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An interview with Bridget McNulty PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 28 November 2007 10:42

The image “http://www.bridgetmcnulty.com/images/stories/bridgetmcnulty.jpg” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors.1. Your novel has been termed “chick lit” – do you find this term intellectually dismissive of women?
I actually haven’t heard anyone call it chick lit, which has been quite a relief! One reviewer suggested I was parodying chick lit (which I wasn’t) but I’m aiming more for light-hearted literature, that happens to appeal to women. I think chick lit writers are often very consciously writing chick lit, but I also think that people like lumping any non-political books by women writers into the chick lit category.

2. What inspires your writing?
Why people act the way they do – stupid or quirky things I overhear or see or imagine, and the strange things we’re willing to explain away for love.

 

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An interview with Imraan Coovadia PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 04 September 2007 09:53
The image “http://www.umuzi-randomhouse.co.za/images/thieves.jpg” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors.Imraan Coovadia: author of The Wedding and Green-Eyed Thieves.

1. When did you first start writing?
Around 1992.

2. What do you love most about writing?

Answering questionnaires. No, I guess, I like the fact that it’s permanent.

3. Tell us a little about when and where you write?

In the mornings, at a desk.

4. Do you edit as you go along, or write it all and then go back?
Edit-write-edit-throw away-edit-write. Weep, laugh, write. Hope.
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An interview with Willemien de Villiers PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 29 August 2007 08:19
Willemien de Villiers: author of Kitchen Casualties and the upcoming The Virgin in the Treehouse (both published by Jacana Books).

1. When did you first start writing?
Probably as soon as I was physically able to, as I don’t remember a time without a connection to words and books and reading and writing. I was fascinated by the magical qualities of language from a very young age; by the ability of ‘The line of words [to] finger your own heart,’ as Annie Dillard so succinctly puts in The Writing Life.

2. What do you love most about writing?
The way it creates calm and order from my ever-churning internal chaos; the way it brings me to new insights about myself and the world I live in.
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