does the word "story"
mean to you?
CS: "Story" to me means digging under the surface of
the action to find out what's really happening.
Do you have a reader in mind when you write stories?
CS: Not specifically. I write to please myself,
certainly for the first draft. I'm pretty broad minded, so I don't censor what I
write. I really hope men as well as women enjoy the stories; I don't want to
only write for one gender, or one age group.
anything you'd like to ask someone who has read your collection, anything at all?
CS: Er...did you find any of the stories funny? I think
some of them are darkly funny but that might just be my warped sense of
TSR: How does
it feel knowing that people are buying your book?
CS: It feels very gratifying and humbling. I hope they
feel they've had good value for money!
What are you working on now?
CS: I'm editing some poems for my next poetry
collection, Otherwhere, which will be published by Smith/Doorstop (The
Poetry Business)....some time. I'm co-writing a radio play with a writing
friend. I have a novel roughly planned and I'd like to write some new short
stories with a linking theme. I do love short stories and the more time I spend
reading/writing them, the more I enjoy and am excited by this