Meet the 2016 Authors Annabel Kantaria


Annabel KantariaWhat are you most looking forward to at the 2016 Festival?

I’m looking forward to meeting not just the other authors, but everyone who attends the festival. There’s always a wonderful exchange of ideas at EAFOL and I love being able to simply submerge myself in books and book-related things for the entire time, knowing I’m among kindred spirits.

When did you realise you wanted to be a writer?

I’ve always written. I suppose the ‘hallelujah’ moment came in my early 20s when I realised that a) I wasn’t bad at it and b) I could actually get paid for doing it.

What book do you find yourself re-reading most often?

I rarely re-read a novel. There are so many new ones to try! However, I do keep every book I’ve read and I do dip back into them sometimes. It’s a bit like looking at old photos. I also mark sentences, phrases and concepts I like in books – my friends always joke that books they borrow from me are ‘Annabelised’.

If you weren’t a writer, what would you be?

Whatever it was, it would have to be closely related. I’d be an editor (which I have been), perhaps, or a literary agent or consultant, or I’d teach writing.

And finally, we have a number of aspiring writers attending the Festival. What one piece of advice would you give them?

Stop planning. Stop ‘researching’. Stop worrying. Stop procrastinating. Sit down and write your book.