Paul Lahert started writing at the tender age of seven ripping off Indiana Jones movies over two sides of A4. A hiatus of some years followed before he rediscovered his old passion. He has worked as a grave digger, a goatherd, a construction labourer, a chauffeur, as a member demolition crew and even once had a job in an office. His stories tend to deal with the conflicts and dark edges of ordinary lives.
Paul Lahert in 60 seconds
When did you start writing?Once upon a time while I was supposed to be doing something else.
What do you love about Short Stories?To steal from and paraphrase Raymond Carver, the fact that when done well they can lower (or indeed raise) the reader’s body temperature a degree or two. No mean feat for eight pages or so.
Do you write in other forms?Haiku, the occasional limerick and pithy replies to questionnaires.
What distracts you from writing?Working for coin and mess. The kitchen is always very clean when I sit down to write. My teenage self would be appalled. The internet is also often a devil on the shoulder, though I guess that's a given.
Outside of writing, what are your other passions?Fixing stuff. Wandering. Crystal Palace FC. Boxing. Songs about "trouble". And digging...I really like digging.
What is your favourite book?“Cutter and Bone” by Newton Thornberg is a book I force on friends and they tend to be very grateful for the imposition.
Who are your favourite writers?Graham Greene, Newton Thornberg and W Somerset Maugham
Where is your dream location?A particular riverside in Asturias, Spain always lingers happily in the room in the back of my mind.
What one item would you put into Room 101?Yeah... gonna need more room for this.
Do you have any advice for new writers?All things are difficult until they are easy. Apologies to whoever I've nicked that off. I might add that the easy part is probably a fleeting sensation.
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