I’m a writer, dammit. I’m other things, too, because who the hell just writes? And who the hell makes a living from their writing? But mainly I’m a writer. It’s the short story I love above all things.
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’m working on a novel (who isn’t?) and it’s been finished quite a few times. My agent is making me rewrite the damned thing yet again. But she’s right – in my heart, or some bloody corner of it, I know she’s right.
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