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Annarita Guarnieri

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Tales And Tellers

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Host David Cleinman welcomes Annarita Guarnieri, who tells us:

I suppose I had a writer hidden inside even since I was a small child. I remember playing and inventing stories, using my dolls as props for other characters. Then I started telling myself stories before falling asleep, at night, and finally I tried to write a short story… a western. Of course it was awful, and I threw it away a few years later, when I attempted writing a western novel instead. I still have it, but I can tell it will not come out of my attic, ever!

Then for some years I was too busy (and drained) with the University to think about writing, I got married, became a mom, and that, together with my translation job, absorbed most of my time. Then I met a writer that was my “idol” at the time, Mariangela Cerrino. Together with a few other people, we found the Star Trek Italian Club, and soon created a couple of fanzines. I was asked to write a few stories, and I discovered I was doing a good job… “How do You Feel” won the award as Italian best nonprofessional SF short story! At that point, I tried with a Star Trek novel, “The Caves of Arcadia”, (it got a third placement as best nonprofessional SF novel of the year). 

Life then got in between my writing and me. I divorced, and for a few years I was too busy raising two young daughters too think about anything else.

Then, just when I thought my occasion had slipped by me, I met that Italian publisher and got that offer for some cat books, an idea I had been caressing for some time. Through Book Junkies, I then met Inknbeans Press, and that made my biggest dream (being published in the US, since I have always written in English) get real. I’ll be forever grateful to Boss Bean and all the staff for giving me that chance, for believing I could make it!