Sophie Watson

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Sophie Watson

Do you have a favorite line or lines from your piece?
I really like the ending, but don’t want to spoil it!

What inspired your piece?
The story is inspired by a road near where I live called Turnagain Lane – the name jumps out at me every time I walk past. At the time of writing, I had recently read an article about unsolved missing persons cases and I thought the two would marry together well for a short piece.

Who is your most influential writer? Who do you always go back to for inspiration?
I have a trio of Sarahs that I look up to: Waters, Moss and Winman. Each has their own style, but they all capture characters beautifully and that’s what I enjoy most about their writing.

What season do you find you write the most in?
Autumn. Preferably with rain lashing against the windows.

What do you want readers to take away from your piece?
I’ll leave it up to the reader, but I hope my story makes people think about the strange places in their town that nobody takes notice of, and what would happen if a light was suddenly shone on them.

Do you keep any snacks around while you write? If so, what’s your favorite?
I try not to snack too much when writing, but I always have a good cup of tea on hand.

Do you ever create soundtracks for the piece you’re writing?
No, but that sounds like a great idea. I usually listen to film scores from the genre I’m writing in, so maybe I’m halfway there already.

What is your ideal writing environment?
I often write in my local library as it’s cosy and quiet. I get very easily distracted by Twitter, so preferably somewhere with no Wi-Fi!

Do you find writing invigorating or exhausting?
A bit of both, but when it’s not going well, absolutely the latter!

Do you have any future writing plans?
I am currently working on a novel that I would love to have published one day, but in the meantime I hope to have some more flash pieces published.


You can read Sophie Watson’s piece “Turnagain Lane” in Issue Five of The Ginger Collect.

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