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Monday, 14 May 2018 08:11

Claire Dyer - novelist and poet

Claire Dyer - novelist and poet Claire Dyer - novelist and poet

Name / Adınız Soyadiniz
Claire Dyer

Occupation / Mesleğiniz
Novelist & Poet.

Originally from / Doğum yeriniz
Guildford, Surrey but have also lived in Bedfordshire, Birmingham, South Wales and Berkshire (not necessarily in that order).

Family / Evlimisiniz ve çocuğunuz varmi
Married with two grown up children.

What time do you get up? / Saat kaçta uyanırsınız?
Um, I’d like to say 7.00 am but sometimes it slips to 7.30 am, or even 8.00 am; it depends what’s in my diary for the day!

What’s for breakfast? / Kahvaltıda ne seversiniz?
I rarely eat breakfast.

What time do you start work? / Saat kaçta çalışmaya başlarsiniz?
I go to the local gym for a swim three times a week, so on swimming days I’m usually at my desk by 9.30 am. On non-swimming days it can be as early as 8.00 am – it all depends what time I get up!

What time do you stop work? / Saat kaçta işiniz biter?
Usually around 6.00 pm, but I teach one night a week and am out most other evenings at book related events or poetry or writing workshops, or poetry readings or book launches, and so I sometimes feel I work 24/7!

Tell us something about your background and your working life. / Lütfen biraz bilgi söylermisiniz kendi arka plan yaşamınız ve çalışma hayatınız ile ilgili.
People sometimes ask how I got into writing.  My mother was a keen writer; she died when I was quite young but my grandparents were very encouraging in terms of my reading and writing, as was my stepmother.  Some of my favourite authors are Jane Austen, Keats and Dickens.

I was sponsored at university by Hewlett Packard where I subsequently worked.  I got my degree  in English and History from Birmingham University and later in life an MA in Victorian Literature & Culture from the University of Reading and an MA in Creative Writing from Royal Holloway, University of London.

I have had a few different jobs, working for around 25 years in Bracknell and London.  I also married and had children.

At one point in my career I was Clerk of The Worshipful Company of Management Consultants.  As well as working in the office I would from time to time find myself amongst Worshipful company having dinner in some rather elegant places.  On one such occasion during conversation I said that I would love to write and have my work published.  The person I was sat next to replied, “Well why don’t you?”  So that’s what I did.

I have been writing now for 15 years.  I am currently writing my 14th novel.  I have had three books published plus two collections of poetry.  My first book was published when I was 50 years old.

Our first time in Kalkan was back in 2007 when we found a villa quite by chance while surfing the internet.  At first I thought it was a long way to fly and I’m not a great flyer, but we ended up visiting Kalkan twice that year and we have returned many times since then.  I think our next holiday will be number 16.

My favourite writing days are in Kalkan.  I get up early and work until it’s too hot.  I love the serenity of the bay and being away from ordinary life.  Everything seems clearer in Kalkan and I can pinpoint passages I've written there.

What’s the best thing about your job? / Yaptiniz işte en sevdiği şey nedir?
I love it when a line of poetry and/or a scene in a book comes together. I get a sort of fizzy feeling at the back of my head when I know what I’ve done works.

I also love making people up, letting them fall in and out of love, giving them conflict and difficult decisions to make, and joys and despair.  My characters become my friends after a while and I live and breathe them which is fab, but it also makes saying goodbye to them when I finish the novel really hard.

I’m never scared of starting a book or a poem, although keeping it going is sometimes tough!  Often I will start something and only discover half way through what I'm really trying to say.  I find my novels are constantly changing through the writing process as my characters start to tell me their stories.  The start of my book The Last Day was written as the book came to an end.

Describe a typical day / Bir gününüzün nasıl geçtini anlatir misiniz
Every day is different: sometimes I run workshops, or visit schools or colleges to talk to students about writing.  Other days I can sit at my desk all day answering emails, preparing teaching material, working for my Fresh Eyes* clients and trying to write and/or edit my work in progress.

Some days I meet up with other authors or to go talks or meetings in London.  As I mentioned already, my favourite days are my Kalkan days when I get up early, write until around noon, then swim and read and doze until it’s time to go out for drinks and dinner!

* Fresh Eyes is my editorial and critiquing business where I help authors and poets by working on their manuscripts with them.

Do the seasons make a difference with your work? If so, how? / Yazın işinizde değişiklik oluyormu? Oluyorsa anlatın?

Not really, although I do sometimes find myself writing about winter when it’s summer and vice versa, which can be confusing!

What makes you happy? / Sizi en çok ne mutlu eder?
Obviously my first priority is my family: when they’re happy, I’m happy. But also, when people read my novels or my poems and like them, that makes me happy too.

If you were not doing this job, what else would you like to do? / Şu anki yaptiğiniz işi yapmıyor olsaydiniz ne iş yapmek isterdiniz?
I can’t imagine doing anything else. I’ve had a variety of different jobs over the years but have been writing full time since 2014 and am busier now than when I had a full-time job!

What music do you like to listen to? / Hangi müziği dinlemeyi seviyorsunuz?
I listen to BBC Radio 2 mostly, and sometimes Classic FM.  I’m not a huge music buff.  When I got married, my husband-to-be had 500 albums and I had five: 1 x Christopher Cross; 2 x Rod Stewart and 2 x Barry Manilow. That should tell you all you need to know about me and music!

If you could meet anyone in the world, living or dead, who would it be, and why? / Eğer dünyada yaşayan yada yaşamayan herhangi biriyle tanışmanız mümkün olsaydı onun kim olmasını isterdiniz?
I would love to meet The Queen so that I can fulfil a wish my grandmother had but was never granted.  I was at a reception at St James's Palace once but HM chose the other side of the room to meet and greet.  I got Prince Philip which was lovely of course, but it means I'm yet to actually meet the Queen!

Tell us something about yourself that not many people know. / Kendinizle ilgili bir çok insanın bilmediği bir şeyi anlatırmısınız
I’m allergic to mussels, oysters and the like and my grandmother wanted me to be a BBC newsreader when I grew up. Clearly this did not happen.  I would love to play the drums and have had lessons, but am totally useless at it.

Anything else / Başka her hangi birşey
If anyone would like to make a movie of one of my books, I have my red carpet dress for the premiere on stand-by!

Find out more about Claire at her web site:

Her most recent publications are:

'THE LAST DAY', The Dome Press, February 2018

The Last Day

'Meaning turns in a flick of a word ... the other side of the ordinary', Gillian Clarke
Interference Effects


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