B. Mamatha is the author of novella Keeping Lastly and short story collection The House They Couldn't Build.
She lives in the North of England, and was a winner of the 2014 Booktrack Halloween flash fiction prize.
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So, your fiction’s kinda strange.
Thank you. That’s how I like it. I like to set scenarios up as believable – hum drum, even; with sudden and jarring drops into the unreal or even darker places. The emotions and reactions are, I hope, very human – something you can recognise in yourself. But I like challenging my characters. Even the ones who live in what looks like the here and now tend to find an element of unreality around the corner: haunted mirrors, odd fellows – even a dragon in the basement [The Smoke - out soon]. That’s the potential of fiction – anything can happen.
You don’t just create odd situations. You invent whole cultural traditions and even food and drink – why is that?
Writer’s egotism? The God complex? They’re just places my mind visits, and I try to capture it and encapsulate it on paper. In Keeping Lastly I wanted a world which wasn’t entirely identifiable. Kind of like reading a travelogue to some place you can never really go. I also didn’t want the details of any place you do know to get in the way of the situations and reactions my characters experience. I do like writing about food … and I just get a kick out of describing meals and mealtimes that are voluptuous and delicious but ultimately, like everything else, a work of fiction. And sometimes, the rhetoric of eating and drinking is about signifying something else in the story – hopefully all these elements bounce off each other and, eventually, come together … kind of.
Strange fiction, altered realities. Six short stories inspired by notions of ‘home’ - disorienting, comic and uniquely memorable. B. Mamatha writes strange fiction: beautifully crafted and seemingly recognisable worlds in which the unlikely meets the impossible head-on.