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SUMMER SPOTLIGHT: ANNIKA PERRY

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First of all, thank you, Jill for the opportunity to appear on your Summer Spotlight.  You’re a wonderful friend here on WP and your support and friendship have meant a lot to me since my very first blogging days. It’s an honour to be featured on your blog.

 

To start this post, you’ve asked some great and inspiring questions which I fear has encouraged the rambling writer in me…

 

What is special about the place you grew up?

 

Although I’ve never lived in Ilkley, I was lucky enough to spend many of my formative years in the town. Nestled deep in the Yorkshire Dales beneath the stunning Ilkley Moor to the South and the River Wharf to the North, this old Victorian town thrives on its idyllic location.

 

It was originally settled in approx. 1800 BC as evident from the 250 Bronze Age cup and ring marks carved into the rocks above the town. Thereafter Romans lived in Ilkley and there are the remains of a Roman fort and altars. Later the town was mentioned in the Doomsday book in 1086.

 

In the 18th and 19th century Ilkley thrived as it became famous for its healing waters and a hydro complex was built. To this day only one building, White Wells, remains from this period and here is still possible to see the wells and the ice cold waters to which people flocked.

 

Ilkley was the closest town to where I grew up, within biking distance and for five fantastic years I attended its only secondary school. There wasn’t a day that my heart didn’t rejoice at my school’s wonderful position, high up on the moors, where many of our lunches were taken by White Wells or at the nearby Tarn, cooling our feet in the pond or fresh water streams during the hot summer months. Other times my friends and I would wander into the town for lunch, buy a sandwich and sit on the benches on the infamous Grove – the church behind us, a promenade of shops in front of us, including my most beloved bookshop, The Grove Bookshop. This became my haunt and I wiled away many happy hours in the shop and it became the grateful recipient of my pocket and baby-sitting money.

 

The last year at school saw my daily hike up the hill replaced with my first car, a white Beetle. A faithful vehicle, it served me well although it barely made it all the way up to school and once was famously overtaken on the hill to the moors by a scooter. My friend threatened to abandon me in her fit of embarrassment!

 

My first job finally took me away from Ilkley. However, it happily and regularly features in my life as my brother now lives in the town. On visits to him and his family, I can once again traipse the streets, my feet familiar with the layout, my eyes ogling in surprise at the changes, including the numerous and delicious eateries and art shops.

 

Some things never change though and with delighted expectation I rush to the moors; once again I’m young, free and just me! I’m home!

 

What would be some of the most annoying things about yourself as a roommate?

 

This is one of the more unusual questions I’ve come across and since I shared a room in my first year at the University of St. Andrews I began to recall those days.

 

Having always felt cold when young it was perhaps not the most auspicious beginnings by moving to the colder climes of the North East Scottish Coast. Nothing had prepared me for the bitter winter and no amount of coats, jumpers, or duvets stopped me from shivering and feeling freezing cold. Nothing seemed to help and when inside our room I’d be huddled in front of the tiny electric fire, wrapped up in blankets, clutching a cuppa soup! My roommate, meanwhile, would breeze in wearing just a top and jacket into what most likely felt like a sauna and promptly fling open the window, turning off the fire! Our discrepancy in temperatures was never reconciled however our friendship endured once it was agreed I pay for all the heating costs!

 

Where do you most want to travel, but have never been?

 

The Grand Canyon, in particular, caught hold of my imagination as a child and my desire to visit it has only grown stronger through my adult years. My sense of incredulity on seeing photos from there never falters, the grandeur and beauty of the landscape is awe-inspiring, the desolate scenery humbling. My heart and soul are drawn to the place and I just know this is somewhere I have to visit.

 

In recent years I’ve become increasingly intrigued by the giant Sequoia (redwood) trees, particularly in California – their splendour, size and age are astonishing and I long to walk beneath them, staring upwards at nature’s wonder, dizzy in reverse with vertigo and elation.

 

Closer to home the magic and mystique of the Northern Lights calls to my soul, to see this timeless eternal natural phenomena in real life must be overwhelming; I’m sure I wouldn’t want to break the spiritual experience for days afterwards. It’s as if the heavens put on their own ethereal art show for the planet, capturing our spirits and letting our souls soar free. I hope to make it to Northern Sweden or Norway soon although if I was still living in Yorkshire I would have had the opportunity to witness them this year as they were unusually visible that far south!

 

A little about myself.

 

Writing has been my passion since childhood although it is only in the past few years I have seriously started to write fiction. Like so many I worked in various areas first, including journalism and in the timber trade. Illness and motherhood meant a career break and I finally had an opportunity to pursue my dream.

 

With the added incentive of a writing course and a tutor, my occasional scribblings became a daily work schedule as I threw myself into writing short stories. My confidence was boosted when my story ‘Biding her Time’ won First Prize in a Writing Magazine short story competition and short-listings in other competitions soon followed.

 

With the encouragement of my family, friends and tutor I embarked on writing a novel and I was delighted to complete ‘Island Girl’ which is now in its final editing phase, delayed as so often happens, by major life events. I have previously completed two, as yet unpublished, books for younger children.

 

Like so many writers, I’d read about the importance of creating a social media presence and as a result I started my blog in January 2015. Quickly I realised it would be dull to merely concentrate on my novel writing experience and since then my blog has transformed to include book reviews (thank you, NetGalley!) and articles about books. Literature is never far from my side and I could not imagine a life without books! Other posts cover such subjects as the arts, my travels and nature, many with a spiritual and inspirational twist to them and often including photographs from my newly discovered love for this craft.

 

Furthermore, it has been a delight to share some of my numerous short stories and flash fiction pieces on my blog and the warm, positive comments have given me a huge morale lift. As a result of the wonderful and uplifting feedback and following the increasing popularity of short story books I am seriously considering a compilation of my own short stories to be self-published. This is a project I have just started working on and is proving an exciting new venture for me.

 

Jill, thank you once again for featuring me on your blog – it’s been a real joy to be here!

Connect with Annika on Twitter @AnnikaPerry68

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Author: Jill Weatherholt

My name is Jill Weatherholt and I’m a writer. I have a full-time job, but at night and on the weekend, I pursue my passion, writing. I write modern stories about love, friendship and forgiveness. I started this blog as a way to share my journey toward publication and to create a community for other new writers. Raised in the Washington, DC area, I’ve lived in Charlotte, North Carolina since 2004. I hold a degree in Psychology from George Mason University and a Certification in Paralegal Studies from Duke University. My first book, SECOND CHANCE ROMANCE, published by Harlequin Love Inspired released on February 21, 2017 and is available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.com. I was the first place winner in the Dream Quest One Short Story Contest in the Winter 2014-2015 competition. In 2014, I placed second in Southern Writers Magazine Short Story Contest. I was also a top ten finalist in Southern Writers Magazine Short Story Contest in 2012 and 2013. I’m a 2010 and 2012 winner of the NaNoWriMo Contest. I love to connect readers, visit me at jillweatherholt.com

172 thoughts on “SUMMER SPOTLIGHT: ANNIKA PERRY

  1. Nice to meet you, Annika! I have been to both the Grand Canyon (or at least one part of it) and when I was younger I used to go up to the Redwoods in Northern California. At that time cars were smaller and you could actually drive through one of the big ones. Sadly, they have had to close that down now. I, too, am cold more than warm so we would probably have gotten along as roommates in that regard. Great post! Thanks, Jill for introducing us!

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    • Janet, we would have been perfect roomates – having the warmest cosiest room at univ! 😀😀 A little haven. Ahh…how wonderful to have seen both the Grand Canyon and the Redwoods; can I be a tiny bit envious?😀😀 I’ve seen photos of the cars going through the trunk of the redwood tree and it looks like someone out of a movie – absolute fantastic and it really gives a sense of its enormous size. Lovely to meet you here, Janet and thank you so much for your interesting comment.

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    • It’s my pleasure, Janet! Annika is such a beautiful writer, I couldn’t keep her all to myself! Thanks so much for stopping by. Enjoy your weekend!

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  2. I so enjoyed reading this post from you Annika. Thank you Jill 🙂 Annika has been a presence around my blogging world for some time – we share some favourite people I believe – but this is the first opportunity I have had to get to know the woman behind the name and I already like her very much. I am often challenged by the amount of folk I come across whom I would like to follow – but I can’t read every one and I always read even if I don’t comment and if I comment it tends to be on the long involved side (like this) and I don’t have that many hours in the day……. But hey, I’m in! 🙂 

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    • Yeah,Pauline, thank you so much for your lovely comment! 😀 I have seen you around here too and it’s great to finally touch base. How true that’s it’s impossible to read and comment on everything you want…I don’t think anyone has found the magic formula to extending time!! 😀😀

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    • Hi Pauline! Annika is one of my favorite people, too. I’d love to meet her in person. Her kind and loving spirit is palpable on her blog. Thanks for visiting! Hugs to Siddy!

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  3. Annika, your description of Ilkley and the time you spent there touches my heart. What a magical place and time it must have been. It’s the kind of place we learn to love through books and movies. I loved the photos too.

    I have been to the redwood forests in northern California. It’s another magical place. The giant trees often grow in a circle, as though they’re having a party. Standing in the center of their circle gave me a feeling of peace.

    Congratulations on your writing success. Keep up the good work.

    And thank you, Jill, for sponsoring this series and introducing us to Annika.

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    • Wow, Nicki! I just love your description of the redwoods standing in circle as if partying, what a wonderful image! 😀 I’d never heard of this before and can just imagine what a calming magical experience this would be…thank you so much for sharing. Having grown up in Ilkely I’ve never thought if it as a movie location but you’re right, it would look amazing. Haworth, where the Bronte sisters lived, is not far away and the dramatic moors there are very similar to Ikley moor. Thank you so much for your lovely comment, Nicki. 😀❤️

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    • It’s my pleasure, Nicki. I really enjoyed learning more about her. I agree, your description of the redwoods is perfect. Thanks so much for stopping by today. Enjoy your weekend!

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  4. Jill, heartfelt thanks for the chance to appear on your fabulous ‘Summer Spotlight’ series – I feel very honoured and excited! 😀❤️

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  6. Wonderful to see you on this ‘Summer Spotlight’ – thank you Jill -. Your love for Illley is palpable and I keep nodding my head, it is indeed such a beautiful place with such easy access to the moors and old history.
    I have long loved your writing and spotted a mention of you working on publishing a short story collection! Great news. 😉 . Keep us up to date about that and the book “Island girl” .
    Keep smiling
    miriam

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    • Miriam, well spotted!! The short story collection is an idea that has been brewing for a while and I’m now very excited to put this together in a book format…oh yes, I’ll definitely be keeping everyone up to date on WP about my progress…it’s a daunting undertaking but feel the wonderful support of the community here behind me. I’m so happy I could convey the magic and special aura of Ilkley – a beautiful place which is very dear to me. Many thanks for your warm and supportive comment! 😀❤️

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    • You’re so welcome, Miriam. I’m excited Annika is considering putting together a short story collection! Thank you so much for stopping by today. Enjoy your weekend!

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  7. Annika, a lovely post and great to learn much more about you. Looking forward to this book when it comes out as I know it will xxx

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  8. Great to meet you, Annika! I’d love to see the Northern Lights too. Ilkley sounds heavenly. Waving to Jill and wishing you both an amazing weekend. 😍

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    • Lovely to meet you too, Tori! 😀😀 I had to laugh at the fact that if I was still living in Yorkshire I would have seen the Northern Lights without travelling abroad! Hopefully we will both get to see them in the not too distant future! Hoping you have a great weekend. ❤️

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    • Waving back to you, Tori! Seeing the Northern Lights would be incredible experience. You have a great weekend too! ❤

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  9. Well, how delightful to see Annika here, and to learn more about her. Annika’s blog posts are always a treat. What’s more, she reads the blogs of others and leaves wonderful comments. She shares her vision in her visits to others. I enjoy Annika’s vision, and her words about nature and writing. She’s a treat! Additionally, I’d be with her, increasing the heat and huddling over any heat source. Hate the cold. Love the summer and sun, as I can tell she does. Looking forward to her book when it’s published.

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  10. How fun to read about Annika on your blog and so nice to get to know her a little more. Best wishes to you, Annika with all your writing endeavors. I enjoy your creative writing. You deserve the success you’ve achieved and are headed to even greater things!

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  11. So nice to meet you, Annika. You captured Ilkley so vividly. I can readily picture it in my mind. What a lovely place for imagination to grow.

    Congrats on winning first prize for your short story. You mentioned writing being a part of your childhood. Did you write stories when you were a kid? What kinds of stories did you like to write?

    Thank you for hosting, Jill. I hope you both have a wonderful weekend!

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    • Thank you so much for your terrific comment! 😀 How true about Ilkley and its surroundings being the perfect place for my imagination to thrive…so open, free, beautiful and fantastically dramatic at times. I was intially encouraged to write by my primary school teacher where we write a lot of creative writing pieces. Later on in middle school I wrote short stories and made my own magazine for family and friends. One story I recall well was titled ‘Child’s Play’ and about three children who were forced to carry drugs into the country as their parents were being held hostage. This was based on a newspaper article I’d read at the time and involved a. Young person swallowing bags of drugs who then died as they ruptured…yep, the same sad fate awaited the eldest brother in my story!

      Wishing you a lovely weekend too! 😀❤️

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    • Hi L. Marie! It’s been my pleasure having Annika in the spotlight. I hope you have a great weekend, too! ❤

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  12. I was never one for roommates either. In college I chose a small, icky sleeping room over an apartment so I wouldn’t have to have a roommate. It was all I could afford. 😁

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  13. Annika — Loved the story about your childhood. So pleasant and serene. We would have made great roommates. I too like it warm (even though I complain about the summer humidity here). Thanks Jill for the opportunity to meet so many new writers.

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    • Kate, it’s funny how our childhoods seems so normal and at times mundane but interesting to others and ourselves when grown-up. 😀 I’m so glad you enjoyed my reminiscing and yeah, we’d have been perfect roommates – toasty and warm, treating ourselves to crumpets cooked on the electric fire! 😀😀

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    • You’re very welcome, Kate. I’ve learned so much about our fellow bloggers, it’s been great. Enjoy your weekend!

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  14. I liked the story about St Andrews. I was there June 22. I can relate to the chill, as there was a brisk wind off the water and temps in the fifties (F). The sun was out but being a South Texas boy I was still chilled to the bone. Thank you for the lovely interview, Annika. Thanks to Jill for having you.

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  15. Great to learn more about you, Annika. Like Kate, I really enjoyed reading about your childhood and where you grew up. No hills, mountains or water nearby where I grew up, so where you went to school sounded magical to me.

    I’m learning something interesting from Jill’s Summer Spotlight. I can actually get a sense for the personalities of the different bloggers. That is very difficult to do when not face-to-face. Perhaps it’s the questions Jill posed. Your personality comes through as a sunshiny day with a pleasant breeze. 🙂

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    • Lori, I did feel blessed in the wondrous surroundings of my childhood and always felt inspired and uplifted when out and about. Definitely magical…when not on the moors we’d be swimming or boating (dingy) on the river!

      Deepest and warmest thanks for your wonderful comment, your last sentence has me beaming away! 😀😀What a beautiful description of my personality and I hope it is true! ❤️ I thoroughly agree that you get a real feel Of everyone featured on Jill’s summer spotlight series and I’ve been a keen follower since she started it and met some lovely fascinating people.

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    • I totally agree with your assessment of Annika’s personality, Lori. She hooked me the first time she said “blimey” in her comment on a post of mine. I loved it! Thanks so much for visiting today. I hope you have a fantastic weekend.

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  16. So wonderful to get to know you better, Annika. What a storied background. You’ve made me desperately want to visit. I’m with you on cold–I keep a heater by my desk at all times.

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    • Hi Jacqui! I really enjoyed learning more about Annika…she’s a gem! I know what you mean about the cold. My heater runs year-around at my desk. Have a great weekend.

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    • Now,why haven’t I thought of putting a little heater by my desk…even with the heating on in winter I’m wrapped up in jumper, two layers of socks, blanket and fingerless gloves! 😀 There was me thinking California is too hot! Jacqui, it would be great if you could visit…Yorkshire and its moors would have to be near the top of the list!! Want a guided tour? 😀😀❤️

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  17. Another lovely spotlight, Jill.
    Thanks for sharing your story, Annika ~> best of luck with Island Girl and your short story compilation.

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  18. I love to hear of writers who get their stories published in journals, magazines, or newspapers. This honor has escaped me thus far and let me tell you, I’ve submitted to numerous publications out there. Congratulations, Annika on your published piece in a writing magazine. That’s a big accomplishment.

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    • Hi Irene! I was thrilled when Annika was published, but not the least surprised. Speaking of accomplishments…what about you and your recently released book, Requiem for the Status Quo! I got my copy and I can’t wait to read it. I’m so happy for you! Enjoy the weekend.

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    • Thank you very much, Irene; it was wonderful to be published and a huge confidence booster when it was sorely needed. However, I have learnt that magazines are very fickle and one aspect that really stands out for me is the judges – sometimes I’ve seen winning enteries which I’m so surprised got through and very different from the usual style…only to realise there was a new judge! I see from Jill (and I look forward to visiting your blog soon) that you have published a book. Wow!! 😀😀 Congratulations!! That is a massive feat and huge achievement- I’m beginning to realise the writing part is easy; the editing (over and over!) is painful and the road to publication seems invincible…though I know I can do this with lots of hard work (and help!!). Lovely to meet you here, Irene and many thanks for your comment.

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  19. I agree that the sequoias are astonishing. It’s a favorite getaway for my wife and me.

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  20. Great interview, Jill and Annika. I like the questions that allow for a longer, deeper reply. I smiled at your story about always being cold, Annika, as that is often me (I sit here, now, in the middle of summer in a sweater with toes like icicles). Haha. But I related most to your dreams of travel and to see the amazing beauty of this Earth. Perhaps we’ll run into each other on the rim of the Grand Canyon one day. ❤

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  21. What I like most about this interview is the questions, which lend a special charm to it! I am yet to come across such innovative questions, which are so subtle yet lead us into all the aspects of life and Annika, you have done a wonderful job in answering them! I envy your beautiful revelations about your childhood and youth…you were so lucky to have such a lovely time, in the lap of nature…the way to your school conjures fascinating images and I could almost see it. Thanks for a captivating piece of writing.

    I have more to thank you Jill and Annika…your wish and the ensuing discussion has inspired me to visit Redwood trees. I stay so close to them yet I have never felt the urge, probably never read about their beauty!
    Looking forward to your book dear friend. Stay blessed and have a wonderful weekend.

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    • Welcome, Balroop! It’s a pleasure to meet you. Thank you so much for your kind words about the interview. I’m happy you enjoy it. Annika did a fantastic job answering the questions. She’s on holiday and has intermittent internet connection, so she’ll be back tomorrow to read your lovely comment. Have a great weekend!

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    • Wow! Deepest and most heartfelt thanks for your wonderful comment! ❤️ You have a true gift of writing at all times, that always causes me to pause, re-read, reflect. Your choice of words are just perfect and apt – yes, there is a charm about these questions that invite insightful personal thoughts. Balroop, yes, I was indeed lucky to grow up where I did and even at the time I tried not to take if for granted and knew I’d most likely move away one day. I’m glad my description here can bring it to life for you and conjure up an image of the place. Oh, I’m so happy you’ve been encouraged to visit the Redwood trees and I’ll try and not be a little envious!! 😀😀 Have a mesmerising soulful time amongst the glory…I would love to know your experience of the trip. Wishing you a relaxing peaceful weekend, my friend. 😀❤️ PS. I’m overjoyed for you with the wonderful reviews you are receiving for your book…imagine a little celebratory dance! Xx

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  22. A very lovely post and interview, Jill and Annika. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

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  23. “To start this post, you’ve asked some great and inspiring questions which I fear has encouraged the rambling writer in me…”
    Embrace the encouragement and write on!
    Nice to meet you, Anika – I love learning of other (he)artists creative journey!

    And thanks again, Jill – hope your summer is turning up cool corners to create your own masterpieces!

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    • “Embrace the encouragement and write on!” Well said, Laura! As I mentioned above, I only wish WP allowed for voice comments. I’d love to hear Annika’s accent. Although the summer spotlight nips into my free writing time, it’s worth it. Now, to get my revisions finished! I’m really looking forward to your visit in the spotlight, Laura. Have a great weekend!

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      • Yikes! I can’t stand the sound of my voice recorded but I’d love to meet for a chat in person!😀 Jill, I have been thinking that this series is a huge amount of work for you…a fantastic feat uniting bloggers around the world and I’m a huge fan of this summer special! Best of luck with your revisions. ❤️

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      • Thanks so much, Annika! The summer spotlight has been more time consuming than I’d anticipated, but so worth it! I’m seeing the light at the end of the tunnel with my revisions, so thank you! ❤

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    • Laura, it’s lovely to meet you too! 😀 Oh, I’m definitely embracing all the wonderful support and encouragement – deeply moved by all the kind caring comments and still on a high, smiling away! 😀 I’m the same and love to learn more about writers and their personal journey to their books etc…reading these avidly here on blogs and in novels.

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  24. Big thanks to Jill, for having you here on Summer Spotlight, Annika! I am truly fascinated with your comments on Ilkey! I’ll be looking for more of your stories/books!
    Hope you and Jill, have a great weekend!

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    • Hi Jackie! Your visits always make me smile. I’m so happy you enjoyed meeting Annika. She’s so kind and filled with an abundance of talent. I’m looking forward to her published work as well. Thanks so much for popping over. It sounds like we might get a little break in the oppressive humidity by Sunday. It’s certainly not ideal weather for your walks. I hope you’re feeling good! Enjoy the weekend!

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    • Thank you so much, Jackie!! 😀 I was seriously worried I’d rambled on a bit too much about Ilkley…once I started I found I couldn’t stop! 😀 Ahh…thank you for looking forward to my stories/books – inspiring words and a gentle nudge I need! I look forward to reading your blog soon. Wishing you a lovely weekend! 😀❤️

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  25. Terrific interview, Jill. And Annika, do come visit our giant Sequoia here in California. Your souls will connect ♥

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  26. Wonderful getting to know you even better, Annika! Excellent interview. 🙂

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  27. Lovely to see Annika over here, she’s someone I’ve connected with fairly recently but I very much enjoy her blog. Great questions Jill and interesting answers Annika, I loved your description of growing up on the moors and reading about your writing journey. I’d love to see the grand canyon and the northern lights too – I missed them when they came as far south as northern England recently!

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  28. Andrea, I’m sure you can relate to my love of the moors! 😀 I hope you often get a chance to go out rambling! Oh no, that’s a pity you didn’t get to see the Northern Lights…we will just have to travel to the artic circle! 😀 Thank you so much for your comment and it’s been lovely to meet you here on WP. Wishing you an enjoyable weekend. ❤️

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  29. It’s good to find another friend here, Jill. Though I’m a little ashamed to admit I’ve never actually been to Ilkley. Blame my husband! Whenever I say ‘let’s…’ he rolls his eyes. Unless I suggest Tavira, of course. I rest my case 🙂 🙂 Good luck with the upcoming book, Annika!

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    • Hi Jo! Thanks for popping over to meet Annika. Since your husband doesn’t read my posts, yes, let’s blame him. Perhaps one day you’ll visit Ilkley and take us on one of your fabulous walks. ❤

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    • Ah, Jo, I have to agree with Jill that Ilkley would be the perfect place for one of your posts…and you’d have to finish with scones or a cake at Betty’s on The Grove! 😀 Maybe that and one of the other numerous superb eateries now there will tempt your ur husband. It’s so lovely to read your comment, my friend and many thanks for the best wishes! I’m very excited! 😀

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  30. Thank-you again, Jill for another introduction to such an interesting writer. Hi, Annika – I am so pleased to meet you. I wish you all the best in your writing and in getting your works published. I love Ilkley Moor! I remember camping in a field next to a farm high up on the moor in about 1991 as my daughter (aged 6 at the time) and I were visiting relatives who lived in Haworth. We woke early and the views from our tent were amazing in the bright sunshine!

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    • Hi Clare! It’s great to see you. I thought about you as I read Annika’s answers to my questions. I wondered if you’d ever visited Ilkley. Being the excellent photographer that you are, I’m wondering if you took photos of the view from your tent. Thanks for stopping by today! I hope you and the family are doing well. ❤

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    • Clare, camping on Ilkely must have been a wonderful experience and your sense of awe is palpable, even after all this time; I bet it was a camp trip that your daughter will always remember.😀 I love Haworth too and we visited regularly with family and friends who came to stay…I never tired of walking around the Parsonage and its moors. I hope you still get a chance to visit now and then. It’s a delight to meet you here on Jill’s blog, Clare and many thanks for your lovely comment. 😀❤️ I look forward to visiting your blog once I’m home again and in wifi but I see you’re not too far from me in the beautiful but very different landscape of northern East Anglia!

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      • Thank-you Annika! I haven’t visited Ilkley for many years now as sadly, the relatives we saw there have all died. I really must go back some time as it was so lovely and my daughter remembers it well. I had recently learnt to drive and the long journey and then pitching a tent and cooking a meal on a little gas stove made me so tired! It was worth it though!

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  31. Very nice interview. I chuckled when I read the roommate part because I’m always cold when my husband is hot. We’re always trying to make each other comfortable. Thank you, Jill, for introducing us to another author. ( :

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    • Hi Laurie! Well, I guess your husband isn’t enjoying the heat and humidity that’s blanketed Charlotte. Thankfully we’re getting a little break tomorrow and for the next couple of days. 🙂 I appreciate you stopping by to meet Annika. She’s a great writer and photographer. I hope you’ll check out her blog. Enjoy the weekend!

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    • Ditto, Laurie! 😀😀 I’ll usually be under a blanket watching TV, just about warm whilst my husband will be complaining he’s too hot…😀 It’s lovely to meet you here, Laurie and Jill is a fantastic at introducing writers to each other here! Thank you so much for commenting – I look forward to exploring your blog upon my return to the UK!

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  32. Nice meeting you here, Annika – Sounds like I’d be a great roommate for you – I’m always cold!

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    • Lovely to meet you too, Donna and thank you so much for commenting! 😀 Yeah! I’m so glad I’m not the only who feels the cold – I’m beginning to wonder if I happened to share with the only girl immune to the Scottish freezing winters – whilst I was wrapped up in winter coat, hat, scarf etc when going outside she’d be wearing the same thin jacket as in summer! 😀😀

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      • That is totally me as well! Our Vancouver Island climate is considered to be ‘ mild”. I wore the same winter coat from September until the end of June!

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    • Thanks for stopping by to meet Annika, Donna!

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  33. What a lovely read – thanks Annika and Jill. The moors and Ilkley sound fascinating. I loved hearing about the beetle – so cool – and yet uncool. Very funny.

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  34. What a great post, and a wonderful peek into Annika’s background. How wonderful to grow up in such a beautiful place! And I’ve been to the Grand Canyon–pictures do not do it justice! There’s a sense of awe you get when you see the vastness of the canyon (I was on the North Rim), and a respect for the power of Nature. And the redwoods are another source of wonder. Some of those trees have been around for centuries! The Beetle–I had to chuckle. I used to drive a Ford Escort wagon where I had to turn the A/C off to accelerate to highway speed Thank you, Annika, for sharing a bit of your personal story with us 🙂

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  35. A lovely interview Annika. I share your feeling the cold although I live in slightly warmer climes. Best wishes with your book and future writing projects.

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  36. Julie, you now have me laughing about your car adventures…I’m just wondering why the A/C off should make any difference!? 😀 It’s not quite the same when everything works well and we pootle about without any problems! It’s just now I’m beginning to realise there are various rims to the Grand Canyon…the pictures and films I’ve seen of it are amazing so I can only hazard a guess at what it would be like in real life..and no doubt I’m way off the mark! It’s lovely to read your comment here, thank you and wishing you a lovely creative week ahead – both writing and in the garden! Here we’re just about to mark out trees (quite a few) that need to be felled by the local sawmill! 😀❤️

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  37. It is great to meet you, Annika. I like your name. It sounds like you grew up in a gorgeous place! Congrats on your writing successes. I have just begun learning to write fiction. It’s hard! This was a wonderful read. 🙂

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    • Hi Patsy! Thanks for stopping by to meet, Annika. I really enjoyed her post, too. Have a great upcoming week! xo

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    • Patsy, it’s lovely to meet you too! 😀 My name is the diminutive form of Anna ‘little Anna’ and was my brother’s suggestion when I was born! Ilkley and its moors is stunning and I felt blessed to have all this fantastic countryside to roam..so dramatic and perfect for the budding writer! Writing is hard…for so many reasons. It can be a lonely isolated existence, which is why WP is a godsend and I’ve made so many wonderful supportive friends here. Self-motivation and perseverance is also key! What type of fiction do you write? Are your member of any writing group that can offer encouragement and deadlines (the latter is extremely helpful!)? Have you taken part in any writing courses? I started writing seriously after joining one and it made a huge difference to have critical but kind feedback…I began to look at my writing differently and to read novels more of a critical eye. Phew…there’s me rambling on again! Many thanks for your lovely warm comment and I wish you the best of luck with your writing endeavours! 😀❤️

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      • That’s sweet that your brother wanted to name you! Writing is hard! Art comes somewhat easier to me these days. Actually, I just began a correspondence course with Institute of Children’s Literature; I have a wonderful instructor. I am working on my second story now. We have a local writing group, but we don’t critique each other; it’s for guest speakers mostly. Thank you so much Annika! Good luck in your writing as well! 🙂

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  38. So delighted to hear Annika’s book is in the final edit stage. Excellent news, lovely to hear as I have been a big fan and friend of Annika for a long while. Lovely feature, and good to ‘meet you’ Jill. 🙂

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    • Marje, it’s always a joy to hear from you and it is great knowing you from my early blogging days! 😀 So glad you like the feature and you got a chance to meet, Jill! Hope all is going well for the release of your book and congratulations on your Amazon Author page! Exciting days!! 😀❤️

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      • Apologies for being so late replying but I’m a bit overwhelmed at the moment with a growing to do list! Also I’m up in Edinburgh visiting the family for a few days. Thank you so much for your friendship, and support. As you say it’s been such a pleasure taking this journey together Annika. Exciting times ahead for both of us. 🙂 ❤

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    • It’s a pleasure to meet you, Marje. Thank you for stopping by to visit with our mutual friend, Annika. I’m a fan too!

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  39. And it’s been a delight to ‘meet’ you two ladies through your blogs and your visits to mine. Thanks for this interesting interview.

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  40. Annika, you are truly a superb writer and I so look forward to reading your novel and eventually your collection of short stories. Best. ❤
    Jill, these were excellent questions that allowed us a peek into Annika's background. Thank you. ❤

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  41. Annika, so nice to read more about you! And I love the shot of the moors – which look like what we call barrens here – with the wind-bent trees that we call tuckamores.
    Thank you, Jill for this wonderful addition to your series. Annika is a fascinating one for a spotlight. 😊

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  42. Annika, I enjoyed your story of your early school days! How lovely to have a place to put your feet into a clear spring and such a cozy, pretty town nearby. My best friend in 1973, Lynn, had a white VW. 😊 I lost a contact in her car, which when we had our senior yearbooks, that is one of several memories she mentioned.
    I’m glad Jill featured you here. She is a gracious and dear person. ❤
    I am so happy about your dreams of writing coming true, Annika. . . It is all happening as it should unfold. 🌈

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    • Thank you for your kind words, Robin. 🙂 Sorry to hear about the lost contact. At least you’re brave enough to wear them. I’m weird about eyeballs..can’t touch my own. 🙂 I appreciate you stopping by to learn more about Annika. Her hard work is certainly paying off. I’m thrilled for her! Enjoy the weekend. ❤

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      • You are an inspiration, Jill! It is cool that Annika is achieving her dreams from putting in hard work and staying focused; as I believe you do!

        We are a community of mainly caring and helpful people, but there are about ten – twenty or so who I feel are “close-knit.” I’m grateful to have met you, Anika and others.
        Congratulations to all the ones who strive with their “eyes on the goal!”
        👏 🌹 💐

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      • Thank you! ❤ What a great comment, Robin! I agree, as many have said, some of us bloggers know each other better than our neighbors. 🙂 I appreciate your support over the years. ❤

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    • Dear Robin, your warm lovely comment is a joy to read – a spiritual lift in my heart. ❤️ Your words about Jill are so true, her kind steady friendship a real support, her love of life and dedication to her writing inspirational. I feel so lucky and honoured to have been featured on her blog…still smiling away! 😀😀

      Yeah, another White Beetle! Was it as slow as mine? Oh no, your poor contact! As lost as the one I dropped down the sink. My memories of Ilkley are all positive and I remember the days by the pond so well…even at the time noting to myself to lock these safe but accessible for the future!

      I often feeling life has its own course to run, most of the time we never fathom it, but I really do feel strongly for the books I’ve mentioned…and your calm words of ‘It is all happening as it should unfold’ resonate strongly with me. Warmest wishes to you, Robin and hope you’re having a peaceful Sunday. 😀❤️ Hugs xx

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      • I’m having a beautiful Sunday, Annika. Thank you for the warm comments and wish. We are similar in ways hard to explain, sympathy and empathy towards others seem to be a deeper thread, others are ones we have expressed before! 💞
        I have a book to read and review so popped into WordPress to check up on comments. I’m so glad my words lift you up, also agreeing whole heartedly in our blessed blogging family, with Jill being a special part of it. Have a happy and productive week ahead, along with taking time to smell the roses (or flowers)! hugs xo 💖 Monday night is what some Native Americans call the Full Sturgeon Moon. 😊

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      • Aw…thank you, Annika. ❤ I hope you'll come back for another visit. We'll promote your book!

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  43. What a lovely and so amazingly different interview. Well done, both of you, Annika and Jill. 🙂 Now I have learned a lot about Annika in a most fascinating and enjoyable read.
    Wishing you both a wonderful weekend,
    Dina

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  44. Annika I really enjoyed reading your responses on this Summer Spotlight (thanks Jill) which I think was thoroughly deserved. Loved the photos too. Hope you get to the Grand Canyon soon and if so what is the next port of call after that!

    Mike

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