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Shanghai Noir



On Saturday, 28 July 2019, I will have the privilege of interviewing Caoilinn Hughes during her Master Class for the International Writers' Collective. Caoilinn is one of those annoying writers who is as good at poetry as she is at prose. We'll be talking about how to choose between one or the other, the perils of writing a novel of ideas, and how to craft an unlikable protagonist. Join us!

Since this is going to be a craft-focused week for me, I've decided to make you focus, too. This week's blog post is about that most unusual of narrative voices, the first person plural narrator a/k/a The Royal We.

I'm feeling mighty royal myself these days, coming off the high of my essay, "The Mapmaker," appearing in the pages of The Common. For a couple of days, it felt like I was almost trending on Twitter (well, not quite, but pretty exciting for me). In the off-chance that you missed it, here's a link to my ode to Shanghai.

To add to this past weekend's social media frenzy, my novel The Dancing Girl and the Turtle got a rave review in my fave Hong Kong literary journal: Cha. Woo hoo!

In case you're wondering when this high will wear off, I can tell you that it hasn't happened yet. My fab friend Jackie has just introduced me to Michelle Elvy, author of The Everrumble, flash fiction editor extraordinaire, and soon-to-be resident of Dunedin, New Zealand. Michelle and I are cooking up plans to get her to read in Amsterdam while I read in Dunedin. Hold onto your hats, folks. This round-the-world trip of mine may soon turn into a working holiday.

Is that a bad thing? Who knows. Meanwhile, the days whip by. Just 7 more weeks to go until departure.

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