A piece about how the writer’s imagination works, using examples from my recently published novel, Love’s Register.
My thoughts about writing Love’s Register begin with the image of the novel as a house of cards. What I see is an interlocking structure where each word has to be added carefully, judging how much weight it can bear. If the words hold together they support each other, if they don’t the whole caboodle comes tumbling down.
But to keep up that balancing act all the way is difficult. It’s a long journey and a well-judged finish – whether it’s a denouement or a reveal – can make all the difference. It’s what I look for when I read with a novelist’s eye, comparing the quality of the first and last chapters. Continue reading BOOKS AS SPORT, ARTWORKS, WORDSEARCH, CARD TRICKS?→
I interviewed graphic novelist Graham Johnstone who has created some exceptional visual stories based on the lives of famous painters. In the first part of his interview, Graham talks about how he put together graphic novels about Vermeer, Uccello and Francis Bacon. He also describes Tangled Tales, his non-linear comicbook, which has been turned into an interactive electronic artwork.
I asked Katy Wimhurst to write about her debut collection of short stories, Snapshots of the Apocalypse, published by Fly on the Wall Press. Katy‘s fiction has appeared in The Guardian, Writers’ Forum, Cafe Irreal, Magic Oxygen Literary Prize, Ouen Press, To Hull and Back, and ShooterLit. Her visual poems have been published by Ric Journal, Steel Incisors, The Babel Tower, Dreampop Press, Mercurius, Osmosis, and Streetcake Magazine. Katy is housebound with M.E. and blogs at Whimsylph. Continue reading WHY MAGIC REALISM ROCKS!→
I interviewed Blandine Martin who uses “…weaving , basketry, woodworking to create installation and semi-sculptural work. ” Blandine’s concerns for memory are often expressed through doodling, recyled packaging and repurposed objects. Her deeply-psychological artwork has been exhibited in several metropolitan galleries in the UK and France.
I interviewed Paul McGee, who founded Bibliophone, a not-for-profit enterprise offering authors the opportunity to record their audio books and readers the chance to listen to those recordings – all free.
Leslie: What is the story of Bibliophone? How did it begin, grow and develop as a business?
Paul: I started Bibliophone because like most writers, I’d been plugging away for years in an arena where the odds of success are stacked against you. Of course, success is a relative concept, but if you define it in terms of making a career out of writing, then it’s going to be a struggle. Continue reading PAUL MCGEE’S NOT-FOR-PROFIT AUDIOBOOKS→
In part two of her interview, Rachel Godfrey who writes poetry, journals and instructional books for TESOL, answers questions about inner and outer landscapes, creativity and dreams.
Leslie: Can you describe examples of what you call the ‘relationships between our inner and outer landscapes, and the stories to be found there’?
Rachel: John Donne (1624) wrote ‘no man [sic] is an island entire of itself; every man [sic] is a piece of the continent, a part of the main’. The physical landscape in which we all live and move provides metaphors for community and relationship, as Donne shows, and for our daily wellbeing. Most of us, prefer feeling grounded to spacey or at sea; we don’t like feeling we’re on shifting sands, bogged down or swamped with things to do, or that life is an uphill struggle. Continue reading RACHEL GODFREY – REFLECTIONS IN WRITING (2)→
I interviewed Nigerian poet Samuel A. Adeyemi, who is a poetry editor at Afro Literary Magazine and the winner of The Yellow House Library Prize for Creativity and the Teex Prize for Performance 2021. His poems have appeared in Palette Poetry, Frontier Poetry, 580 Split, Afapinen, The Maine Review, Blue Marble Review, Brittle Paper, Jalada, and elsewhere. Samuel’s collection Heaven Is A Metaphor is published by Praxis Magazine.
Leslie: How would you describe your poetic voice? What’s unique about it and how has it changed since you began writing?
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