I’m not sure what ‘The Creative Process Blog Tour’ is. I think it might be some kind of Ponzi scheme but I’m grateful nonetheless that my fellow 33 1/3 author Alex Niven (who I’ll be reading with in Rough Trade East, London on the 26th of June) has nominated me for it so I’ve answered the questions below and nominate Kirsty Jane McCluskey and Paula McGrath to answer and pass on in turn.
What am I working on?
I’m currently researching and writing a book on Imaginary Cities for Influx Press, which should be out next spring provided life stops happening. I’m also editing The Honest Ulsterman, whilst studying for a Masters in International Journalism. And I’m working with Christiana Spens and Susan Tomaselli on a small art/poetry/Dada press based in the woods called The Blue Pavillion. I have some other books of my own babble called The Ghost Republic and Angelus Novus planned, which may come about if funding is possible and if I’m not found floating face-down in a ditch somewhere.
How does my work differ from others of its genre?
I don’t know if it has a genre to be honest. To paraphrase Groucho Marx, I wouldn’t want to be part of a genre that would have the likes of me in it. Everything I write is a failed attempt to write like Montaigne. If that’s a genre then I’m part of it I suppose.
Why do I write what I do?
I think it’s due to having some mild form of personality disorder. Attention-seeking. Hubris. An introvert’s flailing attempt at extroversion. Reading Robert Louis Stevenson books at an impressionable age. Being unemployable in every other sense, as well as being an inveterate liar, rake and mountebank.
How does my writing process work?
I write jig-sawed, meaning I scrawl ideas down, on bits of paper, when they fall out of the sky. Then I collect them all and try to piece them together. It seems to make it different and more interesting for me, and dense and unpalatable for the reader, which given there are no readers is perfect.
(image: Arthur Tress’ Girl with Dunce Cap, New York, 1972)