The Day Before by Charmaine Pauls

The Day Before by Charmaine Pauls

We asked the authors who jointly contributed to the 36 Hours anthology a number of questions about their writing. Here are Charmaine Pauls’s responses: Is your short story fact or fiction – or a mix of the two? Pure fiction. What was the inspiration behind your story? I love unprepared writing from a given theme, thus chose the title … Continue reading

How to start a book

How to start a book

We recently received an interesting question from Alma van As. It provoked an email correspondence between Jo-Anne and me that we thought you might find useful. Please join in the debate and discussion by posting your thoughts below. The question: Alma: How do you decide which book to write, or am I the only one … Continue reading

Monday Motivation: Losing your reader’s trust

Monday Motivation: Losing your reader’s trust

Before Phillip Pullman began work on Northern Lights, the first volume of His Dark Materials, he’d written a series of thrillers set in Victorian London, featuring the feisty Sally Lockhart. “They were all melodramas,” he told his audience at the Oxford Literary Festival, “but I took great care to get the Victorian backdrop as accurate … Continue reading

Under the Spitting Buck Tree by Ramona Chetty

Under the Spitting Buck Tree by Ramona Chetty

We asked the authors who jointly contributed to the 36 Hours anthology a number of questions about their writing. Ramona Chetty was the winner of the competition we ran as part of the Short Short Weekend project. Here are her responses: Is your short story fact or fiction – or a mix of the two? The story is fiction. What was … Continue reading

Monday Motivation: Of course, gin helps

Monday Motivation: Of course, gin helps

Phillip Pullman, speaking at the Oxford Literary Festival, was quizzed by a number of his very young readers. One boy, no older than fourteen or so, put a very pertinent, writerly question to the acclaimed author of the His Dark Materials trilogy. “Have your stories,” he asked, “ever dried up?” You could hear a hum … Continue reading

Not this Time by Nicolette Bosman

Not this Time by Nicolette Bosman

We asked the authors who jointly contributed to the 36 Hours anthology a number of questions about their writing. Here are Nicolette Bosman’s responses: Is your short story fact or fiction – or a mix of the two? Entirely fiction but inspired by a factual situation. What was the inspiration behind your story? My sister who has lived in … Continue reading