About Anna Elliott

Anna Elliott is an author of historical fiction and fantasy. Her first series, the Twilight of Avalon trilogy, is a retelling of the Trystan and Isolde legend. She wrote her second series, the Pride and Prejudice Chronicles, chiefly to satisfy her own curiosity about what might have happened to Elizabeth Bennet, Mr. Darcy, and all the other wonderful cast of characters after the official end of Jane Austen's classic work. She enjoys stories about strong women, and loves exploring the multitude of ways women can find their unique strengths. Anna lives in the Washington DC area with her husband and three children.

Recent Posts by this author:

  • Be Your Own Biggest Fan
  • When Your Scene is Dragging: 6 Ways to Add Tension
  • Your One Wild and Precious Life
  • In Praise of Quitting
  • On Reviews and How (Not) to Take Them
  • Let it Go
  • Write Faster (and Better, Too)
  • Your Inner Reader Knows What to Skip
  • Open Mode
  • The School of Happy Endings
  • Where Do You Go From Here?
  • Helping Hands: Writing With Children

  • Your One Wild and Precious Life

    “Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” That quote from Mary Oliver has been ringing in my head this past week, ever since I got an e-mail from a writer friend– a very, very talented writer friend, who nevertheless is not writing. She’s in a dry […]

    In Praise of Quitting

    In our culture, being a quitter isn’t generally seen as a good thing.  We value determination, drive, commitment, and the willingness to carry a task through all the way to the end.  And rightly so.  Determination and commitment and all the rest are admirable qualities to have– and they’re essential to us as writers.  I’ve […]

    On Reviews and How (Not) to Take Them

    I got the call from my husband two weeks ago, the one you never want to get. While at the park, our oldest daughter (age 7) had fallen and broken her arm. (My girl is something of a tree-climbing-roller-skating-bike-riding daredevil. Yet she managed to get a fairly spectacular compound fracture–her first–falling less than 4 feet […]

    Let it Go

    I have two daughters, ages 5 and 7, which means– as people with similarly aged daughters will probably tell you– that we like the movie Frozen in our house.  A lot.  We do not even have a television, and I have still heard the signature song Let it Go so many times that I click […]

    Write Faster (and Better, Too)

    Have you read Rachel Aaron’s book 2k to 10k: Writing Faster, Writing Better, and Writing More of What You Love yet?  You really should– it’s great. Shortest.  WU post.  Ever! Just kidding.  But not about my recommendation of Rachel Aaron’s book, it really is well worth checking out.  Now just to be clear, I don’t […]

    Your Inner Reader Knows What to Skip

    Elmore Leonard famously said of his writing: “I try to leave out the parts people skip.” Solid advice for writers of all levels of experience. But what exactly are “the parts people skip?” How do you identify whether you’re managing to leave them out of your writing or not? I had a couple of encounters […]

    Open Mode

    I recently watched a video of John Cleese’s lecture on the five requirements for creativity.  If you haven’t seen it before, I highly recommend it.   It’s both insightful and hilarious (it is John Cleese, after all) and well worth the 30 minutes or so of your time.  One of the requirements Cleese mentions is […]

    The School of Happy Endings

      Today I want to talk about endings– or more specifically, an odd phenomenon about novel endings that I’ve noticed. At least, I think it’s odd. Generally speaking– and I’m sure authors of category romance books could probably speak to this issue even more than I can– there seems to be a widely-held view that […]

    Where Do You Go From Here?

    I’ve read a lot of posts on rejection, lately, both here on WU and elsewhere.  Understandably– it’s a common topic, because if you want to get into the writing business, the odds are about 99% certain that you WILL face the snake-bite sting of rejection at some point.  And probably more than once– because the […]

    Helping Hands: Writing With Children

    There are days when I joke with my husband that I’m going to dedicate my next novel: To my children, without whom this book would have been finished sooner.  Oh, it is tempting sometimes.  My kiddos are my joy, my light, my universe– all those good things.  One of the first things you learn as […]