Author Interview #29, with super-multi-genre (and multi-tasker) UK writer, Morgen Bailey!
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Hi Morgen! Describe yourself in 5 words:
Live and breathe writing fiction.
Share a short excerpt and blurb of your work (10-100 words):
The footsteps are on the stairs now; painfully slow… he knows you can hear them and he likes to torture, only this time you’re not going to be the victim. A floorboard creaks and he laughs. It’s not the laugh you remember from the early days but a low, almost sub-human sound. He claps his hands together, slow, methodical, like applauding a concert pianist. You’re the one he’s listening to but the only sound you’re making isn’t audible to him. You swallow and your ears pop; a child-like sound drowning out your heartbeat – a brief distraction, like a fly buzzing around an empty room.
(I write anything that appeals, although it’s usually dark or humour; two extremes. And I especially love second person)
Share an excerpt of your favorite author’s work (10-100 words):
I’m a BIG fan of short stories and loved Kate Atkinson’s quirky ‘Not the End of the World’ collection:
If Eddie could have chosen, he would have been a fish. A large fish without enemies, free to spend all day swimming lazily amongst the reeds and rushes in clear, blood-cold water. His mother, June, said not to worry, he was halfway there already, with his mouth hanging open all the time like a particularly dull-witted amphibian, not to mention the thick lenses of his spectacles that made his eyes bulge like a haddock’s.
Comment on the writing versus publication process, in your experience:
Writing is the thrilling aspect for me, never knowing in advance exactly what is going to come out until I start writing. Once it’s out and edited (usually 3-4 times) then the hard work begins… and usually semi-ends with a rejection slip, although I’m fairly rubbish at sending things out – I only have 27 rejections vs 8 acceptances, although I don’t do badly in competitions.
What is your definition of “good writing”?
Concise, plot-forwarding, imaginative without ‘telling’ too much.
Please share your #1 tip for writers:
Read, have passion and never give up. (sorry that’s three :))
My website is http://morgenbailey.com and blog is http://morgenbailey.wordpress.com and they both have links for my Twitter, Facebook, Bailey’s Writing Tips podcast and other stuff I’m involved in (blog interviews, Radio Litopia etc).
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Much thanks to Morgen Bailey for stopping by!
Check out her website for all the various projects she is happily busy with ;)
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