Author and blogger, Jessie Cahalin, is visiting my blog today, sharing with you all her writing routine and five things you may not know…
Firstly, I’d cram my manuscript, which I haven’t written yet, in my handbag. This would force me to get on with the dreaded editing. I would read the entire thing aloud to exercise my voice. I would take an old-fashioned camera with lots of film because I fear there is no electricity. I’d need the photos for my tweets and memoirs.
I would like to take my tiny radio, if I could get a reception, because the batteries last for years. I love radio 2 and Radio 4. Alternatively, I would take my guitar, bought when in primary school, and work through the beginner’s guide.
I almost forgot the essentials. Paper! I’d need reams and reams of paper. I would need to learn the art of tiny writing like the Brontës so I could fill every scrap of paper.
On a desert island, I may as well make the most of opportunities. I would take snorkelling gear to I could enjoy the underwater world. Would I need a shark alarm?
I would have to smuggle an album of photos to remind me of people, favourite places and seasons. I’d miss the beauty of the seasons on a desert island.
On said island, what 5 books would you take and why?
I feel I should say the Complete Works of Shakespeare but what about Shakespeare’s sisters? I love the Norton Anthology of Literature by Women because there is such a range of texts I could enjoy. An anthology of poetry would also be useful. A collection of classic novels would place me in good company. I would also take The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doer. I haven’t read the book, but the title intrigues me. In addition to novels, I would take books about art history. I am interested in art but would love to study the history in more detail. I need to have visual material to make me reflect as well as words.
Off the island now, which famous person would you like to have dinner with?
Having read Judith Barrow’s ‘A Hundred Tiny Threads’, I researched the suffrage movement in Leeds. I discovered a woman called Leonora Cohen involved in the campaign, and I’d like to speak to her. I’d invite Leonora to dinner to get an insight into what happened in Leeds. I am also interested in how working class women got involved in the campaign. Perhaps I could also invite my great grandmother to see how she would have viewed the whole situation.
Your current writing projects?
I never stop blogging about my world and am always writing something. At the moment, I am writing some flash fiction. I plan to write another book in the Sunflower Series. Judith Barrow has suggested I write the prequel to You Can’t Go It Alone. I will need to research into Cardiff back in the forties. Some plot ideas have been surfacing, but I haven’t written anything down yet.
Other published work
You Can’t Go It Alone, Jessie Cahalin
About Jessie Cahalin
I’m the proud author of ‘You Can’t Go It Alone’ and creator of Books in my Handbag Blog. I’m thrilled to be visiting another blog made in Wales.
I hail from Yorkshire in the north of England but now lives in Wales. I love to travel the world and collect cultural gems. I search for happy endings, where possible. Great coffee, food and music give me inspiration. I adore books, bags, writing and photography. Having overcome my fear of self-publishing, I am now living the dream of introducing the characters who have been hassling me for decades. My debut novel, ‘You Can’t Go It Alone’, is a heart-warming tale about the challenges women still face in society. The novel has light-hearted moments and presents hope. As C. S. Lewis said, ‘We read to know we are not alone.’
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Thanks so much for joining me Jessie! Lovely to find out more about you and your writing.
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Wendy, thanks so much for featuring me here on your brilliant blog. I had a great time responding to your questions. You have magical way of making me confess things I’d forgotten.
My pleasure Jessie! Looking forward to seeing you soon.
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Desert Island Handbags
Wendy Steele inspired me to confess 5 things about myself. She even convinced me to go to a desert island. Find out how I coped… Did I say ‘get me out of here, I’m the handbag lady’?
Fun post! I’m all for glamping!
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If you’re having Leonora Cohen as a guest to dinner, you’ll find me with my nose pressed to the window, Jessie. Lovely chat between you two. Thanks, both. xx
I had the pleasure of sharing a table with Jessie at the Narberth Book Fair and she was unstinting with her support, kindness and good humour. Great to see this chat and I’m looking forward to reading her book and discovering her wayward characters for myself. (And can I have a pair of writing trousers, too, please?)
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So wonderful to peep into Jessie’s mind. She’s chosen my favourite book by Doerr too and I guarantee she won’t be disappointed. Each page throws up writing gems. It took ten years to write but I hope Jessie won’t be on her island for that long… we need her near us.
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I am sure it is unusual to be allergic to cream but not other diary products. An interesting author interview.