Name: Annastasia Lee Arnold
Birthday: January 1st
Residence: Nagoya, Japan
Education: Bachelor’s Degree in Studio Art with a Minor in Art History
Current Occupation: English Teacher
Dream Occupation: Fulltime-Artist and Author
This is a blurb about the woman behind the writing. My story is a growing one; and I’m thankful that God is continuing to write my story. I’ll do my best to give you a few interesting tidbits about myself and who I am.
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. I’ve lived a rather safe life, with some hardship; but who doesn’t? My parents divorced when I was ten years old, and from then, I looked up to my mother, who raised me, my older sister, and my kid brother the best she knew how. I’ll always be grateful for her.
I am currently twenty-seven years old, living abroad in Japan as a teacher. I’ve been teaching in Nagoya since November of 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.
My first series, named after its heroine, “Rosamond”, 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. I have enjoyed the plots of “Pride and Prejudice”, “Jane Eyre”, and “Wuthering Heights” very much over the years; but considering that such stories are placed in a time and in countries that are naturally aimed towards non-POC audiences, I wanted to insert my own dialogue into the conversation that such writers started before I was even born.
Rosamond has been in the works since August of 2012. The idea for her came to me sometime in 2010, but it a few years of sketching and daydreaming of it before I even began to document anything. Months before I moved to Japan with my sister, I began to write my ideas down in a word document on my laptop, which I still used to this day. During that time, since finding a steady, reliable job for the purpose of saving up money was very difficult, writing became my escape from those circumstances. I was truly humbled by that experience, and I feel that those feelings translated into the character that Rosamond ended up becoming.
Once I came to Japan, the writing continued nearly everyday. My first job in Japan was hardly ideal; so my writing captured all my frustrations, all my passions, all my thoughts… and furthermore, some situations embodied the troubles of people I’ve met throughout my life, giving me a way to work though situations that I could never encounter in real life. So writing was my therapy and my outlet. What am I saying? It continues to be! Except now I am finally mixing art into the mix, after years of having to put my degree to the side due to my occupation. Let’s just say I couldn’t be happier to be starting down the path of being a published author. It’s been a long time coming.
Anyway, that’s about all I have to say for now. I hope that this blurb gave you some insight 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. God bless.