Topic; Writing about difficult and emotive topics in fiction. 13th September 9-10pm.
Introductions and hullos. DON’T forget to use #WritersWise on ALL TWEETS for the hour.
T1. Do you ever read or write fiction with emotive, challenging and sensitive subject matter? (eg self harm, suicide, drug abuse, child abuse, sexual violence) Why? Why not?
T2. What are the essentials for writers to think of when tackling such challenging and sensitive topics?
T3. If the topics are personal to the writer, what might be the pitfalls?
T4. What books/authors do you feel cover difficult topics well? How do they achieve this?
A Londoner with Irish heritage, Jennie Ensor began her writing career as a journalist, obtaining a Masters in Journalism (winning two student awards) and covering topics from forced marriages to mining accidents. She isn’t afraid to tackle controversial issues in her novels, either – Islamic terrorism, Russian gangsters and war crimes in her debut Blind Side (Unbound, 2016); child abuse and sexual exploitation in her latest book THE GIRL IN HIS EYES, a dark psychological family drama to be published by Bloodhound Books on 18 September 2018.
Jennie Ensor’s short story ‘The Gift’ was placed in the Top 40 of the Words and Women national prose competition; her poetry has appeared in many publications, most recently Ink Sweat and Tears. In her spare time, Ms Ensor cycles, sings in a chamber choir and dreams of setting off on a long trip with her Kindle.
Author website & blog: https://jennieensor.com
Author Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/JennieEnsorAuthor
Jennie Ensor: www.jennieensor.com
BLIND SIDE (Unbound, 2016)
Paperback edition available from your local bookshop (UK only), including Waterstones and independent booksellers
Amazon (paperback & e-book): https://geni.us/bldsd
Our next #Writerswise is on Thursday 20th with Orla McAlinden on Genre Hopping Successfully.