Writer Of The Week: Claire Buckle

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Tracey from the Fiction team chats to Writer Of The Week Claire Buckle.

Claire’s story, “Just Like Cinderella”, is in this week’s issue.

Tell us where the idea for “Just Like Cinderella” came from?  

For their school proms my four daughters had special dresses, none of which were worn afterwards.

Although they were happy to give them to charity, I wondered how a young woman would react if she began to feel sentimental about her dress after it was donated.

How long have you been writing fiction? 

I started writing later in life, at the age of fifty — twelve years ago.

Who are your favourite authors? 

I love Katherine Mansfield’s writing and Elizabeth Taylor’s short stories (the author, not the actress).

My favourite novelists are Elizabeth Strout, who created the wonderful character of Olive Kitteridge, and Joanna Trollope whose books capture the complexities of family life.

What are your writing ambitions?

It would be quite something to win a prestigious writing competition!

Other than that I hope I continue to write short stories that appeal to all ages.

Notepad and pencil or laptop? Kitchen table or study? Blank wall or inspiring view?  

I start with pen and paper to scribble down a first draft. Then I transfer the story to the computer and rework it as I type.

Last year we moved to a bungalow, which we’re completely renovating. Eventually I’ll have a study!

Since we’ve been here, my desk has been in several different locations. Currently, it’s in the lounge facing a blank wall.

The final view will be a magnetic board covered with my postcard collection of my favourite paintings.

What’s your top tip for aspiring writers?  

Read your work out loud.

You’ll appreciate the rhythm and pace, as well as noticing any words you’ve overused.

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Tracey Steel

Having worked on a number of magazines over the years, Tracey has found her perfect place on The Friend as she’s obsessed with reading and never goes anywhere without a book! She reads all the PF stories with a mug of tea close by and usually a bit of strong cheese too!