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The Anna Dunwell Interview Part II

ANNA DUNWELL

It was during desegregation in Boston. Five men mugged and kick beat my second husband and me in Boston. I got the worst of it because I was black and he was knocked unconscious. I covered his body so they wouldn't blind him. He was a photographer and wore glasses. But as a result of it I ended up after surgery in bed for four months. That's when I began to write. I remember that December while I was in bed recovering they kept playing the song Imagine that came out of the love of John Lennon and Yoko Ono.

INTERVIEWER

You've been married several times?

ANNADUNWELL

Yep. I've got an elephant's memory. I remember all three of them. It's weird but I've been married over forty years of my life.

INTERVIEWER
The mugging sounds horrific.

Anna Dunwell

I write about that in Book 6 Primitive Rites of Caucasian Cannibals.

INTERVIEWER

That sounds like it could have been book one.

ANNA DUNWELL

Yes, I thought that for quite a while too, especially right after it happened and I was so angry, I wanted to get a dog named Fang, didn't though. But a couple of drafts later I decided that I didn't want my first book to be about my life being about what white people did to me, about me being a victim. So I decided to let the books roll out in order the way my life did, and thankfully continues to do.

INTERVIEWER

Where do you write?

ANNA DUNWELL

After the surgery I began I to write in bed with a fountain pen on yellow legal papers. That's where the first 69,000 words came out.

INTERVIEWER

Was that published?

ANNA DUNWELL

No, but it got me started writing. I think it was called Bootstrap. I read parts of it last year, it was terrible, but there were some good images in it.

INTERVIEWER

So where do you write now?

ANNA DUNWELL

Sometimes I still write in bed, usually the opposite side of the bed from where I sleep. I've recently changed my living room into a writing room, and I write there sometimes too. I find I like the bedroom in the morning when the East sun is coming in. And I like the living room which faces west in the afternoon.

INTERVIEWER

You're an animated speaker. When you talk at least ten to fifteen emotions flit across your face. Your body is like an orchestra as your head, mouth, eyes and hand move.

ANNA DUNWELL

I know, one of my two best friends said that I had the energy of a whirling dervish.

INTERVIEWER

Where do you suppose that animation comes from?

ANNADUNWELL

What I make up about it is that I wasn't allowed to make any decisions about my life until I was eighteen. So even though I was born in 1943 I think my life in the world began around 1963.

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