I have wanted to be a writer since I was a little kid. Sure, there have been detours along the way. I nearly became a professional flutist, and I spent years as a blues dance DJ. But like any good road trip, all the detours make for a more memorable journey and a better story to tell in the end.
I did my undergraduate study at Northwestern University, with B.A. degrees in creative writing and art history. My freelance journalism career started a few years later in 2012 and continues today. One of my editors dubbed me “the overnight expert.” I appreciated the title, because I’ve happily remained a generalist in a world that more often rewards specializing. The world is a big place with lots of amazing stuff and I want to explore as much of it as I can. I try to treat my brain like Mary Poppins’ carpetbag: always room for something new, fascinating, and magical in there.
Most recently, I’ve been returning to my fiction roots alongside covering the games beat. I’m currently developing small-scale interactive fiction stories and finishing my debut romance novel. Whatever the format, my greatest skill is in creating characters. I love writing dialogue, getting a voice to sound just right, and developing relationships that feel genuine. It might be the friendship between an academic dog and a guacamole-obsessed bird or a conversation between two awkward strangers at a party. And I always enjoy crafting a sincere, satisfying love story. I also place a high value on representation and diversity in my writing. We’re all the better for having more diverse stories on the page and the screen.
I am looking to work with game studios of any size, so if you’ve got a passion project and an inclusive culture, get in touch! Or if you’re a fellow writer, let’s be friends.
Email: annawashenko [at] gmail [dot] com