I’ve had my bio written in the third person forever, but I feel like a change so let’s hear me talk about myself like a normal person.
I use Ann Elise Monte on bookish social media, which is a pseudonym I’ve been using since my teens. I write queer YA fiction, generally fantasy. I’ve dipped into contemporary and NA on occasion but it’s not where I’m comfortable. I’m hoping to get published one day.
In the meantime, I read a lot of diverse books and review them. My favourites are the good ol’ queer stuff because I relate to them the most, being bisexual myself, but I read other marginalisations as well. I’m also grey aroace (aromantic and asexual) but often use grey ace because I like the sound better for some reason. I talk about coming to terms with being a-spec here if anyone’s interested.
The reason this blog’s url is annelisemontewriter is because I originally started this as purely a writing blog and the last time I tried to get the URL of just my penname, WordPress yelled at me. So I’m keeping this one and don’t want to change it in the event it breaks a lot of links and gives me a massive headache.
Some of my favourite books include: Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saez, Far From You by Tess Sharpe, Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Córdova, How to Make a Wish by Ashley Herring Blake, Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo, The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas, and Coffee Boy by Austin Chant. All of those are YA except for the last one, which is NA with a little more sexytimes than I usually read.
Outside of reading and writing, I’m also training part-time in musical theatre after earning my diploma last year. I’m a classically training soprano and learned piano for ten years before I slacked off. I also used to play the violin but never quite got the hang of switching hand positions.
I also love dogs and talk to them like they’re babies.