Welcome to The Bookshelf. Each week I feature an author or a blogger and talk about their bookshelf with them. It’s a light hearted, book focused Q&A.
This week I have an author who writes mystery’s with deep and twisting stories, as everyone knows this isn’t a genre I normally go near but I make an exception for Ann and am always deeply moved by her novels. She also makes the most amazing book sculptures. If you haven’t seen them you should definitely check out her Etsy store because they are amazing!
So without a do here is Ann’s Bookshelf…
What was the first book you remember having on your bookshelf?
Ooh, an ancient history question! Haha. I’d say it was Anne of Green Gables, a whole set of the books which I inherited from my older sister. I still have them.
What was the most recent book you added to the bookshelf?
Behind her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough. I haven’t read it yet, but I have to know about “that ending”.
Which book have you most recently read from your bookshelf?
Who Killed Sherlock Holmes? By Paul Cornell. Love a bit of urban fantasy.
Which 5 books from last year would you not let go of from your bookshelf?
I read very little last year, life took over and I just couldn’t find my mojo for reading. So, hard to answer this one I’m afraid. I did listen to a lot of Audible books, and loved Val McDermid’s Out of Bounds and listened to all three of Robert Galbraith’s Cormoran Strike books. Chances are I’d listen to all of them again, so I’ll say I wouldn’t delete them – will that do?
Which books are you most looking forward to adding to your bookshelf?
Hmmm – hard to say. I like the sound of The Damselfly so may be buying that soon. I still haven’t got around to reading Ben Aaronovitch’s latest, so perhaps that one. I’m very tied up with writing at the moment, so I’m taking it steady with the book buying.
What was the most recent addition to your writers bookshelf?
Inconvenient People – Lunacy, Liberty and The Mad Doctors in Victorian England by Sarah Wise.
Which of your own books are you most proud of adding to the bookshelf?
Other than the original MSs I don’t actually own an official copy of either book! As they are both only available in e book format at the moment I do confess to having pictures of the covers in my office. Not sure that counts though 😉
Which book on your bookshelf do you most wish you had written?
To Kill a Mockingbird. For all the obvious reasons and some totally self indulgent ones. I’d love to have written something so influential, and I also like the idea of having written something so brilliant and so profound that I’d never write anything for publications again! Haha. However I’m no Harper Lee, and I shall continue writing good old page turners to the best of my ability. Who am I to claim to be influential? But I can be entertaining I hope.
Is there a WIP we can look forward to adding to our bookshelves?
Yes there is, but not for a while I’m afraid. I’m working on something new, and shan’t say too much about it yet as it will probably change quite a bit between now and publication! I’m sure there’s a small hint on my writer’s bookshelf…
Can you share a picture of your bookshelf / favourite bookshelf?
Well, here’s me standing in front of just one of them! There are eight more in the house. ( I think I *might* have a book hoarding problem…)
Ann Troup’s Bookshelf
*These may not be all of an author’s publications but the most recent. Check their links below for full details.
About Ann Troup
Ann Troup tells tales and can always make something out of nothing (which means she writes books and can create unique things from stuff other people might not glance twice at). She was once awarded 11 out of 10 for a piece of poetry at school – she now holds that teacher entirely responsible for her inclination to write.
Her writing space is known as ‘the empty nest’, having formerly been her daughters bedroom. She shares this space with ten tons of junk and an elderly Westie, named Rooney, who is her constant companion whether she likes it or not. He likes to contribute to the creative process by going to sleep on top of her paperwork and running away with crucial post-it notes, which have inadvertently become stuck to his fur. She is thinking of renaming him Gremlin.
She lives by the sea in Devon with her husband and said dog. Two children have been known to remember the place that they call home, but mainly when they are in need of a decent roast dinner, it’s Christmas or when only Mum will do. She also has extremely decent stepchildren.
In a former incarnation she was psychiatric nurse, an experience which frequently informs her writing. She has also owned a cafe and an art/craft gallery. Now she only makes bacon sandwiches as a sideline, but does continue to dabble with clay, paint, paper, textiles, glue…you name it.
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