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Archive for September, 2012

Joel Willans: author interview

In the penultimate leg of the Pangea blog tour, flash fiction author and guru Calum Kerr (the mastermind behind National Flash Fiction Day) interviews Pangea author, Joel Willans:

For short stories one of my favourite ways of writing is from prompts. This is great to do with a group of like minded writers, a list of random words or phrases and a time limit, normally an hour. Sometimes I can knock out a complete story like this, more often I conjure up a thousand words of rubbish. Yet in the cold light of day even this can be useful… The great thing about using this writing technique, for me at least, is that I don’t have time to self edit as I write and the stories are totally different to those I’d write if I sat down at the keyboard with a plan in mind. I know some writers who call this “writing drunk” because you give the creative right side of your brain the freedom to go crazy. I think it sums it up perfectly.


Pangea review on Bookmunch

Our first full-length review, and it’s a good one. Valerie O’Riordan, winner of the Bristol Short Story Prize, headlines Pangea as a ‘strong and diverse collection’, over at Bookmunch:

There’s two unifying strands at play in this short story anthology: one, the all-around-the-world motif (Pangea, natch), with writers from various countries involved, and, two, the fact that all the contributors are members of the online writers’ group, Writewords. The second predates the former, obviously enough – the editors, members themselves, compiled the book by winnowing through the works of their writing colleagues to find a representative sample, which happened to be pretty international. So you (I) would be excused, perhaps, if you suspected a degree of back-slapping and showcasing in the compilation. It’s neither the result of an open call for submissions (like many of Comma Press’ anthologies) nor a relatively disinterested ‘best of’ selection à la Nicholas Royle’s Best British Short Stories series. But, thankfully, neither is it an unnecessarily self-congratulatory showcase. Rather, it’s a strong and diverse collection that makes me wonder what other spectacular works are being honed under the Writewords hood.

Cultural writing and inspiration: Pangea blog tour

Sarah Hilary invites Liesl Jobson and Fehmida Zakeer to talk about the cultural influences on their writing.

L: Writing is inevitably a way of homecoming at the most elemental level, a return to the core Self of the parts that split off in the daily business of living and get lost. My narratives are never planned. They always arrive, surprising me. The characters that appear are usually some aspect of myself, entirely symbolic, of course, but that is the medium of narrative.

F: My narratives start off as loops inside my head, and only the most persistent ones come down, the characters that refuse to go away until I write about them…so most of the time I’m familiar with my characters, I have lived with them for some days or weeks, I know their little quirks and fears…once everything is put down, there is a sense of relief, the nag-nag in my head disappears and I feel free.

Oonah Joslin – author interview

Tara Conklin interviews Oonah Joslin over at her blog:

Don’t wait for inspiration. Get into a secure writer’s forum and write and get feedback from other people and give feedback too. You can only succeed if you develop your skills. If you write, you’re a writer. If you don’t, you’re not. Simple.

Caroline Robinson – author interview

Oonah Joslin interviews Pangea author, Caroline Robinson, about crofting, pine martens and grafitti:

When I was three with chalk on walls. I got my ‘R’s and ‘N’s round the wrong way, so everyone knew it was me doing the graffitti even though I signed it with my brother’s name. The prompts on Writewords have been a brilliant thing for getting me going. I haven’t found time much lately, but I will go looking for some very soon as I do so miss it…the words.

Pangea blog tour in Northumberland, UK

Oonah Joslin interviews Tara Conklin at her blog, Parallel Oonahverse. Next up, Tara interviews Oonah!

Over the years, I just kept writing – it was sort of my guilty secret, all of these half-finished stories and little scribblings in the back of journals. It wasn’t until I hit my 30’s and became a mother that I tried to get more serious with writing – which meant, for me, editing and re-working and revising and revising some more. I’ve always had a lot of ideas. Everything inspires me. It’s rare to get through the day without jotting some story idea down.