One of the aspects I love about this job is the chance to travel at my desk; to get under someone else’s skin. At the moment I’m time-travelling to early twentieth-century Congo – a fascinating and terrifying place – to research my second novel. I was thrilled when the opening chapters won the 2014 Yeovil Literary Prize judged by novelist Elizabeth Buchan. It was also a huge boost to be shortlisted for the inaugural Bridport Prize First Novel Award.
I’m still writing short stories, too, and I was delighted when one of my pieces was longlisted for the 2016/17 Fish short story prize. It’s so exciting when something that began as the spark of an idea goes out into the world. I was pleased to contribute some thoughts on ideas and inspiration to this post at theshortstory.co.uk/news/articles/
You can be intrigued by my work here.
As writers we’re trying to be heard; and to make our writing voices as individual as we are. But how does a writer develop a writing voice? I’ve been thinking about this on my blog.
The discipline of deadlines is enormously important to my writing motivation, and it was interesting to be on the other side of the fence, as a reader for The Brighton Prize for short stories and flash fiction. The entries revealed a wealth of talent – congratulations to the winning and shortlisted writers. You can read about them on the prize website – and be inspired to enter this year’s competition!
Reading for the prize was a humbling reminder of the amount of work for all involved in running a competition. As a result, I’ve vowed to atone for my past sins by in future pressing ‘Send’ earlier than one minute to midnight…