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Tom Williams: author interview

The Pangea blog tour is almost over (was that a sigh of relief we heard? Surely not!) and we’re lucky to be waving off in style, over at Vanessa Gebbie’s blog where Tom Williams talks about writing, working the slush pile (from the other end) and NaNoWriMo.

For some people November has become synonymous with growing moustaches; for me  it is now the month of words. And so next month I shall again be switching off my inner editor and allowing the words to pour out, without concern as to whether they pass some litmus test of literary worth. November is for celebrating words, for producing a first draft, and I urge anyone and everyone to join in with this wordsmithery.


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.

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.

Pangea blog tour in Manchester, UK

Ace writer and editor, Valerie O’Riordan, interviews Lisa Marie Trump over at her blog, not exactly true (the title of the blog, not a caveat).

I only have two editing tools: a tiny nail file or a sweeping scythe. (The Pangea editors) found a balance that captured the essence of the sensory experiment without losing the focus on the real people in their real world, as seen through my theatrical eye of follow-spots and par cans and gobos.