As an army child, Tracey spent her formative years travelling between military bases in the UK and Germany, the Middle East and the Far East. She began writing fiction after a career in theatre and community arts. She graduated from the University of Edinburgh's MSc Creative Writing course with a Distinction and was awarded a scholarship for the university's PhD in Creative Writing, which she completed in 2013. Her short stories have been published in anthologies and literary magazines, and she is a former runner up of the Scotsman and Orange Short Story Award. Her writing has been supported both by a Scottish Arts Council bursary and by the Scottish Book Trust's mentoring scheme. She has just completed her first novel, Choose Me, and is represented by Charlie Brotherstone at Ed Victor Ltd. Tracey works as a literary consultant and manuscript reader and is a mentor for the Womentoring Project. She is also a Director of The Bridge Awards, an organisation that works with philanthropists to develop micro-funding opportunities for the arts.
Tracey Emerson in 60 seconds
When did you start writing?2003 Edinburgh, Scotland.
What do you love about Short Stories?The precision they demand. The opportunity they provide to explore any idea, no matter how outlandish.
Do you write in other forms?Novels and screenplays.
What distracts you from writing?Reading.
Outside of writing, what are your other passions?Travelling, walking, reading. Good food and films.
What is your favourite book?Impossible to pick just one. Short story collections I'm currently enjoying are: I Wish There Were Someone Waiting for Me Somewhere by Anna Gavalda; The Beautiful Indifference by Sarah Hall.
Who are your favourite writers?Doris Lessing, Douglas Coupland and Milan Kundera
Where is your dream location?Anywhere by the sea.
What one item would you put into Room 101?Mainstream news programmes.
Do you have any advice for new writers?Dare to get the first draft down, however lousy it seems. Take it from there.
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