of the biggest problems authors have seems to be marketing. If it wasn’t for my bookstore, I’d be having a hard time, too. However, bookstores today have it pretty tough. So I came up with an idea to help authors with marketing and make sure our bookstore will be around for a long time. It’s called the Indie 800 and you can learn more about it here:
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I began writing in the sixth grade after reading The Hobbit. Unfortunately, I never actually finished a book until a few years ago. My first published book is called The Minstrel’s Tale. It’s historical fiction from fourteenth century Europe intermixed with original fairy tales that the minstrel tells while he’s on his own adventure.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?
I seem to be drawn to writing stories within stories. I’m not quite sure how that happened.
Fiona: What books have most influenced your life most? a mentor?
As I said, The Hobbit, but also many of Stephen King’s early books, anything by Mark Twain, and Dr. Seuss.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
I just finished reading Metal Boxes by Alan Black. Loved it!
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
Jim Butcher. His sense of humor comes through so clearly.
Fiona: What are your current projects?
I’m working on the Indie 800 right now. I guess you could say I’m writing a business plan instead of a book. I’m just hoping it’s non-fiction.
Fiona: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.
My customers in the bookstore have been amazing. At my first release party, it was standing room only.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
Don Gerron did my book covers for the Minstrel’s Tale trilogy and for Pangaea. He also did the illustrations for the fairy tales in the Minstrel’s Tale books.
Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?
Join writer’s groups. There are so many knowledgeable authors and it’s much easier than trying to learn everything on your own.
Fiona: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done?
I love having my bookstore. I get to meet interesting, intelligent people every day. I’m glad I get to do both.
Fiona: Do you have a blog/website? If so what is it? www.annaquesterly.com