Annabel Pitcher. Love, guilt and mystery in Ketchup Clouds

English author Annabel Pitcher has presented her first two novels in Casa del Lector and explains the keys to writing, telling how her teaching experience has helped her work as an author.

English author Annabel Pitcher has presented her first two novels in Casa del Lector. In an interview she explains her writing secrets, telling how her teaching experience has helped her grow as an author.

Ketchup Clouds, Annabel Pitcher’s new novel now published in Spain (Siruela) is, in the author’s own words, a story of misery and guilt, but also of love and identity, in which the tragic and fun moments alternate within a surprising structure.
Pitcher is already a children’s author whose audience ranges over all ages, and she presented this and her previous book My sister lives on the mantelpiece (Siruela and Punto de lectura) in Casa del Lector in May, during a meeting backed by both publishing houses and the British Council, and lead by author Javier Ruescas.
Annabel Pitcher chose a ten-year-old boy as the main character for her first book and a fifteen-year-old girl for her second. In both cases the circumstances and surroundings of the characters, which the first lives more unconsciously than the second, are by no means, easy. My sister lives on the mantelpiece is set against the background of the London bombings of 2005 (the narrator’s sister was one of the victims), and in Ketchup Clouds Zoe the teenager writes letters to a man convicted to death in Texas, seized by a deep feeling of guilt that she hides from those closest to her. In both stories liberation, hope and freedom prevail, says the writer.
Pitcher’s third novel will be published shortly, and this time the limelight will fall on a girl who decides to stop talking in an attempt to leave the noisy world she lives in behind.
Annabel Pitcher studied music and ballet as a girl, when she dreamed of being a detective like Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple, or a writer. She read English Literature at the University of Oxford and worked as a teacher for a few years. At Casa del Lector she explained that before My sister lives on the mantelpiece, she had written lots of first chapters to different stories, but this was the first one she wrote from beginning to end.
The idea of this first book, she points out in her homepage, came to her at night, in a hotel in Ecuador during a trip with her husband. And that was how the story developed, from country to country, until she returned to her home in England. There, she put an end to her story and gave it to her agent.
In her video for Canal Lector the author explains her plot and character decisions and discusses them with Javier Ruescas.


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