Ann Marie Thomas – A Literary Odyssey Across Genres

From Medieval Chronicles to Galactic Adventures

Writing poetry and making up stories since she was a child, Ann Marie only began to write for publication when her children left home. She has since self published five medieval history books, a collection called Stories from Medieval Gower,and four science fiction novels, a series called Flight of the Kestrel. Following a major stroke she published a collection of poems written mostly in hospital, a surprisingly cheerful collection called My Stroke of Inspiration.

What’s the last great book you read?

I’m a huge fan of Tony Bertauski’s Claus books, in which he reimagines everything to do with the Christmas season. The latest book is Nutcracker.

 Are there any classic novels that you only recently read for the first time?

Ursula le Guin, The Wizard of Earthsea

Which writers — working today do you admire most?

Tony Bertauski (Claus series), Lydia Sherrer (Love, Lies and Hocus Pocus series), Johnny B Truant and Sean Platt (Alien Invasion series)

Who are your favorite writers? Are there any who aren’t as widely known as they should be, whom you’d recommend in particular?

Terry Pratchett, J R R Tolkien, Isaac Azimov. All classic.

What genres do you especially enjoy reading? 

Science fiction primarily, and fantasy. Some historical fiction and thrillers.

What kind of reader were you as a child? 

I got my love of reading from my parents, particularly my father, and read everything I could get my hands on, even my parents’ books, like Dennis Wheatley, not really suitable for children.

My questions:

We How come you write in such diverse genres as non fiction history and science fiction?

I have always loved science fiction, and was working on a novel for over ten years, on and off. I live in Swansea and one day looked up at the castle ruins in the town centre and wondered what it was like when it was lived in. I researched and found all these fascinating stories. Due to my stroke I had time to write my first history book and publish it myself. Once I got into publishing I returned to my first love, and finished my science fiction novel.

What happened with your stroke?

It happened in work in 2010. Luckily the first aider at work recognised it immediately and called the ambulance. I have been left disabled down my right side, but medical retirement from work enabled me to write full time.

Do you write in any other genres?

Yes, but only a book or two. I wrote a stream of poetry in hospital and published it as a collection. It’s surprisingly cheerful and has helped a lot of people who have had strokes or cared for someone with a stroke. My husband came up with the title, My Stroke of Inspiration. I have also written a Christian help book, Blinded By The Light.

Are you part of any groups?

I have been a member of Swansea and District Writers Circle for many years, and have just stepped down after 4 years as Chairman. I highly recommend a writers group, either in person or online. They’re great for encouragement and support as well as teaching.

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