I’ve spent too many years trying to find satisfaction, joy or simple distraction in the many things we can can do with our lives other than writing, but I’ve always returned to the page, to my attempts to capture imagined voices and make them as real as I can. There is a strange ecstasy in the act of turning the imagined into the frail reality of words.
I’ve won the Manchester Fiction Prize, the Fish Short Story Prize, the Cambridge Short Story Prize and won second prize in the Bridport Short Story competition. I’m persistent, you see. That’s what it takes, above all things. Persistence.
My favourite short story writers are Grace Paley and Nikolai Gogol, Richard Ford and Sarah Hall, Flannery O’Connor, Raymond Carver (a bit inevitable, old Raymond), Lorrie Moore, Richard Rash, Anton Chekhov and more others than it seems entirely sensible to go on to list.
I am more pleased than I can say to have found a wonderful agent in @davidhheadley of DHH literary agency.
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