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, Alyson Rhodes about her entry The Barbie Wars in The Best of CafeLit 10.
Welcome to the tearoom, Alyson. What would you like to drink?
Drink- ooh – pink prosecco with ice and lemon and a dash of vodka in it, Please.
Now we have our drinks, can we start by asking you, 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?
No particular callout for this one, just a story which popped into my head.
Did you use a writing prompt for your story?
I drew, for this story, on my memories of being a mum visiting playgroups and what little kids are like when they play together and how competitive it can get.
Did you write an outline first, or follow where the characters led you?
For flash fiction, I tend to get the overall idea, go for it one burst then go back and rewrite and tweak a lot.
How do you create your characters? Do you start with a name first?
Sometimes the names come first, sometimes last of all, each flash piece is different. The last line can be the trickiest though.
Was your story told in your normal genre or did you try something different?
I write a lot of dark fiction but I do like to try my hand at fun, lighter pieces like this one, in Cafelit 10, The Barbie Wars about two young sisters sparring and the games they get up to.
What do you enjoy most about being part of the Cafelit community?
The online contact with other Cafelit writers, the anthos, the support and the feeling of getting my writing out there.
How long have you been writing and what got you started?
This is my second go round at writing, and more seriously in the last 5 or so years. A WEA class near Leeds restarted my writing mojo again with a very encouraging tutor.
What’s the one thing you would give up to become a better writer?
Each stage I’ve striven to improve, and over time I think I have- I’ve enjoyed the journey and where it takes me, so I don’t think I’d change a thing.
To find out more about Alyson Rhodes’ writing check out the links below:-
Alyson Rhodes’ Amazon Author’s Page
https://blackangelpressblog.wordpress.com (the indie press I’ve set up with Steph Ellis)
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