Hey there! Welcome to Annie Likes Words, my passion project about, well, words. The name is self-explanatory.
I’m Annie Earnshaw: freshman at Elon University, writer, blogger, and dog enthusiast. I started this blog in January 2017 with two purposes in mind. First and foremost, I wanted to improve my craft. I wanted to read good books, write good stories, and grow in any way possible from this experience. In addition, I wanted to create a platform on which I could market myself as a writer. Selling books is no easy feat and establishing myself as a valid writer with an engaged audience has boosted my confidence and created relationships that I never could have foreseen.
I began my journey with words in the same place as most other avid readers: picture books. As a child, I would beg for book after book before bedtime. From the time I could distinguish letter A from letter B, words became my home, my safe haven, my wonderland. In kindergarten, I failed my Accelerated Readers test because I didn’t read any of the Level 1 easy readers; instead, I read Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. I was never one to shy away from a challenge. As a child, I was so attached that my mom had to take my books away and force to go interact with the other kids. Yes, social interaction was my form of punishment.
While reading is my constant, writing entered at a later stage in my life. I discovered my passion for writing in the fifth grade when I was unexpectedly awarded the class superlative “Most Likely to Write a Book.” Maybe that was the universe’s way of slapping me in the face and saying, “Annie, you’re supposed to be a writer. Stop screwing around and start writing!” Well, it worked. Congratulations, Universe: I got the message.
Since that fateful day in elementary school, words have consumed my waking hours. If I’m not writing, I’m reading. If I’m not reading, I’m writing. If I’m not reading or writing, I’m probably thinking about reading or writing. Often, my friends call me out for staring off into space, eyes glazed over, while planning a tricky plot point in my head or working through some character dialogue. Many moons have passed since I was a wee kindergartener, but words are still my wonderland.
I am currently in the process of writing a young adult thriller novel as well as several other short stories. In truth, I’m beyond proud of myself for buckling down and working to complete this project with the ferocity I have had thus far. I’ve never completed an extended project like this and while my novel is still in-progress, I have hopes to finish it, polish it up, and get that sucker published.
As implied by my choice of genre in writing, I am head-over-heels in love with young adult fiction. Adolescence and young adulthood are times of such transience and instability that make for a fabulous story. I love writing young adult fiction, I love reading young adult fiction, I love talking about young adult fiction.
My favorite genre is good books. I tend to favor young adult fiction in my reading choices, but I’m more than happy to reach across the proverbial aisle and pick up any book. I typically go for contemporary, dystopian, urban fantasy, thriller, chick lit, and anything about princesses. If there’s a princess, I’m down to read it (probably because Princess would be my occupation of choice).
My favorite book is The Opposite of Loneliness by Marina Keegan. I rave about this book not only for its ironically tragic backstory, but for the quality of the writing itself. This book makes me want to be a better reader, a better writer, and a better person. You can read all about the late Marina Keegan here and purchase a copy of her book here.
Thank you for visiting my blog today! Pull up a comfy chair, pour yourself a hot mug of tea (I’m not a coffee kind of girl), and let’s chat about what makes literature so freaking awesome. I hope you enjoy my site as much as I do.