Writer’s Blog: Tom Heaton – Decline and Fall. The idea behind “The Last Roman”

Tom Heaton talks about what inspired his short Story ‘The Last Roman’ published in Breve New Stories Issue Three. In times of great political, social and cultural upheaval, it’s vital to maintain the supply of serio-comic short stories. In our own apocalyptic moment, I took it upon myself to shoulder that burden. Surveying the rubbleContinue reading “Writer’s Blog: Tom Heaton – Decline and Fall. The idea behind “The Last Roman””

Writer’s Blog: Hamish McGee – Writing from History

In his last post, Hamish McGee, author of ‘Doubting Thomas‘ published in Breve New Stories Issue Two, reflects on his passion for history. What interests me? Well, that too is easy – just about everything I study interests me. I find if I care to delve into any subject it becomes interesting, and what interestsContinue reading “Writer’s Blog: Hamish McGee – Writing from History”

Writer’s Blog: Trudy Duffy-Wigman – Notes of Inspiration

Trudy Duffy-Wigman author of ‘My New Best Friend’ published in Breve New Stories Issue Two, talks about the authors who inspire her.   Being Dutch, I grew up with Simon Carmiggelt. Carmiggelt died in 1987, aged 74. He is famous in the Netherlands for his daily writings in the newspaper ‘Het Parool’. His short stories, which he signedContinue reading “Writer’s Blog: Trudy Duffy-Wigman – Notes of Inspiration”

Writer’s Blog: Hamish McGee – The Idea Behind “Doubting Thomas”

Hamish McGee talks about what inspired his short story ‘Doubting Thomas‘ published in Breve New Stories Issue Two. What inspired “Doubting Thomas”? Let me think. Mmm … In fact, that’s pretty easy. I was brought up in a small Scottish village where I met one of the most wonderful men God created. He changed myContinue reading “Writer’s Blog: Hamish McGee – The Idea Behind “Doubting Thomas””

Writer’s Blog: Michael Bloor – Notes of Inspiration

Michael Bloor, author of ‘The Aberdeen Kayak’ published in Breve New Stories Issue One, chose a few authors and stories that inspire him. This is really tough – how can I neglect to praise Louis MacNeice’s Autumn Journal?? Nevertheless, I’m just going to mention one old inspiration and one new inspiration. The old favourite is William Morris’sContinue reading “Writer’s Blog: Michael Bloor – Notes of Inspiration”

Writer’s Blog: Barbara Stevenson – Notes of Inspiration

Barbara Stevenson author of ‘Zuri Mtu’ published in Breve New Stories Issue One, talks about the authors that inspire her. When I was about eight a friend gave me a copy of short stories by Oscar Wilde for my birthday. This included, among others, The Happy Prince, The Gentle Giant and my favourite The Remarkable Rocket. I wasContinue reading “Writer’s Blog: Barbara Stevenson – Notes of Inspiration”

Writer’s Blog: Michael Bloor – The Idea Behind “The Aberdeen Kayak”

Michael Bloor talks about what inspired his flash fiction ‘The Aberdeen Kayak’ published in Breve New Stories Issue One. The bones of the story of the Aberdeen kayak have been rattling round in my head for forty years. But I never wrote the story until, at the beginning of 2015, I set it down as oneContinue reading “Writer’s Blog: Michael Bloor – The Idea Behind “The Aberdeen Kayak””

Writer’s Blog: Barbara Stevenson – The Idea Behind “Zuri Mtu”

Barbara Stevenson talks about what inspired her story ‘Zuri Mtu’ published in Breve New Stories Issue One. Visiting Africa, in particular west Africa, I was intoxicated by the spirit of the people there and how in tune their lives are to their natural surroundings. I wanted to write something to bring this out. I alsoContinue reading “Writer’s Blog: Barbara Stevenson – The Idea Behind “Zuri Mtu””

Writer’s Blog: Lauren Bell – The Beauty of Writing and Having Faith

In her last post, Lauren Bell author of ‘In a Land of Canaries’ published in Breve New Stories Issue Zero, talks about her passion for writing and reading. Quite simply, I love writing. I also love reading which helps if you’re serious about writing. For me, writing is a way to shape worlds and realities which are veryContinue reading “Writer’s Blog: Lauren Bell – The Beauty of Writing and Having Faith”

Writer’s Blog: Michael Hampton – Notes of Inspiration

Michael Hampton author of ‘”A” Death’ published in Breve New Stories Issue Zero, talks about the authors and stories that inspire him. The cautionary tale is as old as the hills and starts orally with your worried parents telling you not to put your hand in the fire. But the format is for grown-ups too as learningContinue reading “Writer’s Blog: Michael Hampton – Notes of Inspiration”