Name: Annastasia Lee Arnold
Birthday: January 1st
Residence: Nagoya, Japan (moving soon…)
Education: Bachelor’s Degree in Studio Art with a Minor in Art History
Current Occupation: English Teacher
Dream Occupation: Fulltime-Artist and Author
My story is a growing one, and I’m thankful that God has been gracious to allow me the twenty-nine years I’ve lived so far. I was born in Michigan but spent a good deal of my life in Ohio. Other states I have lived in would include Alabama, Vermont, and Nevada. All in all, I’ve lived a somewhat safe life, with some hardships here and there. My parents divorced when I was ten years old, which was probably the most trying time in my life. I looked up to my mother as she raised me, my older sister, and my kid brother who was born a when I was twelve. She did the best she could, and I’ll always be grateful for her.
Currently, I live abroad in Japan as a teacher. I’ve been teaching in Nagoya since November 2012, and it pays the bills. But I do hope that I will be able to turn my sights on strictly writing all the stories inside me in the years ahead. In May 2018, I will make my return to the U.S to start focusing my efforts toward my love in art and writing.
“The Rosamond Series,” named for the heroine, is a fictional account of a girl who had the fortune of being adopted by a wealthy family. For reasons beyond her control, she must learn how to live with those that she has come to call family. Inspired by writers such as Jane Austen and the Bronte Sisters, this particular story takes my influences and aims them towards people of color. Stories like “Pride and Prejudice,” “Jane Eyre,” and “Wuthering Heights” have had very heavy influences over my writing. However, such stories take place in an era and country where people of color could rarely join in on the narrative. Writing has allowed me to mix my interest in such stories while inserting voices of underrated and underrepresented groups of people. And thus “The Rosamond Series” was born…
Rosamond has been in the works since August 2012. The idea for the narrative came to me sometime in 2010, but it took a few years of sketching and daydreaming before I dared take to my PC to write anything down. In the months before I made my move to Japan, I began to write the beginnings of the story as a way to escape the stresses of finding a steady, reliable job to save up money for the move to Japan. I translated my frustrations into creative energy, and it formed the character that Rosamond ended up becoming, for she is somewhere between meek and determined in the beginnings of her story.
Once I came to Japan, I typed and typed nearly every day. My first job in Japan was hardly ideal, so my writing helped me work through my emotions and pent-up passions. Furthermore, some situations I placed Rosamond and other characters in embodied the troubles of people I had met or were meeting at that time in my life, allowing me a way to work through situations and even make peace with some of my weaknesses. So, I dare say, writing has been a type of therapy.
Once my move back the U.S is completed, I want to make more time to make this site all that it can be. I’ve neglected my passions so I could be a better teacher, but it’s time for a change. Anyway, that’s all I have to say for now. I hope that this blurb gave you some insights on who I am. As my life pushes on, and as my series continues, I will do my best to document my growing story here.
Thank you for reading, and God bless you!