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  • Chasing Wolves - Urban Waite Interview & Book Giveaway
    thinking that Sometimes the Wolf is the middle of something Like Terror it takes a moment in a person s life and it analyzes the what could be and the what is of the moment I think there s more there to look at More that I can explore and want to explore down the line Litro What can you tell us about the film adaptations of your first two books Urban I ve had nothing but a good experience with the film adaptations Both of my previous books have had their rights sold and they both currently have scripts and some form of funding But to be truthful this is all my vague understanding I mostly keep out of it As a writer I work on my own and I like it that way I am baffled by anything that resembles a workplace or requires the input of more than the voices in my head All the working parts of making a film seem quite foreign to me And I imagine it must be like trying to make your voice heard in a room where there are a thousand other voices vying for attention Still I always hope for good things Litro If you had to give one piece of advice to someone wanting to write crime thrillers what would it be Urban Bad guys are people too There are a lot of really bad bad guys out there And when I say bad bad guy I mean they do not seem like believable characters And if the idea in writing is to create characters that the reader can identify with in some small way then my goal is always to create characters that are only a few shades of gray from being good decent characters In life and in fiction the beginning of something horrible often comes down to a choice as simple as getting behind the wheel after a beer or two Meaning the distinction between what is good and what is bad is usually something very small Litro And finally what can we expect to see from you next Urban I m working on a novel that follows around an Olympic boxer in the year after he has come back from the Olympics I wasn t really sure what I had when I started but I ve found it to be pretty fascinating The whole idea of family amidst fame and celebrity as well as the hopes those in the community put on someone who is in their minds bound for greatness I ve finished a draft and I m tailoring it now trying to make it better with each pass It s always an adventure and one that I think I might just pull off You can read more about Urban Waite s forthcoming fourth novel in his essay Approaching the Ring We have three copies of Sometimes The Wolf to give away to our readers To enter just follow us and leave us a

    Original URL path: http://www.litro.co.uk/2015/04/chasing-wolves-author-qa-with-urban-waite/ (2016-02-15)
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  • More Writing About Writing: Q&A with Dostoevsky
    just write What would Dostoevsky do Yes I was aware of the ridiculousness of this conversation but that was a thought too rich to resist I knew about the pitfalls the platforms from writers fresh with hindsight but what would Dostoevsky have done if he no longer knew what worked and why I allowed my imagination to run away with itself once again Fyodor The Brothers Karamazov Demons literary classics by any standards Did you ever worry though that they were too grand too idea filled and thus vulnerable to censorship Oh you re too kind Reece but let us be honest I am no Tolstoy no George Eliot Really You don t feel your work equals theirs Who finds pleasure in their own writing One has to have an idea of their place to find those like minded those open to appreciate Well rest assured you certainly reside above Turgenev If this were happening anywhere other than my imagination he would have laughed uproariously He would have wagged a fatherly finger in my direction and said Don t you worry my boy these things you want will come in the end That rising shame felt so intensely before worked its way through my body I saw the headline Deluded Writer Succumbs To Dostoevsky Fuelled Madness Thankfully the rain stopped A gloomy breeze moved over us I said Pub Anywhere particular No You decide We walked quickly With the collars of our overcoats pulled up hands in pockets heads down We didn t need to talk to fill each silence so other writers admired came to mind Then a drummer worked his way through a warm up beat Snapping me out of great writer thinking We were stood in a pub slowly filling waiting for a band to play My friend said What do you want to drink Something strong I couldn t bear to look at the beautiful faces Young Alive I imagined Dostoevsky saying You know I was talking to Hamsun yesterday Your name came up Really We agreed that your writing is coming along And he thinks you are entering a more mature phase I don t know what to say We do feel you need to be tougher though Stronger willed But rest assured you are getting there Of course if the ghosts of great writers were to appear I suspect they d find a place more befitting than a pub in Camden perhaps a Nobel Prize winner s convention or a Knausgaard reading The reality is that we won t always be told what we want to hear we re out there alone throwing word bombs from literary trenches Sometimes it s easier to daydream of Penguin Modern Classics bearing your name of conversations with writers admired Sometimes instead of asking myself why what s the use instead of fuelling the fire of fear and self doubt I might just try asking myself what Dostoevsky would do About Reece Choules Reece Choules is a regular

    Original URL path: http://www.litro.co.uk/2015/03/more-writing-about-writing-qa-with-dostoevsky/ (2016-02-15)
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  • A Flash of Inspiration: Could Have, Would Have, Should Have by Ken Elkes
    enjoy stories such as this where there is a lot of room for the reader to imagine what has happened to bring a character to this specific point in their life Did you set out with this in mind when you wrote it Ken My admiration of writers like Hemingway and Carver among many others and my own preferences about not being fed every detail means I m happy to trust readers to use their own imagination and critical skills But it is also a product of how I write flash fiction which tends to be in one sitting creating the story from a set of prompts The process which I learned while I was part of the online writing school Alex Keegan s Bootcamp involves playing with the prompts until you find a voice a tone for the piece a sense of character and theme Then at the moment when it feels like it s coming to the boil I begin to write fast without thinking Then comes the editing taking away the fluff without excising the heart I think the whole process from blank page to finished story took a couple of hours So yes readers perhaps need to do some work but hopefully that is a good thing rather than a negative Jen The language is quite spare in this story but the use of a conditional tense and the idea that there is this unreal past lurking within the story makes it very complex How deliberate was this use of language Ken This is tricky to answer because the way a flash turns out is partly deliberate but mostly sub conscious So on a conscious level I knew that could have would have should have were collectively called the Modals of Lost Opportunity kudos to whoever came up with that which suggested the melancholy tone of the piece I also consciously realised I could use them to structure the story From could have which to me is all about possibility through to should have which has more negative connotations As for the rest the tone of the language the way the first two thirds of the story is about a past that never actually happened yet from this the reader can deduce something of what did really happen and then a final third which deals with the fall out of that fantasy reality well that all came out of some dark corner of my brain As for sparseness of language that is part of my general writing style though hopefully I can do lyrical in the right circumstances Jen I was surprised by the emotional kick within this story It was only on the second reading that I found myself imagining this man and grappling with the could haves would haves and should haves that he ponders The layers within the story only surface after a few readings nothing is immediately obvious and as a reader you really have to work to get to the heart

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  • Rooms of Our Own
    I still have my room of one s own I apply for Universities near me I don t want to give up this room I m not ready to part with it More books have populated more ornaments around manuscripts pile up against the wall rejection letters hide in my drawer I write the literary horror novel with a new audience with my boyfriend who talks me through it We argue over a character drinking whiskey at dinner It s in his character I say He wouldn t drink whiskey he would drink wine We don t talk for two hours I enrol at University I meet Raymond Carver his story Tell The Women We re Going changes everything I want to write short stories I want to write literature I finish the novel My boyfriend says why not this and I am angry because he is right It s a better ending I dedicate the novel to him My room is my own there is not a touch of anyone else here The books the ornaments even the futon is all mine I decide it is time to leave I have to say goodbye to the room but I try to take it all with me I move into a house with my friends and the room has a desk it has drawers it becomes my own space but not quite as brilliant I move the next year into a new house the smallest room in the house an attic room almost I love it There are no shelves so I stack books under the desk The chair resembles the chair in my attic study a chair my dad brought home from work and we crammed up the small staircase I fill the walls with postcards that inspire me posters and articles I have hanging over my desk a piece of paper I have carried with me since the last house a mini poem my friend Hannah wrote There was a house of men They lived as a trio of poets writers and creatures of crude love and romance They lived like creations of fantasy in their own enchanted castle waiting for beauty to come and break the spell of the beasts I write my dissertation in this room the desk faces the window I hear the rain crackle against the glass I feel the cold coming in I write wearing a cardigan My friends come in and sit on my bed and talk to me I have my ornaments on top of the wardrobe and piled on my chest of drawers This room has candles it smells of lavender A new room of one s own I move to Coventry and the room is long extended almost it belonged once to an old person I am not allowed to put posters up in this room I do anyway I bring as many books as I can cram in the car some old favourites my five editions of Alice

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  • Thomas Stewart, Author at Litro Magazine
    place to write Read more Thomas Stewart The author has 3 posts published in Litro Magazine Thomas Stewart has an MA in Writing from Warwick and a BA in English from South Wales His work has been featured in The Cadaverine Ink Sweat and Tears The Stockholm Review of Literature The Metric Erotic Review Agenda Broadsheet among others His first poetry pamphlet Creation is forthcoming by Red Squirrel Press He is also a freelance writer and Assistant Editor of Mens Fashion Magazine He enjoys folk music horror films suburban fiction vintage watches patterned jumpers odd knick knacks scented candles and has a huge fear of the dark He can be found on Twitter at ThomasStewart08 Website Twitter Facebook Contact Us General 44 0 20 3371 9971 info litro co uk Sales Advertising enquiries 44 0 20 3371 9971 Email Sales Magazine Editorial editor litro co uk All Online Editorial online litro co uk Book Reviews Author Interviews reviews litro co uk Film Arts Editorial arts litro co uk Litro Lab Podcast litrolab litro co uk LitroTV litrotv litro co uk Litro Listings listings litro co uk Subscribe Stockists Submissions Advertising Our Team About Litro Litro Magazine is a free short stories and creative arts magazine in print and online Providing a place for readers writers and the broader creative community to discuss various aspects of literature arts and culture through features reviews non themed fiction interviews columns and more Perfect reading for those with busy lives When the first issue of Litro was published in April 2005 the main free paper for commuters and city dwellers was the morning Metro Since then many tabloid style free sheets have joined the field like the Metro these can be skim read and quickly discarded Litro is different our central aim has always

    Original URL path: http://www.litro.co.uk/author/tomstewart0808/ (2016-02-15)
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  • Claire Fuller Interview Our Endless Numbered Days
    when Peggy and James were gone Is that something you would consider Claire I m glad you found Ute interesting Some readers have described her as cold but I wonder if that s just our view of what we think a mother should be I sometimes wonder what would happen if Ute s and James roles were reversed and how that would change our perceptions of them as parents I hadn t thought about writing about the period when Peggy and James were gone but I wouldn t rule it out Ute does describe a few of the traumatic things she had to face and it might be interesting to look at these more closely Jen I found the use of music in the book as a civilizing force but also as something which seems to keep Peggy sane a very accomplished facet of Our Endless Numbered Days Did you consciously develop this as an idea Are you musical yourself Claire I can t play an instrument but I do listen to a lot of music and when I was younger I sang rather badly in a band for a while The theme of music grew organically as I started out writing this novel but then when I became aware of it I definitely developed it more consciously and used it in all sorts of ways As you mention it s a civilizing force it s used to describe both Ute s and Peggy s moods as a connection between Peggy and her brother and later her mother and yes it is certainly used by Peggy to keep herself sane but ironically on a rather improbable piano Jen The prose in Our Endless Numbered Days is very clear I heard it described by one reviewer as translucent which I think is a perfect description it gives the story a certain credence the way Peggy narrates it Is this a style that comes naturally to you How easy was it to find and develop this voice and this child s perspective Claire Thank you When I was starting to write Our Endless Numbered Days I didn t think about voice or narration style at all I just started writing so to some extent how the novel turned out is probably just the way I write But when I was revising the manuscript I was very conscious that Peggy is a young and naïve seventeen when she s telling this story and at the beginning she is only eight But there s also a trick I sometimes use when I m writing which might sound a bit odd If I m having a day where nothing is coming out right where my writing sounds like a cheap poorly written romance novel I stop and read a bit of Richard Ford I keep his novel Wildlife on the table beside me but it could equally be Canada except I have the hardback and it s big I read a random page and sometimes

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  • Who is Tom Ditto: Discussion Page
    Litro Book Club and you ll get them sent to you before they hit the shops You ll get access to live author Q As and the chance to see your reviews published on the site It s also a great way of meeting like minded book lovers at our members and friends live events Litro s mission is to find the best and most exciting new voices in fiction and non fiction and give them a platform for their work Four times a year members of the Litro Book Club will receive an advance copy of the featured book in their mailbox and then we will proceed to read it together To read works from other writers to watch get our All Access membership membership gives you subscription to our print magazine membership of our Book Club unlimited online access invites to Litro Live1 events and much more Read the book Tell us what you think on the Book Club discussion page About Litro Online Mail Web More Posts 713 Comments comments Prev A Flash of Inspiration 30 Off by Clodagh O Brien Next Q A Danny Wallace on Who is Tom Ditto kristy romines Very good Related Posts The Theatre Is A Mirror The Spanish Golden Age Season at the Arcola Theatre Drama Matters How Do You Revive A Devised Play Claire Fuller Our Endless Numbered Days Litro TV Recent Posts Bringing Up Baby In the Night Time Before the Sun Rises at the Gate Theatre True Love in Los Angeles A R BY ANY OTHER NAME The Echo Travelling in Fiji The Litro Blog View Archive 11th February 2016 Litro 149 The Love issue Letter from the Editor By Eric Akoto Love we spend our lives craving it in one form or another searching for it and talking about it Its meaning is felt more than it is clearly expressed Some call it the greatest virtue Continue reading 9th December 2015 Litro 148 The Going Home issue Letter from the Editor By Eric Akoto This month in Litro 148 we explore the notion of what Going Home means to us Is it a familiar physical space A refuge A feeling A state of mind Or is home actually to be found in another human being maybe your partner your parents How do you know when you have found it Continue reading Contact Us General 44 0 20 3371 9971 info litro co uk Sales Advertising enquiries 44 0 20 3371 9971 Email Sales Magazine Editorial editor litro co uk All Online Editorial online litro co uk Book Reviews Author Interviews reviews litro co uk Film Arts Editorial arts litro co uk Litro Lab Podcast litrolab litro co uk LitroTV litrotv litro co uk Litro Listings listings litro co uk Subscribe Stockists Submissions Advertising Our Team About Litro Litro Magazine is a free short stories and creative arts magazine in print and online Providing a place for readers writers and the broader creative community to discuss various aspects

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  • Litro Book Club: Dust & Desire Discussion Page
    join the chat on Twitter hashtag LitroBC Conrad Williams Dust Desire We pick the most exciting new titles out there for the Litro Book Club and you ll get them sent to you before they hit the shops You ll get access to live author Q As and the chance to see your reviews published on the site It s also a great way of meeting like minded book lovers at our members and friends live events Litro s mission is to find the best and most exciting new voices in fiction and non fiction and give them a platform for their work Four times a year members of the Litro Book Club will receive an advance copy of the featured book in their mailbox and then we will proceed to read it together To read works from other writers to watch get our All Access membership membership gives you subscription to our print magazine membership of our Book Club unlimited online access invites to Litro Live events and much more Members Read the book Tell us what you think on the Book Club discussion page About Litro Online Mail Web More Posts 713 Comments comments Prev Once and Once Only the Finished Litrostory Next Author Q A with Conrad Williams Related Posts Exhibition The Spirit of Utopia at Whitechapel Gallery Litro 136 Music Could Have Would Have Should Have Litro TV Recent Posts Bringing Up Baby In the Night Time Before the Sun Rises at the Gate Theatre True Love in Los Angeles A R BY ANY OTHER NAME The Echo Travelling in Fiji The Litro Blog View Archive 11th February 2016 Litro 149 The Love issue Letter from the Editor By Eric Akoto Love we spend our lives craving it in one form or another searching for it and talking about it Its meaning is felt more than it is clearly expressed Some call it the greatest virtue Continue reading 9th December 2015 Litro 148 The Going Home issue Letter from the Editor By Eric Akoto This month in Litro 148 we explore the notion of what Going Home means to us Is it a familiar physical space A refuge A feeling A state of mind Or is home actually to be found in another human being maybe your partner your parents How do you know when you have found it Continue reading Contact Us General 44 0 20 3371 9971 info litro co uk Sales Advertising enquiries 44 0 20 3371 9971 Email Sales Magazine Editorial editor litro co uk All Online Editorial online litro co uk Book Reviews Author Interviews reviews litro co uk Film Arts Editorial arts litro co uk Litro Lab Podcast litrolab litro co uk LitroTV litrotv litro co uk Litro Listings listings litro co uk Subscribe Stockists Submissions Advertising Our Team About Litro Litro Magazine is a free short stories and creative arts magazine in print and online Providing a place for readers writers and the broader creative community to discuss various

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