Gaynor Jones

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Gaynor Jones

Who is your most influential writer? Who do you always go back to for inspiration?
A M Homes. Her short stories are incredible – unsettling, disturbing, yet often with banal and familiar settings.

What inspired your pieces?
The Ticket Line, I was thinking about death and if I would want to know the date of my death. I decided not, I couldn’t cope with it, but I wondered why other people might need to know.

Do you keep any snacks around while you write? If so, what’s your favorite?
I have a clingy toddler so usually writing time is also unhealthy snack time, so cakes or biscuits or chocolate. I have to sneak food that I don’t want her to have.

What do you want readers to take away from your pieces?
I suppose to think a little about their attitude to life and death. So, you know, nothing big!

Do you ever create soundtracks for the pieces you’re writing?
No, but I love that idea and am going to pinch it.

Do you find writing invigorating or exhausting?
Totally invigorating, it’s my small amount of time in the day to be ‘not Mummy.’

What is your ideal writing environment?
Silent, calm and away from the internet.

Do you have any future writing plans?
I’m going to attempt my first novella-in-flash next year. I did tons of research for a short story and don’t want it to go to waste.


You can read Gaynor Jones’s pieces in Issue Four of The Ginger Collect: Mollie Henderson’s Basement and The Ticket Line.