Interview by Rupert Dastur
What can you tell us about your new collection of short stories?
Where did the inspiration for the short story collection come from?
What have you most enjoyed about writing the collection?
You’re currently using Unbound – what wisdom would you pass on to others looking to go down this route?
It’s a great publisher for those books that are outside the mainstream. Their promo states that ‘Authors get to write the books they want to write and you get to read real books that, in a crowded, celebrity obsessed market place might never see the light of day.’
Which short story writers have most influenced you?
Do you have a particular process when writing short stories?
What’s the hardest challenge a short story writer faces?
You’ve done a lot of performance work – do you have this in mind when you write and how does it affect your craft?
Lastly, what advice would you give writers starting out with short stories?
Thank you, Erinna.
Erinna Mettler’s first novel, Starlings, was published in 2011 by Revenge Ink. Erinna is a founder and co-director of the spoken word collective Rattle Tales and the newly established Brighton Prize, the city’s only short story competition. Her stories have been shortlisted for The Bristol Prize and The Writers & Artists Yearbook Arvon Award. Erinna has an MA (dist) in Creative Writing from The University of Sussex. Her stories and poems have been published internationally.
Rupert Dastur is a writer, editor, and founding director of TSS Publishing. He studied English at Emmanuel College, Cambridge and is Associate Editor at The Word Factory, a leading short story organisation based in London. He’s also Events Coordinator for the Society of Young Publishers (London) and Curator for WritingCompetitions.org. His own work has appeared in a number of places online and in print and he is currently working on his first novel.
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