Day 2. Ghost Town by Catriona Troth
WHY did you choose to write about the battles between skinheads and Asians in Coventry?
WHAT were the difficulties in writing a novel based on historical fact?
But once I had the first draft down, I threw that away. I had to trust I’d laid my foundations right and let the story shine through. I tried not to fret about checking facts again until I was copy editing!
WHERE did you gather your information for Ghost Town?
I also wanted to reflect the variety and complexity of the British Asian community in Coventry. I read a lot of books - fact and fiction - and tried to give all my characters their own individual backstories. But I still worried a lot about making foolish (or worse, offensive) errors. My big breakthrough was when I approached Sudha Buchar, Artistic Director of Tamasha Theatre and she agreed to read the MS. Sudha has years of experience in representing the British Asian experience on stage, and I knew if I gained her approval, I would have done a good job.
WHICH character do you relate the most to, in Ghost Town, and why?
WHEN did you decide to become a writer? And are you purely a novelist, or do you write other things?
HOW do you plan your writing time, and which do you prefer writing: novels or magazine articles?
I love doing research for my articles and meeting the people I interview. And writing articles is undoubtedly easier. But NOTHING I write will ever give me the satisfaction that Ghost Town has given me. It’s my ‘soul project.’
WHO has been your greatest influence (s) in your writing career so far?
Other books by Catriona Troth: Gift of the Raven
Reviewer’s quote for Gift of the Raven: “Don’t be fooled into thinking that, because this is an easy read, the novella is light on content. Far from it: there is an underlying richness and a profound sense of compassion pervading through the narrative, and the spirit of the story stays with you for a long time.”
Wolfsangel by Liza Perrat
Ghost Town by Catriona Troth
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