I’ve been handed the baton in this writing blog tour by Cathie Hartigan of www.CreativeWritingMatters.co.uk/cathies-blog, so here goes.
1. What am I working on?
My novel, ‘Sealskin’, is now with an agent. Winning the Exeter Novel Prize – see http://subristow.weebly.com/1/post/2014/03/exeter-novel-prize.html … has meant that getting published is a little more likely. It also means that I am in some demand to write articles, do blogs, tweet, and find my way around the social networking scene. Luckily, I have very good guides!
My regular weekly herbblog at www.subristow.co.uk continues, and I’m also updating the Exeter Writers website in my capacity as secretary. What else? There’s always the ongoing business of polishing up short stories for competitions. Oh, and the next novel is tugging at my sleeve…
2. How does my work differ from others in its genre?
I like retelling old stories; the best ones are full of resonances, and each telling brings out something different. But I’m probably closer to Angela Carter than Sheri Tepper. It’s not about spinning fairytales for me, it’s about looking more closely at human dilemmas and how we try to solve them…or not.
3. Why do I write what I do?
I love fantasy, and the extra dimension it brings to the business of being human. The best fantasy isn’t escapist, it has a heightened sense of reality. My role model for living – and working as a herbalist – would be Terry Pratchett’s Granny Weatherwax! Maybe I’ll turn into her one day.
4. How does my writing process go?
It’s not at all systematic unless I’ve got a deadline. I do it at any time of day, wherever I am. Watching my partner play cricket yesterday, for instance. It unsettled the other players a bit; they thought I might be writing about them. Little did they know…
Next stop on the tour is with Cathy Edmunds, at http://catherineedmunds.blogspot.co.uk/