A few words from me, then please do check out the two writers at the bottom who are picking up the baton next...
What am I currently working on?
I completed my novel 'FAN' earlier this year and that was a deeply personal and draining experience. I've been mulling over what to write next for a while now but haven't come up with anything more than a list of ideas. I have a few short story ideas too. It's just a case of sitting down and getting on with things, which I will. I need to set myself some new targets. I wanted to get some work into Black Static Magazine and I achieved that in January 2014. I wanted to get into Cemetery Dance Magazine and I have a story appearing in that publication soon. These achievements are the culmination of several years of hard work (with much rejection along the way). I'd like to establish myself in the speculative/horror genre, to find myself a place amongst some of the writers in that field who I admire (too many to mention) but I'm a little way off at present. We'll see what happens.
How does my work differ from others of its genre?
I don't write in any one genre. I love writing all sorts of fiction and I prefer not to label it. Of course, that's not always possible. Sometimes you have to label a piece as horror for instance, though I like the word 'speculative' better. I love writing short fiction as much as I love writing novel length work. I don't think I could argue a case for my work being different. It is what it is and people find connections and similarities between one writer's work and another writer's work all of the time, connections the writers themselves are often not aware of.
Why do I write what I do?
Simple. A story asks to be told. Sometimes those stories demand to be told in short form, whilst others insist on becoming novels. Sometimes they come fully formed and sometimes they appear with just a hint of what they are going to become. Sometimes the voice is fully formed too, other times you have to search for it.
How does my writing process work?
Generally speaking it begins with notebooks and jottings. I then type on a computer. At various stages I print off the work and edit it by hand, then input the changes. This process can be repeated dozens of times before the work is complete and even then it never really is complete. There is usually a deadline that commands when enough is enough…though not always.
Penny Gotch was raised in Essex, but now lives in Kent, where she's studying Creative & Professional Writing. She dabbles in everything from opinion pieces to flash fiction to young adult novels, from radio plays to short stories to reviews.
Her personal interest are just as eclectic, running the gamut from professional wrestling to baking. If you need somebody who can rant for half an hour about pin-falls while making a delicious coffee-walnut cake, Penny is your woman.
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