Andy Gaskins

Andy Gaskins


For the last three years he has been working on a novel, Dig, with the consistent encouragement and occasional well-deserved kickings from tutor and classmates of the Advanced critical workshop for creative writing at City Lit. As a result of their 'support', I have changed names, ditched happy endings and undergone narratorial gender reassignment, whilst stubbornly clinging to second person narrative and chronological chaos. Exerts from the novel have appeared in the Between the Lines anthology. The novel is set in California in the mid-nineteenth century. I have never been to California, which made things a bit tricky, I consoled myself with the thought that no-one else has been there during the Gold Rush. Now I've started working on a new novel, it's set in London, where I have lived for the last 25 years, and in Devon, where I grew up. Now. Easy. Short stories slipped out when me and the novel were on a break.

Credentials


Andy Gaskins in 60 seconds

When did you start writing?

2000 London England

What do you love about short stories?

I love short stories because they can hold a single idea like water held in my cupped hands. A precious moment.

Do you write in other forms?

Novels

What distracts you from writing?

Actually, it's the beer.

Outside of writing, what are your other passions?

Beer, my wife and my two girls. No particular order.

What is your favourite book?

All the light we cannot see

Who are your favourite writers?

Peter Carey, Philip Roth and David Mitchell

Where is your dream location?

London

What one item would you put into Room 101?

Kids TV

Do you have any advice for new writers?

My advice would be to set time aside every day and just write. Preferably long hand to keep the editing urge at bay.

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