I’m happy to have Annalisa on my website today! We’re not supposed to judge a book by its cover, but I sort of tossed a coin and wrote to Annalisa a year ago through the Vagabondage website because she appeared approachable…plus, I was drawn to the cover of That Sadie Thing.
She’s been a rock in the surging tides of my first-time publication experiences. So…thank you, Annalisa, and now on to the fun part.
You. I. Us. is a collection of vignettes, small scenes which hint at the story beneath.
Annalisa has taken that idea to another level, because she asked 15 bloggers to ask her one question each, creating small insights into her life and writing. Today I asked her how would she survive stranded on a deserted island with a challenging personality.
Hi Stacey, wow, you totally win for the most challenging question. You gave me a list of some particularly interesting characters, and I choose to be shipwrecked with Moriarty (if choose is the right word, in this instance!)
I’d like to say I’d be a match for him, that we’d sit around out-smarting each other until help arrived. But actually, I think I’d probably just try to find a waterfall—it’s a deserted island, after all, it’s bound to have one—and lure him to his death.
If that didn’t work, I’d get him to teach me how to play chess (I think he’d be rather good at that), and I’d teach him the lyrics to Bohemian Rhapsody!
I think the waterfall did him in, Annalisa, so put your chess pieces away. Thanks for coming over, and congratulations on your new release!
You. I. Us.
Publication date: June 10, 2016
Genre: Short Stories (Single Author)
In You. I. Us., Annalisa Crawford captures everyday people during poignant defining moments in their lives: An artist puts his heart into his latest sketch, an elderly couple endures scrutiny by a fellow diner, an ex-student attempts to make amends with a girl she bullied at school, a teenager holds vigil at his friend’s hospital bedside, long distance lovers promise complete devotion, a broken-hearted widow stares into the sea from the edge of a cliff where her husband died, a grieving son contacts the only person he can rely on in a moment of crisis, a group of middle-aged friends inspire each other to live remarkable lives.
Day after day, we make the same choices. But after reading You. I. Us., you’ll ask yourself, “What if we didn’t?”
About the author
Annalisa Crawford lives in Cornwall UK, with a good supply of moorland and beaches to keep her inspired. She lives with her husband, two sons, a dog and a cat. Annalisa writes dark contemporary, character-driven stories. She has been winning competitions and publishing short stories in small press journals for many years, and is the author of Cat & The Dreamer and Our Beautiful Child.
Visit her online at: www.annalisacrawford.com