This week we get to know a little bit more about the prolific flash fiction writer and editor, Anita Goveas! Her answers are a lesson in brevity and the consequence of cutting down word count in order to deliver a powerful punch.
1. Pitch yourself as a writer in seven words.
A blend of vivid details and samosas
2. What personal creative project are you working on at the moment?
I’m slowly and painfully redrafting a coming of age novella about three Indian girls from different backgrounds growing up in North London, and putting together a hybrid collection about women in science with creative non-fiction and fiction
3. Name seven books that are a permanent fixture on your shelf.
1. Emma by Jane Austen for the warmth and wit
2. Villette by Charlotte Bronte for the lesson on unreliable narrators
3. Longitude by Dava Sobel for the detail and the intrigue
4. The Magic Toyshop by Angela Carter for the imagination and the intensity
5. The Crazed Wind by Nod Ghosh for the language
6. Table Manners by Susmita Bhattacharya for an India I recognise
7. The Tell-tall Brain by V.S Ramachandran for the inspiration
4. What are you reading at the moment?
I’m reading Mrs Pinto Drives to Happiness by Reshma Ruia and wishing I’d written it
5. Borrowing from Hemingway’s concept, but with our thematic twist, tell us a seven-word story.
She left, and set her wedding-album ablaze
6. This group is named after a bird. If you could spread your wings, take flight, and go anywhere in the world right now, where would you go?
I’m missing my family in India, so I’d hop a paradise flycatcher to Mumbai and be fed prawn curry and doklas, and stock up on Bata sandals and eyeliner
7. Using seven words only, share a golden nugget of writing advice.
Write without censoring, then cut back carefully.
Wow. Thanks Anita for your words of writerly wisdom. I especially loved your seven word story! What a world you created in just a few words. Very powerful indeed. So, that’s it from us this week but I urge you to come back and next week when we’ll be beginning a whole new series of work just for you.
Take care, and remember to enjoy the writerly journey!
The Koyal Writers