Travelling through words and form: Maggie How

Maggie How

‘Creative Writing can certainly be learnt… we learn by doing it.’

Maggie How is a Lake District born author. She studied Interior Design and, by the end of her degree, her professor was already advising her to focus in writing about Design rather than designing itself. She started with poetry when she was a child and had been also experimenting with short stories and even a novel since.

Maggie’s first Creative Writing tutor was Gary Boswell.  She has done several Creative Writing courses and an MA in Creative Writing at Lancaster University. She’s currently doing another MA in Writing for Therapeutical Purposes.

As Sarah Jasmon, Maggie is a very active author who believes that writing is far from isolating. She attends to writing retreats quite regularly and belongs to several writing groups including the Brewery Poets in Kendal.

If you love experimenting with your words and learning all sort of forms in writing, you’re going to love Maggie’s story and advice!

 

What can you find in this interview?

-Doing a Creative Writing MA at Lancaster University.

-Experience in self-publishing.

-Experimenting with different forms of writing.

-Writing for therapeutical purposes.

-Experience in the publishing world

 

Many thanks to our meticulous editor, Terry Garanhel and to the founder and sponsor of the programme, Yvonne Battle-Felton. And, of course, to Maggie How. We had the pleasure to be her classmates during the Creative Writing MA at Lancaster Uni and learnt a lot from her. We wish you the best with your poetry – and we’re also looking forward to read your novel finished one day!

Exploring the writing universe: Eddie Robson.

Eddie Robson

‘We had our first child so I quit job so I could be more flexible… that also gave the opportunity to write, it did mean that when I got the time to write I was ready to use it.’

Eddie Robson has written in all forms of media: from his successful BBC sitcom Welcome To Our Village, Please Invade Carefully to books about Film Noir and his Sci-Fi debut novel Tomorrow Never Knows. Doing a MA in Creative Writing made him take this path more seriously. Eddie finished his Sci-Fi novel while taking care of his children at home and is now working on a second one.

Eddie Robson is also a very, very friendly writer. When I bought his book at a Sci-Fi convention he gave me a biscuit – a super tasty one, and for those who know me, biscuits are my only true love. Please, go out and buy Eddie’s book – it’s as delightful as his home-made biscuits, I promise. Or you can also meet him in person this Friday 18th of March in Lancaster LitFest!

If you want to get into freelance writing or radio, or if you’re trying to publish your first novel you cannot miss Eddie‘s encouraging story!

 

 

What can you find in this interview?

-Doing a Creative Writing MA at Goldsmith University.

-Publishing Sci-Fi with Snowbooks. (Currently open to submissions).

-Balancing writing and parenting.

-Freelancing.

-Working for the BBC. Check their Writer’s Room!

Texts Read:

Tomorrow Never Knows (Sci-Fi novel, extract).

Do you want to know more about Eddie Robson?

-Check out his twitter.

-Check out Wikipedia page.

Many thanks to our meticulous editor, Terry Garanhel and to the founder and sponsor of the programme, Yvonne Battle-Felton. And, of course, to Eddie Robson. We hope to read more of your novels, just one is not enough!

 

 

How writing can save your life: Michael Womack

Michael Womack

‘I’m not really doing it for the money, it’s something I’m passionate about…’

Michael Womack revindicates the importance of how we positively impact on others with our writing instead of measuring our success just with money. In his own words, there’s no better recipe for disappointment than doing the latter.

Michael started writing poetry in highschool. He joined the USA army and fought in Iraq. Back in Georgia he struggled with post traumatic stress disorder and depression. His first novel, From a Soldier’s Perspective, was inspired in his personal experiences. He is also the author of a poetry collection called Sexual Intimacy, Beyond Pleasure.

Listen to Michael‘s honest advice on how important is to feel passionate about your writing, because it can literally save your life!

What can you find in this interview?

-Using writing to overcome traumatic experiences.

-Self-publishing.

-Advantages of publishing in e-Book formart.

-Poetry.

-War experiences.

Texts Read:

From a Soldier’s Perspective  (extract).

Do you want to know more about Michael Womack?

-Check out his twitter.

-Check out his FB page.

-Check out his blog.

Many thanks to our meticulous editor, Terry Garanhel and to the founder and sponsor of the programme, Yvonne Battle-Felton. And, of course, to Michael Womack, who kindly agreed to be interviewed even if he lives in the other side of the Atlantic… we wish you the best in your literary career!

From Italy to Lancaster: Monica Guerrasio.

Clown

‘I always wanted to write, I started when I was nine years old and I always thought that was something you were supposed to do on the side while having a proper job, but when I realised that my career wasn’t making me happy and I didn’t have time to write I decided to do Creative Writing MA full time.’

Monica Guerrasio published her first Fantasy novel at 18. She moved from Italy to London to study journalism, worked there while writing reviews for music magazines and ended up in   Lancaster studying a Creative Writing MA…

Do you want to hear the adventures of this charismatic Fantasy writer publishing and developing a writing career in different languages?

What can you find in this interview?

-Travelling to pursue a writing career.

-Journalism.

-First experience publishing.

-Doing an MA in Creative Writing at Lancaster University.

-Writing in English and Italian.

Texts Read:

– Extract from dystopian novelette (untitled).

Do you want to know more about Monica Guerrasio?

-Check out her twitter.

Many thanks to our meticulous editor, Terry Garanhel and to the founder and sponsor of the programme, Yvonne Battle-Felton. And, of course, to Monica Guerrasio, we had so much fun interviewing you… we hope to see you soon at a Sci-Fi convention signing your novels!

Writer on a boat – Sarah Jasmon

Sarah Jasmon

 

‘I can see why people might consider writing a lonely activity, but I don’t find it that way. There’s twitter… I don’t think writers can be lonely again.’

Sarah Jasmon lives on a boat in the Liverpool canal and writes novels. She always wanted to be an author. By obtaining an MA in Creative Writing and opening her blog she got fully involved in the literary world and found an agent and a publisher… She’s a fresh, positive writer always approachable via Twitter. Do you want to listen to the inspiring story of her debut novel?

 

 

What can you find in this interview?

-Pursuing a career in writing – no matter your age!

-Blogging as a writer.

-Finding agents ad publishers.

-Being part of a writing community.

-Doing an MA in Creative Writing.

-Writing and parenting.

 

Texts Read:

– Extract from The summer of secrets (novel).

 

Do you want to know more about Sarah Jasmon?

-Check out her website.

-Check out her twitter.

 

Many thanks to our meticulous editor, Terry Garanhel, and the founder and sponsor of the programme, Yvonne Battle-Felton. And, of course, to Sarah Jasmon, who shared with us her inspiring story about publishing her debut novel… we hope you publish many more!

Poetry and laughs – Gary Boswell

Gary Boswell

 

‘I borrowed a book from the library called The Apeman Cometh thinking it was a joke book, and it was fun, I laughed all way through it, but then I looked at the back and it said it was a poetry book… and I thought, crack it!’

Gary Boswell left his job in bank to study art at Lancaster University. As a poet, he has been featured by the BBC and collaborated with artists from several disciplines. Want to hear his Scottish accent when reading one of his most recent poems to the TWL?

What can you find in this interview?

-Leaving your day-job to pursue your dreams.

-Collaborating with other artists.

-Being a writer-in-residence.

-How to read your work in front of an audience.

-Finding an editor.

 

Texts Read:

The Battle of the Trousers (poem).

 

Do you want to know more about Gary Boswell?

-Check out his more recent work, a collaboration with the painter Hideyuki Sobue to celebrate the 200th aniversary of Wordsworth’s daffodile poem.

-Check out this original recording of another of his poems, Ducks don’t shop in Sansbury’s.

Many thanks to our meticulous editor, Terry Garanhel, and the founder of the programme, Yvonne Battle-Felton. And, of course, to Gary Boswell, who shared his poems and enthusiasm with us.

 

 

Don’t forget to check our next interview on Sunday 7th of February in 87.7 Bailrigg FM at 6pm with the writer on a boat Sarah Jasmon!

The multifaced writer – Jerry White

Jerry White

‘I’m one of these sick people who likes to get up at 4.30 to write.’

Jerry White started watching his panda wallpaper and imagining stories when he was a child… Now he’s a successful writer who has just finished his first collection of dark fantasy YA novels – The Thickety – but he also teaches in school and has a filming company… There’s always time for your passions – specially if you wake up as 4.30 like Jerry!

What can you find in this interview?

-How to publish your first novel.

-How to contact an agent.

-Experiences doing book launches at bookshops and libraries.

-Balancing writing with your daily job and other hobbies.

-Waking up early to write.

 

Texts Read:

The Thickety: A Path Begins (YA novel).

 

Do you want to know more about Jerry White?

-Check out his website.

-Check out his twitter.

-Check out his FB page.

-And check the amazing trailer of his first book.

Many thanks to our meticulous editor, Terry Garanhel, and the founder of the programme, Yvonne Battle-Felton. And, of course, to Jerry White, who spent his break at the school making an interview with us. We love The Thickety and we hope you write more successful books!

 

Don’t forget to check our next interview on Sunday 31st of January in 87.7 Bailrigg FM at 6pm with the poet Gary Boswell!

Writing the Weird – Tim J Jarvis

Tim Jarvis

 

‘Getting used to London and becoming a Londoner went hand in hand with my writing,’ Tim Jarvis confesses. He likes to observe the city from Parliament Hill, one of the places he finds more inspiring in the metropolis.

Tim‘s first novel, The Wanderer, belongs to Werid Fiction, a genre that some might have never heard about before. ‘Weird fiction is a secular, post First World War ghost story telling,’ Tim explains, and then he adds ‘it is a paralel pulp form of Modernism.’ He recommends some authors, from H P Lovecraft to Mark Z Danielewski and Caitlín R Kiernan, and finally states, ‘Writing Weird Fiction allows me to articulate what I really want to express.’

Tim didn’t start writing until he was in his final year of undergraduate, and back then he was trying ‘to emulate the strange tales of Borges.’ Now he has completed a PhD, published several short stories and a novel, and teaches Creative Writing at the University of Bedfordshire. He firmly believes that the craft of writingf can be taught: ‘You can inculcate an exploratory way of thinking through teaching Creative Writing.’

What can you find in this interview?

-Weird Fiction, what to read and how to publish it.

-Inspiration from London.

-Teaching Creative Writing.

Texts Read:

The Wanderer (novel).

Literary recommendations:

Melmoth The Wanderer, by Charles Maturin.

The Red Tree, by Caitlín Kiernan.

House of Leaves, by Mark Danielewski.

The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pymp, by Edgar Alan Poe.

The Infernal Desire Machines of Doctor Hoffman, by Angela Carter.

Do you want to know more about Timothy J Jarvis?

-Check out his website.

-Check out his twitter.

Many thanks to our meticulous editor, Terry Garanhel, and the founder of the programme, Yvonne Battle-Felton. And, of course, to Tim J Jarvis, who has been so kind and friendly with us. We loved to interview you and we hope you write many more Weird Fiction novels!

Don’t forget to check our next interview on Sunday 24th of January in 87.7 Bailrigg FM at 6pm with best-selling author J A White!

Throwing darts – Kirsty Logan

Kirsty Logan

‘While we write we’ve to fool ourselves that no one would ever read it’. This might be Kirsty Logan‘s fantasy, but the truth is she has been able to engage with quite a large audience, especially since her debut novel, The Gracekeepers, was published this year. ‘A novel is like a doll house. A huge world you can look at and explore.’ Kirsty also enjoys writing short stories – she has two collections out there, The Rental Heart and A Portable Shelter. ‘A short story is like looking through a keyhole: they’re small but suggest a much larger world.’

Kirsty is a very active writer. She found her agent through Twitter: ‘If you’re not on twitter as a writer, get on Twitter.’ She also participates in the WoMentoring project, as ‘it keeps me on my toes because I see the talent out there’ and travels to fascinating places – from the Scottish’s shores to Iceland – to gather inspiration for her stories. Her secret? Working little by little, ‘If I do 400 words in the morning it doesn’t matter what happens with the rest of the day’, and not getting discouraged easily. ‘Getting published or getting an agent is like throwing darts in a dartboard, not knowing which one is going to hit the bull’s eye.’

What can you find in this interview?

-Experiences in getting an agent and getting published.

-Ideas to publish a short story collection.

-Travelling to research your writing.

-Characterisation.

-Writing routine.

-Animals in literature.

Texts Read:

The Gracekeepers (novel).

Writing Resources:

WoMentoring.

Do you want to know more about Kirsty Logan?

-Check out her website.

-Check out her Twitter.

-Check out her Instagram.

-Check out her Facebook.

Many thanks to our meticulous editor, Terry Garanhel, and the founder of the programme, Yvonne Battle-Felton. And, of course, to Kirsty Logan, who has been very kind in accepting to be interviewed by TWL. We hope to read lots of your novels!

Don’t forget to check our next interview on Sunday 6th of December in 87.7 Bailrigg FM at 6pm with Weird Fiction writer Tim Jarvis!

 

 

East and West writer – Leonor Macedo

Leonor Macedo
Leonor Macedo is fluent in two languages – Portuguese and English – and even understood a bit of Cantonese when she was a child. The story of her infancy is fascinating. ‘I lived in Macao since I was 2, coming back to Portugal at 10 was more like going to a different country than coming home.’ English is the language she chose to write her stories: ‘I write in English to reach a larger audience, the Portuguese publishing industry is not very developed. I also love the language.’ She confesses to be inspired mainly by English authors such as Neil Gaiman, although, as she points out, ‘there are Portuguese writers that write in English as well, like Pessoa.’ (Check an interesting article about this unique poet here!)
Leonor finds inspiration in cultures from remote places, such as Japan. She’s also an enthusiast role player, and she admits that ‘role playing helped me develop characters for my writing.’ Is this perhaps something that more writers should consider?
She’s currently doing the second year of the Distance Learners MA in Creative Writing at Lancaster University. ‘The CW MA at Lancaster Uni has opened my understanding of what it is to write and how to write.’ As Gabriella Campbell – another TWL author – she also likes to keep a daily writing routine ‘I force myself to write at least 200 or 500 words every day.’ 

 

What can you find in this interview?

-Experiences from doing a Distance Learners Creative Writing MA.

-How role-playing can help you to create believable characters.

-How to use DeviantArt as a writer.

-Travelling and writing.

Texts Read:

–Extract from an untitled Fantasy novel.

Do you want to know more about Leonor Macedo?

-Check out her Deviantart, where you can also have ask her for a literary commission!

 

Many thanks to our meticulous editor, Terry Garanhel, and the founder of the programme, Yvonne Battle-Felton. And, of course, to Leonor Macedo, who is our fellow student in the Creative Writing MA here at Lancaster University. We hope you are enjoying it as much as we did!

Don’t forget to check our next interview on Sunday 29th of November in 87.7 Bailrigg FM at 6pm with the Scottish writer Kirsty Logan!