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Getting to Know You: What do you do when inspiration runs dry?

I guess it depends on why inspiration has run dry. If it’s inspiration on one project, I might move on to something else instead. If it’s inspiration for writing in general, that’s a different story. A friend of mine once told me that she goes on “creativity dates” to places like museums, or to concerts. […]

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Getting to Know You: What literary pilgrimages have you been on?

I’m not sure if this really counts as a pilgrimage, since I didn’t go there just for a literary pilgrimage, but one place I went to explore the history of literature was Canterbury. I’m a Medievalist–or at least, I was at university. I fell in love with Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales during my A Levels, and […]

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Getting to Know You: What books have influenced you the most?

There are a few books that have influenced me greatly in different ways. There are some like the little board books I read as a small child that started my love of books. There are also some children’s novels that have done the same. In terms of books I find inspirational as an adult, the […]

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Getting to Know You: What makes you get out of bed every day?

My child, and the knowledge that I’m still alive. Truly. The first point is understandable but the second might sound a bit strange. However it means a hell of a lot to me. I’ve been through a lot of tough times in my life, and as a result, I’ve tried to take my own life […]

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Getting to Know You: What advice do you have for new writers?

Keep writing! It’s as simple and as difficult as that. Honestly, people often say to me, “Oh, I want to be a writer but I don’t think I’m good enough.” My response is usually along the same lines as I give my students: if you don’t make mistakes, you’ll never learn how to improve. I […]

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