Saturday, April 13, 2013

Meet Aspiring Author Kirsty-Anne Still!

Kirsty-Anne Still


I won’t lie – I’m like any other 22 year old! I go out, have fun, have a job, been to University but, I suppose what makes me different is that I’m most happiest when I’m sat writing! I went to University to do Education Studies – doesn’t sound exciting, wasn’t very exciting, but I met amazing people, lived the Uni lifestyle and really realised what I want out of life – oh, and got the degree at the end of it, LOL. I have three loves in life: art, writing and working with children. One’s a hobby, ones a dream and the last is a reality. I just hope one day writing can be a reality as well.

I got involved in writing when I was nineteen. I never even knew I could write!  I stumbled upon Fanfiction and out of needless curiosity I just posted a story. Simple as that! I gave it a shot and then I found that one story wasn’t enough and soon – I’ve made it sound like a drug addiction! I found writing to be a lifeline for me when life got tough or stressful and to top it all off, people were actually reading my stuff and loved it! Imagine my surprise?!  I literally grew in my writing and pushed my boundaries and tried writing things I had never experienced and I found out that I was nailing the emotions. I knew I was doing something right even if I didn’t think I was.

Working in a shop, I sell books a lot, so when the Fifty Shades craze took over I had to see what the hype was about – I wasn’t impressed as a writer myself. I found them repetitive and simplistic. Personal choice right?! I decided on impulse to just write a Fifty Shades fanfiction, not knowing it would make the most reviewed story on its section on the site! I got a lot of readers interested in my writing from there. They then started reading my original stuff on my writing Facebook and loving it and slowly, bit by bit, I came to realise that hey, I needed to believe in myself! Which has gotten me to this spot in my life that I am at and I LOVE it! Literally driven to be a writer and excited to share my work!

I struggle with self-doubt like anyone else and a few times it has nearly tripped me up and stopped me writing but, I know I won’t be letting just myself down any longer. It’s weird to say but I have fans that will kill me if I ever gave up! Trust me, I’m hounded by them some times and I wouldn’t replace them for the world!  They keep my spirits high, my muse alive and keep a smile on my face. They’re more than just readers. They’re my support and more importantly my friends. What more could a writer want in her fans?

My writing style? Wow tough question! Well, I tend to like stick to third person. I love being able to give all characters a chance of issuing their point of views to the readers. I like creating scenes that captivate and make a reader feel like they are there in the moment, living it, feeling it. I guess that’s why I stray away from first person POV’s. I love writing them but, I love creating a scene. I love bringing the words to life.

Call me corny but, my main influencer is my mum. She’s my first big fan, she’s the one that wouldn’t let me put myself out there with my writing if I wasn’t talented. She’s also the avid reader in my family and I’ll readily listen to her on good authors. It’s strange but, I love reading the darker, more thriller type of my books but, am driven to happily ever afters! Call that the Disney kid in me!! LOL I am inspired by the likes of Stephen King but, I’m sure many are. He is a writing genius! I also love Ryan Murphy. I mean, how can the man that wrote Glee go and write American Horror Story?! The man has my heart and I love that he isn’t set in one genre. I rarely am and I love that he proves that you don’t have to be set in one way. I love pushing myself, pushing boundaries and occasionally breaking rules ;)

I have one motto with my work – I write for myself first, others after. When I write I write something that I want to read. Something that excites me, something that makes me lose my breath and empowers me. I like getting my own heart racing and my own fears up. I just didn’t realise other people would feel the same and what to read what I wanted to write!

A Fire That Burns


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