Posts tagged #interview

What Harry Potter has to do with the Japan Writers Conference

'There’s a scene in one of the Harry Potter movies. Hagrid invites the students to come up and meet a really terrifying critter. “All right, then,” he says, “Who’s first?” All the students take a step back, leaving Harry standing alone in front of the group. That’s kind of like how I fell into the job.'

This October 8 and 9 is the annual Japan Writers Conference. A melting pot of free talks, workshops and readings, the event brings together a community of writers, publishers, and lovers of literature to share their knowledge and celebrate words.

Whether it's the ins and outs of writing horror, poetry, interactive fiction, memoirs or first lines, exploring the pros and cons of small presses, learning how to be a writer and an editor, or landing a newspaper column in Japan, this year's lineup has something for everyone. We'll be doing a session on interactive fiction on Monday Oct 9 at 2pm. So if you're in Tokyo, come down and say hello,  Programme details here.

We sat down with John Gribble, one of the organisers, to learn what Harry Potter has to do with his involvement, what he finds surprising and challenging about running the conference, and what he's working on now. 

Posted on October 2, 2017 and filed under Workshops.

2 weeks gone, 2 weeks to go ... and special interview with Deb Potter

It's just over two weeks since we launched! We're 46% funded with 14 days left. A big thank you to all the new backers and a continuing thank you to the existing ones. 

In our funding race against time, we're neck and neck. It's exciting, and nerve wracking, and this week, we're going to speed ahead! Please share the link with parents, aunts, uncles, grandparents, teachers, librarians or friends and encourage them to support.  


For this update, we also have a special treat. We interviewed Deb Potter from Fairytale Factory - the indie publisher of the interactive fiction series You Say Which Way.

In a series of 3-8 minute audio bytes, we discuss the appeal of interactive fiction, challenges and tips for writers, morality and interactive fiction, how interactive affects decision making in real life and the business of running an indie publisher.


First up we discuss Deb's obsession with interactive fiction and the start of fairytale factory (5.03 min)

“Full confession here - I’m a geek.”

Then we discuss the appeal of interactive fiction and the challenges to writers (3.25 min)

“All of us writing for You Say Which Way … we’ve all had moments when we’ve realised writing the story has challenged us at a deeper level to think about what our deep-seated beliefs are … about how people should be, and how they should react.”

More tracks will be uploaded shortly.  Click here to listen

Posted on November 4, 2016 and filed under Author Talks.