TELL US A LITTLE ABOUT YOURSELF – HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN WRITING? ANY PUBLICATIONS? DO YOU HAVE A DAILY WRITING ROUTINE?
I have been writing stories all my life, but not very regularly. I need plenty of reassurance and lots of time, so it’s an unsteady process.
SPECIFICALLY, TELL US A BIT MORE ABOUT YOUR LONGLISTED STORY – THE INSPIRATION BEHIND IT, THE WRITING OF IT…
I wrote this story as part of my creative writing PhD, which was about why stories have endings and which I didn’t finish (ran out of money). It reflects some of my key preoccupations: mortality, pleasure, the decisions we don’t get round to making and, in the words of Kenneth Williams, ‘Oh, what’s the bloody point?’
NAME THREE SHORT STORY WRITERS YOU ESPECIALLY ADMIRE – WHY?
Denis Johnson, Alice Munro and Bernard Malamud. I love them. Their stories make me feel richer and safer and more like myself in the world. They’re the first three writers I think of, and I especially love Denis Johnson.
To read Anna’s GBP longlisted story, ‘When can you start?’, click here.
ANNA WOOD writes about music (mainly) for Mojo, The Quietus and Caught By The River. She is also a freelance editor and a copywriter. She has an MA in creative writing and has been a fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown and at the Elizabeth Kostova Foundation in Sozopol. She is planning a beguinage.