By Lydia Roberts
SUCCESSFUL SEGUE: Editor Anna Thomson is also a published writer.
Armidale born and bred, Thomson is a freelance editor and writer with an honours degree in literature.
She has three published short stories, White Christmas, Santa’s Little Helper and The King of Winter in anthologies by Christmas Press.
Bloodwood is a paranormal fantasy in an imagined world.
Thomson says she was helped in the writing of Bloodwood by short courses organised by NEWC.
“They were with Bronwyn Parry, Kate Forsyth and Isobel Carmody, and they were excellent courses and the authors gave really useful advice,” Thomson says.
“Had I done that sooner I’d have saved so much time.”
Thomson has successfully segued from being an editor (which she still is) to a writer, which she describes as a craft.
“I’ve always loved words but didn’t have confidence in my ability to be a storyteller,” Thomson said.
“I remember editing a manuscript or two and becoming very frustrated with certain plot turns. It’s a short journey from there to realising you might be at the wrong end of the process.
“I still edit work, but find writing a far more peaceful and enjoyable occupation. It’s also made me a better editor I think; it gives you a better perspective on why certain errors happen.”
After years living away from Armidale, the best bit about returning is the nine-minute commute time, from anywhere to anywhere .... “plus the sense of community and connectedness”, Thomson says.