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10 Questions for Tina Freeth

Tina Freeth

1. How long have you been a writer?

Unlike many writers who profess writing stories since childhood I have to say that for me it has been a very recent thing. I used to draw and read a lot as a child, but I only began writing in 2006. People used to read my e-mails or letters and tell me that I should be a writer and so I began to look into writing courses and competitions I could enter. Since then I've written short stories, creative non-fiction, a handful of short film scripts, a play and a couple of children’s books - I guess you could say I've now got the writing bug and have finally realised what it is I really want to do with my life!

2. What inspires you to write?

I'm often inspired by people or situations I've encountered in everyday experiences. After you have been writing for a while you develop writer’s eyes and ears and begin to see things or hear snippets of conversations that might be useful for stories or characters.

3. Who is your favourite writer/s?

A handful of my favourite writers are: Haruki Murakami, John Irving, Jane Austen, Douglas Coupland, Amy Tan, Alice Walker, Chuck Palaniuk, Walter Moseley, A.M. Holmes, and Jonathan Coe. I have quite eclectic tastes.

4. What are you working on at the moment?

I'm currently working on my memoir and a sample for a children’s book. I would like to write a full length feature film and a play but there is only so much you can do at once!

5. What are you reading at the moment?

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close – Jonathan Safran Foer

6. What advice would you give to aspiring writers?

• For those who lack confidence to write I'd tell them to just write and stop talking about it! I talked about it for years and years which did not get me anywhere. It is a good idea to start a journal to get into the writing habit. I did that two years before I began to write fiction. I also starting blogging my thoughts which is also good practice for writing regularly.

• Find someone supportive to read your work and to critique it honestly. Perhaps join a writing group or enroll in a creative writing class

• Edit, rewrite and revise - it's true what they say about the real writing being in the editing

• This is a bit strange, but I really enjoy writing on public transport or in public places like airports or cafes - I think it's about being transient and in a neutral space where my mind can wander. I often find that if I need to do some writing at home (I have a study) I tend to procrastinate and start cleaning or cooking when I have a deadline!

• Read a lot! Good writing comes from reading widely and often

7. What was the last book you borrowed from the library?

Chinese Myths and Legends - Philip Ardagh (research for storytelling)

8. What book has made you laugh?

A Prayer for Owen Meany - John Irving

9. What book has made you cry?

The Color Purple - Alice Walker

10. What book would you recommend to a friend and why?

The Glass Castle - Jeanette Walls.

I was given this book by a friend in California and I loved every page! It is a memoir that is quirky and funny.

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