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The writer’s persona in the narrative, MFA courses and Englishness – interview at Rain Taxi

Do check out this re-blog from Roz Morris…

Nail Your Novel

How much should a writer’s personality show in a book? Some authors keep themselves out of the narrative voice, even in a personal book such as a memoir. Others colour every page with their sensibilities and personality, even if they’re writing fiction. This is just one of the questions I’m discussing today in the literary magazine Rain Taxi.

You might recognise my interviewer – Garry Craig Powell, who has been a guest on The Undercover Soundtrack (he put Phil Collins songs to unforgettable and cheeky use). Garry has also taught creative writing at university level, so that’s another discussion we have – are these courses useful, necessary, a hindrance, something else? What about journalism – when is that a good start for a fiction author?

And then there’s Englishness. What is that? Well, it could be a quality of restraint – when saying less means more. It might also…

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4 responses to “The writer’s persona in the narrative, MFA courses and Englishness – interview at Rain Taxi

  1. Roz Morris @Roz_Morris June 2, 2018 at 3:22 am

    Thank you! My favourite alien.


  2. Alexander M Zoltai June 2, 2018 at 3:45 am

    Well, Dear Earthling, you’re Welcome :-)


  3. juliecroundblog June 3, 2018 at 6:09 am

    It seems Not Quite Lost is only in ebook format. Pity, I think I would have liked it.
    As for writers in their own books I put a great deal of my own experiences in my novels – trying hard to connect with people who have felt the same. There’s no one character that is me but the joy in writing fiction is that you can spread your own characteristics among lots of different protagonists.


  4. Alexander M Zoltai June 3, 2018 at 6:19 am

    I’m totally with you, Julie, in your statement about writers’ personal experiences and proclivities being capable of being used with many of their characters… :-)

    And, Roz’s book is in paperback here:
    and here:


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