Interview with M D Curzon

Describe your desk
I'm an active member of the Sydney Writers' Room. We have a space of 'shared solitude' in an old Trade Unions building. My desk itself is simple - my computer, a notebook and whatever I'm snacking on!
Who are your favourite authors?
My all-time favourite author is probably Yasunari Kawabata. Up there with him, in no particular order, are Carson McCullers, Raymond Carver, Anton Chekhov, Katherine Mansfield, Franz Kafka, Fyodor Dostoevsky, Flannery O'Connor, Joseph Conrad, Vladimir Nabokov, Graham Greene and a number of others.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I'm an old school reader. I love the feel and the smell of books. I'm a little embarrassed to admit that I haven't read any books as digital editions.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I was born in Nepal and grew up in Scotland, England and New Zealand. I love travelling and experiencing different cultures. I would say that my writing is strongly influenced in this regard.
When did you first start writing?
I have always written for my own pleasure.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
As much as I enjoy it when a story 'comes together', the simplest motivation for me to write is that I feel frustrated if I do not - I guess I'm driven by a need to have a creative outlet.
What are you working on next?
I am currently working on a collection of short stories that may or may not be called 'A Twist of Atlantic'.
What is your writing process?
I'm very interested in the writing process. I know that many novelists take an 'archaeological' approach to their craft - unearthing, as it were, the structures of their stories as they write. In general I favour a more 'architectural' process - I tend to define my structures clearly from the outset, before getting into the writing itself.
Tell us about your book cover/s
'Anticipation' was beautifully designed by Fahimah Badrulhisham and if anyone were to judge this book by its cover I'd be very happy :)
Do you have a favourite literary quote?
'A great danger, or at least a great temptation, for many writers is to become too autobiographical in their approach to their fiction. A little autobiography and a lot of imagination are best.' Raymond Carver
Published 2014-11-10.
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Books by This Author

Introverse
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 8,160. Language: English. Published: June 21, 2015. Categories: Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
'Introverse’ is a visionary selection of poems by M D Curzon, the author of 'Anticipation' and ‘Imaginary Friends’.
Imaginary Friends
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 35,240. Language: English. Published: January 15, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
‘Imaginary Friends’ is a book of engaging and insightful short stories by M D Curzon, the author of ‘Anticipation’. 'Imaginary Friends' includes the title story and a dozen others, from the experimental juvenilia of 'Space Stations and Weather Balloons' through to the beautifully refined 'One Thing in Light of Another'.
Anticipation - Book Three
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 23,690. Language: English. Published: December 7, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
K is a young woman in search of her place in the world. 'Anticipation' explores the relationship between motivation and action as we follow K on a journey that ultimately leads to optimism and self-determination.
Anticipation - Book Two
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 21,480. Language: English. Published: November 2, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
K is a young woman in search of her place in the world. 'Anticipation' explores the relationship between motivation and action as we follow K on a journey that ultimately leads to optimism and self-determination.
Anticipation - Book One
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 22,650. Language: English. Published: October 7, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
K is a young woman in search of her place in the world. 'Anticipation' explores the relationship between motivation and action as we follow K on a journey that ultimately leads to optimism and self-determination.