short story form

This week it’s a pleasure to bring you an interview with A. J. (Andrea) Ashworth, short story writer and wordsmith extraordinaire.  I first met Andrea when she came on an Arvon course at Lumb Bank in 2010, which I was hosting, and warmed to her because she said lots of nice things about the food (always guaranteed to get you into my good books!).  It’s been great to get to know her better, and follow her career.  Since that week at Lumb Bank, Andrea has won Salt Publishing’s Scott Prize for  her first collection Somewhere Else, or Even Here which was published by Salt in November 2011.  She was shortlisted for the 2012 Edge Hill Prize and longlisted for the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award.  Here she tells us why she’s passionate about astronomy, the short story form and why she likes nosing into other people’s houses….

Andrea is offering a free copy of Somewhere Else, or Even Here to one reader who leaves a comment at the end of the post.  We’ll be randomly selecting a winner on Friday, 28 September. [click to continue…]