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Guest writers series: an interview with Kim Jackways

Hi Kim, and welcome. Please tell us a little about yourself?

 I’m a freelance writer and mother of two. When I get time, I like reading books, doing cryptic crosswords and going for long walks in leafy places with my dog. Where in the world do you live, and what do you like most about it? I live in Canterbury, New Zealand, and what I love most is the proximity of our beautiful natural features. I can be tramping through tracks in the foothills of the Southern Alps and searching for treasures on the beach within a few hours’ drive of each other. There aren’t usually many people around, either.

What’s a book that you have on your shelf which you’re particularly fond of?

 I have Rebecca and House on the Strand by Daphne du Maurier. Every time I open these books, I’m immediately blown away by the precise use of language and ability to transport me away, and also the way the author can make the normal and everyday, strange and foreboding.

Is there anything you’ve seen passed around as writing advice that you really disagree with? 

Adverbs are bad. Like any part of speech, adverbs have their place in language, as long as they aren’t used too liberally.

Do you have any writerly superstitions?

 Not really, but I have a habit of hoarding beautiful notebooks and not writing in them!

If you had infinite time, opportunity and resources, what’s your absolute dream writing project?

Oh wow, what a cool question! I would love to travel around interviewing women and marginalised people who have done amazing things and then write something really inspiring about them to bring their contributions to light.

What is your favourite bird?

It would have to be the majestic kererū, the native NZ wood pigeon. It has beautiful blue-green feathers on its head and back. It’s not the most elegant, but the whoosh sound, when one takes off suddenly from a tree, and the heavy beating of its wings, leaves you gasping in awe at how they stay in the air.


Kim Jackways is a crafter of speculative fiction and freelance writer from New Zealand. She is normally found among dogs, kids and empty coffee cups.
 After a massive earthquake, she and her family spent a year speaking French (badly) and exploring the South of France. The cobbled streets and vivid history spurred her to start writing. Her short fiction has been published in various magazines and anthologies, including The Best Small Fictions 2019. Her stories expose the hidden lives of the past and the future, inspired by her background in psychology and linguistics.

Follow Kim on social media Twitter and Facebook and learn more on her Website

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