Interview with Josie Lloyd
and Emlyn Rees, the authors of best selling novels Come together
and Come Again
For some people writing is a solitary pursuit but Josie and Emlyn find
comfort and encouragement in being able to work together. Instead of
fighting over plot turns and how a character should be developed they
find an easy harmony by Josie writing the story from the female point
of view and Emlyn writing from the male perspective. The process of
sharing the work actually makes life easier as it is like they only
have to write half a book each.
Their somewhat unconventional approach to writing is going to be put
to the test once again as they are planning on writing a short story
for the getoutthere.bt.com's site where they will leave the ending up
to the discretion of the readers. This could be a somewhat unsettling,
but Josie and Emlyn seem excited by the challenge
The web is constantly giving us new ways of expressing ourselves, with
the ability to link ideas together in ways that would be impossible
on paper. Similarly the opportunity to have your work published at all
is a major breakthrough for many authors.
Emlyn argued how the most important thing for a writer was to receive
honest critical feedback from somebody, rather than relying on your
mum or your best friend for an 'objective' opinion. Sometimes authors
get a little too precious about their work and never let anybody see
it for fear of a negative response, but to be a successful writer it
is essential to get used to negative responses and also the dreaded
Having work online gives writers confidence and also helps to encourage
supportive communities. However getting your work into print is still
the Holy Grail for many authors and it doesn't seem as though there
are any easy ways into it. Emlyn was lucky enough to get a foot in the
door by working at reception and passing his own work on to the people
When it comes to inspiration Josie and Emlyn do not seem to have a shortage.
They read a wide variety of books, although Josie said that she stays
away from contemporary fiction so as not to get her ideas mixed up with
other authors. It can be useful to use ideas and styles from differing
writers when you are beginning as it help to boost your own skills,
but once you are in the habit of writing your own style develops naturally.
The nitty gritty
Making writing a habit seems to be the hardest part as it is all too
easy to procrastinate and use excuses for not getting to that typewriter.
Neither Josie or Emlyn believe that there is such a thing as 'writer's
block' and they argue that it is probably the fear of being bad than
a lack of ideas.
Just write - stop talking and do it
John Fowles 'The Magus'
Background in writing
Josie studied English and Drama at Goldsmiths
Emlyn studied English combining creative writing modules at Southampton
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