Writers write, right? And usually about other (albeit fictional) people, not ourselves.
However, when it's the truly lovely Eloise Millar at Galley Beggar Press who does the asking, who can refuse? Especially when it's to celebrate the strange and wonderful news that, somehow, my story Backburn was named the winner of the inaugural GBP Short Story Prize.
Elly asked me a range of thoughtful questions: from how a typical writing day unfolds, to where, exactly, the idea for Backburn had first originated.
So although this kind of thing makes me squirm a little, here it is:
It took years to feel ready to write about it. When I did, when the pieces turning over in my head started to slot together, Jacob and Moses came to me almost fully-formed. As sometimes happens, it felt less like I was creating than I was discovering a story that already existed – I was just drawing it down onto the page.Read the rest of the interview here.