Vera Brenner is an up and coming writer, holding an MA in Creative Writing from Kingston University London. Her work has appeared in ‘Big, Red & Shiny’, ‘The Missing Slate’, ‘Gone Fishing’ and ‘Words, Pauses, Noises.’ She has a collection of short stories and essays and is currently writing her first novel. She has lived in Germany, Spain and London and is a consultant for film and TV productions.
About her writing Vera says:
‘I write about life. About trying to live it in a sustainable way, about survival amidst recession and about continuing after the death of your three year old daughter. I write about sunrise and sunset and the noises in my head.
My characters are on the move: on a psychogeographical quest through London, commuting into Madrid, or journeying from Zagreb’s slaughterhouse to the Museum of Broken Relationships. Just as I myself embarked on a constant journey, one which has led me from Germany to Andalusia and London; from thinking in German to dreaming in Spanish to writing in English.
Challenge yourself: move on to new territories. Start all over again. It’s not the final stop that matters: the gripping part is how we’re getting there.
It’s the little details that matter, that distinguish one character’s journey from the others’.
I write about why we don’t give up, although life is difficult and why we’re never contented, even though everything seems satisfactory.’
Vera Brenner in 60 seconds
When did you start writing?2008 Cadiz, Spain
What do you love about short stories?They are condensed to the point and fast.
Do you write in other forms?novel and essay
What distracts you from writing?I can't look at screens for a long time.
Outside of writing, what are your other passions?dancing, singing, snowboarding
What is your favourite book?Orphaned Latitudes
Who are your favourite writers?Gérard Rudolf, Andreas Eschbach and Ildefonso Falcones
Where is your dream location?Cadiz, Spain
What one item would you put into Room 101?
Do you have any advice for new writers?Don't study a creative writing degree. Just write and get better at it.
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