‘Helen Dunmore was an established writer, but she revealed how she wasn’t happy about the stories she was writing. I hadn’t heard a writer talk about failure before. She seemed to describe it as an integral part of the journey.’
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Maggie Butt (also published as Maggie Brookes) speaks with Ann Morgan about the transition from being a published poet to an internationally published novelist, the resilience writing requires and the challenge of choosing a pen name.
‘At night, I meditate on the problem. I ask myself, what is the problem? Am I stuck because I have run out of ideas?’