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· What I Believe (But You Don't Have To)

· A Cupboardful of Shoes, and Other Stories

· Sardinian Silver (Chapters One and Two)


Short Stories
· The Comedy of Doctor Foster (Part One))

· Story Collection query letter

· Bethlehem (a Christmas story, revised version)

· Bethlehem (a Christmas story, original version)

· The Comedy of Doctor Foster (Part two)

· The Comedy of Doctor Foster (Part One)

· Geisterbahnhöfe (Translation of Ghost Stations)

· Ghost Stations

· A Pregnant Woman with Parcels at Brock and Bagot

· Queen's Grill Bar


Articles
· Bulgakov and the question of greatness: Russian text

· Revised What I Believe (Part 7 of 7)

· Revised What I Believe (Part 6 of 7)

· Revised What I Believe (Part 5 of 7)

· Revised What I Believe (Part 4 of 7)

· Revised What I Believe (Part 3 of 7)

· Revised What I Believe (Part 2 of 7)

· Revised What I Believe (Part 1 of 7)

· M. A. Bulgakov and the question of Greatness

· Rewriting St. John


News
· New book, A Cupboardful of Shoes, to be published.

· New book, A Cupboardful of Shoes, to be published.

· New book A Cupboardful of Shoes, to be published.

· New book A Cupboardful of Shoes, to be published.

· New book A Cupboardful of Shoes, to be published.

· New book A Cupboardful of Shoes, to be published.

· New book A Cupboardful of Shoes, to be published.

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Interview on Visual Arts Journal added

1/12/2010 12:24:00 PM

by A. Colin Wright


Interview by Shelagh Watkins on Visual Arts Journal

 

Best Fiction Writer: A. Colin Wright

 

 A. Colin Wright’s  first novel, Sardinian Silver, was a finalist in the 2009 Indie Awards. It received an honorary mention in the fiction category of the San Francisco Book Festival and was one of two runners-up in the fiction category of the New York Book Festival. It has recently won a Pinnacle Books Award for the best fiction.

Shelagh: Please tell us a little about yourself, Colin.

Colin: I was born in Chelmsford, Essex, England. After serving as a linguist in the British Royal Air Force (learning Russian), I attended Cambridge University, where I earned M.A and Ph.D degrees. In 1962 I lived for six months in Sassari, Sardinia, followed the next year by a longer period in Reggio Calabria. I speak five languages reasonably fluently, and can stumble along in two more. In 1964, after a year’s study at the Herzen Pedagogical Institute in Leningrad (now St. Petersburg), I was appointed professor of Russian at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. I remained at Queen’s until retirement in 1999 and still reside in Kingston. I am married and have two grown sons.

Shelagh: When did the writing bug bite, and in what genre(s)?

Colin: At a relatively early age, I read a book on English history from the local children’s library. I decided to dramatize the kings of England, using paper cut-outs as puppets. The project didn’t get very far, but I still have a few pages of elementary dialogue, such as William II dying by an arrow in the New Forest, with him falling off his horse and saying “Oh blow!”

I was also fascinated by sailing ships and wrote the following at the age of six:

ST. MARIA
By A.C. Wright
IT IS TROOY BOAT BOOK
Aorgust 28th 1944
St. Maria
CHAPTER 1
The St. Maria was made on janyouvery 8th 1931. Made by W. Higham. The St. Maria was the ferst saling ship that was made by W. Higham.
CHAPTER 2
The St. Maria has got two booms like all ships have. One is a sall boom and the other is an orderry boom that is rearly calld the latean boom.
CHAPTER 3
The St. Maria has got fuor salls rearly five salls becools of the one on the sall boom.

Well, you get the idea.

And then … when I was young I enjoyed Enid Blyton’s “adventure” series (Castle of Adventure, etc.) and I remember wondering what it would be like to write a book: looking at one paragraph and thinking how difficult it would be to produce so many words. I even copied it down to see what it would look like.

Shelagh: When you started writing, what goals did you want to accomplish? Is there a message you want readers to grasp?

Colin: Encouraged by a teacher at grammar school in England, I just wanted to write, trying short stories — which were so terrible that I haven’t the courage to reread them. Then, when I was teaching at University, I published academic articles on Russian and comparative literature, including a major book on Mikhail Bulgakov. But I still wrote novels, short stories and plays.

In my fiction, the idea of a message only came later, but for me it is essential. I am interested in “what life is all about” — in a serious, religious sense — although combined with a good story.

Shelagh: Briefly tell us about your latest book.

Sardinian SiverColin: My first published novel is Sardinian Silver. An English tourist representative in Sardinia seeks a Sard girl-friend, but is frustrated by local attitudes, with “continental” freedoms considered “immoral.” Eventually he finds a girl who’s unaccepted at home, but she falls for his friend, an introspective lawyer. Among others, he meets a tempestuous local maid, a pedantically Catholic schoolteacher and a flamboyant American woman. Included, of course, are many of my own reflections about life.

Shelagh: What’s the hook for the book?

Colin: Whether the young man hero will finally find love.

Shelagh: How do you develop characters? Setting?

Colin: In a sense, both were already given. In Sardinia and elsewhere I met a whole range of characters, whom then I developed in my own (fictitious) way. Sardinia itself was fascinating. My approach is similar in my other works: starting with people and places I find interesting.

Shelagh: Who’s the most unusual/most likeable character?

Colin: Other than my three major protagonists, I’d have to say Isabelle, the crazy American who constantly offends local susceptibilities.

Shelagh: Do you have specific techniques to help you maintain the course of the plot?

Colin: I wish I did. Plot is where I have most difficulties, although in the case of Sardinian Silver the actual events of my time there helped.

Shelagh: Do you have a specific writing style?

Colin: I aim for precision and accuracy, with no superfluous words, so I spend a great deal of time editing. However, I sometimes enjoy fantasy and experimentation, including “unreliable narrators,” particularly in my stories. I vary my POV according to what seems to work best. Salman Rushdie’s Satanic Verses (which I didn’t much like) taught me that one can do absolutely anything in a novel if one can discover how.

Shelagh: How does your environment/upbringing color your writing?

Colin: There was an insistence at my school on good grammar. Then the study at university of great Russian, German and French literature was a strong influence.

Shelagh: Share the best review (or a portion) that you’ve even had.

Colin: “It’s a fantastic short read, to tell you the truth, like discovering a lost Graham Greene story… Wright takes his time here with his story, making plot a dim second to the mere establishment of time and place and mood, gently exploring the back alleys and side daytrips of this remarkable island with a kind of grace and ease that only comes with maturity. And in this, astute readers might be reminded as well of the “Alexandria Quartet” by Lawrence Durrell … This novel is without a doubt as good as one of Graham Greene’s minor works, and in fact could easily be mistaken for some forgotten Greene tale.”

Shelagh: What are your current projects?

Colin: To publish my short stories as a collection; then my somewhat fantastic long novel Veronica’s Papers; to get some of my plays performed professionally; and to complete another novel I’ve been having problems with, set in post-war Berlin. Finally, to publish a non-fiction book based on some of my articles on what I personally believe about God and life.

Shelagh: Where can folks learn more about your books and events?

Colin: For my novel, see www.sardiniansilver.com. For my career in general, seewww.acolinwright.ca. And for a selection of some of my stories plus articles and literary blogs, see www.authorsden.com/acolinwright.

 

 

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More News by A. Colin Wright

· New book, A Cupboardful of Shoes, to be published. - 9/25/2011 7:39:00 AM
· New book, A Cupboardful of Shoes, to be published. - 9/25/2011 7:39:00 AM
· New book A Cupboardful of Shoes, to be published. - 9/25/2011 7:37:00 AM
· New book A Cupboardful of Shoes, to be published. - 9/25/2011 7:37:00 AM
· New book A Cupboardful of Shoes, to be published. - 9/25/2011 7:36:00 AM
· New book A Cupboardful of Shoes, to be published. - 9/25/2011 7:36:00 AM
· New book A Cupboardful of Shoes, to be published. - 9/25/2011 7:35:00 AM
· New book A Cupboardful of Shoes, to be published. - 9/25/2011 7:35:00 AM
· New book A Cupboardful of Shoes, to be published. - 9/25/2011 7:34:00 AM
· M. A. Bulgakov and the question of Greatness - 3/21/2011 11:43:00 AM
· Sardinian Silver specially listed on Barnes & Noble Rising Star Website - 2/12/2011 8:21:00 AM
· Sardinian Silver specially listed on Barnes & Noble Rising Star Website - 2/12/2011 8:21:00 AM
· Sardinia then and now - 2/12/2011 8:08:00 AM
· Allbooks Review Editor's Choice for Sardinian Silver wi - 1/2/2011 8:08:00 AM
· Visitor's Choice Award for Sardinian Silver - 12/4/2010 7:40:00 AM
· Night Train to Cologne - 12/1/2010 10:39:00 AM
· Allbooks Review Editor’s Choice Award for 2011 - 11/11/2010 7:39:00 AM
· Back to Then--Sardinia - 9/21/2010 9:58:00 AM
· Literature & Fiction Interviews Volume II - 7/28/2010 9:35:00 AM
· Brian Knight review of Sardinian Silver - 6/20/2010 1:17:00 PM
· new review of Sardinian Silver - 6/6/2010 10:07:00 AM
· Writers in their own Write - 3/17/2010 8:02:00 AM
· New Review from Readers Favorite - 1/15/2010 8:48:00 AM
· Best Fiction Writer on Visual Arts Junction - 1/10/2010 9:24:00 AM
· Sardinian Silver wins Pinnacle Book Award - 11/11/2009 9:40:00 AM
· New Review from US Review of Books - 9/14/2009 3:46:00 PM
· My play Lieutenant Kizhe now on line - 9/5/2009 10:29:00 AM
· Sardinian Silver Interview - 8/14/2009 10:36:00 AM
· My play Germany Calling! now on line. - 8/12/2009 9:13:00 AM
· Apex Review added: Linda Waterson - 8/6/2009 7:39:00 AM
· Interview on Sardinian Silver added - 7/16/2009 7:13:00 AM
· My plays now to be on line. - 7/8/2009 11:13:00 AM
· Sardinian Silver - 6/1/2009 9:32:00 AM
· Sardinian Silver - 5/15/2009 6:15:00 AM
· Sardinian Silver - 5/6/2009 6:32:00 AM

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