Jen Hughes

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What is your favorite line from your piece featured in The Ginger Collect?

I don’t know. It’s like asking what’s your favorite thread in a tapestry. The lines work together to create a larger picture or narrative but on their own? I’m personally not sure.

If I had to choose a particularly powerful part, that you could quote on its own would be the last verse:

“I cry in my cell, I cry in my sleep

For all the love I lost and none I could keep” etc.

The last verse is probably the most quotable in my opinion but I could be wrong.


Who is your most beloved author?

There are so many to choose from. Margaret Atwood and Charles Dickens are pretty high up there but my favorite author of all time is Roald Dahl.

I read almost all of his books as a child, and loved them. We also share the same birthday and favorite color, as well as a wicked sense of humour.


Do you have a favorite quote from this author?

A person who has good thoughts cannot ever be ugly. You can have a wonky nose and a crooked mouth and a double chin and stick-out teeth, but if you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.”

It’s from his children’s book ‘The Twits’ and funnily enough, I really discovered it when I was working as a classroom assistant in a local primary school. It was put up near the teacher’s desk alongside a whole bunch of other motivational quotes.


What inspired your piece?

My piece was inspired by the one and only episode I’ve seen of American fantasy show, Once Upon A Time.

Belle found love in someone unlovable, which almost changes him for the better before the ‘Evil Queen’ f***ed everything up. There was something I identified with in that, which I felt the need to write about.

A fun fact is that this is one of the first attempts I made at a narrative piece.


You can read Jen Hughes’ piece in Issue Three of The Ginger Collect: The Lost Princess.

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