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Anna Hackett and Time Thief!

Today we are chatting to Australian author Anna Hackett about Time! The too precious commodity, everyone laments the lack of! Over to Anna.....


Time is Precious

Like many, I’m a wife, mother of a toddler, writer, reader, paranormal and sci-fi fan, cook, laundry lady, cleaner, amazing singer of Elmo songs…the list goes on! My time is precious. There are never enough hours in the day and far too often, when I watch my little boy sleeping, I wish I could have spent more time with him or made him smile more during the day.

I’m also someone who loves a great story – whether I’m reading it, writing it or watching it on the television. Unfortunately the time I have to read isn’t quite as much as it used to be. I might wish I had the ability to stop time (like Bay in Time Thief) but instead I found another solution – short stories.

For me, short stories are like that first nip of a strong drink. A quick, intense, one-two punch to the system. I can fit them into an evening of reading , sometimes during a rare bubble bath or when my little man is napping.

Better still, I love writing them. Distilling a story down to the essentials – action, adventure, sexy characters and an emotion-packed happily ever after. Some people say short stories don’t work, that they’re too short, that the story isn’t long enough and leaves you wanting more.  Well, I believe a good story is never long enough, whatever its length.

Anna


To learn more about Anna, visit her website, www.annahackettbooks.com, follow her on Twitter or like her on Facebook.

 

38 comments:

  1. Good point! If a story is well told and draws me in, it's the right length! I haven't really tried my hand at writing shorts yet - my ideas just seem to be much longer :)

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    1. Hi Jemi!

      I wonder what you will write when you start with your long ideas?

      Thanks for dropping by!

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  2. I prefer short stories myself, both reading and writing, because to me, it takes even more skill to get something across, emotions, ideas, etc., in a shorter amount of space. Time Thief sounds great~

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    1. Hello Shelley,

      Thanks for reading and commenting!

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  3. Hi, Anna,
    I write them, but I'm not a big fan of short stories. Lately, I've read a few good novellas.

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    1. Hi JL!

      Thank you for coming along!

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  4. Hi Jemi -- writing short requires a few different skills than writing longer, but at the heart of it all, writing a good story is writing a good story! Hope you find the right idea to try your hand at a short.

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  5. Hi Shelly -- Thanks! And I'm with you -- I think writing short is more challenging. A lot more to get into less words. Hope you'll give Time Thief a try.

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  6. Hi J.L. -- I'm using "short stories" here to include all short fiction. Time Thief is actually a novella (25,500 words). I'm a huge novella fan but I've written shorter as well. Good luck with your short story writing.

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  7. Here, here to short stories. They keep the creative juices bubbling and sharpen up your storytelling chops.

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    1. Hello Leslie!

      Thanks for reading along!

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  8. Hi Leslie - I 100% agree with you. Leaning to write lean and mean sharpens your storytelling.

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  9. Thanks, Theresa. I love it too. Luckily I have a wonderful cover artist - Frauke at Croco Designs.

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  11. I love the title--Time Thief-- very intriguing.

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    1. Hi Karen,

      Time Thief- does sound intriguing!

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  12. Thanks,Karen. I'm one of those writers who has to pick the title before I write a single word!

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  13. I really enjoy short stories--didn't use to like them as much, but after reading a few anthologies I was hooked. :) And I agree that good stories are never long enough!

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    1. Hello Golden!

      Yes, short stories have their own appeal! Thanks for coming along!

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  14. Hi Golden Eagle -- reading anthologies was how I first started reading short stories too. Anthologies used to be one of the only ways to find them but now that digital publishing has taken off, I see more and more short stories around.

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  15. I appreciate the intro to Anna, thanks so much! The title is wonderful; it really grabs you and draws you in. :)

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    1. Hello Karen!

      Thanks for reading along and for your comment!

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  16. Hi Karen -- glad you liked the title!

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  17. Sounds like a great read. Congrats to Anna!

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  18. Hi Nas -- huge thank you for having me visit.

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  19. I used to read only horror short stories, but over time I came to appreciate shorter pieces of other genres.

    Great cover.

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  20. Hi Medeia -- I've read some great horror short stories too. Glad you liked my cover (-:

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  21. Hello Anna and Romance Reader!! Love short stories - and flash fiction in particular - totally a skill to write!! Good luck stopping time! All the best with your novel, Anna!! You are super woman! Take care
    x

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  22. Thanks, Kitty -- yes, flash fiction is defintely a skill! Very tough. Thanks for the nice wishes. Looks like you're a cat lover...you should check out the LoveCats DownUnder -- romance writers who love cats (and all animals) and romance. They do lots of giveaway too.

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  23. I love short stories too. They are so great to read and they don't take a lot of time out of the day to enjoy them.

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  24. That's so true - there's just never enough time in the day. I'd love to be able to stop time, too!

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