EVIE’S TOP WRITING TIP: Don’t get bogged down in looking for tips. There’s no magic, or single way of writing, and everyone does it differently. Just get the words down, the rest is nonsense.
Evie Wyld‘s debut novel, After the Fire, A Still Small Voice, was shortlisted for the Impac Prize and awarded the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize. Her second, All the Birds, Singing, won the Miles Franklin Prize, the Encore Prize and the EU Prize for Literature, and shortlisted for the Costa Best Novel awards. In 2013 she was named as one of Granta’s Best of Young British Novelists, having previously been named by the BBC as one of the twelve best new British writers. She lives in Peckham, where she runs the Review Bookshop.
You can find out more about Evie here.
Why do you write? To try hard to understand a little more about humans and why they do what they do.
What would you be doing if you weren’t a writer? I’d still be doing an admin job I didn’t really understand.
What was your toughest obstacle to becoming published? Writing the book. I was very lucky to have quite a smooth ride otherwise. But the books have been hard to write.
What’s the best aspect of your writing life? When, every now and again, I tap into the ‘good writing’ and it flows.
—the worst? Sitting at a blank page and feeling like I’m letting people down.
What would you do differently if you were starting out now as a writer? Not sure I’d do anything differently. It might not work out!
What do you wish you’d been told before you set out to become an author? Just to relax about it. To take my time. I did take my time, but I worried a bit about taking too much.
What’s the best advice you were ever given? Don’t underestimate the importance of independent bookshops.
Everything is Teeth
A graphic memoir for anyone who has scanned the swimming pool for a shark’s fin before entering the water.
Illustrated by London-based model maker and illustrator Joseph Sumner.
Evie Wyld was a girl obsessed with sharks. Spending summers in the brutal heat of coastal New South Wales, she fell for the creatures. Their teeth, their skin, their eyes; their hunters and their victims. Everything is Teeth is a delicate and intimate collection of the memories she brought home to England, a book about family, love and the irresistible forces that pass through life unseen, under the surface, ready to emerge at any point. The book is available here.