Welcome to Clubhouse Chat page. Those of you who are not a member won’t be aware that the location of the Clubhouse is shrouded in mystery. The only way to visit it is via membership or an invite to the tearoom. Every few days, I’ll be sharing a conversation with all sorts of writers and authors at different levels of their writing careers. Over tea and cakes, or maybe a glass of something stronger, I shall be chatting with my guest about their work in progress, or latest book release.
Cafelit is an online magazine which posts a new story every day. To find out more click here CafeLit books are published by Chapel Town Books to find out more about the publisher click here. Today in the tearoom, I’m chatting to Cafelit writer, Eamon O’Leary about his entries in The Best of CafeLit 10.
Many thanks for inviting me to the Tearoom. I’d love a cappuccino but without the chocolate.
What made you write the story you decided to submit to Cafelit? Was it as seasonal call-out .i.e. Christmas, summer holidays, autumn, Halloween etc or just something you needed to get off your chest?
I’m thrilled to have three stories selected for inclusion in CafeLit10. Two of these, Sleigh Bells Ringing and The New Arrival were written with Christmas in mind. The other one, Believing, had been in my head for ages and needed a home.
Did you use a writing prompt for your story?
Ideas for stories come mostly from personal experiences and memories. Once the seed is sown, I go for long walks. I’m lucky in that the scenery where I live gives plenty of options. It probably sounds simplistic, but the first thing I do is get a picture in my mind of what my characters look like. Then I live with them for days, sometimes weeks before I start typing. That’s the bit I hate cos I’m terrible – spelling not much better!
How do you create your characters? Do you start with a name first?
Giving names to people usually comes last but is an important aspect. It’s an area that I think many writers don’t give enough thought to.
Was your story told in your normal genre or did you try something different?
My stories don’t belong to any particular genre – rather they are an eclectic mix, but I do try to include an element of humour in every one.
How long have you been writing and what got you started?
I’m a late starter. My first story came after I retired and realising I needed something more than playing terrible golf to keep me busy.
What do you enjoy most about being part of the Cafelit community?
I don’t know what it is is, but there is something very relaxing about Cafelit and the writers who contribute. I’m proud to be part of that community.
What’s the one thing you would give up to become a better writer?
I’m pushing to get a collection of stories finished and published. What am I prepared to sacrifice to achieve this? That’s an easy gone. No more awful golf.
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