Our new interview is with the lovely, Kirsty Logan:
Kirsty Logan is a fiction writer, literary editor, columnist and book reviewer. Her short fiction and poetry has been published in around 80 anthologies and magazines, recorded for podcasts, broadcast on BBC Radio 4, and exhibited in galleries.
Kirsty regularly performs at events and festivals around the world; recent performances include London, Copenhagen, and Brussels. As a Hawthornden Fellow, she recently spent a month on a writing retreat in a 17th century castle, working on her novel The Gracekeeper about a circus boat in a flooded world.
As well as writing fiction, Kirsty also co-edits flash fiction magazine Fractured West, writes articles for IdeasTap, works as the literary editor for The List, and writes a regular column on the X-Files for The Female Gaze.
Her debut, The Rental Heart & Other Fairytales, will be published in November 2013.
We first met Kirsty at Weegie Wed, where she gave a very down to earth description of her career. We think her humble nature is something we could all learn from. Here is her interview:
How did you start?
8am, just after my girlfriend Annie leaves for work. I dump the breakfast dishes in the sink, sit at my desk, and get utterly lost in my made-up world. That way, I can get a full hour of novel-writing in before I have to start on all my other freelance jobs at 9am. If I leave it any later to get started, then the chores and paperwork and distractions start to nag at me. I try to start the day by focusing on what matters: writing.
Who proofreads your work (professional/ family/friend)?
I am in a ridiculously excellent critique group with two other young female writers, Helen Sedgwick and Katy McAulay. They are novelists and short story writers, and they both won Scottish Book Trust New Writers Awards last year. I trust their feedback completely and I wouldn’t send anything out into the world without them reading it first.
What do you think about getting an agent?
Getting an agent is like dating: instead of traipsing around after your object of desire getting increasingly more desperate, it’s better to be the most interesting and attractive person in the room so that they approach you. That analogy got a bit muddled, but hopefully it makes sense! Write well, work hard, build up your profile, and let them come to you.
Which publisher are you with and why?
My first collection, The Rental Heart & Other Fairytales, is about to be published by Salt. They make beautiful books, they’re entirely independent, and they treat their writers well.
For our members, what do you think is the most important quality to possess?
Read. Write. Find someone whose opinion you trust – writing is a lonely life, and it’s vital to have support. Get yourself out there, both online on social networks and in person at readings and events. Always be professional. Be persistent but never pushy or ungrateful. Read more. Write even more.