Good morning my loves!
Today is my stop on the blog tour for Senseless by Anna Lickley. Anne has taken the time to tell us all ten things about her. So get comfy, grab a cuppa and I’ll hand you over to Anna!
As a first time novelist, I’m guessing that you know very little or nothing about me. Just ten things should be easy, I hear you say but it’s actually tricky! Here’s some that relate to how and why Senseless was bought to life:
- Senseless is my first novel but it is my second book. The first was a semi autobiography called Catch it Anytime You Can, inspired by the way Neurofibromatosis type two (NF2) has shaped my life since I was diagnosed at the age of 16.
- Back in my school days, I said that I wanted to be an author. Some 30 years later and I have finally got round to it! Thanks to NF2, I’m now deafblind with all sorts of other physical challenges and retired very early, creating time for me to write.
- Before stopping work, I taught British Sign Language, which I learnt just after diagnosis knowing that I’d go deaf. It’s a fabulous language and learning it was on of the best decisions I ever made. You’ll find reference to it in Senseless.
- I wrote Senseless in 2016, I then looked around for agents and publishers but was rejected several times (but encouraged to persevere by some very positive rejections).
- In 2017, I was delighted to be accepted by the brilliant publisher Unbound (see https://unbound.com/) and embarked on the Crowdfunding process. Publication started in less then 3 months after Senseless crowdfunded pretty quickly. I’m so grateful to all my generous backers.
- Senseless has quite a few disabled characters in it, most of whom are based loosely on people I’ve met along the way. Several characters use BSL for one reason or another.
- As well as writing, I love horse riding and have been riding on and off since I was 7yrs old. I now ride with RDA (Riding for the Disabled) and compete in dressage. St Ives (Bingley) RDA, where I ride, will be getting 10% of my royalties of Senseless.
- I have my next novel in mind, although only the title is actually written as yet! My brain prefers to manage Senseless before I start any more.
- The best way for me to write a book is by starting it, based on a very broad idea, and seeing where it takes me. Any kind of formal plan just doesn’t work for me.
- I spend hours reading, mostly contemporary fiction. One of my favourite authors is Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.
And there we have it. I’d like to say a big thank you to Anne Carter for organising this wonderful tour, as usual, and Anna for taking the time to allow us to get to know her a little. Senseless was published by Unbound on the 17th of January and is available now. Have a little read below to find out more about Senseless…
Beth’s partner, Dan, inexplicably vanishes from her life and nine years later she is still struggling. In the intervening years, she has learnt British Sign Language (BSL) and got what she thought would be her dream job, supporting deaf students in college. However, she finds she still feels dissatisfied with just about everything: from working life to sex life, domestic life to social life, it’s as if the traumas of her past will forever mar her future. Through her work, Beth meets a group of strong-minded, pragmatists who show her how they’ve adapted to challenges of having a disability. Is Dan’s disappearance the primary source of Beth’s sadness? Can her new friends help to shift her perspective on dealing with life? Will learning BSL prove to be significant after all? And what really happened to Dan? The answers may be quite unexpected. The themes and characters of Senseless are moulded by the challenge of deafness and disability but the book is not ‘about’ disability per se. More succinctly, it’s about ordinary people bumping through the ups and downs of life like we all are.
Peace and pages