November and December are always manic in the day job so, naturally, I completely forgot to post about the fab little interview I did with the wonderful beings behind FlashBack Fiction to support the publication of “I Am Held in the Hands of God Who Is Named Walter Potter; or, from the Case of ‘The Death and Burial of Cock Robin’”. I love little interviews.
If you wondered where the inspiration came from or what historical flash fiction I would recommend you read, do check it out!
As is customary, here is an out-of-context snippet to pique your interest:
My partner would like me to answer this one with: we are both deceased.
It’s a busy week. Alongside “Tatterdemalion, or of Apple Bough and Straw”, LSQ were lovely enough to interview me about my sad, strange little fairy tale, as well as all things writing. I love getting the chance to talk about words and putting them in a pretty order, so, naturally, I was thrilled.
Here’s a little taster on the making of the wiswoad:
‘Wis’ is from ‘wish’ and ‘woad’ is from both ‘wode’ (an archaic word for mad or wild) and ‘toad’. The wiswoad was originally more green and toadish, but then it grew a long nose and a purple hat and became something quite different. I wanted a name which you could imagine a crow saying too.
(Did I try to caw it when coming up with the name? Absolutely. Have I done it again just now? Also, yes.)
If you liked that and want to read the rest of the interview, click here!
I did something scary last week: I recorded my first ever podcast interview with the lovely Antony Frost of TERRIFY ME! With Antony Frost. I’ve really been enjoying TERRIFY ME! since its launch earlier this year and it very much has a spot on my regular rotation. It’s a great little podcast if you’re interested in all things spooky and folkloric, which, naturally, I am.
Having never been very good at public speaking, I’d day-dreamed about potential spoken interviews, and how they would go and what I would say, while being almost entirely certain they would never happen—who hasn’t pretended they were part of an interview while standing under a steaming shower head? No? Just me?
Well, sometimes you surprise yourself. Not only was I thrilled to be invited but I was excited to take part, even if I was nervous! (And I was very nervous.)
The episode is now live, ready and waiting to be streamed. Antony and I chat about all things ghostly, gothic and Crow & Cross Keys—there may be some sneaky submission tips tucked in there too. I have included the episode below for your delectation and delight. TERRIFY ME! With Antony Frost is available on Anchor FM, Spotify, Apple Podcasts and Stitcher. (Antony has also interviewed the brilliant Alex Woodroe in a previous episode, which is well worth the listen!)
We cannot guarantee that episode 8 is not haunted. I hope you love it!
But wait, there’s more! I was also asked to record a reading from my story, “Ghost Light”, and I might have gotten a little carried away. If you want to check out the interview first, you can find the reading over there too, but if you just can’t wait…