a place at tumaini lucy welch

An interview with Lucy Welch

Lucy Welch is a Hysteria 2015 Finalist and recently won the Exeter Novel Award 2015 for her novel, ‘A Place at Tumaini’. She is currently seeking representation. After a number of wonderful years overseas in Tanzania and then Brussels, she is happy to be back home in Surrey…at least for now.

The Lucy Welch Interview

What is one thing that no-one would usually know about you?

When I was nine, I decided I wanted to be an author and wrote and illustrated a book about a dingo called Sphen. I still have it, although the inspiration for my unusual protagonist is lost in the mists of time…

What did the best review you ever had say about you and your work?

I am thrilled to have won the Exeter Novel Award 2015 for ‘A Place at Tumaini’. The judge, Broo Doherty of DHH Literary Agency, described the opening chapters as ‘an original starting place for an impressive novel.’

Perhaps the comment that had the most impact on me, however, was from an editor commenting on an early draft. She said, ‘You clearly have a natural instinct for story telling’ and this phrase kept me going when I felt like giving up.

What did the worst review you ever had say about you and your work?

It always astonishes me how some readers can absolutely love a story while others give it a terrible review! I don’t keep a record of the bad reviews though they often provide the most useful learning points. I try to remember that creative writing is hugely subjective and a story that does badly in one context might be a real winner with another audience.

How do you remain sane while working?

Coffee breaks with good friends. My friends are my best defence against insanity.

What was the most important thing you learned at school?

An English teacher once criticised me for describing someone as having ‘cornflower blue eyes’ in a story I wrote. She asked me if I knew what a cornflower looked like and of course I didn’t – I had just picked up the cliché in my reading. I was only at primary school but I never forgot that lesson.

Do you have any favourite resources you would like to share with our readers?

Yes, my favourite resource for all writers who, like me, are way too shy to share their work with people they know: http://www.YouWriteOn.com. This peer review website allows you to upload your work and get reviews from other writers without ever having to meet them! Comments from reviewers have been invaluable. But perhaps even more usefully, you gain credits by reviewing other writers’ work and I find that this teaches me a lot about what works, what doesn’t and why.

Tea, Coffee, Water, Juice, Wine or Beer … which do you prefer when writing?

Always hot drinks. Coffee, tea, Earl Grey, Green tea, Peppermint, Lemon and Ginger….I could go on. I love to set myself up in a lively cafe with a laptop and a hot drink and just write.



hysteria 4You can find Lucy in the Hysteria 4 anthology which supports the Hysterectomy Association.

Hysteria 4 is the anthology of winning stories,poetry and flash fiction from the 2015 Hysteria Writing Competition.

You can also meet Lucy on her blog at: http://lucywelchtk.blogspot.co.uk



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