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Wednesday, February 12, 2014

One Word Interview with Annalisa Crawford

Today, we welcome Annalisa Crawford, author of Cat and the Dreamer, and That Sadie Thing, to the writing chair! Take it away, Annalisa

The house is on fire! Aside from your children, what would you grab first?
My fountain pen.

You are a wise woman.

You're performing on Broadway. What show are you in?
(Imagine me singing) Don't cry for me Argentiiiiiina!

What's your dream romantic getaway spot?

Oh, yes. Anywhere in Italy is good for me.
What historical figure would you most like to have lunch with?
Jane Austen

Fun! I want to come to.

We're holding a banquet in honor of your awesomeness. What are we serving for dessert?
Chocolate cheesecake!

Now, there's a type of cheesecake I can live with!

I live in Cornwall UK, with a good supply of beaches and moorland right on my doorstep. I live with my husband, two boys, a dog and a cat. Despite my location. I neither surf nor sail, and have never had any inclination to try. I much prefer walking along a deserted beach and listening to the waves crashing over rocks. For this reason, I really love the beach in the winter!

Cat and the Dreamer:
As a teenager, Julia survived a suicide pact, while her best friend Rachel died. Julia’s only escape from her
guilt, and her mother’s over-protection, is her imagination. When Adam arrives in the office, Julia’s world takes a startling turn as she realises reality can be much more fun than fantasy. Finally she has someone who can help her make the most of her life. But can she allow herself to be truly happy?

That Sadie Thing:
That Sadie Thing and other stories is an intense and emotional journey through the relationships that define our lives: a couple breaking up on a rainy night; a woman finding comfort from eating lunch as her best friend lies in hospital; a runaway longing to go home; a teenager oppressed by her father, and many more. All of the characters in this collection are struggling to find their place in the world, attempting to find connections that matter with the people around them, however fleeting. This is a dark, unsettling yet memorable collection.


Annalisa Crawford said...

Thanks for having me over today, Angie. And you're very welcome to join Jane and me for chocolate cheesecake :-)

Angie said...

Yum! Thanks for being here!

Tyrean Martinson said...

Wonderful 1 Word Interview! Really fun to read!

Tyrean Martinson said...

Wonderful 1 Word Interview! Really fun to read!

Elizabeth Seckman said...

Is that your lucky fountain pen? You do have a lucky fountain pen, right? I mean you're not risking your life grabbing a regular Bic.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Your poor husband - second to a fountain pen...
Just kidding!

Crystal Collier said...

Oh! I'll take some chocolate cheesecake too, on the side of my cheese souffle. Mmm. Cheese...

Crystal Collier said...

Oh! I'll take some chocolate cheesecake too, on the side of my cheese souffle. Mmm. Cheese...

Patsy said...

I didn't think I'd like chocolate cheesecake until I tried it. Now I know how wrong I was.

Rachel Schieffelbein said...

And now I want chocolate cheesecake. Fun interview, ladies! I'm a big fan of Annalisa's!

Vanessa Morgan said...

I like the idea of a one word interview. By the way, Annalisa is a gifted writer. I loved her short story collection.

Michelle Wallace said...

Love the interview!
That Sadie Thing is a great collection!
Writer In Transit

Annalisa Crawford said...

Tyrean - thanks!

Elizabeth - oh yes, my very lucky fountain pen :-)

Alex - I've got to keep him in line somehow :-)

Crystal - it's completely possible to have a cheese based 3 course dinner party! It never occurred to me :-)

Patsy - I know, it sounds like it should be horrible doesn't it? I haven't tried chocolate Philadelphia yet - it ought to be the same, but I'm not sure!

Rachel - aw, thank you :-) And yes, I wish I had a slice now too.

Vanessa - thank you so much :-)

Michelle - thank you!!

Joanne said...


(darn - it's hard to just do one word. this was very fun and amusing. I want to join the Jane Austen dinner)

Christine Rains said...

Fun interview! Mmm, chocolate cheesecake. One of my favorites!

Terry W. Ervin II said...

Chocolate Cheesecake always works.

Annalisa Crawford said...

Joanne - of course you're invited to dinner :-)

Christine - thanks! The cheesecake is definitely a popular choice :-)

Terry - it's the perfect writing snack too, on account of all those sustaining calories :-)

Julie Flanders said...

Great interview and Annalisa is a fantastic writer. I'm now imagining her on the balcony with her arms outstretched belting out "Don't cry for me..."

Annalisa Crawford said...

Julie, yes, that's what I do. And if there's no balcony, I just lean out of the window :-)

Linda King said...

Funny you said Evita, Annalisa, because I was thinking you do look a little like Julie Covington who sang the title song in the 70s (80s?!)

Annalisa Crawford said...

Thanks for popping in Linda. I had to Google Julie Covington :-)