Jai Clare was born in South Africa, brought
up in southwest England and now lives in London. She has been published
in The London Magazine,
Agni, The Barcelona Review, Bonfire, Nemonymous, Pedestal Magazine,
and Night Train,
with Jai Clare
How long did it take you to write all the stories in your collection?
Jai Clare: The
oldest was written in 1998. All others since then. I discarded many
that some have thought I should have included. But they felt different.
A different style maybe. I also excluded my SF-ish type stories see
tentative I am about classification!
TSR: Did you
have a collection in mind when you were writing them?
JC: Not at all. These
just evolved. The SF-ish
stories (have been published in various places) did come as a
collection in mind each story throwing up the next of the previous
installment so to speak but I doubt they will ever be published as a
TSR: How did
you choose which stories to include and in what order?
JC: I chose what I
consider my best stories and those with some kind of thematic
development. There is a pattern however loose in the placing. Tried
to follow some kind of order in terms of introduction, logical
consequence to suggestions in the first half etc. in fact I tried to
make the first stories more positive.
TSR: What does the word "story"
mean to you?
means an exploration of events feelings possibilities in words-
preferable as lyrical as possible
TSR: Do you
have a "reader" in mind when you write stories?
ME! I do have a group of well-read fellow writers with whom if a
story doesnt hit in some way then I need to look at the piece again
not every person but if no one "gets" it then it has problems.
TSR: Is there
anything you'd like to ask someone who has read your
anything at all?
JC: Did it take you
somewhere? Did it affect you in some way either positively or
TSR: How does it feel knowing that people are buying your book?
and I am
thankful! CARRY ON!
TSR: What are
you working on now?
JC:I am working on a
thriller novel and a bizarre little short story with a odd title. When
I can that is!
TSR: What are
the three most recent short story collections you've read?
JC: Rusty Barnes Breaking it Down
a great collection of lust and bizarreness! White Fire Further
Fantastic Literature edited by Alberto Manguel fabulous collection,
some haunting stories. The Beach by J G Ballard Ballard at his sparse frightening surreal self.