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PhotoFiction: Anna Mansell shares #writing inspirations @AnnaMansell @bookouture #authorinterview

Authors reveal the images that inspired 100,000 words

THIS WEEK: Anna Mansell reveals how she is inspired by people and places close to home – including some witches marks…

Anna’s had a brush with ‘fame’ as a magician’s assistant back in 1977. She later decided that being sawn in half by her father, at barely 6 months old, was too submissive a role, vowing to channel the trauma in to something much more pro-actively creative. Having failed at acting, singing

and professional murder mystery parties (she was ALWAYs the one to die!), she fell to something much more solitary: writing. How to Mend a Broken Heart is her first novel and her life was not on the line in order to write it. Anna lives on a dairy farm in Cornwall with her two children, her husband, and her ex-racing greyhound, Olive Dog

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ANNA SAYS: For me, inspiration has changed over the years. From book’s I’ve read, theatre I’ve seen, brilliant people I’ve met, or cake… always cake, but, there is something about the current phase of my life that draws me home, inspired by the beauty I see in that which surrounds me. Family, friends, places. They’re all on my door step. I don’t think that’s good in the long term. I think we have to look outwardly, seek new experiences, embrace diversity and opportunity. But as someone suffering some pretty tricksy anxiety for a year or so now, or perhaps because of a somewhat tumultuous few years for my family, home is where both my heart and my inspiration lies… TO READ IN FULL, CLICK HERE

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