Anthea Carson was born in 1964 and grew up in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Philosophy from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. She has been a tournament chess player, winning such National awards as Female Game 60 champion of 2003, and is frequently listed in the top 100 chess-playing women in the U.S. list. She has worked as a chess coach in the schools since 1999. She is the co-author of "How to Play Chess Like an Animal," a children's chess book. Anthea has been playing chess and writing fiction since childhood. She has two published novels, one young adult fiction called "Ainsworth," and "The Dark Lake," a story about a ghostly woman who haunts Lake Winnebago in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.
1.What genre do you write?
I have written three young adult novels, one adult psychodrama, one children's illustrated chess book, two short stories, and one literary fiction. My favorite to write is literary fiction.
2.Do you have specific writing style?
I used to write stream of consciousness, but I'm trying to move away from that, and just write straight fiction.
3.How did you came up with the idea about your first book?
Most of the books I write are from my life. I take real events and then change them around, play with them, and make things up around them.
4.What was the biggest challenge in your writing?
The biggest challenge is writing when I don't feel inspired. That is still a challenge I haven't overcome.
5. Is there an Author who you can consider mentor in your writing?
I'm trying to learn from Hemingway, but I would say up till now the influence has been Proust or Nabokov.
6. What you want to share with your readers?
I really enjoy reading other indie writers, and I'm really excited about publishing on Amazon kindle. I like the free promotions and I love to exchange reviews with other indie authors. I don't mind receiving negative reviews, but I try not to give them, at least not without sharing them with the author first.
7.Did you learn anything from your book and what was it?
I am very excited because I feel that I finally learned how to write a scene with this last book I wrote, called "Call me Jane."
Here it is a sneak pick from my new book:
Janey Lou wants to fit in with the cool crowd. No scratch that. Janey Lou wants to be herself, and stop pretending to be someone she’s not.
Janey Lou switches her name to Jane, switches schools, and decides not to try to fit in with any “crowd.”
This new, independent attitude causes her to fit in with the coolest crowd of all. Before she knew what happened she found herself caught up in a lifestyle she wasn’t emotionally prepared for.