Anna is a writer from the UK, who has also lived in New Zealand and central Africa. Her first book to be published was Hide in Time, a time travel romance. The second book was inspired by the smugglers’ caves she visited as a child, and the third is a sequel set in the ‘diamond isle’ – the Isle of Wight. She has written and read for the BBC and published short stories.
In Conversation With: Anna Faversham
Today I have the pleasure of sitting down with author, Anna Faversham. Thanks for entertaining us with a visit. Can I offer you anything to drink?
Thank you for inviting me. I’d like a St. Clements please. It’s pure orange juice mixed with bitter lemon.
Certainly. I just happen to have one ready.
The ocean features prominently in your stories. What is it about the ocean that moves you?
I grew up by the sea and I often sat in a hidey hole on the cliff. No one could see me and I could watch the tide coming in and going out. The sea didn’t belong to anyone else and neither did the sky with its fantastic colours at sunset. It was as if it were mine and no one could take it from me. I felt fantastically privileged. Memories of those days have stayed in my mind.
I like how you said that the ocean doesn’t belong to anyone. It’s like the Earth; we all need to share in the beauty and bounty.
Of course, as a child, it never occurred to me that we need to look after it all very carefully.
Would you ever want to be a pirate?
Never! As romantic as some of us writers make them, in reality they’re just plain criminals and I have a nasty feeling that if I tried boarding another ship to raid it, I’d fall down the gap between them into the sea and get squashed.
I’d be the guy swinging back and forth on the rope.
I noticed that you have a collection of short stories. As a short story writer myself, I appreciate the craft of succinct writing. What made you want to write these?
I belonged to a writing group and we were asked if we would like to write a short story to raise money for a charity. So I took time out from writing my novel and came up with a story. Then I found that I sometimes had ideas rampaging around in my head which wouldn’t fit anywhere else other than in a collection of short stories. One of the stories in ‘One Stolen Kiss and Other Short Stories’ is true. It happened in Italy and I shall never forget it because I learnt a lesson. I had watched (as we authors do) a man fussing unnecessarily over his wife. If she reached for something, his hand whizzed out and passed it to her. I thought he was overbearing and I felt sorry for his wife. Over the week we were staying there, we got to know them. The reality was that she had only a few months to live and he was trying to give her the holiday of a lifetime. It taught me not to judge when I don’t have all the facts – I’ve never forgotten it. Experiences in our lives, or reading even the shortest stories, can change us forever.
Some of the best ideas come from just observing people.
Here’s a toughie: Is time travel possible?
Professor Brian Cox, a renowned British physicist, gave a lecture a while ago and did not rule out time travel completely (see link below). However, I don’t believe time travel as we see it in novels is possible. Imagine the chaos. What would you do if you could go back in time? What would you change? What repercussions would there be?
Would you go?
Bearing in mind I could mess up your lives now if I returned, the answer has to be no. However, if like some of my characters I could return unseen to places and just watch what is happening, then maybe I’d go. Yay! What fun! I’d need to be guaranteed that I could return to my current life and time.
If one could just view events, that would make learning history way more fun.
Wow! What a thought. I wonder if we can persuade someone to invent something to make that possible.
When you first said Brian Cox, I thought of the Scottish actor. But I have seen the physicist. I think he has the most calming voice of all the physicists.
When he was younger, he used to play guitar in a band. A big change in career to physicist.
Look at Brian May of Queen. He was a guitarist, then got a degree in astrophysics.
Tell me about your latest book, Immortality: This is Probably a Novel
Charlotte Bronte wrote, “But this I know, the writer who possesses the creative gift owns something of which he is not always master – something that, at times, strangely wills and works for itself.” She goes on to say, “…you have little choice left but quiescent adoption.”
Immortality: This is Probably a Novel began like this. Chester, the central character, constantly banged around in my head until I felt forced to tap out his story. Some of the incidents in the book are based on truth (not travelling to other planets, I hasten to add). The trek across the desert with a charming, mumbling, overly friendly camel is true and so is the rain.
A Mark Twain quotation hung over it throughout my writing: “The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.” Now there’s food for thought.
What authors influenced you?
Charles Dickens – oh the stories, the characters, what a gift he was to the world!
Do you enjoy music? Sorry, that’s an odd question isn’t it. Here’s another odd one: Ever met anyone who said they don’t like music?
I love music, I find it inspirational and relaxing and it certainly lifts my mood even if I feel A+ already. I have a friend who says she is not moved by music at all. A rare find, a rare and best of friends – we can’t all be the same.
Are you ready for the lightning round?
Who is the most famous person you have met?
James Bond, in the form of Roger Moore, just walked into my office one day and as everyone else sat glued to their desks, I went to Reception to help him. He was charming, handsome, polite – everything James Bond should be. After he left the office, everyone asked me how I’d had the courage to deal with the enquiry. I was flabberghasted – I hadn’t recognized him, despite him looking exactly like the hero of so many films. My excuse is that, come on now, who works in an office where James Bond walks in?
Perhaps even more famous, who knows, I’ve also met the Duke of Edinburgh. Prince Charming, that’s for sure.
Movies or series?
Wellington, New Zealand, but tied with San Francisco.
Cats or dogs?
Name three things that end in ‘z’.
Yeah, that’s a hard one*. Well, it looked like we are out of our allotted time. This has been a pleasure. Thanks for chatting. Any links you want to share?
Thank you so much, Leon, it’s been a pleasure chatting with you. I wish you well and may you have a fantastic 2022 and I wish the same for the readers of your blog.
And if you fancy a bit of time travelling with a bit of humour, adventure and romance then Hide in Time is on sale at 0.99 in the UK and US until 3rd February.
* Adz, fez, putz, fizz (two points for the double), there’s a dirty word that I won’t use, Pez and Oz (if you count proper nouns)
Want to know about time travel? Warning: At 3:59 in the video (right at the end) there are some really creepy looking aliens. So, you’ve been warned.
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Leon Stevens is a multi-genre author, composer, guitarist, songwriter, and an artist, with a Bachelor of Music and Education. He published his first book of poetry, Lines by Leon: Poems, Prose, and Pictures in January 2020, followed by a book of original classical guitar compositions, Journeys, and a short story collection of science fiction/post-apocalyptic tales called The Knot at the End of the Rope and Other Short Stories. His newest publications are the novella trilogy, The View from Here, which is a continuation of one of his short stories, and a new collection of poetry titled, A Wonder of Words.
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