In the series of Interview with the authors of the Crimelines anthology,
today I’m talking to
Tell us how you got involved in the Crimelines project?
I had previously had a short story included in the 2013 anthology Timelines; that was a great experience, so when I heard the editors were inviting submissions for a new collection I was keen to get involved.
Was it your first time at writing a short story to be published?
No. I had previously written an historical short story called ‘Thicker Than Blood’, set in Victorian Leicester. ‘The Great Crane Robbery’ was, though, my first attempt at writing for publication a short story set in the present day.
What is it you enjoy most when writing short stories?
It is satisfying to be able to sketch out a complete storyline in one sitting. With a novel-length piece it is sometimes difficult to see how the story will take shape, but with a short story one is able to see the outline at a glance.
What are the main difficulties?
Short stories call for economy. I find it difficult to pare back descriptive details, which I use to create atmosphere in longer works, and I have to remind myself not to introduce too many characters.
Tell us a little bit about what’s ahead of you as a writer.
I am currently completing my MA dissertation: an historical novel for teens, set in the Anglo-Saxon period. Passing the MA is my immediate priority – but I would be very happy if my novel eventually found its way onto bookshelves!
Thank you Paula for this great interview.