Saturday, September 27, 2014

Interview with author Anna Woo

Today author Anna Woo is stopping by for a quick interview! She is also offering a giveaway for a chance to win a copy of her novel, Her Mother's Voice (Rafflecopter after interview)

Why did you pursue writing?

I’ve always enjoyed writing and I’ve been writing since I was a teenager.  Writing was a creative outlet for me, and I wrote prose in journals for years.  I decided to try to take my writing to the next level, meaning pursue getting published about 10 years ago.  That’s when I took some courses to improve my writing skills.

What inspired your book?

My book is inspired by real life experiences, although it is a fictional novel.  I wanted to tell the story of how second generation individuals struggle with cultural conflicts from the perspective of an Asian woman.  My hope was that the story would give voice to these issues of cultural conflict and the feeling of being caught between two worlds. I wanted it to offer support and hope to people like me, who identified with these issues. It’s just one story, but I’m sure there are many more of them out there.

How long have you been publishing your work?

I was first published by the Canadian Advisory Council on the Status of Women in 1993, in a collection of short stories called Sharing our Experience. This book is my first fictional novel and it is self- published, although I’m also looking for a traditional publisher.

What’s your writing environment like?

I enjoy writing at home and out at coffee shops.  I have an office set up in my house, but sometimes working at home gets lonely.  Also it’s easy to procrastinate or get distracted by other things to do.  Going to a coffee shop helps decrease the isolation and gives my writing structure and a sense of purpose.

What projects are you currently working on?

Since I’ve become a mother, I have a new perspective on what it means to be one.  I’m working on a story about the mother-daughter relationship, but with interchanging points of view from the mother and daughter.  As well, it will focus on the challenges of raising and being a daughter with autism.

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