The Thursday Throng – Meeting Anne Orchard, Founder of Families Facing Cancer

‘Throng’ is n. – A multitude of persons or of living beings pressing or pressed into a close body or assemblage; a crowd.

Welcome to The Thursday Throng in honour of the throng that waits eagerly outside the book store when a new author is doing a book signing event or appearance.

This takes the form of a ‘Meet the Author‘ online event with some information about our author’s latest book and an interview. If you would like to take part in the Thursday Throng then why not email me to find out more.

If you would like to see past Authors featured on The Thursday Throng you can click here:

This week, I’d like to introduce Anne Orchard who, along with Meaghan Delahunt, has kindly offered to be one of our two final judges in the Hysteria 2012 Short Story and Writing Competition.

Anne is the Author of Their Cancer Your Journey, a Traveller’s Guide for Carers, Family and Friends.  My overwhelming reaction to this book is that the people in this situation need something that provides a compassionate and caring insight into the sorts of issues that might arise and how the family can best take care of both the patient and themselves. What they don’t need is something that is overwhelmingly emotional, just the simple, practical and no-nonsense approach that Anne has taken in her book. In my opinion, everyone who has a loved one with cancer will gain much support from reading it. Overall, excellent.

An Interview with Anne Orchard

Anne OrchardWhat is One thing that No-One Normally Knows About You?

When my children were little, I used to blend herbal teas in my kitchen and sell them at farmers’ markets. The recipes were developed with a friend  – the first one was called Nursing Mother’s Milk Blend, and helped me continue to feed my son after a bout of flu.

What did the worst review you ever had said about you and your work?

One Amazon reviewer thought my book ‘Their Cancer – Your Journey’ was patronising. It was my first (and only so far) negative review and I found it hard to deal with. But a very famous author once told me that if you don’t get criticised then it means you’re not reaching enough people so I used that to comfort myself.

How did you choose a title for your book?

I asked my husband to help me have a big brainstorming session. We chose 3 titles we thought might be ok then asked friends to help us choose. Their Cancer – Your Journey won hands down.

Are there any occupational hazards to being an author?

I do find it hard to read books that I think are badly written or use pretentious language. I nearly stopped reading a book recently because the author used the word solecism in the first sentence. I have a good vocabulary, but didn’t know what it meant (according to the dictionary it is a breach of grammar or etiquette).

How do you stay sane while working?

On the contrary, I think writing keeps me sane. A better question might be how I keep sane when I forget how much I enjoy writing and let other things get in the way.

Where do you find your inspiration?

I find my inspiration in people. I have to know who a book is aimed at and an idea of how it might help them.

What is the book that you wished you had written?

How Long is Now by Tim Freke. On almost every page I thought – “YES! That’s how I think things are too”. Of course it would not be the same book if I wrote it, but I would love to have the courage to express more of my deepest thoughts.

Do you have any favourite resources you would like to share with our readers?

Definitely A great way to put a book out into the world at low cost.

You can catch up with Anne online at:

You can find Anne’s Book on Amazon at:

You can also get in touch with her via the Families Facing Cancer Website at:

And she can be found LinkedIn at:

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  1. Thanks so much Anne, I’m looking forward to working with you on the competition too 🙂

  2. Thanks Linda! I am absolutely honoured that you asked me to be one of your judges. I think the Hysteria competition is an Absolutely Excellent Idea, wish you every success with it, and can’t wait to read the entries.