about me

If the things I write could speak, they’d scream, “Look at me!” They’d twitch and flutter in their fancy hats with jewels and feathers 

But I’m no girl. I’m a grown woman, that one sitting on the bench at the park with her notebook. I’m happy to hide under my wide-brimmed hat but the words I write are shameless and flashy. 

Some of my work has found a home online or in print, in Unshod Quills, Eleven Eleven and Fiction365 most recently. For more about me, read this.

I can be reached through the comment section or via email: anna@girlinthehat.com or let’s be friends or let’s follow each other.

–Anna Fonté


  1. kathleen johnson


  2. Anna is in the open! I’m so glad you are doing this. I will read you more.

  3. Emily

    So great to look at your site. The photos with the stories — such a wonderful idea. Love, E

  4. Kenyon

    Mom! I read the crow article and laughed my head off. You did look like an escaped lunatic. xoxox ;)
    p.s Can we eat at KFC tonight ? ( not )

  5. Kenyon

    Mom! I read the crow article and laughed my head off. You did look like an escaped lunatic. xoxox :)
    p.s Can we eat at KFC tonight ? ( not )

  6. Leigh-Anne Eagerton

    I am still discovering the computer, Anna, What a great blog! Yes, please use the painting “lemons on Blue” I would like some KFC, but it’s taboo in this house.

    • Yay! Thank you so much! I will post that piece in a couple of weeks and I’ll try to remember to notify you when it’s up. (That stuff is taboo here, too, but not because it isn’t tasty! :) )

  7. My, you have a beautiful blog.

  8. Hi,

    You have asked me about using this photo: http://www.flickr.com/photos/irene2005/3063959852/
    I have absolutely no problem with that as long as you link back to it.

    Thanks for letting me know.

  9. Thank you Irene! I will post that piece in a couple of weeks. I’ll try to remember to let you know. Thanks!

  10. Hi Anna, I subscribed to your blog some weeks back, however this is the first time I read you bio. What an interesting perspective, not unlike my own. As a visual artist, that is “not well known” I find that it is so important to always be a part of the process no matter the exposure. I commend you for writing and writing continiously. It is an internal intuitive love we have for our art.

    I will subscribe to your writings and start exploring your work more indepth.

    Check out my art blog and website, I think you will perhaps see some similiarities to embrace.


  11. Hello Walter! So glad to meet you here and look forward to exploring your art. This place is good for connecting with people like you who understand and share my need to write/make art, no matter what. I’ll go check your blog now. Thanks for reading.

  12. HannahFergesen

    Hello Girl in the Hat! I have a little bloggy blog award for you….details here: http://hannahfergesen.com/2011/06/02/yay-for-blog-awards-of-the-irresistably-sweet-variety/

    Thanks for being so fun to read!

  13. I love your ABOUT page and I agree. Putting myself out there in the Universe (via the internet) validates the inner workings of my brain. It’s also been the perfect setting to find a posse. I look forward to visiting you and soaking up your writing.

  14. I wanted to comment on the question you asked about dreams. I had a dream I was at my grandson’s baseball game and a little boy rode by, naked, on a tricycle. When I woke up I was so glad because I knew where he came from–out of my book.

    My grandson scored the tie breaking run in the championship game in real life. Thanks for visiting my blog. I’m gonna Kindle.

    • Wow. I’ve never been visited by one of my own characters in a dream. (At least I don’t think so… hmmm….) Yours must be very whole and fully realized. Thank you for the visit!

  15. Anna, a MOST impressive resume…please don’t omit your highly developed sense of humor tho’…i am honored by your enjoyment of my video (“Heist”) over at Averil’s, and i shall be checking in often. oh – and the food at Cochon, Wiliie Mae’s, and Bayona…oooh…continue…

  16. Nice intro.
    Thanks for stopping by my blog. Looking forward to reading more of yours

  17. I have nominated your blog for an award. Please see my post Liebster Blog Award Nomination for full details.

  18. Anna, thanks for the sub…but i’m no longer at Baying in the Moon, I’m at Barking in the Dark…so click on there and sub me there. your Delta piece is a tragic hoot…will comment on it shortly. continue…

  19. Really love your intro and enjoying what I have read of your blog! Keep it up :)

  20. you do good “shit” ! … i will certainly check in from time to time.
    do you ‘know’ @Mollysdailykiss ( on twitter ) … you are kindred spirits … check her out.
    keep up the good work!

  21. I am liking your sites new look. I tend to come to blogs via a direct link and then navigate post to post. And miss the Home Page in the process. Yours is a great one.

    • Thanks, Sam– Don’t know what the hell I’m doing, just had a little thought the place could be spruced up and now, 24 hours in front of my computer later, it’s a giant can of wriggling worms. So I’m glad it’s not for nought!

  22. And so many older posts too. I am struggling to keep up with the reading of all the new posts of the blogs I am subscribed too and then there are all these posts published by bloggers before I came to know their blog.

    Sticks ostrich head in sand!

  23. Hi Anna,
    I really enjoy your blog. I’ve nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award, which I hope you’ll accept and enjoy! The rules can be found on my page:



  24. Anna I like your blog’s new look – very clean, neat, bright, simple, light – Good job! We, my son and I, were just thinking about how to change mine so the pictures were bigger. He is here this weekend and we are going to play around a bit with ideas – although it is a big TV sports day today, so I don’t think my blog will get much attention today,

    • Thanks, Carla– at first it was so tedious and time-consuming I thought I had made a huge mistake but I’m happy now. I’ll have to go see if you expanded your pictures– there’s a game today, too, so perhaps not? ;)

  25. HEY! HELLO! HOWDY! Girl in the Hat!

    I’ve nominated you for a Sunshine Blogger award!

    THE DEETS: Post the .jpg of the award in a post or somewhere on your blog; mention the person(s) who nominated you; answer the following questions; nominate up to 12 other bloggers and let them know they’ve been nominated!

    Favorite Color:
    Favorite Animal:
    Favorite Number:
    Favorite Non-Alcoholic Drink:
    Facebook or Twitter:
    My Passion:
    Getting or Giving Presents:
    Favorite Pattern:
    Favorite Day of the Week:
    Favorite Flower:

  26. Girl, if i’m “following” you (which i am) how come i haven’t been getting notified of your posts? which is why i’ve not “liked” or “commented” recently. ok, matbe it’s a “never mind” since i just clicked on the “notify me by email” box, which oughta do it. continue…

  27. Ah, Tony, one of life’s great mysteries. (It’s happened to me before, too.) Grateful for your perseverance!

  28. Just what I was looking for, something new to read while traveling! (Awfully hard to find books sometimes, and I am down to my last one. I don’t read Spanish well enough that’s it’s not work!) So thank you for doing this; it’s a great idea. Curling up with my laptop instead of a flesh-n-blood (or paper, I guess) book will take some getting used to, but I will manage!

  29. What a fabulous blog. And I love crows….it was your Gravatar that caught my eye.

  30. Like what you wrote and like the way! Compliments!!

  31. not sure how I lost you but I;m back :) I hear you have a new blog coming up.

  32. Anna, Thank you for the follow. I’m enjoying the look and feel of your blog. I’m a fan of crows as well.

  33. Hope you don’t mind, but, as a great admirer of your work, I have tagged you for the Lucky 7 random editing meme. This is the first chain letter that I took part in since I was a child, but there is no pressure to take part, and there will be no curse coming upon you, oh Lady of Shalott, if you do not choose to take part. I just found it quite an eye-opening exercise (and a bit depressing, as I thought I wrote better than that!). Have a look here and see what you think:
    All the best, Marina

    • Marina– What fun! I’d love to play, curses be damned. (Now I just have to figure out which friends are working on novels….) (Also, as I am on vacation in Kauai at the moment (!!!) please chalk up any delays in my response to pure sun-and-water-addled incapacity.)
      Thank you, Marina!

      • No worries, there’s no time limit on it! And I’ve cheated a little, by sending it on to a few poets – they are bound to be much better than pedestrian novelists like me! Enjoy your vacation! Hard work, but someone’s got to do it!

  34. Found you via AverillDean’s blog….enjoying your stuff a lot. I’ll go figure out how to sign up and get new posts via email….

    I’m an intuitive to writers, and a novelist.

    • Welcome. Any friend of Averil’s is a friend of mine, To subscribe via email, click the link at the bottom right of this page. What precisely is an “intuitive to writers”?

  35. The word that used to be used was “psychic.” I’m offering free readings to writers.

    I look forward to reading your novel….!

  36. Just so you’ll know, I’ve nominated you for the Kreativ Blogger Award! http://goodoldgirl.wordpress.com/2012/05/31/its-not-nepotism/

    I did it because your blog is not only creative, it’s wonderous!

    PS: Love the hat!

  37. You wear a hat.
    I wear a hat.
    We both wear hats.

    I tip my hat.

  38. If I had a flying carpet, a four-leaf clover, and a magic lamp, I would give them all to Anna and ask for nothing in return.

  39. Hi Anna, here’s a reminder for the Philip K. Dick Festival. It will be over 3 days starting Sept 21 through 23rd 2012 at San Francisco State University, events at the Humanities Building. Hope to see you there! – Dave

  40. You have the best crow collection, crowisms going. Well done, m’lady and thanks.

  41. You have an absolutely lovely site. I am quite impressed.

    So, I’ve nominated you for an award (he says, awkwardly). Mainly, it is to acknowledge that I like what you are doing here and invite you to visit my blog sometime.

    If you want to play along, you can find the nomination post here -


    If not, just pretend like I was never here. Go about your business.

    Keep up the good work.

  42. A

    What a beautiful blog. Just spent ages being nosey and reading up on everything. Hope you do not mind.

  43. I have nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award! Should you accept, please follow the link provided. Thank you and well done :) (http://sargassogyre.wordpress.com/2013/10/11/versatile-blogger-award/)

  44. I love your blog. I just got super-stuck on the “About You” page, reading all the replies you got from other people about hats and implosions – what a super idea, and so much fun.
    Can’t wait to read more of you posts!

  45. Nice to meet you. We chose the same WordPress theme…which is lovely but quite rare. Here’s to our good taste! Looking forward to coming back and reading more but it’s bedtime now…

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