Annie On Writing

October 6, 2014

Renée Sigel – Author in the Spotlight

Filed under: Writing Tools — Annie Evett @ 12:01 am

Renée Sigel

Renée Sigel  is a herder-gatherer of minds and ideas, plays occasional genie to waifs and strays. She lives in Negative Space and breathes words among liminal doors into rooms the shape of pages. Full time Life Guide to three gorgeous daughters. Mindful spouse. Dedicated collaborator. Weaver of stories. Wordsmith. Essayist with a mind like painter stripper.

Renée was invited to the panel of judges for the upcoming Twisted Tales Anthology, Published by Raging Aardvark Publishing.

 She has kindly agreed to be interviewed about her story and of her writing.

The Title of your  latest Flash Fiction.  Excursions

What was your initial motivation or prompt to write this story?

I was looking to tell the interior of a story rather than the familiar outer setting of circumstance and consequence.

Is the character in your story a reoccurring character in your writing?

Id a concept can evolve into something of a character, then perhaps, yes, it might.

What sort of message of feeling are you hoping you leave your audience with?

A different perspective of how language can express experience differently to standard expectations.

What sort of stories do you normally write? (Is this story a break from your norm?)

There is no ‘normal’ to what I write. Ideas arrive and I listen as best as I can and render them visible in whatever style or register in which they ask to be told.

Why is that?

I don’t have one particular genre or stylistic interest or specialisation. I prefer being something of a blank canvas that way. It can be tough however the occasional spectacle and surprises make it very worthwhile, especially when I get a wealth of response from readers.

What projects or new story lines do you have coming up in the near future?

I am working towards new editions of previously published collections and am working on a third poetry collection. Also have an upcoming release of collected Gogyhoshi with artwork by Jerry Shawback which is very exciting. I wil also be compiling a series of recorded reading of various poets’ works.

Do you enter many competitions for flash fiction?

Not as yet.

Are you a member of a writing group – either online or a physical one?

I wish I had the time.

Do you think these groups help or hinder a writers journey? Why?

I think they can be valuable in exposing oneself to a readership and feedback. It is worthwhile as long as there is consensus for useful critique and it does not devolve into a mutual admiration society. Also gratuitous critique that undermines someone will undermine a group where certain egos take over. There has to be a balance and a shared interest to make the purpose of the group successful and sustainable.

What encouragement or advice do you have for emerging writers of flash fiction?

Listen to the story. Less is more. Reveal more than you describe. Understand the essence of your narrative before you write it. Be prepared to end up with something entirely different from your original idea.

How can others follow your journey?  

I write regular articles on LinkedIn

I publish The Poetry Tree. A Journal of the Audacious

twitter: @thepoetrytree


The Essayist.

Baobab Papers.

The Shawback Redemptions. An Improvisatorium of Art & Poetry



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