by Annie Wood
GENRE: Young Adult
A 17 year old girl is overwhelmed with responsibilities trying to keep her messy family together. Everything spins out of control when her addict actor dad who bailed on the family three years ago leaving her with her lovable but bi-polar mom and her two little sisters, comes back into town and wants to reconnect.
Writing poems is her only escape. Just a girl in the is about family, forgiveness, and having enough courage to live your own life, your own way.
In the past 747 days I’ve made 747th breakfasts for my family. I barely have to think about what I’m doing anymore, the eggs just poach themselves. Doing the same thing, day in and day out, gives my life the feeling of being stuck in slo-mo. In fact, I’m moving so freakin’ slowly I may as well be standing still. It’s like I managed to step into a vat of cement while everyone around me is coasting along on one of those people movers they have at the airports. Also, my particular vat of cement happens to be on a carousel, going around and around and around. So, sure, there’s movement, only I’m not getting anywhere.
“Damn it.” I bend down to pick up yet another broken glass. My bad. As usual. When my mind wanders, it takes my coordination with it.
“Lauren. Don’t say damn.” my kid sis reprimands.
“You’re right, Sara. Sorry. Finish your scrambled eggs, okay?”
“Ouch.” I cut my pinkie on a sliver of broken glass.
“We’re out of Band-Aids,” Matty informs. “You should get more.”
“Gee, thanks, sis. Don’t bother getting up.”
“I won’t,” she tells me as she continues scarfing down the food I made her.
Yep, this is my brood. Not on purpose, though. I mean, I didn’t plan this brood or birth this brood, it just sort of turned out that they’re now, mostly mine.
My eighteenth birthday is in 99.3105497 days away and then I’ll be free.
Where are you from? Tell us a little about yourself!
I was born in Hollywood, CA to a beautiful, free-thinking Israeli woman and a kindhearted American man. My parents married after only knowing one another for 2 weeks! I was born a year later. My mom already had two small boys so I grew up with my two older half brothers. But I didn’t even know they were my half brothers until I was 10. I remember saying, “But they feel full to me!” My parents were middle-aged when they had me which is not unusual these days but back then it was super weird. I was the only kid with older parents. I was obsessed with the thought of them dying. I was super close to my mom. I was born on her birthday (Feb. 10.) She eventually did die, like we humans do, but she lived all the way to 85. I wish I could have gone back in time and tell mini-me not to worry so much. You’ll have your parents for a long time. My dad is now 97.
What would your advice to be for authors or aspiring in regards to writing?
The most important thing is to sit down and DO IT. Just write. everyday. It doesn’t even matter what you write. At least not at first. You need to teach yourself to get into the habit of writing out your thoughts, feelings, observations, anything at all. And it’s key to become a keen observer of life. Not just a reporter. Don’t just write what you see, write what you feel about what you see.
Anything else you’d like to share?
I’d love for you all to stay in touch and sign up for my newsletter. When I remember to send it out, it’s a once a month newsletter about my updates and also things that I found entertaining in the past month. https://linktr.ee/anniewood
And if you enjoy art, you can follow me on instagram to see what I’ve been drawing and painting.
Also, I have a super cute dog named Shanti. 🙂
Also, Keep creating. Keep Positive. Keep Showing Up.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Annie Wood is an Israeli-American, Hollywood native, and a lifelong actress and writer. The web series she created, wrote and stars in, Karma’s a Bitch, was Best of the Web on Virgin America (anniewood.com/Karma)
Wood was part of the NBC DIVERSITY SHOWCASE with her comedic scene, That’s How They Get You. She’s written 100s of scenes for actors that have been used by Emmy Award-winning TV director, Mary Lou Belli in her UCLA course and casting director, Jeremey Gordon in workshops all around town.
As an author, she has three books out: Dandy Day, Just a Theory: a quantum love adventure and her first YA novel, Just a Girl in the Whirl (Speaking Volumes Publishing)
Annie’s also an Internationally exhibited mixed-media artist, a produced playwright, and was the third female solo dating game show host in the history of television with the nationally syndicated show, BZZZ! that she also co-produced. (Which just re-ran in 2020 on BUZZRTV!)
Annie writes and creates art daily.
She also runs the Twitter account for the Women of the Writers Guild West Follow us here —> @WoWGAW
She is part of the Middle Eastern Committee at WGA
and a Dramatist Guild Member and an Authors Guild Member
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