A great story deserves a great follow up profile.
This week we’re putting a spotlight on all our contest winners.
Carrie Anne has been a friend of the blog for a long time, liking and commenting on posts, supporting contests – and as such you can start to feel like you are not just blog friends with such a person, but real friends.
Carrie Anne entered our very first Word Weaver Writing Contest with Trip Of A Lifetime, and went home with an Honorable Mention. She followed that up with the bittersweet Sparkles In Time in our second contest, again taking Honorable Mention. Because she’s so talented, she was invited to join our scary anthology, The Box Under The Bed and contributed the charming Hair Razor, and in our most recent Word Weaver she took home 4th Place with Worth It.
(She is so nice, when I screwed up the title of this post and said she was honorable mention winner again, she was almost too polite to point it out. But it’s fixed now!)
She has consistently produced quality stories and evoked great feeling, which is why, out of the many, MANY contestants that enter these contests, she continues to take home a prize each time.
DAN: It’s my honor to again sit down with Carrie Anne for a brief post-contest chat.
Carrie Anne Alexis: I’m honored to be back as one of the finalists. Super excited to take 4th place this time around, after having received two Honorable Mentions. Since I’ve done this before, I’ve answered some of the questions, and added a few from Dan’s interview question page.
Did you write your story for the contest or was it part of a larger piece or something you had written before?
I had written this story back in 2015. Using what I’ve learned from my past critiques, I added to it and edited it. I have learned so much. There are things now I just know to do as I write, like no dialogue tags and I’m more aware of the length of my sentences. When I write now, I always have Dan’s voice in my head saying, “show not tell.” I’m still working on that one though, and know I have more to learn. But seeing my stories improve is very exciting.
Do you have a writing goal you want to achieve?
“I did have a writing goal, which I was able to achieve as a result of these contests.”
– Carrie Anne Alexis
I always wanted to have one of my stories published. That happened after the last Word Weaver Contest, when Dan asked me to submit a story for the Scary Anthology, The Box Under the Bed. He liked it, and on October 1st, when it was released, I became a published author!
Did you know the piece you submitted was special?
I actually submitted two stories, because I couldn’t decide which one to choose from. I was leaning more towards this one, so I’m glad I did submit both stories. Most of the short stories I have written are romance, and I enjoy writing about relationships, which was the theme for this contest. So, it was extra special for me to actually take 4th place, this time. This is the genre I enjoy writing.
What’s something most readers would never guess about you?
I not only have a love for words, and a passion for writing, but I also have a passion for bookkeeping, so in that regards, I’m a bit of a numbers person too.
When I was 30 years old, I was working for a large Insurance company when they decided to shut down our office. Because of that, I was given the opportunity to go to college, which I had not done before, and that is where I found that I really enjoyed bookkeeping and I was good at it after taking an accounting class. Which was ironic, because back in high school I barely passed my accounting class.
Tell us about yourself. Who IS the real Carrie Ann? And not the typical boring bio stuff. The dirt. Like, when was the last time you did laundry?
I have four 4 kids – I never stop doing laundry. As a mom, our kids are an extension of us and our proudest accomplishments, so we always want to mention them. I have 22-year-old boy/girl twins, a 16-year-old son, and a 12-year-old son. They have all been home schooled from the beginning, and my youngest two now attend a virtual school. With that, I am no longer responsible for lesson plans, I act as their learning coach, and basically keep them on track. So that has freed me up to do other things, like freelance bookkeeping, and writing.
I’m not the kind of person that has been writing all my life, it’s just something I thought would be fun to do, but didn’t actually do it.
As an adult I became an avid reader, and with each book I read, the desire to write grew in me.
– Carrie Anne Alexis
I did some writing here and there, but it wasn’t until I turned 40 that I decided to do something more and started my blog. That was when “Mommy blogs” were all the rage, and that was my focus, but it really didn’t go anywhere. In 2015, I stepped out and began writing fictional short stories based on a one-word prompt, which were posted on my blog for anyone to read. My blog following was small, but the few comments I received encouraged me to keep going. Once I started, I didn’t want to stop. Since that time, I’ve written about 50 short stories. So, in 2018 I will be turning 50…I think it’s time for that novel.
I have come to realize that it’s never too late to find your passion. Once you find it, and quiet the inner voices to stop you from pursuing it and go for it, anything can happen!
Gang, I know you’ll all join me in congratulating Carrie Anne for her amazing piece in this contest, and to wish her well in her future writing endeavors – which I hope we are reading soon!
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