‘One memorable weekend I shed seventeen thousand words. The corollary of writing a loose first draft is being ready for the sacrifice it entails.’
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‘I write fast and in short bursts to keep the energy of the prose up, and I write in the mornings when my brain is at its sharpest. ‘
‘Many, many ideas die a quiet death; they weren’t strong enough or they’ve been done before. But some stick. ‘
Susan Barker speaks with Cherise Saywell about the international origins of her novels, the way her characters and storylines emerge organically as she writes and her experiences living in Japan and China.