It's interview time again, and this month I'm joined by Jayne Martin. Jayne lives in Santa Barbara, California. She is a Pushcart, Best Small Fictions, and Best Microfictions nominee, and a recipient of Vestal Review’s VERA award. Her collection of microfiction, “Tender Cuts,” from Vine Leaves Press, is available now through all online book sellers. … Continue reading Interview with… Jayne Martin
When I started writing - in the dark ages, before the internet, possibly using slate (so my kids would have you believe) - writing was a solitary profession. I must have shared my vision of writing with you: sitting in an attic, with fingerless gloves, looking as unkempt as Fagin? No? I've actually got the … Continue reading Asking for help!
For those of you who don't know, I've been on furlough since the UK lockdown started in March, and this week I found out I'm going back to work. My life is a bit backwards - I consider my writing to be my career, and my gym job is a hobby which pays my bills. … Continue reading BACK TO WORK!!!!
Well, not quite. Let's say it's in flux, as crispy brown leaves litter the pavement and no one's quite sure if they should wear a jumper, sunglasses, raincoat, or shorts - or a jaunty mix of all four. Last Monday it was hot... so hot. Artoo and I slouched around Churchtown because it looked like … Continue reading And just like that, summer was gone…
It's time for the second in my new series of interviews with amazing authors. Today it's the turn of Melanie Faith. Melanie was born in December and has a birthday-twin niece. She is a craft-book author, editor, poet, photographer, and professor. Her writing and photography are forthcoming or were recently published in Menteur, Verse of … Continue reading Interview with… Melanie Faith
It's - loosely - advice week here at the Fountain Pen, but I'm going to use this time to have a little rant about Facebook. Hopefully it will be a useful rant, a helpful one. On Saturday morning, I was scrolling through the stats for my Facebook page. If you don't have one, it shows … Continue reading “I just want to sell my books!” says one author to another
I've got eleven days to write, edit, polish and submit a short story to a very prestigious short story competition, the Manchester Fiction Prize. Well, I've got something written, but I'm not sure it can actually be called a short story - it's currently a jumble of words with the Covid pandemic as its central … Continue reading Stuck in Covid
We love a good bank holiday in the UK - New Year, Good Friday, Easter Monday, a couple in May, August, Christmas and Boxing Day. Today, I'm going to be writing because I've got a self-imposed deadline coming up, and spent the weekend reading. Fun, but not particularly useful for the competition submission I haven't … Continue reading August Bank Holiday!
The observant among you will note that I've changed my blogging day to Monday. When I decided I'd post a series of interviews, I was going to do them on the third Monday of each month but continue posting around the Thursday/Friday as well. I realised that was a little unfair on my interviewees because … Continue reading Making it up as I go along
Welcome to my new monthly new series, Interview with... My aim is to introduce you to authors you may not have come across before. The first few will be with fellow Vine Leaves Press authors, mostly because I asked and they were hugely enthusiastic! So without further ado, please welcome poet Bauke Kamstra... Hi Bauke. … Continue reading Interview with… Bauke Kamstra