Anne Dorrian is an emerging writer who grew up in Oxford and now lives in Germany.
Anne began writing a couple of years ago, while on maternity leave. She then took creative writing courses at the University of Oxford and the University of East Anglia. At first she simply enjoyed writing, and this year she was finally happy enough with what she was writing to begin submitting her work for publication. She has two previous publications to her name, also short stories, which were published on Funny Pearls and The Pigeon Review.
Anne is currently working on her first novel and more short stories.
Q: What is the first book you remember reading or having read to you as a child?
A: The first book I remember becoming truly absorbed in was The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. I read it over the summer holidays and practically disappeared between its covers. Whenever I looked up from the page, I had to take a moment to get my bearings, so vivid was that fictional world to me.
Q: Do you have a lucky writing talisman? If so, what is it?
A: I don’t have a talisman, but I do have a cat that sits on the windowsill behind my desk and watches me as I write.
Q: What superpower would you like to have and why?
A: I wish I could see what goes on behind closed doors. That makes me sound like a terribly nosy neighbour, which I really am not. I am, however, fascinated by the faces we present in public versus who we are in private; the stories we tell others about ourselves and the secrets we have.
Q: Who is your personal inspiration?
A: My first creative writing tutor who was an amazing teacher and pushed open that magic door to the realm of writing for me.
It’s March and still the snow is falling, thick sooty flakes of it. It settles on heaps of slush, growing out of the ground like mould. Treacherous grey puddles line the road and a passing lorry leaves Vasilisa drenched. The driver speeds away and Vasilisa gives him the finger. She knows that in his rear-view …