was born in Pontypool in South Wales.
Her first collection of poetry, Things
You Think I Don't Know, was published by Parthian in 2006.
Her stories have been published in various anthologies and broadcast on
BBC Radio 4. She has a PhD in Creative and Critical Writing from
Cardiff University, where she now teaches creative writing.
Laszlo the Beautiful
Winner, Wales Book of
the Year 2009
with Deborah Kay Davies
How long did it take you to write all the stories in your collection?
Deborah Kay Davies: It took about 10 years altogether. I was doing other things along the way.
have a collection in mind when you were writing them?
DKD: No, I was working on an MA and PhD, and the stories were part of that.
you choose which stories to include and in what order?
weeded a lot of stories out of my PhD dissertation and used the ones
that hung together - they seemed to be about two people, who I finally
made into the sisters Grace and Tamar. Then I wrote some new
narratives, to fill in the gaps.
does the word "story"
mean to you?
Ouch, difficult question. Something you fall into and claw your way up
from? Something you dive into and swim about in? Something you walk
through and stumble out of? I don't have a definitive answer. Something
that speaks to you, that you care about, that stays with you. Or not ...
Do you have a reader in mind when you write stories?
Firstly, myself. If I'm interested, that's all I can worry about.
anything you'd like to ask someone who has read your collection,
anything at all?
DKD: Did you enjoy reading it? Did it grip you?
TSR: How does
it feel knowing that people are buying your book?
DKD It feels fantastic. Such a wonderful bonus!
A novel called True Things About Me. Canongate are publishing it in July 2010.
What are you working on now?
the three most recent short story collections you've read?
DKD: Clare Wigfall's new collection, which I enjoyed. Norman Schwenk's My Dog Can Talk: quietly wonderful. And Alice Munro.