What inspired your pieces?
Haha….well with Gold Top I’ve breastfed both my kids. And pumped too which makes you feel incredibly bovine. And somewhere along the way I just got this vision of a room of women hooked up to machines, pumping breastmilk. With FLOTUS I wrote this in about ten minutes when social media got all over-excited about the possibility of Melania Trump being/having a clone.
Do you have a favorite line or lines from your accepted pieces for The Ginger Collect?
From FLOTUS “Our pods opening, new born like chicks, blonde hair in fluffy waves, pink pouting lips, perky tits and tiny toes” and this from Gold Top “Where would her milk end up, whose cereal, whose coffee cup – cheese perhaps, or yoghurt even?”
Who is your most influential writer? Who do you always go back to for inspiration?
I tend to revisit the same books rather than authors. My favourite 3 books are The Handmaid’s Tale, The Secret History and American Psycho. I have a lot of Margaret Atwood’s books but I also revisit Alice Hoffman and Elizabeth Berg’s novels often because of their ability to put extra-ordinary in the ordinary. I love the way they show the detail in daily life and people struggling to juggle their dreams with their acceptance of their life the way it actually is.
What seasons do you find you write the most in?
I have two young children and a day job so I write whenever I can carve away a sliver of time from our daily lives, regardless of season.
What do you want readers to take away from your pieces?
I always think with writing, that what a reader reads is not the same as the words you write. We all perceive things differently. I know I write pieces that walk a line, that are a bit different and a bit dark, but also I hope the reader see the humour in them.
Do you keep any snacks around while you write? If so, what’s your favorite?
I probably shouldn’t, as I’m developing what may be known as `writers bum` – but mostly I have a big cup of (decaff) coffee and whatever snacks I’ve allegedly bought the kids.
Do you ever create soundtracks for the pieces you’re writing?
Yes, I have extensive playlists for the protagonists in my novel and often I listen to a specific song over and over again for a scene or flash piece. For Gold Top I was listening to Damien Rice – 9 Crimes.. For FLOTUS I was listening to The Rosebuds – When The Lights Went Dim.
What is your ideal writing environment?
Any place with a hard surface to rest my laptop on, a wifi connection, electricity and a bathroom! Oh and headphones or a place where I can listen to music freely.
Do you find writing invigorating or exhausting?
Invigorating when I am writing and then exhausting – I often “crash” after writing flash pieces or a big scene in my novel. It’s very emotionally draining because you feel on such a “high” when you’re writing, when you’re right in the zone but then you crash the next day when you read it back and realise it’s all a load of shit and what were you thinking.
Do you have any future writing plans?
To finish the second draft of my novel. To write a series of linked flash fiction pieces.