My ten minute interview with Ruth Todd of Plains FM in Christchurch is now available online as a podcast. It can be played online or downloaded as an MP3 file.
Ruth and I talk about:
- my short story collection Transported
(which you can buy online through Fishpond or New Zealand Books Abroad, among others, or in person at an increasing range of bookstores)
- why some ideas turn into poems and others into short stories
- the benefits of diversity in a short story collection
- my disastrous attempt to impress a woman [you know who you are!] with my Russian accent when it turned out that her boyfriend spoke the language fluently
- the educational benefits of the Intermediate Section of the Invercargill Public Library
- being the child of assisted immigrants
- writing a short story about literary funding (come in, "Said Sheree")
- acceptance and rejection from both the writer's and the editor's point of view
- The Frank O'Connor Award longlisting for Transported.
The interview was a lot of fun to take part in. I hope you enjoy listening to it.