Interview with Polly Stretton

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
In Malvern, Worcestershire, in England. Many of my poems feature the Malverns and the Malvern Hills, so clearly where I gerw up has had a significant impact on my writing.
When did you first start writing?
After a friend's mum wrote an ode to me...I'd have been eight or nine years old.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
My blog has been useful but social media has made the biggest difference.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I use a Kindle for holidays but prefer printed books for touch, smell and taste (!)
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, it was set in a boarding school in England; the main character was a lone boy who saved the school by catching two burglers.
Describe your desk
Pine, practical and well-used.
What's the story behind your latest book?
It's the story of Thomas Chatterton told from the viewpoints of those who loved him or were influenced in some way by him - each one has their own poem, so the story takes the form of poems with text that gives the actual story of Chatterton. He was the original poor poet in a garret who died tragically at 17 years of age.
What are you working on next?
My second poetry collection is coming along nicely and my fantasy novel should be ready for publication in 2019.
Who are your favorite authors?
Virginia Woolf, Sylvia Plath, John Betjemen, Ruth Rendell, PD James, Clare Mackintosh, CL Taylor, Sarah Hilary, Charles Dickens, the Brontes, Henry Fielding, Thomas Hardy, Jack Kerouac and too many more to mention here...I love reading.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Sunshine and life.
Published 2016-07-21.
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