‘Writing is my exteriority. I am safer, comforted, when my mind is clear before me on a page to see. Down there on a page is a better place to keep my thoughts than in my own head.’
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‘I lie silently as the last dregs of my once transcendent seriousness drain away. What I’m mostly feeling now is lonely.’
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.
‘Whenever anything awful happened somewhere in the world, I would be sent there: fly out Wednesday; file the copy Friday, update it Saturday; home again Sunday. ‘