Describe yourself in five words? Authentic, Witty, Wise, Smart, Inspirational.
If a star could play you in the story of your life who would you hire? Oprah.
What genre would your life story be? And do you have a snappy title for your life story? Rock ‘n’ roll to meditation.
What fact about yourself would really surprise people? I love Prada, however I love being a Buddhist.
What are you addicted to? Prayer and meditation, writing my journal daily.
What assumptions do people make about you that are wrong? And what assumptions are bang on right? That I am a party girl. I am authentic.
How do you work through self-doubts and fear? I face whatever I am fearful of which neutralizes the fear.
What scares you the most? Not having my nieces nearby.
What makes you happiest? People who are on the same page as me.
What’s your greatest character strength? My intuition.
What’s your weakest character trait? Talking too much at times.
What are you most proud of in your personal life? Overcoming severe challenges time after time and yet getting back up.
What do you hope your obituary will day about you? Even though I had more come backs than Tom Jones I never gave up.
What other jobs have you had in your life? Model, Actress, Celebrity broker, Headhunter for TV, Associate Producer.
If you could study any subject at university what would you pick? How to deal with bullies.
If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be? The Hamptons, NYC and LA.
Tell us about your family? 3 brothers and a sister.
How much sleep do you need to be your best? 8 hours.
If you could have a dinner party and invite anyone dead or alive, who would you ask? Will Smith, Oprah, Sarah Jessica Parker, George Clooney, Helen Fielding, JK Rowling, Simon Cowell, Jackie Onassis, Dom from Mad Men, Victoria and David Beckham.
What’s your favorite meal? Thai Curry and Jasmine Rice.
What color represents your personality the most? Pink – Self Love.
What movie do you love to watch? Mamma Mia.
How do you feel about social media websites such as Facebook and Twitter? Are they a good thing? They are a must I think these days for everyone, in the UK most publishers won’t even consider a book deal if you don’t have an online presence of 3000 and many agents will do an online presence audit.
If you could do any job in the world what would you do? Have my own chat show on TV for women to inspire them.
What are you most passionate about? What gets you fired up? Inspiring others and helping people stand up to bullies.
What makes you angry? Rude, arrogant, cocky people with a sense of entitlement.
What would you love to produce in your life? A movie based on my novel I am about to embark on.
What’s the reason for your life? Have you figured out your reason for being here yet? To inspire women to find their inner voice.
How many friends does a person need? A handful of friends who love them unconditionally.
What social issues interest you the most? Addiction and bullying.
When you get free time on the internet or you go to the library – what do you want to read about? Either escapism, like chic lit or personal development.
Do you find the time to read? Yes I make it a priority, I am a book fanatic. Everyone who writes MUST find time to read as much as possible.
Last book you purchased? Tell us about it. Marianne Williamson, The Divine Law of Compensation – spiritual book about work, money, miracles.
Who do you admire? Those who have overcome challenges and kept going and those who add value to other people’s lives.
Why do you write? I write to inspire others. If I have turned my life around, so can they.
What motivates you to write? Passion to help others maximize their potential.
What writing are you most proud of? Both my books. http://www.amazon.co.uk/Annie-Ashdown/
What books did you love growing up? Anything I could read to escape life as I had a turbulent, painful childhood.
Is writing a gift or a curse? Always a gift, no question.
What book should everybody read at least once? Anything that can help improve their life.
Location and life experiences can really influence writing, tell us where you grew up and where you now live? I grew up in London and I still live in London.
How did you develop your writing? I don’t know to be honest. I just decided to write books and wrote them.
Where do you get your inspiration from? My deep pain.
What is hardest – getting published, writing or marketing? Marketing.
What marketing works for you? Not sure, still trying to figure it all out. I’ve had a lot of press and my book promoted by WH Smith so let’s see if that monetizes!
Do you plan to publish more books? Definitely, but next I plan to write a novel, although I do feel I have some more personal development books in me to write.
What else do you do to make money, other than write? It is rare today for writers to be full-time… Yes I think it is rare for writers to be full-time. I work as a hypnotherapist and coach, so I still see clients face to face, run workshops, speak at events and appear on TV.
Where do you get support from? Do you have friends in the industry? I have friends who are also writers, and I am a member of a writing group where they offer talks from agents and publishers and so I sometimes go along to the talks.
Is there anyone you’d like to acknowledge and thank for their support? Yes my friends and family, my agent and my publisher who I have thanked in the preface’s of my books.
Every writer has their own idea of what a successful career in writing is, what does success in writing look like to you? Financial security so I can focus on writing my novels and not worry about generating an income.
It is vital to get exposure and target the right readers for your writing, tell us about your marketing campaign? Yes it is vital…My publishers employed a PR agent for the 6 months leading up to the UK book launch and I employed a social media team to start working on my social media a few months after launch and now a PR agent to help my profile as the book is doing well so now I want to get myself more known.
Tell us about your new book? What’s it about and why did you write it? It is about Confidence being the key to success and includes exclusive interviews of high-profile people who overcame adversity to inspire readers. I had severe bullying from a young age so I had no confidence and low self-esteem so I wanted to show readers if I can turn my life around so can they. The book is practical and offers effective tools, tips and techniques to raise your confidence, boost your self–esteem and help you become more assertive professionally and personally.
When you are not writing, how do you like to relax? Movies, going for walks, meditation, dinner parties, retreats, weekends out of London.
Do you have any tips on how writers can relax? Meditate if only for 5 minutes a day as by meditating you can access your creativity and get focused and clear the busy chatter that often causes writers block.
How often do you write? And when do you write? I write as much as possible, anytime and anywhere. I love it.
Have you met any people in the industry who have really helped you? My agent and my editors were helpful. Before having an agent or publisher I knew no one in the industry and I took a brave risk by contacting well-known writers to ask for their help, and I had replies, which was mind-blowing.
What do you hope people will take away from your writing? How will your words make them feel? Determined, Inspired, Motivated. To feel they are worth it and deserve to be happy and successful.
How do you think people perceive writers? I think people respect writers who are getting their work out there as it takes enormous focus and tenacity.
How do you feel about self-publishing? I have mixed feelings. It totally depends what your goal is. I guess you can potentially make much more money by self – publishing but if you want to get your book into high street stores then you need a traditional publisher.