A Literary Q&A
A few weeks ago a short story of mine ‘Mission Improbable’ got reviewed on Mel Ulm’s great blog ‘The Reading Life’. Following that I did a Q&A session on my writing and myself. It was a challenging and interesting set of questions that made me delve into my motivations and influences.
It also made me think about the environment I live in and the great legacy of Irish writers that roam around me, both living and dead. It is a privilege to live amongst such literary wealth and is something I need to appreciate and draw from more. I want to walk in their footsteps so I can find my own.
As Sylvia Plath once said: “Let me live, love and say it well in good sentences.”
When did you start writing?
I think I have always written. Poems and short stories mainly as a child and could always found with my nose in a book. I worked as a science journalist in London for a number of years and on returning to Ireland found the new role I took on was making me pretty miserable. So I decided to take a year off and take the plunge. That was three years ago and I’m still going albeit with a part-time job now as writing as of yet is not paying the bills!