Tart thoughts on the nature of fiction - and some sweet ones, too
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
My Virtual Book Tour: Experiment Versus Saleability Discussed with Scott Pack
Scott Pack, publisher and former chief fiction buyer for Waterstones, hosts my virtual book tour this week and gets me talking about experimentation versus the need to please readers, and about the effect the pressures of the market have had on my writing.
'An analytical, and sometimes funny, take on the world of fiction reading, writing and publishing' - The Cerebral Mum 'Other than the fact that the lady writes well, with insight, empathy and personality, that she speaks her mind and shies not from confrontation when such is necessary and constructive ... there is really no reason for me to visit her blog' - Alan Kellogg
'Pretty great all the time' - Scott Pack
What if you made a different choice, or had a different life?
'The stories in Used to Be are the work of a dazzling writer' - Nuala O'Connor
'One of the finest short story writers in the country' - Neil Campbell
Elizabeth Baines is a writer of prose fiction and plays. Her latest book is Used to Be, a collection of short stories (Salt). Salt also publish her previous collection, Balancing on the Edge of the World (2007), her novel Too Many Magpies (2009), and a reprint in 2010 of her first novel The Birth Machine. Elizabeth has won prizes for her stories and plays including a Giles Cooper Best Radio Play Award and received Sony radio nominations.