Richard Hartshorn

Do you have a favorite line or lines from your piece?
I don’t think I can choose specific lines, but I had the most fun writing the Apple Girl’s fantasy of hanging out in the rigging of a seagoing ship, and the scene where she sees the Wild Hunt in the sky. Also, I still giggle at Avocado Abogado.

What inspired your piece?
I hate to say I was “inspired by climate change,” but lately, I’ve been writing scenarios that involve these climate-change-related monster storms that we’re being forced to adapt to in real life, but on dystopic scale we’re heading for if we don’t wake up. As far as more literal inspiration, the setting is based on a farmer’s market I visit every weekend.

What season do you find you write the most in?
I generally get the least amount of writing done when I have the most free time. I don’t know if it’s specific to any season, but if I had to guess, I’d assume I get the least amount done in the summer, and the most in the spring.

Who is your most influential writer? Who do you always go back to for inspiration?
I feel like that’s always changing for me (and when the well is dry, I often go to writers I haven’t read before, rather than familiar ones.) But I don’t think I’ll ever stop being influenced by Virginia Woolf.

What do you want readers to take away from your piece?
Anything, really. I try not to worry about it.

Do you keep any snacks around while you write? If so, what’s your favorite?
I keep everything far enough away from me that it serves as a complete distraction rather than fuel. So I end up taking a full-on break if I want a snack, then go back and focus, rather than being mildly distracted the entire time.

Do you ever create soundtracks for the piece you’re writing?
I haven’t, but now I want to try.

Do you find writing invigorating or exhausting?
Mostly invigorating. I wouldn’t say it’s ever exhausting, but I do get very attached to some of my protagonists, which can be uniquely draining when I can’t stop thinking about them throughout the day. But I don’t mean that negatively. I wouldn’t not want that experience, given the choice.

What is your ideal writing environment?
I’m an anxious and easily distracted sort of person, so I prefer to be in my own house. The room doesn’t have to be anything special, just quiet. And although I’m easily distracted, I prefer to have distractions around, so that I can actively work on focusing better, rather than being trapped in a distraction-free room where I’m forced to work. It’s just too much pressure, and I psych myself out. I don’t know if that makes sense.

Do you have any future writing plans? 
Just to keep writing. Hopefully some of these stories coalesce into a coherent collection at some point.


You can read Richard Hartshorn’s piece “Wild Hunting” in Issue Five of The Ginger Collect.

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