So you have your copy of Women of the Wild and like any good reader you’re thinking ‘I wonder how they came up with this story? Or that story?’ Me, being the impressive mind-reader that I am, have pre-emptively pestered the Wild Women Writers with that very question – WHY oh why did you write your words!? Here’s what they said… (You can thank me later.)
Helen Noble on writing Radio Grandma
Me: What motivated you to write Radio Grandma?
Helen: Radio Grandma is semi-autobiographical. I am blessed to have been born into a family of strong females, on my father’s side, each with an independent, entrepreneurial streak and a great sense of humour. As a young child I spent many hours with my grandmother, often fetching cups of tea for the ladies in her ‘hair salon,’ the converted parlour of her terraced house in the Welsh Valleys. In my early teens I spent long holidays with my aunty, occasionally serving pints of Welsh Bitter from behind the bar of her seaside pub in Swansea. Although both died in the first decade of this century, I still feel their continuing influence on me, in me, through me, often in the most unexpected moments.
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Casey Armstrong on writing Freedom to Lie
Me: Where did Freedom to Lie come from?
Casey: Freedom to Lie started off as something very different. I intended more to explore the darker side of speakeasies. A lot of that remained, but throughout the process of writing (and re-writing) I started to explore a few different themes, particularly women-owned speakeasies. Although Tom’s is entirely fictional, the experiences are based in fact. Long story short, I wrote it because I had a story to tell, and that story evolved in some unexpected ways.
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Evangeline Chateau-Loney on writing Good Teeth
Me: Can you tell us why you wrote Good Teeth?
Evangeline: Before this story I’d never really thought much about the idea of ‘write what you know’, so I wanted to challenge myself to write what I knew, or rather, what my world was when I was a child. I really do have ‘good teeth’ and I really did eat weirdly-specific snacks on the way home from school and take trips to the forests of Argyll. I don’t chew on unsuspecting hikers, though! (She says, shiftily.)
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Emmy Clarke on writing The Fox Mother
Me: Why did you write The Fox Mother? How did the story arrive?
Emmy: The Fox Mother, like a lot of my stories, arrived in a dream. As soon as it ended, my eyes snapped open and I scrabbled for a pen.
Me: A dream? Is this how most of your stories arrive?
Emmy: Usually! Then I try to wrestle it into a coherent plot, if one isn’t evident already. Plot generally comes first. There’s less character development needed in short stories, or at least in the ones I write, which tend to be more like fairy tales. With longer pieces however, the characters and plot come hand in hand. I will get to know the character more as I write. Although I like to know a little about them to begin with, it’s great when they surprise me.
Gemma Cartmell on writing Queen of the Animals
Me: What inspired you to write Queen of the Animals?
Gemma: I was inspired to speak up about animal cruelty through a family conversation, and I conveyed it through fantasy, a genre that I missed and wanted to go back to. I love winter so the snowy town was close to my heart, and The Queen was created to show the power she had and the good she can do with it, to help the animals.
Me: Is an underlying message often a motivation for your work?
Gemma: I look for a message in a story, nevertheless a message isn’t always needed. Stories can be art, just pure enjoyment and entertainment, or it can be a message. My stories do have messages behind them and I have a lot to say.
Ruth Woodward on writing Refuge
Me: Refuge is such a poignant powerful piece, what compelled you to write it?
Ruth: I wrote my poem, Refuge, as a release, releasing my anger and frustration on paper helped. It meant I wasn’t offloading in other places, or becoming bitter or resentful. Writing helped to relieve my mood, which in turn meant I wasn’t holding negative emotions in.
S.E. Cyborski on writing The Smile Maidens
Me: What led to writing The Smile Maidens?
S.E Cyborski: The Smile Maidens started as a nightmare. It really scared me, enough that I had to sleep with the light on for the rest of the night. The next day, I couldn’t get the nightmare out of my head and I realized that it would make a really good short horror story. It would also help me get the nightmare out of my head so I could finally stop thinking about it. So I wrote it and slept like a baby the next night. My stories start out in different ways for each one. Sometimes it’s an idea, sometimes it’s a character that is really interesting and I want to discover more about them. Sometimes it’s just a single word that I build the story around. For me, it really depends on the story itself and what inspiration I get for it. For example, The Accidental Heroes Chronicles started because I wanted to create my own superheroes while A Weight Relieved started because I wanted to see if I could write a romance novel”
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Well lovely book lovers, I hope this satisfies your natural reader’s curiosity. If you’d like to know more about any of our writers or their work, please send us a comment or question. We’d be delighted to hear from you!