Marilyn lives on the Cumbrian side of the Solway Firth. She is a graduate of Cumbria University's Creative Writing Course, and can't remember a time when she didn't feel the need to write.
Her work has been published in magazines and anthologies, read at events such as the Dumfries & Galloway Arts Festival, and performed by Liar's League in New York. She has written radio drama, graphic novel scripts, poetry and non-fiction - the latter in various forms. An extract from her non-fiction work, 'Man of Stars', was published in the Unbound Press Anthology, 'Loose Leaves'.
Marilyn particularly enjoys the short story form, both as a writer and as a reader. She is attracted to life’s quirkiness, to its unexpected connections and especially to its secrets, whether concealed or exposed. Performing her short stories is a new activity for her, but one which she enjoys and now feels is the reason for many of them being written. Her recent readings have been from the recently published, 'Ambiguous Encounters: ten short stories', which is a shared collection with fellow writer, Brindley Hallam Dennis.
Her twitter handle is @marilynmessengr
Marilyn Messenger in 60 seconds
When did you start writing?In Yorkshire, as a child, under my gran's kitchen table.
What do you love about short stories?When you have enjoyed reading a good story, it can be astonishing that so few words were used to tell it.
Do you write in other forms?Yes.
What distracts you from writing?Pretty much anything will if I let it.
Outside of writing, what are your other passions?Not a passion, but I do like to walk far.
What is your favourite book?Greenwillow
Who are your favourite writers?Donald Barthelme, Daphne du Maurier and Mick Jackson
Where is your dream location?Haven't found it yet.
What one item would you put into Room 101?Indifference.
Do you have any advice for new writers?The advice given by Neil Gaiman. 'Finish what you're writing. Whatever you have to do to finish it, finish it.'
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