Insights for Readers, Writers and Publishers
Chapter 8: Louise Doughty, Novelist
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Novelist, journalist, teacherInterview: Wednesday, April 2, 2014by telephone, London
Louise Doughty is a London-based journalist, critic and novelist. At the time of writing, the most recent of her seven novels was Apple Tree Yard (2014). An earlier work, Whatever You Love, was shortlisted for the Costa Novel Award and longlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction, and she has won awards for radio drama and short stories. Doughty was a judge for the Man Booker Prize in 2008 and has chaired other panels including the Orange Award for New Writers, the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize and the Somerset Maugham Award. She gives lectures and classes on the practice of creative writing, for example at the Faber Academy and the Arvon Foundation.1
In this interview, Doughty’s account of how and why she puts her work through a developmental process of her own devising—before submitting it for publication—provides an example of editing taking place across the communications circuit. Her experience also confirms the gap in public awareness about this process; for example, in the questions fielded (or not fielded) at literary festivals.
SG Do you think of yourself as an editor?
LD I am a novelist, but I do think of myself as an editor as well. What I say to all my writing students is, don’t think of yourself as just a writer; think of ← 103 | 104 → yourself as...
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