What are you working on at the moment?
I have won a scholarship to complete the Thirty Week Fiction Course at the Creative Hub in Auckland, which will finish this May.
What are your writing aspirations?
I hope to learn the craft well enough to tell engaging stories that also mean something to others. I’m interested in the way language leads us down a particular path – the assumptions we draw from a few words or sentences or paragraphs. I would like to be able to write stories that turn on those assumptions, that reflect them like a mirror into the reader’s own life. I think that’s how stories can be meaningful and useful.
What do you love about working at the Writers’ Cafe?
The people! We have a very welcoming team at the Writers’ Cafe. Also, there are a lot of possibilities and a feeling of real excitement in the group. The project appeals to a wide variety of writers.
What’s your best piece of writing advice?
Write often, read often.
Which authors do you admire?
All of them. Hats off to anyone who takes the risks, does the work, and faces the level of criticism and rejection that writers must face. It’s hard. A few writers that I particularly enjoy: Alice Munro, Lucia Berlin, Lauren Groff, Rachel Cusk, Elena Ferrante, Janet Frame… Writers who take risks both in content and form, who try to find new ways to write about challenging subjects.