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Máire Fisher Chats About Free-writing, Both a Blessing and a Blight for Birdseye

BirdseyeJonathan Amid has interviewed Máire Fisher for LitNet. The author spoke about her first novel, Birdseye, and the way it took shape.

Fisher speaks about how the characters in her book developed as she wrote them, saying that once she realised that something dreadful would happen to the twin boys in her story, she stopped writing immediately. Some time later, she got the manuscript out of the drawer, as she was tired of saying that she was writing a novel; she needed to finish it.

Read the interview:

Maire, congratulations on the publication of your debut novel. It’s a beautifully written and captivating story that takes the reader on such an emotionally engaging journey. As writer at large, how long has your novel been in the making? What has the response been from the general public and others who have read the novel?

Thanks so much, Jono. I hope I’ll be able to do justice to all of your questions! In some cases you might find that I can’t go beyond an “umm” and an “erm” and an “I don’t know” …

This poor novel has been quite some time in the making. It’s also been through quite a few changes along the way. I started it many years ago, not thinking much beyond liking the idea of setting a fairly dark novel in an innocuous seaside town. I had no idea who the characters would be, beyond the fact that my brother had mentioned meeting the mother of a friend of his. She was called Ma Bess, and I can remember thinking, what a great name for a character. I knew nothing else about her. Anyway, Ma Bess came striding on to the page and before I knew it she had a daughter who married a young man and proceeded to have a string of children, including two boys, Oliver and Oscar, the twins, and, of course, Bird.

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