Anna Vaught is a novelist, poet, essayist, reviewer, editor, copywriter and proofreader. She is also a secondary English teacher, tutor and mentor to young people, mental health campaigner, volunteer and mum to a large brood. Anna’s third novel Saving Lucia, about Violet Gibson, the Irish aristocrat who shot Mussolini, and Lucia Joyce, daughter of James Joyce, will be published by Bluemoose in spring 2020. In September that year, her first anthology of short stories (think gothic, creepy, weird fiction) called Famished will be published. Can’t share the details yet. All in good time. Anna is completing a second volume of short stories called Ravished and her fourth novel, historical fiction, The Revelations of Celia Masters (set in mid 17th-century Somerset and Virginia) is waiting on reading and submission. News when I can! Anna is now represented by Kate Johnson of Mackenzie Wolf Literary Agents, New York.
Anna’s previous books, for the boutique indie Patrician Press, are Killing Hapless Ally,
a semi-autobiographical novel about mental illness (2016) and novella, The Life of Almost (2018). For the same press she has co-edited the anthology My Europe (2018) and edited and wrote the introductory essay for Tempest,
an anthology of writings about dystopias (2019). This was a fundraiser for Amnesty International.
Anna contributes to, among other publications, New Welsh Review and New Welsh Reader, Litro, Review31, Visual Verse, the blog of The literary Consultancy, Losslit, Writers and Artists, Contemporary Small Press at Westminster University, both print and online editions of The Shadow Booth, and anthologies by Dodo Ink, Patrician Press and The Emma Press.