Huge thanks for having me on your blog today, Tania.
Today it’s the turn of The Walking Dead… and I had the title many, many years before the TV show of the same name. Not sure I had anything to do with their title, but I definitely didn’t copy them!
I had a dream, not about jigsaws but about the story. In fact the first two paragraphs were in my head all night, and when I woke up I wrote it down and the rest of the story followed. Luckily. Have you ever had a great idea but forgotten it by the morning? This story could so easily never have been written.
|The Walking Dead was printedwith this great illustration.|
It was also one of the very first short stories I ever wrote, for other people to see, that is. There were plenty before 1993 that got thrown away pretty quickly.
Anyway, I was so impressed with myself. I submitted it and it got published.
Or, not yay… When I was reading through the stories I wanted to include in the collection, I got to this one and realised it was… erm, bad. Not very bad, but bad enough to make me embarrassed that one or two people might have read it in the magazine it was published in. I started to tweak it and by the end of the day I had a completely rewritten story. The main parts of the story are intact, but the ending is much more positive than it was.
Fun fact: For some reason, this story was originally set in the future, although the only mention of the future was when she was holding the coin in her hand at the end of the story and it had the king’s head on it. A pretty useless detail that got edited out by the second draft.
I live in Cornwall, with a good supply of beaches and moorland right on my doorstep. I live with my husband, two boys, a dog and a cat. Despite my location. I neither surf nor sail, and have never had any inclination to try. I much prefer walking along the beach and listening to the waves crashing over rocks. For this reason, I really love the beach in the winter!
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